Monday, August 10, 2015

What the Cubs are Reading: August 10

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 (age 5) and Ellie (age 3) have been enjoying.


Otto: The Boy Who Loved Cars
by Kara LaReau
 June 2011
The girls picked this one out from the free box at a yard sale we stopped at -- the copy we got was actually an advanced reader paperback. It almost makes me want to do more with getting ARC's. It's a really cute story about a boy who lives and breathes cars sooo much (his friends are even named Chevy, Mini, and Kia, which I think is hilarious -- and his own name is Otto -- get it? auto?) that one day he wakes up and actually IS a car. A great little tale about trying new things! 

by Jane Belk Moncure. September 1983
Yup you read that copyright date correctly. This book came out when I was 6 months old! I had completely forgotten about the Word Bird series until I saw them at the library -- I LOVED them as a kid. We picked this one out last week because it was Ellie's birthday. You'd be really lucky to find this one for sale somewhere, so check your library for it. It goes through all the months of the year, as Word Bird asks when his birthday is. My kids love adding things to each month: "Papa said 'August is the time for picnics and fishing'"... and Ellie's birthday. :)  

by E.B. White. October 1952
I used to do more reading aloud with Abby last year, when she would rest in the afternoons and wasn't in school yet. But now that naps are over for both her and her sister, we tend to choose picture books as bedtime reading so Ellie can stay focused. I got this book on audio from the library, and a couple times over the last few weeks have played it while doing household chores as the girls play nearby. But now the audio is due back to the library and we're only a third of the way done...

Do you read chapter books aloud to your kids? How old are they? Should I try to do it more, or is my easily-distractable, just-turned-3-year-old-Ellie too young yet?

Check out what others are reading in today's linkup!

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  1. I am not a huge fan of reading aloud OR being read to. Once my children could read by themselves, we would all just do our own reading. Only ever read the novels The Borrowers and Townley's The Great Good Thing aloud to them.