Friday, March 8, 2013

on our bookshelves...

I thought I would post what we have been reading lately. The boys have been really enjoying our reading times lately. We had been in a slump for awhile, not finding books that held their interest. Then Lemony Snickett came to our rescue. We had tried his Series of Unfortunate Events back about a year ago, but it just didn't catch on. We just finished up the 5th book in the series last night and will be starting the next one. Dad has been reading these at bed time and has great voices for all the characters.
A current favorite, despite how unfortunate it all is.

Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett has been another fun read, this one being a picture book. The illustrations are wonderful, done by Jon Klassen. Of course, I really enjoyed reading this because, well, I have a thing for yarn in a big way.

This was a treat for President's Day. This is written as a humorous poem that focuses on all of the many problems GW had with his teeth. It has a wonderful time line at the end which is historically accurate. You will feel for our founding father after this read.

Wolfie by Janet Chenery was a book that my husband brought back from the friends of the library sale. It is about a little boy that finds a wolf spider and keeps it as a pet. Since my son is named Wolfie, we were instantly interested. This is one of those books that uses a fictional story to teach real science facts. we used this to help us with a science project earlier today, so it has been fun and useful for us.

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo is a great book with a surprise ending. We had a lot of fun reading this while it was snowing out and dreaming about having our own penguin.

 This is not my Hat by Jon Klassen is another gem By Mr. Klassen. Once again, a thieving animal gets it in the end. Why won't these animals learn to just get their own hat? Crime does not pay.

When You Were Small by Sara O'Leary is not what it seems when the main character asks for stories about when he was small. He receives stories not of his youth, but of the time when he was teeny tiny in size. A lot of fun to read aloud.

I adore Jan Brett's books. They have magical stories with illustrations that make you want to read them while wrapped in a quilt in a bed of hay in Grandpa's  mountain cabin. Check out any book by this author. Hedgehogs are ALWAYS good.

Kaspar, the Titanic Cat by Michael Morpurgo was another chapter book that I lucked upon while trying to download an ebook from the library. The kids never wanted me to stop reading this. I think we could have finished it in one sitting if I had the stamina to keep reading out loud. A fictional story about a boy and a cat that end up on the Titanic, this is an exciting read. At the end, the author lets the reader into how he came up with the story by being a detective looking for story clues This opens up discussion on writing other stories based on things you see and find around you. The kids really hated to see this one end.

I have read a few good craft books lately and will list them here:

Please feel free to comment on what you have been reading :)

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