January 8, 2014

What We're Reading: A List of Six Great Kids' Books

Eleanor and I have been on a roll with some awesome library books lately. I thought we'd share some of the fun ones we found.

The Patterson Puppies and the Rainy Day by Leslie Patricelli. Leslie Patricelli is one of our favorite picture book authors, and this one is super cute. Four puppies are bored on a rainy day - so they decide to have a pretend beach party inside, and all kinds of shenanigans ensue. My rating: 4.5 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 5 out of 5

Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home by Daniel Kirk. This is a story of library mice who have to find a new home while the library is being remodeled. They try everything from a castle to a Mongolian yurt to an igloo, learning a lot about architecture along the way. My rating: 4.5 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 4 out of 5

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas. The brave cowboy is trying to sing his cows to sleep, but he keeps getting scared, thinking that he sees a snake, or a spider. Then a real wolf shows up -- can the brave cowboy save the day? This is a silly little story, that greatly entertains Eleanor. And the bright, bold pictures make Juliet happy - there was a lot of arm-waving while I read this one. My rating: 3.5 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 4.5 out of 5

Almost by Richard Torrey. Jack is almost six, so he's almost grown-up. And he almost never cries and he can almost ride a big bike and he can almost make his own lunch. I think Eleanor really identifies with a lot of the sentiments in this one, because she's been having me read it a lot. My rating: 4 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 4 out of 5

Curious George Saves His Pennies by H.A. Rey. George wants to buy a red train, so the Man with the Yellow Hat helps him find odd jobs and save his money for it. It teaches some good money-saving and math skills, and (of course) features some monkey tricks. My rating: 4 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 4 out of 5

Look, Look! by Peter Linenthal. My mom bought this when Eleanor was a baby, and Juliet loves it too. It has stark black and white images, and a few simple words. Eleanor "reads" it to Juliet, and Juliet kicks her legs and waves her arms in excitement. It's pretty much the cutest thing ever. My rating: 4 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 4 out of 5, Juliet's rating: off the charts

What kids' books have YOU been reading?

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