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Favorite Reads

The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry was the clear favorite this week, for me and all three kids. Getting Lily to stay on one page long enough to read an entire poem is a challenge, but we all enjoy the pictures. Emma has spent quite a while working out how the different illustrations are made, and I see this book providing a lot of artistic inspiration for her. We borrowed a copy from the library after I read about it at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, and I liked it so much that we ordered a copy for our home!

Emma can now read several sight words, and she has started attempting early reader books. The Foot Book is one of her favorites, and she can read nearly the entire book. There are two pages where she can’t read all of the words, and she prefers to hide the book from me for those two pages and make up text rather than to ask for help.

Go, Dog. Go! is another book Emma can nearly read on her own. This has been a favorite of hers for a couple years, and she loves to make silly hats and ask, “Do you like my hat?” before collapsing in laughter!

I really enjoyed the illustrations in Fly! Monarch, Fly!, and the book is full of interesting information about Monarch butterflies. I would love to take my children to the Butterfly Place that is pictured in the book!

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

12 thoughts on “Favorite Reads”

  1. I definitely love poetry books for kids! I’ve noticed that the more poetry we read, the more likely they are to say little things poetically (with rhythm, vivid imagery, or rhyme)

    1. That’s what I’m hoping I’ll see in my kids! I have wonderful memories of my dad reading poems out loud to us in the evenings.

  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    Sounds like Emma is going deep with her love and understanding of art! That’s so fantastic, and it must be exciting to hear her read, as well. :) :) Exciting!!

  3. We really enjoy Wallace books because they present so much information in an entertaining form. I am so glad you enjoyed the poetry book. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  4. We are going to be hatching caterpillars and watching them become butterflies soon, so I’m going to look for the Fly, Monarch, Fly book for sure! Matthew also loves The Foot Book and Go Dog Go! He loves the part about the hat too, lol. :)

    I’ll have to look for Bill Martin’s poetry book too – we could use some more poetry around here. Have you introduced Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses to your kids? I’d be interested to know how you think it compares to this one as far as appealing to your children (if that makes sense?).

    1. Bill Martin’s book has a much more diverse collection of poems (since they are by a number of authors, including Stevenson), and the illustrations are extremely child-friendly. I do have “A Child’s Garden of Verses”, but haven’t had nearly as much luck getting my kids interested in it.

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