November was a good month for us in finding book for the kids that they LOVE. Anaya has been getting to the age where she knows which books she loves, which books she doesn’t, and there is nothing we can do to influence her opinions. I love this growth in her reading skills, even if I don’t always love reading her strange books :).
Here are the books we’re reading this month!
Anaya’s Reading List (2.5 years old)
The Princess and the Pony
This princess wants a pony for her birthday so that she can become a warrior in her father’s kingdom. She received a pony alright… but not the kind she expected. Her pony leads her into battle, and leads the kingdom into a new way of interacting. If you end up picking up this book, let me know what you think– especially about the last page!
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too
Nelly and Daddy have the day at home together, and they decide to build a cardboard house! This is a sweet book of a special dad and daughter relationship!
Ada’s Reading List (5 years old)
Cinderella: Stories Around the World (4 Beloved Tales series)
We LOVE Cari Meister. She’s written a ton of different styles of books, but we always end up finding her on accident :). In this series of fairy tale books, we read the same fairy tale, but in different versions from all over the world. This particular one includes the Cinderella story told by the French, the Micmac Tribe of North America, the Chinese, as well as the Egyptians. It’s fun to compare what’s similar and different, as well as look at the gorgeous illustrations. These fairy tale books are not only entertaining, but they help create a sense of awareness that our beloved tales are not just our own.
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Ada was named after this (first ever!) computer programer and mathematician. Now that she’s 5, we thought she may be able to begin to appreciate her namesake! This book is an easy to understand biography of Ada’s life. 🙂 Fun fact: Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron, and her mom pushed her towards science and math because she didn’t want Ada to be like her dad- ha!
Aly’s Reading List (6 years old)
The Story of Diva and Flea
Mo Willems and Tony Diterlizzi
Mo’s new book is an early chapter book about the relationship between Diva (a domesticated dog) and Flea (a street-wise cat). They are both very different, but it’s these very differences that help them grow as animals and as friends!
Greetings from Somewhere: The Mystery of the Gold Coin
Greetings from Somewhere is an easy chapter book series about twins- Ella and Ethan- who are about to leave their hometown to travel the world with their mom! While this book mostly lays the foundation for future books, I think this series is going to be great for kids who are interested in learning about other parts of the world, solving mysteries, and learning a few new words from different languages!
Louise Trapeze is Totally 100% Fearless (almost)
Louise Trapeze can’t wait to perform on the trapeze in her family’s circus. But, there are 2 problems: 1. She’s too young and 2. She might be a little bit afraid of heights. Her birthday rolls around and she decides she is big enough, but there’s still that second problem to deal with. This early chapter book (with pictures!) is a great one for young girls who are dealing with a fear that they want to overcome.
Asante’s Reading List (8 years old)
A Field Guide to Griffins, Unicorns, and other Mythical Beasts
A. J. Sautter
Of course this book caught our eye because our love for Harry Potter and these are some of the mythical creatures mentioned in the book. This thin guide tells a bit about each creature- giving it’s size, habitat, diet, life cycle, and behavior patterns. Apparently it’s very believable, because when reading, Asante totally forgot that these creatures are just made up- ha!
The 39 Clues series
Asante has recently started the 39 Clues series, which is about a pair of siblings who have discovered their family was one of the most powerful families in human history. Their power is hidden in clues around the world, and it’s their job to find the clues. I haven’t read them, but Asante is really loving them! The first one is written by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series.