Saturday, December 11, 2010

What My Child is Reading Blog Hops

I found a great blog hop that highlights the current books we are reading with our kids. J and I don't usually focus on a theme. We go to the library often and I just pick books that he would be interested in that also have a good message or lesson.

Click the link below to see what others are reading!

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
I really liked the illustrations in this book and that it rhymes. It's about a bear whose animal friends wake him up to celebrate Christmas. Poor bear is so tired that on each page his friends are doing all they can to keep him awake while doing all kinds of activities to celebrate Christmas. It does have a brief little glimpse of Santa which is perfect for us that he isn't a big focus. We are teaching J about Santa by learning about St. Nicholas but our tradition centers around it being the birth of Jesus.

Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
I was smitten with this book the minute I saw the photo; a picture of a cute little elephant dancing. It also uses rhyming which we both enjoy. They have several different animals in the book, one on each page. They have you guess which animal it is that is making those tracks and dancing and then they give the answer, like this: "Creepity! Creepity!/Lots of purple feet!/Who is dancing/that creepity beat?" On the next page is a smiling caterpillar and the words: "Caterpillar's dancing/on creepity feet./Creepity! Creepity!/Happy feet!" This was probably our most popular book of the week, and the one I liked reading the most.

Let's Talk About It: Extraordinary Friends
by Fred Rogers

I haven't talked much to J yet about people with special needs but it's been on my mind. This book gave me a good way to introduce the topic and start explaining to J things like what a wheel chair is and why someone might need one. I like the way he encourages kids to reach out and make friends with all children and tries to dissipate any concerns or fears they may have.

The Little Drummer Boy by Kristina Rodanas
We read this book as part of our Advent calendar time. J gets to open a door to the Advent calendar each night and gets a chocolate while we pick a scripture to read and discuss more about the celebration of Jesus' birth. One night, he wanted to read this book as our focus. Since it's one of my favorite Christmas stories, I was all for it. The idea of the book is wonderful in that the author simply uses the words of the song for the words on the pages of the books. I love the life-like illustrations and what picture the illustrator chooses to go with each part of the song. I sang the words and then gave a little explanation of what was happening on each page. This was a great book to use for our Advent time.

Rescue Bunnies by Doreen Cronin
This book looked interesting and I thought it would be similar to Richard Scarry's pig fireman. It was a bit different. It is a team of rescue bunnies and Newbie has finished training and is ready for a real rescue. While they were waiting though, newbie's job was sorting the spice rack. OK, that was a bit odd. They end up getting a call to help a giraffe who is stuck in a mud hole on the savanna. It had a little bit of a scary part when these mean-looking hyenas come and the chief makes it known it is their safety first and they need to leave the giraffe. Newbie refuses and ties himself to the giraffe. The hyenas end up leaving and the rest of the team helps Newbie and they free the giraffe. This one was a bit quirky with some of the things mentioned and then they threw in some silly movie quotes that only adults would get like "You had me at hello" (Jerry McGuire) and "You can't handle the truth" (A Few Good Men). Not bad, just a little different.

The Sleepy Little Alphabet; A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra
I got this book a few weeks ago and thought it was adorable. It took J some time to pick it out as what he wanted to read. It was so cute. In this book the grownup capital letters are trying to get their little lowercase letters to go to bed. It's sort of a lullabye book. The illustrations are really cute and on every page there were objects to name starting with the various letters too. The little letters get more and more tired as the book goes on until they finally fall asleep with the letter Z (zzzzzzz).

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Julie P. said...

I just love those Mr. Rogers books!

Mom and Kiddo said...

This was also my first week for WMCIR. I love the Bear Stays Up for Christmas book.

Raising a Happy Child said...

A couple of the books on your list are our favorites as well. The Sleepy Little Alphabet is awesome - we loved it when daughter was younger. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

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