We actually got up on time for once, which practically counts as early in our family, and read:
- Friendly Farm: Animals All Around by Diane Muldrow, a book I love from the very first line, “‘Cockle-doodle-doo,’ crowed Rooster quite proudly. ‘It’s my job to be the alarm. Wake up everyone and greet the bright sun. It’s a lovely new day on the farm’.”;
- What Moms Can’t Do by Douglas Wood, a list that includes making beds without help, tackling very hard and giving hugs without kisses; and
Mama Loves by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, which somehow has been in our house for a month without me seeing it. What a book I’ve been missing! It’s beautifully illustrated in watercolours and mamas loves having tea and talking with me and various kinds of flowers and gardening with me, etc.
Later we read:
- The Search for Mud Mountain (no author), which is pretty good for all that it stars the Huggies Cleanteam but the constant “TM”s after the mentions in the text are distracting and will be a good choice for riding around in the car or taking camping;
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems, a book that I love to hear Ken read because he nails the tone;
- No Milk! by Jennifer A. Ericsson, the tale of a city boy who wants milk but doesn’t know how to milk the cow. A reminder to me why we need to take Reid to farms;
- In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming, where we watch the caterpillar crawl along as the story unfolds;
- The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming, I only noticed that the chicks follow the cow around through the book a couple of days ago even though we’ve read it many times when we’ve had it out of the library (at least twice already);
- New Cat by Yangsook Choi, with the heroic cat how can it not be popular at our house?
At bedtime we read:
- Row, Row, Row Your Goat by Bernard Most, a book that I love for it’s flexibility. Reid learned her farm animals and their sounds with it. Now, when we are in a hurry, I read it straight, saying only the words that appear. When we have more time, I say each animal’s name and it’s sound in turn and when we have lots of time, I say the sound of each animal in the boat on each page ;
Snoozers by Sandra Boynton;
- Read Me a Book by Barbara Reid, a book that we enjoy, especially, “Bounce me a poem” and “Let’s take a look.”;
- Itsy Bitsy Spider and Other Action Rhymes (traditonal), though I didn’t see Ken doing any of the actions as he read.