Barefoot in Suburbia

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What My Child is Reading July 25, 2010

Filed under: Reading — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 5:10 pm

It’s Sunday, so it’s time to switch up the book basket for the kids. Here’s what the kids are reading this week:

Awesome Amphibians by Jeff Bauer
This scholastic books is short but informative. It looks at various amphibians (it’s a non-fiction science book for very young children). Since our nature study is about frogs this week, I pulled out this book so that the kids can learn about frogs and other amphibians.


Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, Marla Frazee ( Illustrator)

 Everywhere Babies is an adorable board book that we’ve had for years.  It has the universal message that on the inside, all babies around the world need to be loved, that they learn, that they grow & develop, and that they are amazing.  But beyond the words are illustrations of that demonstrate that all babies and families are different.  Each page shows multiple types of families (including single parent, mixed race families, same-sex parents, adoptive families, traditional families, and intergenerational families).  There are also various races, body sizes, and developmental stages depicted. 


Baby at the Farm by Karen Katz

This adorable book is a touch & feel book that introduces babies to various colors, numbers, and textures, as well as the different animals that can be found on a farm.  Karen Katz books have always been a favorite of my babies during the first couple years due to the simple language, colorful illustrations, and gentle messages.


Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, Pam Paparone

With simple sentences, this book introduces children to the concept of numbers.  A young girl goes outside on a rainy day and discovers just how much fun a child can have on a rainy day.  Each page, we see one more raindrop added to the story to illustrate the amount of time the girl is spending outside enjoying her day.


Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Lois Ehlert

For those that have enjoyed Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, here is the second book in the series, Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3.  This time, we are taken to the top of an apple tree where the numbers become the focus of heroism.  This book is a fun rhyming book that introduces number recognition and order.


There Was an Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley, Adrian Emberley

This book is a hilarious spin-off of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.  With nice contrasting illustrations, this book is a favorite of my older kids, who enjoy stories about monsters lately.


The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, Jerry Pinkney
Who hasn’t heard this book?  This is the classic tale of the ugly duckling who became a beautiful swan, and is a fantastic story for illustrating prejudice and discrimination in a way that very young children can understand.

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

This book is a very clever adaptation of The Gingerbread Boy.  When a mom bakes some gingerbread babies, one escapes and causes a lot of mischief.   I think the illustrations in this book are absolutely remarkable, and the story keeps all of my children hanging on every word!

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam by Sherry Garland; illustrator: Trina Shart Hyman

This is a longer book, but a beautiful one.  Since Monkey is Vietnamese, we try to incorporate her birth culture into our daily lives.  This book is a wonderful addition to her cultural teaching.  It tells several folk tales that are generally passed down from generation to generation in Vietnamese families.  The author is wonderful about including the history and cultural relevance about each folk tale as well.  This book, while geared more towards the 1st grade and older crowd, is a valuable resource for our family, and a very interesting introduction to Vietnamese culture.

Food Patterns by Nathan Olson

We have several books in the “patterns” series, including Farm Patterns and People Patterns.  Food patterns focuses on the use of food to make various patterns involving shapes & colors.  It’s a cute book and helps little ones develop a sense of order.

3 Responses to “What My Child is Reading”

  1. teachingyoungchildren Says:

    Thanks for joining WMCIR! I see a lot of our own favorites on your list, and Children of the Dragon sounds intriguing. I might look for it if we visit Vietnam on our virtual journey.

  2. Elyn Tibbs Says:

    Definitely sharing!

  3. bettyann Says:

    fun! thanks for sharing! we are frugal folks and rarely buy books unless we borrow it more than 20 times or so from the library (pretty much the books that i look at when they pick them out and say, ‘again?’ you really want this book AGAIN? LOL. .)

    all three of my kids are really enjoying ‘The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear ‘ over and over and over again all week – it’s rare to have a book ALL THREE enjoy – so thought i’d shout it out to you. i foresee that book will be staying here another week instead of being returned on thursday. william really likes ‘animals definitely should not wear clothing’. david wasn’t really into it and bethany hasn’t had a chance to read it other than in group reading here ’cause william won’t give it up, lol.

    thanks for sharing your books – i didn’t know chicka chicka had a sequel! i’m requesting that right now online! 🙂

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