Are your kids participating in a Summer Reading Challenge this year? We’re doing a challenge with our local library and we stocked up on books this morning.
Here are some of the books my kids started reading today:
Fancy Nancy: Ooh La La! It’s Beauty Day by Jane O’Connor
My daughter is a big fan of the Fancy Nancy series and this book was as adorable as all the others. Though probably geared towards a child who is reading to self, the book worked well as a read aloud story also.
I particularly liked all the recipes and tips for having your very own spa day at home with things you probably already have on hand, like the face mask using bananas and honey. Your kids can learn all about manicures, pedicures, face masks, braiding hair and more – not to mention things not to do! If your kids like the Fancy Nancy books, they are bound to love this one!
Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous and the writing has a very poetic quality to it that makes it nice to read aloud. It’s a cute and simple story, that is really made fantastic by the beautiful writing.
This book definitely has coffee table appeal to it – you won’t mind it sitting out on the table when company is over or showcasing it proudly on a bookshelf.
My son is a really good reader and I’m trying to encourage chapter books but also let him read a lot of picture books because he loves them (like most kids). These are the two books he picked out at the library, in addition to other books that I selected for him.
Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents the Call of the Cowboy by David Bruins
This would be a great book for kids of all ages, really. My seven year old loved it but I think most kids younger would enjoy it as well.
The illustrations are great with an almost comic book style to them that make it great as a read to self book but it also works well read aloud. The book deals with the importance of having quiet time and time to be loud and goofy with friends.
Wow! City! (Ala Notable Children’s Books. Younger Readers by Robert Neubecker
The illustrations in this book are wonderfully complex, making it great for reading by yourself – it’s one of those books where you can look at a single page for awhile and find lots of interesting details.
The actual story is very simple – too simple to really hold up as a read aloud story (Wow City! Wow Taxi! etc), but it engaged my son and would work well for younger kids who are just learning to read.