Leaves and Acorns and Fall- Oh my!
October is a month where we never ever run out of good books to read. We love to read about autumn and Halloween and forest creatures… it’s just wonderful!!
Anaya’s Reading List (2.5 years old)
I’m a bit embarrased that Anaya likes this one so much. In this story, a boy comes home to find his mom at the computer everyday. Instead of being greeted in person, there’s a note. He decides one day that he would like to build a robot mom who would be there everyday when he came home from school and she would cook all the foods he loves and let him watch whatever he wanted on TV and never be too busy to play with him. Except, when he builds it, he realizes that a robot mom isn’t good for hugging. He decides to keep his real mom after all. I PROMISE this is totally not me, but Jake likes to give me a hard time ;).
Mickey Mouse and Friends are going on a road trip and boy, do they need a lot of help! Anaya loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (this obsession has replaced her Curious George obsession– i’m was a tiny bit glad she changed it up) and she also loves flap books, so together this made the perfect book for our huge weekend road trip this past weekend.
Ada’s Reading List (4 years old)
In the 1940s, Sylvia Medez was turned away from her town’s public school because of the color of her skin. Instead, she was told she had to go to the Mexican school, even though she was an American Citizen. Her parents decided to fight for change, and helped bring an end to the segregation of California’s public schools in 1947. This book is a great one for talking about our nation’s history of racism. and how one family did something to create change.
Ada and I share a love for Berenstain Bears books. In this one, Brother and Sister Bear’s trick-or-treating experience teaches them that looks can be deceiving.
This is also a series favorite in our house right now. With great writing and even better pictures, kids can learn about the lives of various historical characters from the character’s point of view. Meltzer is gifted at writing in such a way that teaches a lot about the character while also keeping the kids attention. So far, Helen Keller and Amelia Earhart has been Ada’s favorites.
Aly’s Reading List (6 years old)
There once was a family who didn’t have a house or a bed or a table, but had books and that was all they needed. But one day, they ran out of space for their books and had to get rid of them. They found that their lives were boring and sad. By chance, the daughter of the family stumbled upon a library…. we are such a book-loving family, and Aly in particular is probably our biggest bookworm, so it makes sense that she would love this one.
One story, two perspectives. Which one represents what really happened? This is a fun book that helps kids understand that every story has 2 sides.
Another biography for kids, Meltzer shows us the kind of person Rosa had to be in order to have the courage and moral compass to not move to the back of the bus. I love Rosa Parks and love even more that I get to share her story with my kids. This book is a great conversation starter for talking about civil rights, racism, etc.
Meet the magical tree that changes when the reader interacts with it! This is a super fun book for the season of changing leaves…
Asante’s Reading List (7 years old)
Last year Asante and I were reading through the Harry Potter series, but I had him stop after #5 because the I needed time to think about whether the last 2 were appropriate for him, given the maturity of Harry’s character. Would he understand Harry’s struggles and attitudes? After some thought, I told Asante that after his birthday he could finish up the series. He’s re-reading #5 now so that he can be ready to read 6 and 7 in a couple weeks.
Apparently he thinks this Pokemon book is pretty awesome- it lists over 700 Pokemon characters along with their stats and facts.
We’re all listening to The True Meaning of Smek Day. We went on a long road trip this past weekend and were able to make a pretty big dent in the book, and now we’re just listening little by little at bedtime. This is the book that Home was based on. The book is certainly different, but close enough that the kids have some sort of framework. This audiobook is almost 7 hours long, so we have found it’s helpful for them to have some background to help keep their attention and not get too lost in all the details.
What are you and your family reading??
Today I’m linking up with Quick Lit over at Modern Mrs. Darcy!