Kids Corner: What Are Your Children Reading? 22 October

Welcome to What Are Your Children Reading?, a weekly meme started by The Well-Read Child. I have the privilege of hosting it this week. If you participate on your blog, leave a link to your post in the comments.

For those who may not know, I have a son who turned two this month. Most of our current reads are therefore not very intellectual. To keep my sanity, though, I keep getting some picture books just for me.

The first board book that my son has been carrying around with him is Cars, Trucks and Planes/Carros, Camiones y Aviones by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza. He loves every vehicle that moves and this book is perfect because each page has a different vehicle. It also has Spanish translation on each page: my son looks at me funny and shakes his head “no” if I try to read it to him in Spanish. Most of the time, he reads it to himself (“Bus! Truck! Airplane!”) as he turns the pages.

He’s taken an interest in the toilet lately, so another book high on his list for the last week is Once Upon a Potty (for boys) by Alona Frankel. It is, as you would expect, the story of one boy using the potty. I like the author’s suggestion to adapt it, as you read, to the terminology you use in your own home. At any rate, my son loves this one right now. This week, he has been demanding to sit on the toilet about 5 times a day; it’s a game, and it’s one I don’t mind encouraging. (Although I wouldn’t mind seeing actual progress, I accept the fact that he is still quite young!).

Rainbow Fun! by Emily Hawkins is a pretty basic board book of a rainbow of colors. My son likes it because there is a die cut on each page so he can wiggle his fingers through it as he turns the page. He likes to say the colors, but hasn’t learned the differences between them yet, so I guess we’ll keep reading it.

And then we turn to Feet are Not for Kicking by Elizabeth Verdick. We haven’t gotten this particular book from the library before (We had Hands Are Not for Hitting) and I’m hoping maybe the “let’s not kick” message will sink in. This mommy is tired of being stepped on, kicked, and hit by her two-year-old. (He’s not violent: I suspect he thinks it is fun?)

Those are the books that he likes this week. Here are three more picture books I picked up this week that I liked.

Green Eyes by Abe Birnbaum has gorgeous color paintings for each page, as it tells the story of the life of a cat, Green Eyes. It won the Caldecott Honor in the 1950s and I think the full-page color probably helped because it is stunning. Lots of white space, lots of gentleness. My son isn’t interested in cats, but if you child is, I think he or she would love this one! Green Eyes is a cute cat.

The little boy in the story The Boy Who Wouldn’t Go To Bed by Helen Cooper rides his car away from his mother in search of adventure friends who want to stay up all night with him. But the lion is sleepy, as are the soldiers and the choo-choo train and the animals. Eventually, the little boy’s car falls asleep too and the boy is alone in the dark. On one of the last pages, the boy is rescued from the dark. Who was it?

Someone who was ever so sleepy, but couldn’t go to bed until the boy did.

The mother, of course! I think most mothers reading bed time stories can relate to that line!

I loved how the illustrations showed the real-life setting: walking back to his bedroom through his imaginary wonderland, there is a huge toilet and toothbrush in the background so we know that even his wonderland contains a bit of real life. A perfect bedtime story for this mommy!

The last picture book I’ll share is one that I found quite interesting but I can’t get my son to even glance at it. The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottina and Rosana Faria is completely black: only words are in white text. (The cover shows a gray illustration, but that is the only place that illustrations are not black.) The rest of the book is textured or raised, with all the text translated into Braille. The illustrations, although shiny black-on-black, are also raised. Each page describes a different color, with a textured illustration (such as feathers).

Thomas says that yellow tastes like mustard, but is as soft as a baby chick’s feathers.

The purpose of the book, according to the front flap, is to “convey the experience of a person who can only see through his or her sense of touch, taste, small or hearing.” As one who has always had my sight, I struggle to imagine learning colors from this book. That is, I think, why it was so fascinating to me.

What are your children reading this week?

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Great books! We may have to take a look at “Once Upon a Potty.” My daughter’s interest has waned a bit. We have Verdick’s “Teeth Are Not for Biting,” which came in handy when my little one had a biting issue. Thanks so much for hosting this week!

  2. We had the toughest time ever potty training my niece (we started when I was her nanny, then my sis and her fiancee continued when niece moved back w/ them)! Totally one step forward, two steps back. 🙂

    But last time she was up here, we got the book A Potty for Me from the library and she loved it! The rhyming is a lot of fun-my niece started chanting along with me by the 5th time reading it, lol & there are those pick-up-the-flaps things. The little kid who is the hero has an indeterminate gender, so maybe your son would enjoy it too. 🙂

    Good luck w/ the feet are not for kicking theme! I watched a little boy for a couple weeks this summer, and I was surprised by how much more physical he was than my niece! Lol Like your son, not in a deliberately violent way, though. Must be a boy thing! 😉

  3. Thanks so much for checking out Feet Are Not for Kicking! I look forward to reading your response, and your child’s response, to the book. Please call on me anytime if you’d like to see more review copies of our books.

    Cheers! -Jenni Bowring, Free Spirit Publishing

  4. Jill, oh, I’m not looking forward to the biting stage! There is a girl version of the potty book too if you’re series about it.

    Eva, I’ll have to look up that book too. My son LOVES pick-up-the-flap books and since the toilet is a big interest right now (this week at least) I think I want to keep encouraging that! How fun.

    I think my son thinks it’s fun to say “I’m sorry.” He hits me or kicks me and then smiles and says “SORRY!” And he comes to kiss me better when I say “Ouch.” Ok, I’m glad he’s loving but can’t we learn this without the preliminary kick?!

    Sarah, Oh I wish my son would let me read him Black Book of Colors: just so cool! Thanks for the link!

    Jenni Bowring, this actually was a library copy. I don’t accept review copies nor am I interested in review copies. I probably won’t be “reviewing” it in any more detail — it’s just a standard picture book that I’m hoping might help, as the hitting one *might* have helped a few months ago.

    Tina, thanks for the link!

  5. Vanessa, I hope you enjoy the Black Book of Colors. I love your fall-themed books!

    Kathy, thanks for joining in this week!

    Janelle, smart thinking on the autumn-theme! My son also is a fan of transportation books…to say the least!

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