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Favorite Reads: Inspiring, Quirky, Fun, and Sweet

Freedom School, Yes! is six-year-old Emma’s pick for the week. We borrowed it from the library after reading about it at Adventures in Mommydom, where you can also find a lovely printable to go along with the book. Based on events that really happened, this book highlights several famous African-Americans while recognizing the bravery of ordinary individuals. The illustrations are beautiful, and the message inspiring.

I picked up A House in the Woods because it was featured at What Do We Do All Day? We weren’t disappointed, and this book was especially a hit with four-year-old Johnny, who loves ears and has a stuffed moose he adores. It’s hard not to love a quirky book about two little pigs, a bear, and a moose who build a home to share with help from beavers requesting pay in peanut butter sandwiches.

The Princess and the Pig was found through the same post at What Do We Do All Day? If you like non-traditional princess books (and even if you like the traditional tales), this is a story to read! A princess and a pig are switched at birth…

Josephine Wants to Dance is a wonderful story about doing something because you love it, even though people think you can’t – and even if you are a kangaroo who wants to be a ballerina. I love the message, and the illustrations are delightful. This book was a huge hit with two-year-old Lily especially, but six-year-old Emma also enjoyed it. I think Johnny found it slightly too pink, but he still enjoyed the story.

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19 thoughts on “Favorite Reads: Inspiring, Quirky, Fun, and Sweet”

  1. I love A House in the Woods also! Nice pick! Another quirky book you might want to check out is Eraserheads by Kate Banks. My students love it!

  2. A few weeks ago we read a book called Dogs don’t do ballet,sounds very similar :)http://smilinglikesunshine1.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/book-sharing-mondaydogs-dont-do-ballet.html
    The other day we went to the library and found a book called Zou and Box of Kisses which reminded me Emma’s box. Then I came home and checked your book. Apperantly the same theme from another writer,but it is lovely.x

  3. Lovely books, I think my daughter would enjoy the book about princess and a pig, A house in the woods looks charming!

  4. We haven’t read any of these books yet, and they all sound like real gems. We read a story similar to #4 on your list – I believe it was called Brontorina.

  5. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    Princess and the Pig sounds like a fun one. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I think you would really enjoy Princess and the Pig!

  6. Elisa | blissfulE

    LOL about Johnny finding that book slightly too pink. :) Sounds like a great list!

  7. I love seeing these books as it’s a glimpse into the future of what J and T could be reading. We’re still very much toddler and baby books with some pre-school books starting to creep in. This week we’re all about Farms.

    1. I have really enjoyed reading more complex picture books to my kids as they have grown older – but I find that the best toddler and baby books are intriguing even to older children, which is very fun!

  8. I will definitely check out The Princess and the Pig!

    We have had so much going on here; I am WAY out of the blogland loop, I have missed so much.

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