Juvenile Pile: We’re Reading Picture Books Again

As I mentioned in my last Juvenile Pile, we’re struggling with finishing chapter books, so I got a bunch of picture books from the library to give us a little break.

We still mostly read at bedtime, but this picture was a spontaneous morning read in my room. Because we’d been reading Wonder (which we finally finished – yay!) I got the picture book from the library, and Christopher was excited to read it.

Here’s what we’ve been reading lately.

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

This book is simple. It gleans the most basic concept from Palacio’s Wonder (middle grade) and creates a beautiful picture book. It sparked conversation with Christopher. He wondered what made him a “wonder” and settled on his glasses. This book allows parents of younger kids to share the message of Wonder with their kids. Everyone is worth loving and has unique characteristics that they bring to the world.

4 Stars

Rulers of the Playground by Joseph Kuefler

Christopher read this book to me. It’s about two kids determined to rule the playground. They claim territory, they create rules, and they take all of the fun out of playing. Just when they decide to end the war, another potential ruler comes along. It’s a little strange, but we enjoyed it well enough.

3 Stars

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

When I reviewed this book I said I’d have to get it from the library to read with Christopher, and I did. He enjoyed it, but I think he got a little annoyed with me because I wanted to talk about the message of the book. He had gotten it without me needing to discuss it. Haha.

5 Stars

What a Day It Was at School! by Jack Prelutsky

Christopher picked this book out from the school library. It’s a collection of poems about school. We didn’t read all of them, but he did read me quite a few. It was so cute to listen to him read poetry. He did such a great job with the cadence and the rhyming. We skipped one poem during our first reading because it was about going on a field trip the day before. We saved it for the day after his class field trip. That was pretty special.

4 Stars

Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper

This book is a short chapter book kind of reminiscent of Elephant and Piggie. Two friends, Bean Dog and Nugget, play with a ball. The ball gets stuck in a bush, and they have to rescue it. Christopher read the whole thing in one sitting because it was a little easy, but the story was cute and the characters were fun. There’s a second book, and we’ll be getting it from the library soon.

3 Stars

What have your kids been reading?

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