What We’re Reading (September 2015)

This month started out really rough in the reading department. Ever have those weeks where every children’s book you pick out falls flat? Yech. We started and stopped several chapter books and it seemed like every picture book we read together immediately went into the “ready to take back to the library” bag.

We love books! Here's what we're reading for the month of September 2015

Out of sheer desperation, I requested a gaggle of books from the library, in hopes of finding a few gems. We totally hit the jackpot.

Anaya’s Reading List (2 years old)


midnight libraryThe Midnight Library

Author: Kazuno Kohara

Ever wonder where the nocturnal animals go to check out books? Why the midnight library of course! A sweet simple book with an easy-to-follow plot line made it a perfect “read again” for Anaya.




snowwhiteSnow White and the 77 Dwarfs

Author: Davide Cali

In this fractured fairy tale, Snow White takes refuge in the dwarfs’ cottage from the mean witch, and then after taking care of the 77 dwarfs for one day, realizes that perhaps running into the witch wouldnt be so bad…




r is for rocketR is for Rocket: an ABC book

Author: Tad Hills

Tad Hills is a famous around our house, but more for his Duck and Goose books. We picked this one up from the library in hopes of helping Anaya learn more of her ABCs (She knows none of them– it’s called the fourth kid syndrome. Sorry, love!). I like that it’s not overtly ABCish (which, now that I think about it, probably means it is doing nothing to solve the problem. This poor kid will never learn her ABCs.).



pianoPiano Piano

Author: David Cali

So this kid, Marcolino, has to practice his piano and he doesn’t like to. He’d rather be doing a million other things, you know, like practicing karate and pretending to be an astronaut. His mom lays on some underhanded guilt to get him to practice, and grandpa finds out about it. Grandpa’s lesson teaching is pretty funny, and it reminds us parents to gain some perspective.


Ada’s Reading List (4 years old)


Butterfly Parkbuttefly

Author: Elly MacKay

When a little girl has to move from her country home to a city home, she’s a little sad, until she finds that she moves in next to a Butterfly Park. The only problem is- there are no butterflies! The little girls enlists some neighborhood help to transform the butterfly garden into what it was meant to be. This is a sweet book about community, friendships, and working together.




squashSophie’s Squash

Authors: Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf

Sophie finds a squash at the market and falls in love. She draws a face on it and decides it is the most perfect companion. She carries that sweet squash everywhere she goes and loves it to … well, mush. She finally decides what to put it in the ground to make it feel better, and next spring, well, you can probably guess what happens next… 🙂




askmeAsk Me

Author: Bernard Waber

This is not your average conflict/resolution book. Instead, it simply records the interactions between a dad and his little girl while on a nature walk.The little girl is gaining a sense of self-identity (what does she like?) and the dad is responding patiently to the demand of his daughter’s desire to script the interaction.  I think all parents and kids can relate to this book.




Aly’s Reading List (6 years old)


oliveOlive and Beatrix: The Not-So-Itty-Bitty Spiders

Author: Amy Marie Stadelmann

Olive and Beatrix are twins. One love science. The other loves magic. This combination often gets them into trouble. 🙂 This series is part of Scholastic’s Branches line of books, which are books that are in-between picture books and longer chapter books. I would describe this book as part chapter book and part graphic novel. The illustrations are GORGEOUS. {content is geared towards 1st/2nd graders and the reading level is Grade 2}




nikki and dejaNikki and Deja: Birthday Blues

Author: Karen English

Nikki and Deja are 3rd graders who are best friends. Deja’s birthday plans are in threat of being sabotaged, so they work together to make sure it’s not a total disaster :). This book is big on the theme of young friendship.






weirderschoolMy Weirder School series

Author: Dan Gutman

This series is about a very silly elementary school called, well, Ella Mentry School. The characters in this series are funny and the plots are strange, which is probably why Aly has been really loving them. I’ve heard her giggling while reading them, which is music to my ears :).




mangaManga Math Mysteries: The Lost Key

Author: Melinda Thielbar

Think of this as math meets graphic novel (how amazing is that??!!). From the back: “At Sifu Faiza’s Kung Fu School, kids learn to be strong and fast. They also learn to be smart, cool-headed, and honest. So Joy, Adam, Sam and Amy are surprised when the key to the school is stolen- as well as all their kung fu gear. Now they’ll have to use all kinds of calculations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division- to figure out the clues, follow the thieves and find the lost key.




Asante’s Reading List (7 years old)


athenaThe Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus series)

Author: Rick Riordan

Asante is steadily making his way through the Heroes of Olympus series. I haven’t read them at all, but they’re making him laugh a lot, and he has become really interested in mythology (something I could never get into as a kid but I’m glad he can!).





neptuneThe Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus series)

Author: Rick Riordan








As always, feel free to share what books your kids are into this month!!

3 thoughts on “What We’re Reading (September 2015)

  1. I’m reading newberry medal books at the moment and just finished Flora & Ulysses by Katue DiCamillo.. It was delightful.. It’s about a superhero squirrel who loves words and his new friend Flora. Full of totally quirky and endearing people that I want as friends.

  2. That sounds great! 🙂 We’ve read Despereaux by Katie DiCamillo, but not Flora & Ulysses. We’ll have to put it on our short list! 🙂

  3. Holly, We also love the Mercy Watson series, including Leroy Ninker, and the Bink and Gollie books. I was just thinking today how good and versatile an author she is.

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