Welcome to week 7 of The Parenting Patch toddler summer reading program. Each week for eight weeks this summer, my daughter and I planned to read at least five books each week. We definitely met our goal, usually reading between five and ten books most days. To document and facilitate our progress, I am sharing five of our favorite books that we have read each week this summer. Check out our favorites this week. Who knows? Maybe you will find a new title to read with your kiddos!
Week 7 Books
- Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey
- Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, and Laura J. Bryant
- Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr and Whitney Martin
- Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino and Steven Kellogg
- Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli
My daughter is a huge fan of pumpkins. She began her love affair last fall and continues her love of the orange vegetable now that she can say the word pumpkin, so two of our books featured pumpkins. My daughter also loves her cat, Princess, so I picked a fun rhyming book with a cat as the main character. I also picked another rhyming book because rhyme is so important for language development. Finally, my daughter and I read a fun Christmas book together because I hope to pass my love of the holiday along to her.
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey is a timeless story of the treasured childhood tradition of carving jack o’ lanterns. When a child and his family head to a farm during the autumn season, he spends his time looking for the perfect pumpkin that is not too big but not too small. For Halloween, he carves a scary but fun face into his pumpkin (with the help of his mother, of course). My daughter loved pointing out the pumpkins on each page of this book.
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, and Laura J. Bryant is an adorable story told in rhyme about a kitten who does just about everything but get ready for school. She practices her purr, looks for her socks, chases a little mouse, and more. The illustrations are absolutely darling. My daughter loved pointing at the cat and making meow sounds as I read her the book.
Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr and Whitney Martin is a fun fall story that creates a fable for the reason that people cook and eat pumpkin seeds. After breaking off its vine and scattering its seeds all over a field, one plump pumpkin eventually becomes a mass of roly-poly pumpkins that bounce and roll into town, creating havoc. The illustrations are absolutely darling, and my daughter loved pointing out all the pumpkins. I also really enjoyed the story of roasted pumpkin seeds.
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino and Steven Kellogg follows Lloyd the llama on his quest to discover which baby animals have llamas for mamas. Told in rhyme, the story is great for little ones who are developing their language skills. For older kids, the rhymes turn into riddles. My daughter enjoyed making the sounds for the different animals featured in the story.
Fa La La
Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli is the Christmas title in the series of best-selling board books starring the beloved Baby character. My daughter and I both enjoy the Baby books from Leslie Patricelli. With my love of Christmas, I knew that I had to read my daughter this Christmas story. With bright, bold pictures that accompany the simple story, this book was a definite hit with my daughter.
What books have you and your children read recently?
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey © 2013 Heather Johnson
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, and Laura J. Bryant © 2013 Heather Johnson
Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr and Whitney Martin © 2013 Heather Johnson
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino and Steven Kellogg © 2013 Heather Johnson
Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli © 2013 Heather Johnson