Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

September 28, 2012

What Are We Reading?

Filed under: Books — by dsuzuki @ 10:56 am
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One one of my online book club boards someone asked what are we all reading to our kiddos.  I realized we read so many awesome books that I never get to highlight since I tend to stick with the ones we have a related activity for.  Some of these other books are wonderful and favorites of my kids.  So here is what we have been reading and the kids are going crazy over.

My 5 year old is hooked on our Usborne Look Inside and See Insider series.  The Look Inside books are geared towards 3 yrs & up and the See Inside are supposed to be for 7 yrs & up but both series fascinate her.  Right now we are on the last couple pages of See Inside How Things Work.  I love these books as well because honestly a lot of it is new to me or a refresher of my long ago science and history classes.  We typically do 1-2 pages a day because there are so many lift the flaps on each page and so much information that my daughter likes to discuss.  One of the first topics was about pulleys which we spend a ton of time on because she wanted to read all the flaps, go through the pictures on each page and try and figure out for herself where the balls started and where they would end up as the pulleys and gears moved them along.

See Inside How Things Work

Up next is Look Inside Space which we had started before but my two year old had hid and we recently found it again.  My 5 yr old loves reading about the planets, solar system, rockets, etc. so we are excited to get back to this one.

Look Inside Space

My 2 year old is on a Dust Bunnies kick right now.  We started off with Rhyming Dust Bunnies which was a favorite of my daughter as well.  Since he loved it so much and we were reading it about 10 times a day I borrowed Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny! from the library to mix it up a little.  He has both books memorized and has to have it nearby at all times.  He was so upset and constantly walking around the house looking for “big, mean dust bunny” after I returned the library copy I finally bought him his own copy.

Rhyming Dust BunniesBig Mean Dust Bunny

So that’s what has been filling our reading time with the kiddos lately.

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June 2, 2012

A Baseball Story by Richard Torrey

Filed under: Books — by dsuzuki @ 10:18 pm
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A Baseball Story by Richard Torrey

I tend to think I have an open mind about books and try not to stereotype them but I realized tonight that although I’ve had this book sitting on my desk since I bought my Usborne Books kit but never read it to my daughter.  I saw “baseball” and I guess I categorized it as a “boy book” but when she asked me if I had any new books to read tonight I decided why not read it to her?  At least give it a try and what do you know?  She loved it!  We read it twice and she asked for it again but I had to put my foot down that twice was enough for now but she still kept talking about it while we chatted before bed time.

The story follows a young boy who has his first baseball game that day.  The illustrations are cute and have a lot of little things going on in the background that you can discuss or have fun with.  We liked that one of the other players is preoccupied the entire book pretending to be an airplane instead of playing the game and there are silly scenes like the main character being so busy smelling his new baseball glove he doesn’t watch where he’s walking.

My daughter couldn’t stop giggling as we read and looked at each page.  And yes, there are girls on the baseball team as well but really even if there weren’t I think this is a book that both boys and girls would enjoy.

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