It's time for another Reading Roundup! I love sharing some of our favorite books with you. Some of these are old favorites, others are new books that we have recently discovered. All of them are fantastic!
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Superfudge by Judy Blume
Superfudge has caused some major problems in our house lately! Our little bookworm has loved this book so much that she has snuck out of bed in the middle of the night, crept into our bedroom, found her Kindle (which we have normally take away at lights out) and stayed up into the wee hours reading.
I can't be mad at her. It's a pretty awesome book. A warning, though: there's a whole chapter about Santa not being real, so skip this book if you're not ready for that conversation!
Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales, Mother Goose Rhymes, and Nursery Tales
We read from these three books so often in our house that they are known as simply, the blue book, the red book, and the yellow book. It's probably safe to say that not a day has gone by since we got them that we haven't peeked at them in one way or another. After Lena's grandmother got her the yellow book for her first birthday, we quickly picked up the other two in the series. The illustrations are so bright and cheery, and the stories are the perfect length for bedtime. Our girls know their Mother Goose rhymes and classic fairy tales VERY well because we've read them so often!
It is worth noting that the endings of all of these stories have been cleaned up quite a bit to take away the scary endings. Make sure your children have SOME exposure to the real (scary) versions of these stories, too!
A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston
A Rock Is Lively is a fantastic science book. It's about (you guessed it) rocks and all of their interesting qualities. It is part of a series by the same author and illustrator, and we are slowly acquiring them, one by one. The illustrations, by Sylvia Long, are absolutely beautiful, and the girls enjoy reading them over and over again (which makes them learn the science more thoroughly)!
How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
This is our current read aloud! The girls were both pretty skeptical of this book when we first started it. Maggie saw the picture on the cover and said she was "NOT GOING TO LISTEN" because she "DOESN'T LIKE DRAGONS!" After a few paragraphs, though, she was hooked. After too many books about perfectly well behaved little girls, we needed to mix it up, and this book is just the thing.
There is quite a bit of language that we don't use (stupid, idiot, etc.). Since I'm reading aloud, I just skip it! This story is adventurous, funny, and action-packed. So far so good-- the girls have been begging for more at breakfast!
Draw Write Now by Marie Hablitzel
I bought this set of drawing and writing books YEARS ago and have just been waiting for the girls to be old enough to enjoy them! Lena has dabbled in them before, but she's really just getting to the age where she can work on drawing by herself and see some success.
Lately I've been finding her with these books all over the house-- at the kitchen table, up in her room, sprawled out on our foyer floor, and on the couch. They're fantastic drawing books, with step by step instructions for all kinds of animals, buildings, people, and objects. Each drawing also has several sentences of copywork for some great handwriting practice.
Mr Postmouse's Rounds by Marianne Dubuc
A sweet reader recommended this book to me after my last Reading Roundup post (which featured quite a few mouse books). Mr. Postmouse's Rounds is absolutely adorable! We checked it out from the library, but are adding it to Maggie's birthday wish list so that we can have our own copy. The story is about Mr. Postmouse making his deliveries to other animals. We get to peek inside their homes and worlds through simple, but detailed illustrations that Maggie has loved pouring over.
What about the grownups?!
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
As for me, I've been reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I read a lot, and most books don't leave much of an impression on me. But with this book, I find myself thinking about the story and characters throughout the day, anxious for my bedtime reading to continue the story. I didn't realize until I was over halfway through this book that it was a Pulitzer Prize winner, but I totally see why! I can't wait to see how it ends!
Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael MossI also love reading about food and nutrition, so I've been working through Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss. It's about the processed food industry and how they use research and science to make their products irresistible. None of this was really NEW information for me, but it's still interesting to read about. It also provided fresh motivation to keep feeding my family healthy, nutritious whole foods.
Tell me in the comments below what you and your kids have been reading lately! We're always looking for new books to love!