Thursday, October 29, 2009

Book Bag: October

This month Erik was very insistent on choosing board books out of the bins in the Kids' section. "I'm gonna choose books for ME, my OWN self," he said, and proceeded to select piles and piles. I said that we needed to pare down our collection a bit... so I helped him narrow down his pile. Here's what he picked:

  1. Jacob Lawrence In The City by Susan Goldman Rubin ****Great rhythm to the story and amazing illustrations.
  2. Old Mother Hubbard by Jane Cabrera
  3. Boats by Byron Barton
  4. Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes ****Henkes never fails to enchant both the kids (and me!)
  5. 1 is One by Tasha Tudor****LOVE this counting book with complex, wonderful vocabulary!
  6. Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr.
  7. Duck & Goose 123 by Tad Hills
  8. Shades of Black: A Celebration of our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney****Great vocabulary, beautiful tribute to all the colors kids may be.
  9. I Spy Little Numbers by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  10. Sun by Natalie Jane Prior
  11. Fit-It Duck by Jez Alborough****Silly, goofy, messy fun!
And, for her part, Madeline has shown a real interest in Math, so the rest of our books are a mix of early mathematics, Halloween/Fall stories, and myths, legends & fairy tales. Faves are noted as usual****:
  1. I'm your bus / Marilyn Singer ****Both kids LOVE this one. Fun, sweet, happy book.
  2. Halloween night / by Marjorie Dennis Murray
  3. Humpty Dumpty climbs again / Dave Horowitz****Excellent version of Humpty Dumpty. Clever tale of perseverance.
  4. My monster mama loves me so / Laura Leuck ****Fave!
  5. Pumpkin circle : the story of a garden / story by George Levenson****This, and the DVD of same, were fascinating to the kids this year since we grew pumpkins too.
  6. Bootsie Barker bites / by Barbara Bottner ****Mixed reviews on this recommendation from my sister-in-law. I loved the book, and think it teaches a great lesson (including the bratty Bootsie's parents giving in to a tantrum - that's why she's a brat!). My kids love it too. However... other friends and family who've read this to the kids thought it was horrible. I think it's a great book to use to teach some important lessons. And, kids can be mean. The heroine of "Bootsie" stands up for herself without becoming a bully herself...
  7. First picture math / illustrated by Jo Litchfield****Madeline LOVES, and is really good at, this one!
  8. Nifty thrifty math crafts / Michele C. Hollow
  9. Tyrannosaurus math / by Michelle Markel
  10. Money math with Sebastian pig and friends : at the farmer's market / written by Jill Anderson****Fun, and relevant, since we go to the Farmer's Market!
  11. The beautiful stories of life : six Greek myths, retold / Cynthia Rylant
  12. Children of native America today / Arlene Hirschfelder and Yvonne Wakim Dennis
  13. Patchwork style : 35 simple projects for a cozy & colorful life / Suzuko Koseki
  14. George and the dragon / text based on the script written by Sheila Dinsmore
  15. Goldilocks / [retold and illustrated by] Ruth Sanderson****A beautiful version of Goldilocks, where Goldy helps clean up and repair the damage she's done, and gives the bears her blueberries so they can all end up sharing muffins and tea! Includes a blueberry muffin recipe.

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