We came home with SEVENTEEN books from the library after dance last Thursday. I plan on going back after dance today and exchanging the ones we’ve already read for new ones. I think we’ve read most of them, actually. We’ve been having Princess find a quiet spot after dinner and read a book. It’s been really good for her and mainly, it makes Big Daddy happy.
Some of the titles we came home with include:
- Aesop’s Fables (she’s reading through that one right now.)
- The Trojan Horse retold by Warwick Hutton (She finished this one.)
- Greek Myths retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
- Under One Rock; Bugs, Slugs and other Ughs by Anthony D. Fredericks (Finished.)
- In My Backyard by Margriet Ruurs (Finished.)
- A Seed Is Sleepy by Aston/Long
- It’s a Butterfly’s Life by Irene Kelly (Finished.)
- Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman (Finished.)
- Real Princesses: An Inside Look at Royal Life by Valerie Wilding (She’s started this one.)
We also rented an I Spy book, a book about Firefighters (gee, I wonder why,) an Animal Origami book (Princess loved this one!) and several Nick Jr. character books for the younger two.
I didn’t really care for the writing or the illustrations of the Trojan Horse, but I really enjoyed Butterfly Eyes and Under One Rock – both of which were written in various poetry styles while giving facts and interesting information about bugs and/or meadow creatures. Princess enjoyed them, too. And I’ve always thought that rhyming is great reinforcement for phonics at this age.
It’s a Butterfly’s Life and A Seed is Sleepy are both very informative and educational but colorful and fun. Did you know that a butterfly tastes through it’s feet? Or that the orchid seed is the smallest and that the coco de mer palm (which can weigh up to 60 lbs) is the largest?
Also, the illustrations for In My Backyard were gorgeous. Just gorgeous.
We used to go to the library all the time, but got out of the habit. I’m going to make sure we keep it up, though, because like Big Daddy said when he instated the reading time in the evenings, reading is good for them. It increases their vocabulary and “makes them smarter.” Picking good books, they’re also soaking up all kinds of science and history and literature and art and who-knows-what-else.
Love ’em. 🙂