Thursday, September 17, 2009

What My Children Are Reading (September 17 edition + call for hosts)

Time for the latest edition of "What My Children Are Reading!" Here is what my little daughter and I have been reading recently.

Find My Feet by Salina Yoon

In this adorable board book, six animals from a cat to a horse are missing their feet, and children are challenged to match the feet on a turning wheel with the animals on each page. The wheel is easy enough for my daughter to turn, and this book has kept her entertained since we received it. To be honest with you, we don’t read the actual text that’s on each page. Instead, I turn the wheel and ask, “Is this the cat’s feet?” She responds by saying, “No, it’s not the cat’s feet,” and so on until we do find the feet. With this pattern, she’s able to “read” the book to herself and even read it to her daddy the other day. She was so proud of herself.

ISBN: 978-0-375-85111-7 | Publisher: Robin Corey Books, 9/8/2009 | Source: Review copy from publisher

Dark Night by Dorothee De Monfreid

A little boy named Felix takes a walk through the forest at night and encounters a frightening tiger, crocodile, and wolf. Luckily, he finds himself in the home of a rabbit who has a unique way to help Felix find his way home and frighten away the scary creatures. On first reading I was worried that my little one would be scared, but she absolutely loves the simple, yet engaging story, and Dorothee de Monfreid’s charming illustrations are well worth picking up the book.

ISBN: 978-0-375-85687-7 | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | Source: Review copy from publisher

What’s Inside Your Tummy, Mommy? By Abby Cocovini

I reviewed this book last year, and recently introduced it to my daughter because, well, she’ll be getting her very own little brother this winter! When she first learned of the pregnancy, she didn’t really quite understand what was going on, so I brought out this book to see if it would help. It really did. At 2 ½, she doesn’t really understand or care about the technical descriptions, so I just flip through the pages and show how the little baby in the mommy’s belly grows and grows. After a couple of readings, she pointed to my belly and informed me that a baby was growing inside and that it would get really big and come out. Sooo…I consider that a success. We have to look at the book at least once or twice a day now.

ISBN: 978-0805087604 | Publisher: Henry Holt BYR, April 2008 | Source: Review Copy from publisher

Call for Hosts

So now that you know my news, I need your help! Things are going to get really busy really soon around here, and I’m already struggling with keeping up this “weekly” post that I sometimes only remember about on Thursday nights. I really love seeing what everyone else is reading with their kids, so I was hoping that some of you would be willing to host the meme on Thursdays not only to keep the meme going but to also get people linking to your blogs.

If you’d like to host, leave a comment in the post, telling me which of the following weeks you’d like. I’ll post the schedule in my side bar, so everyone will know where to go.  As a reminder, this is open to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, librarians, and anyone who reads with kids!

October 1: In Need of Chocolate

October 8: In the Dailies

October 15: Brimful Curiosities

October 22: Rebecca Reads

October 29: The Art of Irreverence

November 5: Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns

November 12: Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile

November 19: Joey & Aleethea

November 26: Meadowbrook Kindergarten Stars

December 3: Lap Readers

December 10:

December 17: Om ~ Mama ~ Shanti

December 24:

December 31: Laughing Stars

Thanks, and I so look forward to hear what your kids have been reading this week!


  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy! That's VERY exciting.

  2. I think I can help, I haven't been participating in this (I normally just write up our picture book reading once a month) but I wouldn't mind making it a bit more frequent. send me an email if you'd like rebecca [at] rebeccareid [dot] com

  3. I remember reading Joanna Cole's I'm a Big Sister to my older daughter at every day during my third trimester with her sister. I still have parts of it memorized.

    I won't have my post up until later today, but I'd love to host on October 29th.

  4. I'd also love to host. I've been wanting to participate in What My Children Are Reading and this is a good way to start. Any time after Oct 8th works. By the way, Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns also is holding a similar link-up
    Maybe you should send her an email.

  5. I'd love to host! Anytime in October would work for me. Thanks!

  6. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I started my weekly reading posts after discovering your linky, and was disappointed when it became... umm... inconsistent, so I continued my posts and created my own weekly meme on the same topic. I can host a joint meme occasionally and link mine with whoever links to me to the host of the week.

  7. Congratuluations!! I'd be happy to host on Oct 1!

  8. Oh, I left off the link to my post :)

  9. Thanks so much everyone! For those of you who've already signed up, take at look at your date to see if it works for you.

  10. Congrats on your pregnancy! So exciting. :)

    My daughter's 19 months, and we're having the "are we ready" conversations now.

  11. Congratulations!! That is wonderful news. I'd like to host -- Dec 31 might work best for me.

  12. Happy to host any time. Sorry I've been not so great about participating, because we've been reading old favorites that I've already reviewed on our site. We need to get to the library more often! Maybe I'll establish a weekly library day so I know we'll go.

  13. I am pretty new to your site, but I would be happy to help out on any date :)

  14. Congratulations on your baby-on-the-way!! How super exciting!! :D I recently found your blog and have been having such a wonderful time reading your book reviews. I'd be happy to host on Nov. 19th.

  15. Thanks again, everyone. Check out the schedule, and let me know if your date works. Looks like we're covered up to Thanksgiving!

  16. Congratulations on the new baby who will be joining your family! Sounds like WHat's Inside Your Tummy, Mommy was just the ticket to get your daughter on board with the changes.
    I also love your description of her on your lap to "Find My Feet." My children are older now, but the memories of holding them on my lap while exploring a book are still strong. Enjoy it!