Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What the Kids are Reading 03.19.2013

I love to read books to my kids, and my kids love to hear stories.  Being as my children are young--4 years and 2 years--they are a bit fickle and it seems like they have a different favorite book every week.  So, my plan is to tell you all--every week--what they are reading!

My 4 year old daughter loves this book:

Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
I will say that I love this book as well.  The illustrations are absolutely breathtaking (Zelinsky also did treatments of Hansel and Gretel and Rumplestiltskin which are also faves in our house).  There are illustrations, and there are works of art and the pages of this book fall into the second category.  And the writing is exactly what I want to expose to my daughter.  This is not a dumbed-down, Disney-fied version of the tale...it is told with maturity, yet still accessible for young listeners.

And, I'll be honest, ever since Tangled entered our house, I've been pushing this book a bit more.  Tangled is not horrible--in fact, I find it more tolerable than a lot of Disney movies, but I don't want my children to be satisfied with slapstick and cheap laughs.  I want them to have a desire to dig further and to love the language as much as the story.

Okay, onto the other guy!  My 2 year old son loves this book:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Mill Martin Jr and John Archambault; Illustrated by Lois Ehlert

There is absolutely no surprise here.  My daughter was obsessed with this book when she was the same age--in fact, she still pulls it out from time to time (yes, they each have their own copies!  My daughter's was a gift from her Godmother and my son's is a board book from his Gramps and Grammy).  I also find this to be a truly educational book.  My daughter picked up her ABC's at an early age from reading this book (over and over and over again) and my son is starting to pick out letters on his own as well.  In fact, there is even a musical version:

And those, my friends, are what the kids are reading this week!

by Paul O. Zelinsky and The Brothers Grimm

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