Monday, April 6, 2015

What the Cubs are Reading: April 6 AND April #bookwormproblems

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey.  Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers have adapted it to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books. Since I recap what I'm personally reading each month with Modern Mrs. Darcy, for this linkup I post what Abby (almost 5) and Ellie (2.5) have been enjoying.
AND since this particular Monday is April 6, that's the day for Jessica's monthly Bookworm Problems linkup! Click here to see what other problems bookworms like you are having this month!

(Woo-hoo, two linkups in one post! All of you visiting from one of the linkups, be sure to click through and check out the other awesome one! :) 


My #bookwormproblem for the month? I want the kids' bookshelves to look like this:

But most of the time things look like this:

I'm really glad that they love books so much, but how is it that 1) we've obtained SO many books in the last five years and 2) they always seem to end up EVERYWHERE??

Here are some of the girls' favorites this week:

Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip by Herman Parish. June 2011
I remember loving Amelia Bedelia books as a kid, and thought it was neat that Parish has started making bigger, colorful picture books about Amelia's earlier years as a kid in school. She still has the quirkiness that we all know and love, and my own kids are learning the real meaning of phrases we understand and take for granted. Abby chose this one at the library last week, she has a field trip coming up soon that I will be able to go on with her (now that I'm done at the library! I've missed the others she's had this school year) and she is absolutely thrilled I can go.

The Golden Egg by A.J. Wood. February 2000.
This was a gift from a baby shower before Abby was born. I'm pretty sure it's the book that initiated my love for good rhyming kids books. Little Duck goes looking for a golden egg, encountering many animal friends and eggs of other colors. It has flapped pages to look behind, and I think the ending would make any woman smile.

The Story of Easter by Patricia A. Pingry. Board Book edition February 2011.
I got this book for the girls a year or two ago to help explain Easter to them in an extremely simple way. I'm sure by next year we'll be moving on to something more in depth (we've been reading the Easter story from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook at dinnertime), but they have been asking for this one every night since they knew it was Easter week.

Read to Tiger by S.J. Fore. August 2010
This is one of many many books we've received from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (hey that's part of the reason we have SO many books -- each girl gets one in the mail every month!). I sometimes feel like the boy in the story, trying to read while someone keeps interrupting.

Have you read any of these? How do you teach your kids to put their books away??

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  1. Many of those Amelia Bedelia books just didn't work in our library when I first started as we had a large ESL population. I discovered it requires a certain language finesse to understand the humour in them. Still, I didn't weed them all, and now that our demographics have changed, I find I have readers interested in them again!

    1. Oh I can just imagine how difficult they must have been for ESL students to understand! It's hard enough explaining things to a toddler and a preschooler!

  2. I don't need kids to do my bookshelf destruction, I do that myself!

  3. Love the chaotic picture of the bookshelf - because that is how a well-loved shelf should look like, I suppose. :) I haven't read any of the picturebooks you shared here, but will definitely check them out.

    1. At least the kids love books right? I've found my 2-year-old sitting in the middle of the pile of books, looking at another one, and it's just too cute to say anything.