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Books We Are Reading This Week – September 2, 2015

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Happy Wednesday!! Welcome back to another look at some of the books we have enjoyed this past week.

The Moon Book is a great non-fiction book that has a ton of information written at a first to second grade level all about the moon. I love introducing higher level non-fiction books to my kids. I am sure they don’t pick up on and understand all the information but building a foundation for these concepts is really important to my family. In this book we learn all about the phases of the moon, the moon’s role in Solar and Lunar eclipses, it’s effects on the world’s oceans and so much more. It also goes into moon folk-lore from around the world. At the end of the book there is a great lesson on making your own solar eclipse viewer.

Love Monsteris the story of Monster, a monster that is different from all the other monsters found in “Cutesville”. He is lonely and doesn’t have anyone to connect with because he is different. He heads out in search of someone who will love him just the way he is and finds it in an unexpected place. It’s a great lesson for the kids and the bright, bold illustrations really helped engage the kids in the story.

Have You Seen My Duckling? is a cute seek-and-find book that the kids really enjoyed. We follow mama duck and her seven ducklings as they search for their missing sibling. They explore the pond and try to get help from several other creatures that call the pond home. The fun part for the kids was realizing that the little missing duckling is never far away and in fact the kids can find him hiding on each page. It’s a fun little game watching Soph & Jack try to find the duckling in each picture.

It’s a Firefly Nightis a great summertime book that is beautifully illustrated using deep, rich colors. We follow a young girl around her yard as she chases and catches fireflies with her dad. After counting them she very sweetly releases them. This is a great story made even better by the awesome end notes with some great facts about fireflies!

A Camping Spree With Mr. Mageeis a fun read along all about Mr. Magee and his faithful pooch enjoying a nice, peaceful camping trip when all of a sudden they find themselves flying down a mountain and on the precipice of a waterfall. Follow along to see how they get themselves out of trouble this time.

As always let me know what you are reading in the comments below or over on Facebook or Twitter! I would love to know!!

Until next time!

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Books We Are Reading This Week – August 5, 2015

Books We Are Reading This Week ~ August 6, 2015

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.

What are you reading this week? I am always looking for new books to read with the kids so please leave a comment below or find me over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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We’ve Been Featured!!

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I am so excited that we have had two posts featured this past week!!

First our Frugal Finds Friday post from last week was featured on Peakle Pie as part of the Frugal Family Linky. Our What We Are Reading This Week post was also mentioned over at Playground Parkbench on her “Book Recommendations For Kids Of All Ages” post!

Both of these sites are among my favorites for finding great ideas for things to do with the kids. To be mentioned by them is amazing! Please check out their sites for some amazing ideas for your weekend!

Until next time!!

Books We Are Reading This Week – July 29, 2015

Books We Are Reading This Week July 29 2015

Welcome back!! This week I have picked out another five books that my family really enjoyed this past week and thought were worth recommending to your family! Hopefully you will find some new books to add to your list.

Me on the Map  is a great introduction to geography and maps. A young girl in Kansas leads us from a map of her room to a map of her house all the way out to outer space and back home again. The kids had a great time finding our state and country on all the different maps. They also had a great time pointing out everything they could find on the picture of outer space.

The Honeybee Man  allows us to follow Fred in his daily routine and get an inside look at the life of a beekeeper. We really enjoyed this story. It is beautifully told and gave the kids a chance to see just how honey is made.

Aqualicious  is another great addition to the Pinkalicious family of books. Soph is a big fan of these books and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s a fun story that follows Pinkalicious and her brother Peter as they spend the day showing a miniature mermaid they found on the beach all the fun things there is to do on land. It is a really cute story perfect for summer.

Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On  is a great book if you are looking for a good laugh. Slim Jim Watkins is a good old-fashioned cowboy that works hard and sleeps hard. His clothes keep disappearing at night and we get to laugh along as we see what happens to his clothes each night.

The last book I want to share with you this week is Mr. Tiger Goes Wild . When we meet Mr. Tiger he is very prim and proper, follows all the rules. The only problem is that Mr. Tiger is bored and decides to do something about it. We follow him along on his journey. This story has a great message and the illustrations are beautiful. The kids were really into this book. It was well received by all!

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below or as always leave a comment on Facebook or Twitter!

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Books We Are Reading This Week – July 21, 2015

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We love to read as a family. We make sure to take time each night to read a couple of stories before bed. Our time spent reading are some of my favorite times of the day. All the electronics are put away and it is our time to all sit together and get lost in stories together.


I thought it might be nice to take some time each week and share with you some of the books that we have enjoyed.


Beach Day is a great picture book for summer. The excitement of a day at the beach is captured with great rhymes and pictures that beautifully compliment the story. The kids were definitely ready for their own beach day after reading this one!


Miss Rumphius is a beautiful Caldecott winning story about a young child who while sitting on her grandfather’s knee one evening decides what she wants to do in her life. We follow along and watch as she makes her dreams come true. This is a great story with a great message that I am glad to have shared with my children. 


Machines at Workis a great book that takes you through a day at a construction site. As with the other books that we have read by Byron Barton, the kids were really drawn to the bright and bold illustrations.


Waiting for the Biblioburrois the story of a young girl who loves to read but has limited access to books in her small village. One morning she wakes up to find that a traveling library being carried on the backs of two burros has arrived in her village. It is inspired by the real-life efforts of librarian Luis Soriano. The kids enjoyed the story but I think they enjoyed listening to Mom & Dad trying to pronounce some of the Spanish words that were sprinkled throughout the story even more!


Finally, Rosie Revere, Engineer, this has to be one of my favorite books that we have read in a LONG time. It is a great story with an even better message. We meet Rosie who loves inventing things. She dreams of one day becoming an Engineer. After being laughed at by her uncle for whom she had made a special invention she starts to doubt herself. Following along on her journey back to realizing her dream is so enjoyable and just the kind of message I want to share with my children.


What books are you reading this week? What are some of your all-time favorites? I would love to know! Just comment below or drop by Facebook or Twitter!





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