Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Reading Challenge - Days 1-4

I'm so excited that some of you have joined the summer reading challenge! Our challenge thus far started on Friday.

My goals include:

  • Read 300 picture books or easy readers with my 5-year-old by September 4th 
  • Read with my 2-year-old every night 
  • Read something for myself every night. This is a tough one because I'm pooped by the time I get the kids to bed, but I've neglected my personal reading for a while. 

So, here's how it's gone so far:
Since Friday, my daughter and I have read 15 books. We normally average about five books a night, but we had a super busy weekend and didn't read as much on Saturday and Sunday.
  1. The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool
  2. Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex by Lisa McClatchy
  3. Potty Poo-Poo Wee-Wee! by Colin McNaughton
  4. Machines Go To Work by William Low 
  5. Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
  6. Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems
  7. I Am Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems 
  8. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressedby Mo Willems (We are fans of Mo) 
  9. Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problemby Chris Monroe
  10. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin
  11. The Cajun Cornbread Boy by Diane de las Casas
  12. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  13. What Dat? The Great Big Ugly Doll Book of Things to Look at, Search for, Point to, and Wonder About by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim
  14. Scholastic Discover More: See Me Grow by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris
  15. Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasonsby Il Sung Na 
285 to go!

My son and I have also read every night. He normally listens while I read with my daughter, but I'm making sure to give him his own special reading time as well. Here are some of his favorites:

  1. Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz
  2. Baby Lamb Finds a Friend by Laura Gates Galvin
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
It is so fun to watch him grow and learn to love books. He actually loves to read to my daughter and has many of the words memorized. So adorable.

As for me, I'm reading the following books:
  1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. 
  2. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy 
So, that's today's update. What have you been reading? Feel free to leave your links in Mister Linky or comment below!

Summer Reading Challenge

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  3. I am so impressed with your goal of 300 books! Kindergarten is fun indeed -- my kiddo just finished last week -- and I linked to an early reader I recently reviewed that we loved and thought you and your daughter may too. This weekend we dove into Nancy Clancy, a chapter book (mystery) about Fancy Nancy, and we're 3/4 the way done. Can't wait to see what's next! Oh, how I love summer reading!

  4. We love what you are doing with your kids! Hopefully it will spread to many more families. Keep up the good work!