Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Books We are Reading

One of J's favorite activities is reading books and I absolutely love cuddling him on my lap and reading. I found a few book blog hops that I like linking up to. Not only is it a great way to record the wonderful books we've read, but I've found so many new good book ideas by visiting each week. Click on the buttons at the bottom to see what others have been reading!

The Donkey's Christmas Song by Nancy Tafuri
This one was really fun to read. All the animals are attending to Jesus in the manger by offering their voice in song. The donkey hesitates to sing thinking he has such a horrible sounding voice. It wasn't until he was the last animal left that he is encouraged to sing and gets a sweet response from Jesus that he realizes he too can make a joyful noise.

Elliot's Fire Truck by Andrea Beck
J has been really enthralled by this book. I learned about Elliot Moose on another blog and one was really perfect. Elliot Moose has his fire truck and he's wanting to play rescue but each friend he comes upon wants to ride on the fire truck. So Elliot lets them ride on the fire truck until he ends up needing a rescue himself! I love all the cute little animal friends and the fun they have in this book.

Eight Enormous Elephants by Penny Dolan
This is a short little book about eight elephants that make one doozie of a mess in the house. They comes in one by one and just trash the place. They are way out of line until little mouse starts getting them in line having them put the house back in place. We liked the fun rhyming and pictures. The mouse does seem a bit bossy so when I read his parts I always said "please" first since we're really working on that with J.

Excuse Me! A Little Book of Manners by Karen Katz
This is a book I found a long while ago when I first started to understand the idea of learning manners. This book was adorable and it really had an impact on him. Especially for saying "excuse me" when he burps! Since please is the one he is has the most trouble with, I thought getting this book again would be a fun way to reinforce it.

God Loves You Very Much by Cindy Kenney
This is the first Veggie Tales book that I've read. Carisa over at 1+1+1=1 had a Veggie Tales Christmas book on her blog so I went to find that at our library but they had this one instead. J really loves it. I get to do a bunch of different voices like Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Junior the Asparagus and the Gourds. I've gotten pretty good at imitating them. It's a great message for him too.

Jingle Jingle by Nicola Smee
Recently, I found out about this book which is a follow up to Clip-Clop. We read Clip-Clop last year and liked it and I thought this would be fun with its winter theme. It is a cute story about a horse who takes his friends for a sleigh ride through the snow. They even get a little daring as the horse wants to get in the sleigh and they attempt sliding down a hill. They all take a little tumble. But they have a blast and want to do it all over again.

Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson
We loved Mouse's First Halloween and this one we enjoyed too. I really love the colors and the illustrations. The story is about mouse as he explores the home discovering the various delights of Christmas like Christmas cookies, jingle bells and presents.

Wake Up Engines by Denise Dowling Mortensen
J loved Good Night Engines so much that I decided to get the counterpart. He seems to like this just as much. This is another rhyming book which is so fun for me to read. In it the book describes the sights and sounds of the morning commute with pictures of cars, trucks and even airplanes.

Click the links below to see what others are reading!


Elle Belles Bows said...

Definitely going to place the Donkey's Christmas song on the list for Ella. Thanks for sharing! Kerri

Mom and Kiddo said...

I'm sure my littlest would love Wake Up, Engines!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for joining WMCIR! We love Mouse series by Lauren Thompson, but my daughter was somewhat disappointed to learn finally that this Mouse is a he and not a she :)

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