The kids have been hittin' the books pretty hard lately (one plus from having some lousy weather here in POLKAVILLE!), and I've noticed my daugther Sofia ("Super Sofia" in POLKA DOT! lore) is really enjoying the Junie B. series.
I like them, too, not just as a parent, but also as a writer; the stories are cute, not cutesy, and Junie is full of personality. She's curious, spry, and often gets into funny situations. I know that may sound vague, but my daughter's laughs while reading and recounting of the stories tell me that this series is a winner!
For older children (3rd-5th grade) I'd recommend some of Judy Blume's books. Many are actually out of print, I've found, but the awesome Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing is always available - it's a complete classic!
It follows older brother Peter through his day-to-day experiences (now you're remembering, right?) at school and play, and at home with his little brother, "Fudge." Little bro' went on to star in his own series of books (the earlier ones are best), as did another character: Peter's nemesis, Sheila.
As a teacher, I've used Tales ... for read-alouds and book reports - the students always loved it!
Yeah - as a matter of fact, I just returned from a camping trip with my students. As soon as a saw her, my daughter exclaimed, "I just finished my Junie B. book!"
Rowan will no doubt be pleased to learn you're sharing his bathroom routine with the greater Sprockster community.
We recently received a big book of traditional fairy tales. You'd think with two kids in the house and a dad who performs puppet shows for a living, we'd be constantly immersed in fairy tales, but despite enough children's books to fill a wall of shelves, we haven't read our children traditional fairy tales until now! Unbelievable. Anyway, I myself have been totally captivated by them... they're so wonderful and weird.
Like... why are the elves who help the shoemaker naked?! We've been joking with our son that we have a couple of naked elves that run around our house at night. He thinks that's pretty funny. I suggested we get them each a set of clothes for Christmas this year.
And Puss in Boots... I had completely forgotten (or never knew) the whole story. Even Jack and the Beanstalk is different than I remembered it. And how amazing is Thumbelina?! What great stories. We love 'em, and feel fortunate that our children are interested in books and reading.
I remember sitting on the back of the bus during grade school, a group of kids crowded around reading bits of "Forever" by Judy Blume out loud. I don't remember much of the story, I just knew it was shocking and we weren't supposed to be reading it! Tee hee hee.
One of my favorite books of all time.
Shared Reading Lesson: A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein,
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My favorite kid's book of all time is Shel Silverstein's A Giraffe and a Half. I used to hide the book under my pillow so that after my mom put me to bed I could pull it out and read it. I still love it to this day. Here's a great shared reading lesson using A Giraffe and a Half: