I do these posts for our own benefit as much as other people's benefit - these are some of our favorite books and I may check them out again. We still get 20-30 books per week from the library. We literally read them all - several times!
Most of them are picture books and we read 5-6 in a sitting and tend to do two sittings per day. Catherine is starting to read them by herself, and Sabrina will look at the pictures by herself. With such a large volume of books, I need variety. Plus, I would love for the kids to learn something from the books. I get a lot of my book ideas from other blogs, so here goes some ones we have read recently.
Here's a cute little book about two girls who like pink by Maryann MacDonald:
I have also borrowed a bunch of books about space recently because Sabrina is taking a class about planets. This one (by Franklin Branley) was interesting and raised some good discussions about life without gravity:
Another favorite book with a very simple topic was this one by Marla Frazee:
With our homeschool co-op group (Classical Conversations), the girls are learning a timeline of world history. One of the "events" is Rome Founded by Romulus and Remus. The timeline is great, but I also want the kids to actually know what they are learning. So, I try to get books or watch documentaries about the different events. So, I found this book by Anne Rockwell:
Like all historical fiction, the author has added a bunch of extra facts to make the story interesting. Because this is a myth anyway, the question of whether the added "facts" are accurate or not is probably moot. But, historical fiction always makes me a bit uncomfortable. I always fear that the kids will assume all of this information is true, even if it is not.
Perhaps I have this fear because of my legal career - as an attorney, we always take what everyone says with a huge grain of salt. One of the first and best pieces of advice I was ever given was: The question is never "is my client lying?" The question is "what is my client lying about?" That same distrust can be carried over to all of life. So, I am a bit uncomfortable reading a book to the girls and saying "part of this is true, part is not ... well actually none of this is true, it is just a myth. But, you need to learn it anyway."
That being said, the girls loved this book. We had a great discussion about mammals nursing their young. I thought they did not know what nursing was and explained it to them - how mammals produce milk and babies suckle their mothers. Catherine said "I know what nursing is, Mommy." I asked her how she knew. She shocked me when she said "I watched it one time." Intrigued, I asked where. She said "With Mrs. Casey and Hannah, at their old house." They are friends of ours and I assume Mrs. Casey must have nursed Hannah in front of Catherine while babysitting my girls. Catherine did explain to me that she had never seen a baby human nursing from a wolf, like Romulus and Remus did. Thank God she had never seen that while one of my friend's babysat her!