Saturday, March 5, 2011

What My Child is Reading

One of J's favorite activities is reading books and I absolutely love cuddling him on my lap and reading. I like to link up to What My Child Is Reading blog link-up. 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 button below to see what others have been reading!

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
This is another chapter book we're trying out. We finished our first one (The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary) and for whatever reason J just hasn't been interested in starting the next one (Runaway Ralph). So we went and picked out a new one, Flat Stanley. I haven't seen J enamored with a book as much as this one. He wants to take it everywhere. When we get out of the car, he asks to read it while I carry him. He gets sad if we forget to bring it with us. So far, the story has been fun too.

Germs are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick
Lately, we've been focusing on germs more since we've started potty training (washing hands) and went to our first dentist visit. This book is great for teaching what to do when you cough or sneeze and when we need to wash our hands. It's a good introduction to what germs are and how some germs can make us sick.

The Great Cheese Chase by Holly Hobbie (A Toot and Puddle story)
We are having so much fun with the Toot and Puddle stories. Since J liked the first one so much, we found this one to read next. I like using a French accent while I read it, as the book takes them on a trip to France. Puddle is in search of The Chateau du Fromage (the house of cheese). Another great book.

Little Golden Book Classics: three best-loved tales (Tootle, The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, Scuffy the Tugboat)
I saw Scuffy the Tugboat on another mom's blog in the book blog hop. (Sorry, I can't remember where!) This book actually has three golden books in one and they are all great stories. J was especially fond of Scuffy the Tugboat. Tootle is a cute little story about a train that has to learn to stay on the rails. He loves wandering off to visit things like flowers in the meadow. The Happy Man and his Dump Truck is a cute tale about a man that gives rides to the farm animals. J's favorite though was Scuffy. It's the story of a little tug boat who just thinks he's destined for big things. He ends up feeling overwhelmed when he finally makes it beyond the river and into the sea. He realizes it's just too big. His little boy ends up finding him and takes him home. He finds he's most happy being a tug boat in the bath tub with his little boy. J also loves reading this one to himself. He'll say "chugga chugga puff chug!" while reading Tootle. We found an itty bitty Scuffy book and toy online that he carries around with him now.

The Potty Train by David Hochman
We're reading a lot of "potty" related books right now as we've started potty training "sessions" with J (using the book Potty Training Boys the Easy Way). This book has great pictures and is really cute. The boy wears a conductor hat and overalls and he rides the train with various animals that join him on the "potty train". I have to admit my favorite part of the book was saying "Chugga chugga poo poo!" with J throughout the book.

Roo's New Babysitter by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
(Amazon didn't have a picture of the book; just the set of My First Winnie the Pooh books)
We've been reading this one for a few weeks now. J continues to pick it out for his naps or nighttime story. This Winnie the Pooh book is about little Roo having Pooh as a babysitter. They have a few adventures like picking apples for dinner and Roo taking a wonderful bubble bath. Roo does a good job helping Pooh learn to baby sit! Pooh learns there's not much "sitting" involved.

Spring Showers by Samantha Brooke (A Yo Gabba Gabba story)
I have to admit I didn't like Yo Gabba Gabba when we visited my sister and saw it on Nick Jr. I kept turning the channel. The characters just looked so goofy and I didn't really know much about the show. Then we found a Nick Jr. DVD that had 5 stories on it, one of them was Yo Gabba Gabba. Well, J just loves it. There is a lot of singing and dancing, some counting and drawing. A whole variety of things. This book is a nice story of how the characters have fun playing outside in the rain.

Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair (Chuggington) by Mara Conlon
I am glad we found these new train stories about the trains that live in Chuggington. Unlike Thomas the Train stories where the trains seem like grumpy old men (as another mom put it), these train stories are really upbeat. They teach good lessons too like how to solve problems and work together and honor our responsibilities. In this story, Wilson gets so excited learning how the ice cream is made that he forgets he ends up not being able to get the ice cream cars to the fair in time. By asking his friend Frostini for help, he is able to finish his job well.

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1 comment:

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for joining WMCIR! Good luck with potty training, it's such an "up and down" time. We always enjoyed Winnie the Pooh books, they are so sweet and conflict-free. We should try Flat Stanley here too.

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