Today I'm posting about some books we've been reading and enjoying. I would also love get some recommendations from you as our appetite for new stories is pretty voracious right now.
Some of our current favorites are pictured above. Most are either beginner chapter books and/or part of a series, such as the Oliver Pig books, Little Bear, Frances, Magic School Bus, Mouse and Mole, and the Magic Tree House books. Maia likes the familiarity of reading multiple books about the same characters and is very big on chapter books right now. I'm not sure if it's the novelty of separate chapters or if she just likes longer stories, but she'll usually comment on or ask if it's a chapter book before reading it.
Granted, the chapters are mostly short and illustrated, as in Little Bear, above, and Mouse and Mole, below. Although the Magic Tree House books are longer and only sporadically illustrated yet still keep her attention, which surprised me. I wouldn't have started reading them except that a friend of Maia's loves them so much. We've only read a few so far and I'm been careful to choose ones that seem more age appropriate.
We still love non-chapter picture books, too, including this beautifully illustrated one above: The Umbrella Queen. A little girl with original ideas grows up in a village known for its traditional umbrella making.
And Birds by Kevin Henkes was recommended by one of you and is short but absolutely wonderful. This page reads, "If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would look like."
Inch by Inch is another beautifully illustrated short story. An inchworm measures birds then outwits one who threatens to eat him. We like just about everything by Leo Lionni!
And now I'm going to ask for your recommendations. I used to be able to read Maia the same book many, many times but these days she wants something new almost every time. We get stacks and stacks from the library each week, but I would love to go armed with a list of winners. So, what books do you or your children love?