Juvenile Pile: Beginning of Summer

I can’t believe the first few weeks of summer are already over. I haven’t even looked through the papers and summer homework in Christopher’s backpack. Oops. Maybe I will now that it’s July. We’ve been pretty chill on reading as well. We’re mostly reading chapter books on the nights that Christopher hasn’t stayed up too late to read.

Here’s what we’ve been reading lately.

From the library…

The Good for Nothing Button (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! #3) by Charise Mericle Harper

Jim read this book with Christopher, but I couldn’t resist reading it quickly on my own before I took it back to the library. I love Mo Willems, and Elephant and Piggies, so I had to see what was next for this new series. I really loved this book. It captures the spirit of the original books so well. There’s lot of excitement and humor. It’s just a lot of fun.

5 Stars

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Anyone who’s read bedtime stories to children and had them interrupt a million times will love this book. The father chicken is reading to his chick at night, and the little chicken cannot help telling an alternate ending to each story he tries to read. There’s a cute twist at the end. It’s a funny one.

4 Stars

Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz & Beth Coulton

Christopher read this book to me while he was laying in bed, so it was a little hard to follow. It’s an interesting twist on the classic tale. The Three Bears have a band, and they need a new singer – enter Goldi. He enjoyed it, but didn’t love it.

3 Stars

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller

I heard about this book from a roundup about kids books discussing kindness. This book was an easy read for Christopher. It had a repeating section, which is always good for beginning readers. Rabbit’s new neighbors and otters, and he isn’t sure how to treat them. He learns that he should treat them the way he would like to be treated. It’s a good book about the golden rule.

3 Stars

From our own collection…

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld

This book was an all-time favorite in our house. We haven’t read it in a couple of years, so I was pretty excited when Christopher picked to read it to me. It’s the perfect bedtime book – especially for construction vehicle lovers. Christopher even had names for the vehicles when he was younger, and we had the corresponding toys.

5 Stars

Duck Soup (Max the Duck) by Jackie Urbanovic

This book is another modern classic. Max the Duck is making soup. After trying many recipes, he’s crafting his own. But when he goes out to get something from the garden, his friends arrive and can’t find Max. Seeing some onions and carrots in the soup, they fear the worst. Max’s soup is ruined, but at least he’s OK. This one will have both kids and parents laughing.

5 Stars

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss

Christopher impressed me while reading this book. Obviously the reading level is quite low, but he read it almost as fast as I could have. It’s a classic Dr. Seuss with plenty of rhyming words and humor. I didn’t even realize we owned this book. (We got tons of Dr. Seuss books handed down from Jim’s cousin.) It’s a good read, and it’s not as long as many other Dr. Seuss books, so that was good.

4 Stars

What has your family been reading?

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