Saturday, May 21, 2011

What My Child Is Reading

Lately, we have taken turns at bedtime reading and sometimes I forget to ask what was read in my absence.

This is a selection of things Monkey Georgia has asked for us to read this past week.

  • The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone - This is one of our favorite books ever. Monkey Georgia is now demonstrating that she has it almost completely memorized, which is pretty cool.
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman - This is an I-Can-Read-Book, which I typically try not to read to Monkey Georgia because I want her to have the thrill of discovery when she is learning to read. She really wanted to hear this one, though.
  • The Bear Came Over to My House by Rick Walton - Really cute, and a nice rhythm and rhyme. It's fun to guess what the bear is going to do next.
  • Yo, Vikings!Yo, Vikings by Judith Byron Schachner - Recommended by How Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell. It really shows how in depth research can make imaginative play even more fun.
  • Tess's Tree by Jess M. Braillier
  • The New Friend (Toot & Puddle)Toot and Puddle: The New Friend by Holly Hobbie - Love Toot & Puddle. I have almost the entire collection. Monkey Georgia asked Uhn Gi to read it to her.
  • When the Root Children Wake Up by Audrey Wood - The illustrations are beautiful but I thought the story was a little boring. Monkey Georgia didn't seem to have that problem with it, so maybe I was just tired. (I did take a nap immediately afterward.)
  • The Three PigsThree Little Pigs by David Weisner - Love this book! The story is a favorite anyway, but the pigs coming out of the story was pretty cool. Monkey Georgia liked the Hey Diddle Diddle part the best because it was a story she knew.
  • Flannel KissesFlannel Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan - Wonderful, homey illustrations. I'd like to live in that house.
  • Celebrations in my World: Easter by Lynn Peppas - Monkey Georgia wants to read this one again next year.
  • The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall - Gardening stories are always fun for us. She liked learning which vegetable was which at the end too.
  • One Snowy Night by M. Christina Butler
  • All the WorldAll the World by Liz Garton Scanlon - Absolutely beautiful illustrations and story. I want to keep this! (It's a library book.)
  • What Shall We Play? by Sue Heap - Another recommendation from Esme Codell. I am not as thrilled with it as her, but Monkey Georgia likes that they play fairies eventually.
  • Farmer Ham by Alec Sillifant - A farmer outsmarts the crows. Monkey Georgia loves scarecrows, so it was a hit.
  • Betty Lou Blue (Pavilion)Betty Lou Blue by Nancy Crocker - I can't remember where I saw the recommendation, but I had just about decided not to read it to Monkey Georgia. It's about a little girl who gets ridiculed for having big feet. I did not want to introduce that theme, but when I explained what it was about, she told me that wasn't very nice. And the lessons are very good ones - listen to your Mama and don't seek revenge.
  • Mars Needs Moms!Mars Needs Moms by Berkeley Breathed - I did not realize that the movie was based on the book. We haven't seen the movie but the illustrations in the book were cool, so I picked it up. I actually want to watch the movie now.

Library Books this week:
  • My Dog is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family PortraitsMy Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven - We have a family joke: my Mama tells Monkey Georgia "I love you more than clean socks," and Monkey Georgia replies, "I love you more than dirty socks." When I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it to MG.
  • National Worm Day by James Stevenson - In honor of our worm "farm."
  • New Baby Train by Woodie Guthrie
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - It occurred to me that we've never read this to Monkey Georgia.
  • All in a DayAll In a Day by Cynthia Rylant - Illustrated by Nikki McClure, who I'm currently infatuated with.
  • Pink: Seeing Pink All Around Us (A+ Books: Colors)Pink: Seeing Pink All Around Us by Michael Dahl - Monkey Georgia found this one on the shelf and asked to bring it home.
  • Rapunzel (Picture Puffin Books)Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky - Monkey Georgia is obsessed with "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" so I told her we'd look at different versions. I thought Disney actually did a fairly decent job with Tangled (it reminded me a lot of Sondheim's Into The Woods), so I hope this version isn't too advanced for Monkey Georgia.

This post is part of the meme What My Child Is Reading hosted by Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

We read "Mars Needs Moms" this week too, and now I am also wanting to see the movie!

Mandy said...

I am pretty sure we have read most of those books!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

What a great list! You do read a lot in your house. I wonder what came first a movie or a book for Mars Needs Moms. Thanks for joining WMCIR!