We have many, many children’s books. I mean, a lot. Trust me when I say this- some days, entire rooms are littered with books. I keep looking at the bookshelf filled haphazardly with picture books and board books and story books and wishing it were more organized. And then I think about how I don’t even remember some of them. Some of them I probably have never read, and some of them are so amazing I wish we would read them over and over again. And then I think about the *other* bookshelf in the closet filled with even more books and I just sigh!
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So yesterday, I looked over at Bubba and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we read EVERY.SINGLE.BOOK by the end of the month?” His eyes lit up and he said, “Yeah!” And I was getting excited about the quality couch time with my guy, and the relief from the guilt of not reading to him every day, and the habits we’ll form. I thought I would include mini-reviews on these books, as well.
We just dove into this. I grabbed a handful of books from the bottom of the shelf.
We actually lucked out with the first grab. These were some really great books. Here are my reviews with some ratings by me and the kids:
There’s a Nightmare In My Closet by Mercer Mayer: A classic book. Great pictures, a fun story about what happens when a boy tries to confront the nightmare in his closet. Definitely a favorite. (5 stars)
To Market To Market by Anne Miranda: A fun twist on the poem when all the animals get loose, you’ll never guess what’s for lunch! This one has some fun illustrations. (5 stars)
David Gets In Trouble by David Shannon: David always has an excuse, but at the end of the day, he knows he needs to redeem himself. My kids all love David- he’s just like them (plus, isn’t it funny to actually SEE someone run down the street without his pants on!) I actually love using this book to open conversations about obedience, manners and proper behavior. (5 stars)
Bluebird’s Nest by Dorothea DePrisco Wang: Mama Bird makes a nest over winter to get ready for her chicks. This book is one of those value books that you find with cute illustrations and a storyline that really seems thrown together. Not to mention it has a mama bird spending all winter making a nest (and animals helping her) that just doesn’t sit with me too well. The last page has a really fun pop up that the kids just love. We’re keeping it for that reason alone. (2 stars)
Caps For Sale: a Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina: The title gives you a great glimpse into the synopsis. This is one of Bubba’s most favorite stories. And it is SO MUCH fun to read! This is definitely (5 stars)
Sammy and the Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow, Adrian Reynolds: Sammy helps gram clear out the attic and finds a box of dinosaurs! This is another one of Bubba’s most favorites. He even has a bucket of dinosaurs just like the character in this book! (5 stars)
What Makes a Rainbow by Betty Schwartz: Little Rabbit goes around the wilderness asking all his friends what colors are in the rainbow. Another cute little pop-up book. This one is actually neat and the pictures are sweet. Not big on story, but the kids like it. (4 stars)
Like I said, we lucked out the first day! Join us this month as we read through our hundreds of books! I encourage you to read with your kids this month, too!