I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”
Simply told but still manages to convey a strong message that any reader can relate to. Takes color-based gender preconceptions and turns it on its head with fun text and vibrant illustrations.
I’m surprised I hadn’t read this beloved picture book involving a mother’s unconditional love incorporating the Inuit culture. The picture book includes a glossary of significant figures and words. The board book doesn’t.
Great to pair with Quick as a Cricket and From Head to Toe as a young girl shares what she’s learned from her animal and insect friends. And then this sweet story veers off to include her human friends- and some inanimate objects.
Super fun reminiscent of Brown Bear, Brown Bear which will have young readers guessing and repeating the rhythmic text after a few reads!
A delightful read of a child’s preference why she prefers her red things over others.
These board books from Child’s Play introduces readers to Clive who loves to share his collections of things from hats to bags and of his art and his dolls with his many friends. The other four books in the series tackle role-playing as Clive takes on different jobs. All of them offer a simple read challenging gender stereotypes.
A fun rhyming book of a globe-trotting aunt and the presents she gives to her niece.
Simple introduction to colors as a cat unravels various hues of yarn.
This board book provides a simple introduction to lines, squares and circles and how connected everything is.
Thanks to Linda (of the blog Teacher Dance) for letting me know about this little gem of a poem. It was nice to revisit the hobbits again even if it was to see Bilbo off. Tolkien’s poem is beautifully illustrated by Pauline Baynes with detailed explanations at the end of the book.
What a great read! The Trumpet of the Swan is probably the least known of E.B. White’s books for kids, if that’s even possible. But there’s something about it that makes it the closest thing to perfection one can read! The characters are memorable. Louis is a trumpeter swan who can’t speak but decides to learn how to read and write. He also learns to play the trumpet to try and communicate and hopefully win the heart of Serena, the object of his affection. His father is a poet who tends to ramble on and goes to great lengths to help Louis out. I love their relationship. Then, there’s Sam, a human who helps them out because he believes all life (including animals) should be treated fairly. There’s plenty of action and conflict to keep anyone interested but it’s not show-offy or anything, just the right amount. There was one scene I kind of cringed at in which Louis done something to show his dedication in becoming a great musician. I actually thought it was going to ruin the whole book for me but it remains almost like the perfect gift, wrapped up, packed up, ribbon with a bow on it, ready to be enjoyed!
I’m definitely adding it to my most favorite books!
To revisit this tale with E.B. White himself narrating the audiobook is such an experience. I didn’t realize I raved about it so much during my first reading of the book. And I can’t think of anything to add except to experience it for yourself!
I really enjoyed The Looking Glass Wars novel trilogy so when this graphic novel spin-off series first came out I was excited. But, the magic kind of wore off as the series progressed – and the later volumes became so hard to find in bookstores and libraries. In fact, I only happened to run across this by chance volunteering at a used library book sale in a different state! It’s been awhile for me to fully remember all the plot lines but I’m glad it’s over.
****= Highly Recommended
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