Welcome to week 4 of The Parenting Patch toddler summer reading program. Each week this summer, my daughter and I are challenging ourselves to read at least five books each week. Most of the time, however, we end up reading five to ten books per day. My daughter is also participating in the summer reading program at a local library. She must complete six reading logs over the summer. A reading log equals five books read. She is well on her way to finishing!
Week 4 Books
- How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
- BooBoo by Olivier Dunrea
- Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
- Little Critter: Happy Halloween, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer
- No More Diapers for Ducky! by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams
I chose How Rocket Learned to Read because of the dog on the front cover. Rocket looks so much like our dog Kenobi, and my daughter loves dogs in general. I also chose the two books by Olivier Dunrea because I love the Gossie and Gertie series and because my daughter loves ducks. (She confuses geese with ducks still.) I chose the Halloween story because my daughter loves pumpkins, and pumpkins are almost always included in Halloween tales. Finally, the last book that I picked features a duck who is starting to potty train. My daughter may be just eighteen months old, but she is already well on her way to potty training.
How Rocket Learned to Read
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills is a story about an irresistible white dog with black spots named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird, written by the author of the Duck & Goose books. Rocket loves chasing leaves, chewing sticks, and napping under his favorite tree. One day, a little yellow bird interrupts his nap by designating Rocket as her first student. At first Rocket is not interested, but, as the bird begins to read a story, Rocket becomes captivated and decides that he does want to learn to read. This book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and for children first learning to read. My daughter loved pointing out the dog and the bird on each page. I loved that the dog looked so much like my puppy, Kenobi.
BooBoo by Olivier Dunrea introduces young readers to a curious blue gosling who likes to eat. From the same author as the Gossie and Gertie books, this story is super fun for little readers. At first, BooBoo eats anything and everything, including soap bubbles. However, after she starts burping up bubbles, she becomes a little more discerning about the “food” that she consumes. My daughter loved when we got to the part about the bubbles. She loved saying the word bubble and pointing to the bubbles on the page. She also loved when I said, “BooBoo burped bubbles. BooBoo burped bubbles.” She loved the alliteration!
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea introduces young readers to a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots. Another title in the Gossie and Gertie series of books, the story finds Gossie looking for her beloved red boots. By the end, Gossie finds her boots — and a new best friend. My daughter again loved pointing out the geese on each page (although she calls all duck-like birds including geese ducks). I just really love each of the gosling books from Olivier Dunrea.
Little Critter: Happy Halloween, Little Critter!
Little Critter: Happy Halloween, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer is another Little Critter Halloween book. In the story, Little Critter and Little Sister head to a spooky party at a haunted house. Each page features a flap that reveals the face behind a scary monster. My daughter loves pumpkins and loved pointing out the pumpkins on many pages of the book. I also love Halloween, so I am hoping that reading Halloween books to her will instill the same love in her!
No More Diapers for Ducky!
No More Diapers for Ducky! by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams is a cute story that is great for toddlers who are starting on potty training. Ducky wants to play with Piggy, but Piggy is busy sitting on the potty. Ducky play’s with Piggy’s toys for a while, eventually deciding that she wants to use the potty too. My daughter is not yet potty trained but has used the potty since she was six months old. I loved the message of the story. My daughter loved pointing out the duck on the different pages.
What books have you and your children read recently?
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills © 2013 Heather Johnson
BooBoo by Olivier Dunrea © 2013 Heather Johnson
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea © 2013 Heather Johnson
Little Critter: Happy Halloween, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer © 2013 Heather Johnson
No More Diapers for Ducky! by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams © 2013 Heather Johnson