Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday's Finds at the Library

I have made it a point this summer to take the kids to the library. I am not sure why I haven't in the past. Maybe it was because Jaxon was under two and the thought of a toddler in the library was a bit more than I can handle (remember.... I teach middle school, not the little ones). But this year, we have been all over it!  

I knew I had created monsters when I took them for the first time. There was no doubt. The sweet old lady at the counter told us that we could check out 20 books at a time and Jaxon promptly looked up at me and said, "I'm sorry but 20 just isn't enough!!!" (He is 3.) I was so proud and the the little old lady snorted (I gave him a high five for making the old lady snort!). 

So on Friday's I will feature what we have checked out for the week and give a little blurb about each. By the way... I did tell the kids that I get at least 4 of those check outs so I will have some others to review too! Here is what we are reading this week...

 Bright and Early Thursday Evening by Audrey Wood

This book was (in a word) ... interesting. The kids loved it and thought it was hilarious. It was highly imaginative, but I am still trying to figure out what the heck happened! :)

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

My son loves dinosaurs so when he saw these, we had to have them. Along with the cute story of what dino's do and don't do at Christmas, we also had a lot of fun attempting to say the scientific names of all of the dinos!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Another dino book! This one brought about lots of discussion of what Chanukah is and surprisingly my 7 year old was able to answer. She learned about it in Montessori! Such a smartie pants!!

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Dinosaurs are not unlike little children I have learned... and are seemingly much better patients! This one (as with the others) brought about lots of laughs and even some comparisons of them as the sickly ones!

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Such a classic. This was a Jaxon pick and come to find out they had read it at school, so he "read" it to us! It was the greatest and cutest thing ever!

Solo by Paul Geraghty

We are penguin lovers, so this one jumped right into our basket! Solo is born and when her Papa penguin doesn't return from finding food, Mama has to go out to find it. There was a lot to learn along with this heartwarming story which led us to looking up more about penguins after we finished it!

No Haircut Today! by Elivia Savadier

This book had us all laughing. The tantrum Dominic throws and the mom's reaction are spot on! We loved the drawings too. Kylie is even trying to copy them now. Such a little artist!

Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm by Katie Coombs (retelling)

Hans is half boy, half hedgehog and when you mix in a little bit of fairy tale (including the kings and the issues that come with them) hilarity is sure to unfold! We had fun making predictions as to what was going to happen next with this one and the kids got a big kick (rolling on the floor laughing... literally) when all was revealed! Loved it!

Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist

Grumpy Goat is, well, GRUMPY! He has a change of heart though and learns that he has friends even when he doesn't necessarily deserve them. This book lead to a great discussion on how to treat others no matter how they treat us!

A Wild Father's Day by Sean Callahan

When these kids give their dad a card, he takes the writing seriously and takes them on a super fun day full of WILDNESS!! This book is full of fun and laughter and leaves you wondering what would happen if you took words seriously inside a card!

Jag by LeAnn Rimes

This book is all about conquering your fears. Sometimes we are scared to do something and it hinders us from seeing the big picture and then, hopefully, we learn from that fear and find the good that comes from conquering it. Jag helps us see that sometimes we aren't alone in that fear and we have someone there who will help us... in the most unlikely place!

We are off to the library today for more so I will let you know what other gems we find next week!!

Happy reading!

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