Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Children's Books We've Been Reading

I actually wrote this last April and then I forgot to publish it! I'm glad I stumbled across it, though, because it's still winter enough around here that these books are relevant to us. (I'm especially excited to rediscover Flannel Kisses.)

I am getting ready to return to the library some of the children's books that Abigail and I have been reading for the past few weeks/months. I thought I would share some of our current interests. I usually have a few books in mind that I would like to introduce to her, and then I let her pick out any books that appeal to her.

  • My Family is Forever by Nancy Carlson - This book is about adoption. Abigail is not adopted, but she liked the illustrations enough to want to bring this book home. It was a great way to introduce to her the concept of adoption. The illustrations are bright and colorful and she asks us to read it often.
  • Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats - This is another book that Abigail picked. She does not have a younger sibling or one on the way, but she enjoys hearing how Peter learns to accept his new sister.
  • The Tomten and The Tomten and the Fox by Astrid Lindgren - These were favorites last winter and we spent this winter reading them too.
  • My Brother Loved Snowflakes: The Story of Wilson A. Bentley, the Snowflake Man by Mary Bahr - We read this as a companion to Snowflake Bentley. The last few sentences are about Wilson Bentley dying, which doesn't seem to be the best way to end a children's book to us.
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin - This book was more uplifting and told Mr. Bentley's story in a more captivating way.
  • Flannel Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan - Colorful snow illustrations! Love the flannels against the snow.
  • The Mitten retold by Jim Aylesworth - I actually prefer Jan Brett's version, but this was a fun one too.
  • A Winter Day by Douglas Florian - Very simple text, but there's a lot to talk about in the illustrations.


Jennifer said...

We have Peter's Chair. We found it at a used book store and picked it up. It is kind of falling apart now though because Eli liked to "read" it. It is the same little boy from "The Snowy Day" which would be another good book to read about winter!

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

We like Snowy Day also. I always forget to pick these up for winter. I need to make a list that I refer to at the change of seasons.