We attended the book fair a couple of weeks ago. Of course we had the same issues as last year where they want books on predators, rattlesnakes, and Ninjago, but we still managed to get some good books for us all to enjoy together.
We picked out The Monster That Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber and illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds. I had never heard of it before. I’m now in love.
This book sends such a great message. It addresses bullying, friendship, and kindness. The boys just loved it. Apparently the “M” in Monster stands for mean. When Monster loses his “M”, he loses his mean. He starts acting differently and those around him take notice. At first Monster isn’t quite sure how he feels about this big change. The other Monsters tease him. Monster then realizes that being nice and not being mean is so much more fun. You make new friends.
This story is super cute and the illustrations are, for lack of a better term, just happy. Colorful and happy. We highly recommend you add this one to your bookshelf. We’re glad we did.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a bookshelf post. Honestly, we’ve been basically reading the same books over and over lately, or using the learn to read books, such as We Both Read where the parent has a page to read and then the child does. I’ve been finding these very helpful. I am constantly getting, “Can’t you just read it me?” With these books it’s specified as parent page and child’s page.
My boys both needed help in reading this year so we’ve been focusing on easy to read stories to help build their skills and confidence.
Logan loves the Jane Yolen dinosaur books. He’s confident reading them and will sit and read them to his brothers, which just melts my heart. I’m trying to find some books that challenge him more, but that he’s interested in. The child is seriously obsessed with non-fiction and dinosaur encyclopedias. Not the best of reading material for a good night story.
When meeting with the reading specialist she mentioned the “Magic Tree House” books. I, myself, have never heard of them, but everyone I’ve talked to seems to have. I looked them up online and saw that book #1 was Dinosaurs Before Dark. Perfect. I was seriously excited and immediately went out and purchased it. I found it right in Target. I was thrilled. I glanced through it and it combines a fictional story with real facts about dinosaurs. I brought it home and the first thing he said was “Where are all the pictures?” May I preface, yes there are pictures in these books. They just don’t have elaborate colored illustrations. So we went from Jane Yolen, quick and easy reads, to chapter books.
I jumped the gun too fast and overwhelmed him a bit. We started reading the books together instead. I’m thrilled to say he’s excited for each new chapter. Now I just need to build his confidence so he realizes that even though he reads slowly, he can still read the stories to himself. We’ll get there eventually I supposed. What I really need is an in between type book.
So I’m looking for recommendations. What’s on your bookshelf for your first and second graders? Any good books that they enjoy to read independently?
So what’s your take on audio books? I don’t normally listen to audio books. I rather read the book myself. However, occasionally while I’m working I’ll “listen” to a book. I picked up the Hunger Games third book about 5 months ago and started reading it. It didn’t grab me as much as the first two books did, but the OCD person in me MUST finish the book I started. That’s just how I am. Over the past 5 months I’ve picked it up, read a chapter, and then put it down. I don’t touch it again for weeks. I found the audio version on YouTube the other day. I figured that would be a great way to finish the book seeing I can’t start on the list of books I want to read until I finish this one (yeah, I’m weird).
I plugged my headphones in and started to listen. It’s awful. Absolutely awful! They couldn’t have picked a more terrible narrator for her character. Maybe I,m being bias seeing I never read the Hunger Games until it came out in the theater. I saw the movie first (I know, totally backwards). But I picture Katniss as Jennifer Lawrence. I picture Katniss as described in the book…a teenager. I picture Katniss a super badass.
The narrator for the audio version of the book sounds so pretentious. English accent. Maybe in her 40s. It just doesn’t match the character at all. Listening to the book is more torturous then trying to get through the book myself. Am I out of line to think that the voice should match the character described in the book especially when the book is told in the first person?
So what’s your take on audio books? Do you listen to them? How much does the narrator’s voice affect your decision to keep on listening?