Monday, May 9, 2016

What the Cubs are Reading: May 9

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. Darcyfor this linkup I post what Abby (age 5.5) and Ellie (age 3.5) have been enjoying. 

by C.M. Rubin. August 2003
This super-cute book is all about a girl named Eleanor whose family gives her different nicknames based on who they think she should grow up to be. At the end of the book she is fed up with it all, and announces who she really is and the nickname that will be hers. I'll give you a hint -- when I read through this book while standing at a yard sale, I got to the end and couldn't believe my luck at finding it. My second-born is Eleanor, but we call her something else... :)

by Laura Murray. June 2013
If you're familiar with the story of the gingerbread man/boy, this book has nothing to do with it. :) This gingerbread man goes on a field trip with a class to the fire station, and while learning about the people and things you can find there, falls out of the pocket of his classmate and goes on a mini-adventure while escaping a hungry dalmatian. It definitely has fun rhymes, including a spin on the classic lines of the original story: "I’ll ride to the rescue, as fast as I can. I want to help, too! I’m the Gingerbread Man!" We received this as part of the Imagination Library, so while it's advertised as having a fire safety poster inside, there was not one in ours.

by Kim Norman. June 2012
I love, love, love this book. With a style similar to the "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a ___" books, it rhymes and each page builds off the last one. This piggy gets loose at the fair and experiences lots of of different colors. The color words themselves are the actual color (so while most of the text is black, the word "red" actually is red), which helps kids to recognize them like sight words. I used this book in a storytime I led a few years ago at the library, and we still pull it off our shelf frequently!

by Margaret & H.A. Rey. October 1986 
My 3.5-year-old still loves Curious George. Our library has about 10 of the original, library-bound titles and whenever I ask Ellie what kind of book she'd like to get from the library she always asks for a George book. This has been her most recent pick -- George sees a neighbor walking a dog, and decides he wants to become not just a dog walker, but a walker of all pets... 

Check out what others are reading in today's linkup

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  1. What a fun collection of picture books. I remember reading lots of Curious George books with my daughter (and when I was a girl, too)!

  2. Curious George never loses his popularity.

  3. I love the story of your 'find' at the garage sale about "Eleanor", hope I can find the book for my granddaughters.

    1. It's SO cute! I found it at my library too!

  4. My son LOVES George! I think he is so much fun, but I struggle with him being called a monkey because he has no tail....

    Happy reading this week! :)

  5. My son ALSO loves George! I can't get enough of him. I laughed at Kellee's comment above. She is always mentioning that lack of a tail. She reads a lot of monkey/ape books. I hope you have a great reading week!