I have a passel of picture books to share today, ones I’ve been wanting to share for a couple of weeks now. It’s that time thing–not enough of it! Hang on through the picture books for more news of what the girls and I have been reading together!
There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson is the DLM’s current number one pick. I’ll confess that I don’t love it, but this boy seems to pick up on quirky stories at a younger age than either of my girls did. This one is the story of two brothers who finally buy (and consume) enough cornflakes to send off for the free lion promised on the cereal box. However, the cereal company happens to be fresh out of lions, so they’re sent a small menagerie instead. If quirky is your thing, this one is it. Jim Field’s illustrations are appropriately cartoonish. (Bloomsbury, 2014)
Apparently I have a soft spot in my heart for picture books about heavy equipment. I spotted Bulldozer’s Big Day in the new books bin and knew we had to bring it home with us from the library. Written and illustrated by the crackerjack team of Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann, this sweet picture book is about little Bulldozer who is looking for someone with whom to share his big day. Each machine he asks answers in the negative, complete with lots of good repetition, alliteration, and just all-around good, strong diction. In the end, though, we are very gratified to learn that everyone was busy working together on a surprise for Bulldozer’s birthday. This book would make an excellent birthday present for your resident preschooler. I love this one, and both the DLM and Benny are pretty fond of it, too. (Atheneum, 2015)
I’ll go ahead and admit that with this last book entitled Yard Sale, my particular affinity for it might have to do with the fact that we’re moving and therefore are trying to get rid of a few things. (No, we are not having a yard sale. I cannot imagine anything more torturous. Shudder.) Many of Eve Bunting‘s books deal with heavy issues, and this one’s no different. Little Callie’s family is selling many of their belongings in order to move into a more affordable apartment, and the transition is hard. What’s more, she doesn’t really understand- it all. Why are they getting rid of her bed where she tallied with crayon marks the number of times they read Goodnight, Moon? (Yes, why? Sniffle.) Finally, in the end her parents reassure her that what they really need they will still have in their new home–namely, each other. Lauren Castillo’s ink and watercolor illustrations are beautiful. If you’re looking for a book to ease a similar transition, this one might be it. (Candlewick, 2015)
In addition to this short stack, we’ve read a lot of Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson over the past month. The DLM never gets tired of that porcine wonder! We also discovered a new-to-us anthology of nursery rhymes from around the world, and I shared this with the DLM as often as I could.
As far as novel-reading to the girls goes, we’ve finished and I’ve reviewed several since last month’s RAT:
- Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
- The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
- The Noonday Friends by Mary Stolz
- The Mystery of the Missing Lion by Alexander McCall Smith
We’re currently mesmerized by The Green Ember by S.D. Smith, and I fully expect to finish it and share my thoughts here in the next week or so. I’m not sure where we’ll head after that. Virtually all of our books are packed up for moving, though I did keep out a few as a safety net should the library fail us. 😉 I have considered attempting The Swiss Family Robinson as a read-aloud, too, though I’m not sure now is the time for that.
Let’s see, what else have I shared this month? Oh, yes–I shared a “metacognitive note” about the DLM and one of his favorite books and a trio of new-to-us poetry books we greatly enjoyed. It has been a month of lots of reading aloud and lots of audiobooks (I’m trying to keep up with those here, down at the bottom of the page, if you’re interested). I’d love to hear what your family has been enjoying this month! Please, leave a comment or a link to your own RAT blog post in the comments.
Happy Read Aloud Thursday!