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Every time we get a haul of books from the library, they are usually hit or miss. And by that I mean there is usually one or two, sometimes three, books that both capture the kids’ attention, and have an interesting storyline. E.g. He fairy series of books just drives me nuts, if I never had to read another one aloud, it would be too soon. I try to let big girl get them every once in a whole because I figure he important thing is that she’s interested in reading and eager to listen.

That being said, here is the hit list from our most recent trip;

John Muir, America’s First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky–loved this one. The illustrations are beautiful, and it covers the course of his life, detailing his enthrallment with nature and general intellectual curiosity. A lot of the book reminds me of Charlotte Mason. Plus I personally learned new things, like the fact that Muir was an inventor (big girl was both intrigued and concerned about his bed that dumped he occupier when the clock turned a certain hour, I.e. an early alarm clock), that he was the driving force behind Yosemite and the national park system, and that he founded the Sierra club. These are probably widely known facts, but I always like to learn new things too.

This is the Sunflower, by Lola M. Schaefer– his was a cute and short little story with beautiful illustrations of sunflowers. It generally describes the life cycle of a sunflower and lays the foundation for some basic life cycle concepts. Great for the 2-3 year old audience IMO.

Me and my dad, by Allison Ritchie– this is a super cute story about a bear cub and his dad and their adventures. It has great woodland illustrations and a sweet storyline. Plus I always like to pick up the books involving daddies since it seems to be a lesser developed genre when compared with mommies or grandmas, for example.

Goodnight, goodnight, construction site, by Sherry Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld–by far the biggest hit with all the kids. A more traditional goodnight story, this book gives some detailed information about the different functions of various construction vehicles, and makes it seem like it’s cool to go to sleep and rest after hard work–always a plus! I also like to pick up books that might not generally be targeted towards girls, read not pink or about princesses/fairies, and the girls really took to this story. I’ll strongly consider buying this one.

Sheep on a ship, by Nancy Shaw– I think this one might be a reader, since it was one of many copies among similar looking books. Nonetheless, the prose was interesting to read with tongue twisting language. It details the trip of some ambitious sheep over some rough seas. I will definitely be looking into checking out more books in this series. Another one that has been read several times.

Thomas Paine by Rourke publishing– this was definitely one of the more advanced books. Presented in a less detailed encyclopedic format, it presents more advanced concepts such as the colonies, independence, and the French Revolution. It wasn’t difficult to explain to my almost five year old though, and she really enjoys learning about this period in history. It was also easy to extend our talk into geography and other related concepts, such as our copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Happy reading!

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