Welcome to another addition of Books We Are Reading This Week! This week we explored the worlds of bugs, the rainforest, classic characters from my childhood, animals and even a biography. Come along and take a look at some of the great books we read this week!
Bugs Galore is a great book that takes a whimsical look at all different types of bugs and uses great rhymes to really engage kids in the story. I am by no means a fan of bugs but I thought this was a really cute book and one that everyone really enjoyed.
Next up was In the Rainforest which is part of the Let’s Read and Find Out Science series of books. We try to include a good mix of fiction and non-fiction books when we read with Soph and Jack. We love this series of books. The content may be a little above Soph and Jack’s level but I love that while they might not pick up on all the information they are growing a base of knowledge that they can build upon later down the road. In this book we explore all the different levels of the rainforest and the many plant and animal species that call it home. The book is filled with amazing pictures and diagrams that really help to explain the concepts to children in a way that they can understand.
One of my favorite character’s growing up was Madeline. I loved her story and am so excited to share her story with my children. This week we read Madeline in London. In this adventure we follow the girls as they go to visit their friend Pepito in London for his birthday. They decide to get him a retired horse as a gift and as you can probably guess things don’t go exactly as planned and we follow them on a whirlwind tour of London trying to track down Pepito’s gift. As always the story is wonderful and fun!
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez was also on our reading list this week. This was another book that was slightly above the kids level but I think the message is something that they can understand and an important one to understand. One person can make a difference. If they see an injustice in their lives I want them to have concrete examples that show them that they can make a difference. This is what we learned through this story. We follow Cesar’s life from the time he was a little boy who was shy and teased at school through his 300-mile protest march to change conditions for migrant workers. It is a truly inspiring story and was great to share with Soph and Jack.
Lastly, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing is a humorous look at exactly why it might not be a great idea for a sheep to wear a wool sweater among other silly animal/clothing combinations. The illustrations were great and kids thought it was super silly. It’s a really fun read for the whole family.
Until next time!
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