My daughter loves books. To continue to foster her love of reading, she and I read a least a couple of books together almost every day. For the summer reading program in which she is participating at a local library, she must complete a total of six reading logs. For her age group, each reading log consists of five books. Generally, she and I read at least five books together each day, so we are well on our way to completely our summer reading goal. Although we read many more, here are five of our favorite titles from the past week.
- Biscuit’s New Trick by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
- Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea
- Goodnight, Baby Monster by Laura Leuck
- Gideon and Otto by Olivier Dunrea
- Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
My daughter loves balls, dogs, and ducks. One of the books that we read this week featured both a ball and a dog. Two of the titles featured geese, which she calls ducks. (The different between ducks and geese is quite insignificant for our purposes.) Because I often read to her right before bed, I picked a fun bedtime story that features another little monster. Finally, Dr. Seuss books are classics among children’s literature.
Biscuit’s New Trick
Biscuit’s New Trick by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories is another adorable title in the Biscuit series of books for young readers. In the story, Biscuit’s owner attempts to teach Biscuit how to fetch a ball. Instead, Biscuit rolls over, retrieves a bone, and chases the cat. When the ball eventually rolls into a mud puddle, the energetic dog finally decides to play fetch. My daughter, of course, loved pointing out the ball on the pages and telling me what the dog says (Woof!). I love the simplicity and fun of the Biscuit books.
Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea is another title in the loveable series of Gossie and Gertie books. For Halloween, Gossie is a wizard, Gertie is a chicken, Peedie is a dragon, and BooBoo is a bunny. Ollie is dressed as a mummy who thinks sharing is more fun than scaring. My daughter loved pointing out the ducks (geese) and the pumpkins throughout the story. Halloween is my second favorite holiday (right after Christmas). I love any story that takes place during Halloween. I especially love the illustrations in the Gossie and Gertie stories.
Goodnight, Baby Monster
Goodnight, Baby Monster by Laura Leuck is a bedtime story told in rhyme that is perfect for little ones getting ready for bed. The story features monsters, ghosts, goblins, and other conventionally spooky creatures getting ready for bed with their spooky parents. At the end, the tale concludes with a human mother and child reading in a bedroom filled with stuffed-toy representations of all of the characters from the story. I loved the gentle rhyme and that the bedtime story made some scary bumps in the night a little less scary. My daughter loved looking at the pictures and is still not afraid of ghosts, vampires, or zombies.
Gideon and Otto
Gideon and Otto by Olivier Dunrea is yet another fun title in the Gossie and Gertie series. Gideon is a gosling whose favorite friend is his toy octopus, Otto. Everywhere that Gideon goes Otto goes. One day, however, Otto is not where Gideon left him. Gideon looks all over for his many-legged friend. In the end, Otto finds his way back to Gideon. Again, my daughter loved pointing out the ducks (geese) throughout the book and kept pointing at Otto and asking, “What’s that?” I still just love the story and illustrations of the book series.
Fox in Socks
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss is a crazy book of tongue twisters. With all the rhymes in this story, my daughter was quite interested in just hearing me say all the words. I had quite a lot of fun trying to read the tongue twisters as quickly as possible. My daughter also liked just looking at all the fun and sometimes crazy illustrations.
What books have you and your children read recently?
Biscuit’s New Trick by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories © 2013 Heather Johnson
Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea © 2013 Heather Johnson
Goodnight, Baby Monster by Laura Leuck © 2013 Heather Johnson
Gideon and Otto by Olivier Dunrea © 2013 Heather Johnson
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss © 2013 Heather Johnson