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Books to Read Just For Fun: Friday Favorites, Ed. 12

We had 7 days of 1st grade under our belts (“ours” because we’re homeschooling so we’re all in this together), when a fever struck poor Ella and a sick day was declared.  The good news is we had time to read a lot of fun picture books together that had nothing to do with anything. And now have some Friday Favorite fodder! Our favorite fun books this week are:

Victricia Malicia: Book-Loving BuccaneerVictricia Malicia, Book-Loving Bucaneer by Carrie Clickard is a great mix of boyish and girlish fun. We are always looking for these kinds of books with a six-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy in the house. Victricia is a young pirate who comes from a long line of seafarers, but declares herself to be a landlubber. It’s a fun, rhyming story perfect for bedtime –you will stay wide awake trying to keep your tongue untied!

The Duchess of Whimsy: An Absolutely Delicious Fairy Tale caught my eye at the library, with its fanciful The Duchess of Whimsyillustrations and crazy costumes. My kids love it for the pictures; I don’t think they understand a quarter of the words. It takes Fancy Nancy to task on increasing vocabulary. Whether you like it or not, it will leave you craving a big grilled cheese sandwich.

We’ve featured Shelley Moore Thomas’s Good Knight series before but A Good Knight’s Rest had us laughing harder than an of the others. The kids were laughing at the dragons’ antics and I was laughing in sympathy with the Good Knight who was just A Good Knight's Resttrying to find a restful vacation. Hint to the Good Knight: leave the little dragons (a.k.a children) at home.  I actually think this book might help a child see how ridiculous a dragon/child can be on a road trip. They may recognize themselves in the dragon who says, “I’m too squashed!” or the one who says, “Who at all the potato chips!” Maybe they’ll even turn themselves into great vacationers and tuck you into your bed when you finally make it home like the little dragons in the story do. Or maybe not. It’s worth a shot, though, right?

And finally, an oldie but goody, Don’t Forget The Bacon was in our recommended 246529reading for a unit study on attentiveness we’re doing right now, because who doesn’t want to start the school year drilling the words “attention” and “notice” into their children? I mean, sign me up! Pat Hutchins wrote and illustrated Don’t Forget The Bacon about a boy who is doing the shopping for his mom (yes, it’s that old of a book) and has a hard time remembering his mental list. I couldn’t help wondering if the mother in this book was sending a child out to do her errands who is so young, he couldn’t even read a list. Couldn’t you just write it down for the poor kid? I myself can’t remember more than 4 things I need to pick up at the grocery store and that’s all in the same place! But then I remembered “it’s just a book.” As a side note, the book uses the word “fat” a few times, which is another sign that it’s a bit dated, since that word is currently social taboo. It’s not meant to be insulting in this book, but I think it could hurt a child’s feelings if that word has been an issue in the past. Consider yourself warned.

I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of these books or all about the books your kids are loving these days (or loved long ago!). Leave a comment, and checkout the rest of the Friday Favorites series on our favorite children’s books of the week here!

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Kids’ Books We’re Loving Right Now

On our last library trip before Christmas, we found some real gems that the we have reread and reread and renewed and renewed. The kids do not want to give these back!

Take Care, Good KnightTwo-year-old Isaac is a sucker for a book with a friendly knight and a dragon or two. Take Care, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas has three dragons and a knight and some cats. Now that’s a great book. It is a funny tale of three little dragons who try to take care of The Old Wizard’s many cats, but despite their best intentions, get it all wrong until The Good Knight takes command. It’s an amusing story for children and a great introduction to a lesson on asking for help when you don’t know what to do instead of trying to figure it all out on your own. We’re not really at the level of independence where this is a problem–most days, I get more frustrated with the other end of that dilemma. I say things like, “Why don’t you look for it before asking me where it is?” or “you know you can buckle your own seat belt!” But maybe someday, too much independence will be an issue. Maybe. Either way, we love Take Care, Good Knight. This is the first book we’ve read in the Good Knight series.

A Home for BirdWe’re also enjoying A Home For Bird by Philip C. Stead. In this book, a friendly frog finds a forlorn bird that has fallen out of its cuckoo clock. He befriends the bird, not realizing it’s an inanimate object, and spends many days trying to find it a home. The illustrations in this book are soft and inviting, while being very bright and attention getting at the same time. Both children and parents will enjoy it. The poor frog is kind of pitiful, wanting so badly to make his bird friend happy, but you can’t help but love his sweetness.  Philip C. Stead was a popular library pick with us last trip! We’re also reading lots of Bear Has A Story to Tell and Hello, My Name is Ruby.

And of course, we had about two or three Fancy Nancy books in our library bag. The new fave is Fancy Nancy Heart to Heart. I know there are plenty of Valentine’s Day haters, but at our house once Christmas is over, it’s never too early to start enjoying lots of pink and red and heart-shaped doilies. =)

What books are your kids loving now?

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