The last three weeks I really haven’t been able to read and blog like I wanted to. Between a couple of trips and an intense work schedule, finding time to even read a picture book has been a struggle. But, I’ve had my stack of books and have been getting back to what I love. I can’t respond to all of them, but I thought I would tell you about some of my favorites
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
The pictures in this book will make you want to get a sloth for a pet. Really great photography and wonderful look at the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. You meet several of the residents of the world’s largest sloth orphanage and get a glimpse of what life is like for these rescued animals. A good piece of non-fiction most kids will enjoy.
Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming
While not entirely true, Papa’s Mechanical Fish is based on the life of real-life inventor Lodner Phillips. It chronicles his journey to invent an underwater fish that is made for humans. Although he meets with several obstacles, Papa never gives up and finds inspiration in the little things his daughter says. The factual part of the book is fantastic, but what I really loved was the message of persistence,
Bake Sale by Sara Varon
Bake Sale just might be my favorite graphic novel yet. The pictures and the text are clever and simple. All of the characters are various foods; the two main characters being a cupcake and an eggplant. Sounds completely random, but they are the best of friends. If you haven’t delved into graphic novels yet, this is a great place to start. Plus, there are recipes of some of Cupcake’s creations in the back of the book. Win-win!
How To by Julie Morstad
I hadn’t seen this book on any of the blogs I follow, but I hope they discover it. How To is really about how to live life and be happy. The text is incredibly simple, including statements like how to see the wind, how to make new friends, and how to be far away. Each statement gets its own page (sometimes it’s a two-page layout) with gorgeous illustrations full of detail. It’s a book that will make you smile and a book that should be shared with every kid. While it is a great read aloud or read by myself kind of book, I can also see a few instructional uses for this book.
Some of the other books I’ve recently read include:
Currently listening to:
I haven’t started any novels yet. I’d kind of like to catch up on picture books and professional reading first. Then we’ll see what’s up next! Happy reading!