The library is an incredible place. I have already written about why it is the best resource for your homeschool (you can read it here.) But even if you don’t homeschool, you can still make use of it’s invaluable resources for you, your kids, and your family as a whole. Because of the library, we have been able to read hundreds…and I really do mean HUNDREDS of books. We never would have been able to buy all those books and I definitely don’t have the space to store that many books either.
Of course, I’m not the only one around here that loves the library. It’s probably one of Ace’s favorite places to go and, now that he can read on his own, it has become even more meaningful to him. I am thrilled that he has such a love of reading and I hope to be able to encourage that more and more.
The other day, I thought it would be fun to go through all the books we had ever checked out and talk about which ones were his favorites. Some of them I practically know by heart and we have checked them out over and over again. Believe it or not, 40 books made this list and the list is still growing!
So as we get settled into our summer routines, I thought it might be fun to share his top 5 with you. As the summer goes on, I will share more!
Ace’s number one favorite book by far is Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds and Paulette Bogan. This adorable story of mischievous farmyard animals starts out with the chicken’s discontent with the chicken feed. As the discontent spreads through the rest of the barnyard animals, Reynolds reveals the animals’ solution through whimsical alliteration. Ace never seems to tire of this book and it is so fun to read aloud. We always share a laugh over the animals’ antics!
Next up is Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! By Todd Tarpley and John Rocco. This story was definitely responsible for Ace’s growing love of robots and details the bedtime routine of a boy and his three robots. My favorite part is that instead of the boy waking his parents numerous times for the traditional extra glass of water or nightlight debacle, it’s the boy’s robots who are waking him with their various nighttime complaints. The robots are adorably illustrated and the rhyming text seamlessly moves the story along.
Third is Locomotive by Brian Floca. Ace loves trains and is fascinated by the details of early train travel. From building the rail itself to the various hazards along the way, this Caldecott Medal book artfully blends fact with the fictional story of a mother and her two children as they journey from the midwest to the pacific coast on the Transcontinental Railroad in the late 1800s.
Fourth is another book about trains called Train by Elisha Cooper. This book details all the different types of trains that run on the rails in present-day America, from the freight-hauling diesel locomotives to an overnight passenger car, and finally a fictitious high-speed train.
Finally, we add Who Made This Cake by Chihiro Nakagawa. I always love a book that presents a creative new angle on an everyday occurrence. In this book, you will meet the miniature construction team who “builds” a little boy’s birthday cake. From the gathering of the ingredients to the baking in the oven, the illustrations present a wonderful perspective on what it might be like if construction workers used their tools and equipment to bake a cake. How might they crack the eggs or apply the frosting? You’ll have to read to find out!
I hope you have enjoyed looking through our list and that you found some new books to read with your child!
Have you ever read any of these before? What are your child’s current favorites? Share them with me in the comments below!!