Monday, February 1, 2016

What the Cubs are Reading: February 1

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn of The Book Date. 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 5.5) and Ellie (age 3.5) have been enjoying. 


by David Soman. March 2011
We've been fans of the Ladybug Girl books off and on, since we received Ladybug Girl and Bingo from the Imagination Library a few years ago. But suddenly Ellie decided she REALLY likes them, and we currently have five books from the series checked out from our library! Both of my girls are really getting into imaginative play (lately it's been Star Wars related...), and this particular book has been great for encouraging them to not be bossy and always telling everyone exactly how to play. 


Surprise Island (Boxcar Children) 
by Gertrude Chandler Warner. 
I discovered that Abby's teacher had been reading aloud the first book in the Boxcar Children series to her kindergarten class, and just finished on Friday. I remember loooooving the series as a kid, and knew I wanted to some day introduce my kids to it. I also want to get in the habit of reading aloud chapter books more, so this was a perfect opportunity! My church library has most of them, so we checked out book #2 and started it. While the image above is what my series looked like as a kid, this is what the books in the church library look like: 
I knew the series was old, but I didn't realize just how old - when looking for a publish date to put with this post, I found on Wikipedia that the first book was originally published in 1924, and reissued in a shorter revised form in 1942. Surprise Island is shown to be published in 1949, with re-prints in 1977 (blue cover above) and 1989.


We've also been reading a stack of picture books about the Arctic, for the Reading Together Family Exploration Book Club (check out those reviews here). We'd love to have more of you join us for the club! Click here for more info about it.


Check out what others are reading in today's linkup

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  1. Somehow I missed The Boxcar Children as a child, but I fell in love with them along with my daughter when she was younger. Now my nephew is into the series. I didn't realize how old they were,either. Happy reading this week!

  2. I adored the Boxcar Children books as I kid, and I remember those covers!! I loved all the adventures they got up to, and of course I wanted a little dog, too. :)

    1. When I asked my daughter what happened in the book, the first thing she said was "they got a dog!!" :)

  3. I love that you put what your kids are reading! Ricki and Trent include our boys in our IMWAYR post also :)

    Happy reading this week!

  4. I read my first boxcar children book last summer. I too was amazed at how long ago they were published, and how wonderful it was to read today.

  5. It's been so long since I've seen a bookcover of The Boxcar Children - while I didn't really read the series as a child, it does evoke a lot of childhood memories. :)