Timely Kids Book: Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor

I read Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor by Herman Parish to my kids, and it was a hoot!

I remember enjoying Amelia Bedelia stories as a kid, so it’s really fun to re-read some of them to my own kids. There are so many idioms in the English language, and it is funny to see Amelia Bedelia do exactly what she’s told.

Here are some of the highlights that we really enjoyed:

Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor by Herman Parish

A few pages we liked from Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor.

“We need some change” a reporter said.

“Here’s 43 cents.” said Amelia Bedelia.

And then her words are twisted by a reporter when the major says that we doesn’t have two cents.

“Mayor Thomas doesn’t have any sense?” asked a reporter. “Is that what you just said?”

Amelia Bedelia clarifies what she said, and more silliness ensues.

A few pages later, Amelia Bedelia is advised by her employer, Mr. Rogers, who shares that most voters are undecided, or “sitting on the fence.”

I love the illustration, which is what Amelia Bedelia imagines, saying that it means, “Sore bottoms.”

This book was really cute, and it was appropriate for this (and most any) election cycle. Many people are calling for change and want honest politicians who have plans that make sense. Don’t we all get a little sore from all the mud-slinging and spin that media puts on it all? Since I’m not “on the fence,” I am just ready to cast my vote in November and move on.

What’s a fun kid’s book that you’ve read lately that seems appropriate for current events today? What authors do you enjoy sharing with your kids from your own childhood?

 

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Parenting Tips Needed? There’s a Berenstain Bears Book for that

As I’ve mentioned before, we love reading together. We did 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and have read and own many Berenstain Bears books. Upon looking at the back cover of any Berenstain Bears book, I realize what an awesome collection there is to address many circumstances that kids may experience. Many valuable lessons and parenting tips can be learned from this sweet bear family.

Berenstain Bears Books

So…what’s going on in your family? I’m sure there’s a Berenstain Bears book for that!

Here are some of the titles available:

  • New Baby
  • Go to School
  • Go to the Doctor
  • Visit the Dentist
  • Moving Day
  • The Sitter
  • Go to Camp
  • Get in a Fight
  • In the Dark
  • The Messy Room
  • Trouble with Money
  • The Truth
  • Too Much TV
  • Mama’s New Job
  • Meet Santa Bear
  • Too Much Junk Food
  • Forget Their Manners
  • Learn About Strangers
  • No Girls Allowed
  • Too Much Birthday
  • Get Stage Fright
  • The Week at Grandma’s
  • Go Out for the Team
  • The Trouble with Friends
  • The Bad Habit
  • Trouble at School
  • The Bad Dream
  • The Double Dare
  • Get the Gimmies
  • The In-Crowd
  • Too Much Vacation
  • Trick or Treat
  • The Slumber Party
  • The Prize Pumpkin
  • Trouble with Pets
  • Don’t Pollute (anymore)
  • The Trouble with Grown-ups
  • And the Golden Rule

And we even have a cute mini-storybook called The Berenstain Bears and the Wild, Wild Honey.  More titles are available in that format as well.

While we don’t read the Berenstain Bears every night, I do like to pull out specific titles every so often to help remind my kids of good behavior!  In particular, I’m thinking of the Golden Rule book!

One Beautiful Back to School Book

We love reading together as a family! It’s my go-to activity to calm the kids (and myself). We are in the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and are approaching 700 books read! Whoohoo! To read 1000 books in 1 year, you need to read 3 kids books a day – easy, right?

With my daughter in 4k, we started receiving those awesome Scholastic flyers with good deals on books. Being a book-lover and frugal gal, I couldn’t resist buying a few books by Mo Willems (for less than the bookstore’s price) and this gem of a book for $1!

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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is such a beautiful story about a mom sending her little racoon off to school. She’s a clever mom (like we all try to be) who comes up with a way to help her son feel loved when he’s away at school. It’s so sweet and one of those books that makes me get a little choked up at the end! 

If you or your child is having separation anxiety, this is a wonderful book for you!

Happy Reading!

Source of Lots of Giggles in our House

We received a gem of a book from a family member recently.  She remembered it from her own childhood and was happy to find it at a rummage sale.  This book was worth every penny, as it is the source of lots of giggles in our house.

Without further ado, I give you Cookie’s Week:

Cookies Week by Cindy Ward Tomie dePaola

It’s about a kitty named Cookie who manages to get in all sorts of trouble each day of the week.  The first page really packs a punch with its opening sentence:

Page 1 of Cookie's Week. On Monday...Cookie fell in the toliet.

Page 1 of Cookie’s Week

How can any other book compete with that?  So cute and fun to read with my kids as their giggles escape uncontrollably.  Thank you so much for the fun book!!

Have you seen this book before?

On a slightly more advanced reading level, I have enjoyed Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.  These are all books that sort of jump around time-wise and some change narrators.

What book are you enjoying right now?

Reading Machines – 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

“Read me a story,” my two year old says throughout the day in his sweet irresistible voice. I love that he and my four year old daughter are in love with reading together or can simply occupy themselves by paging through books (for awhile anyway).  It’s one go-to-activity that I pull out to calm everyone down.  Plus, when my daughter is too wound up to sleep, we can tell her to go to her room to look at books by herself, which she’ll gladly do.  Downstairs we’ll hear the occasional clunk as she finishes a book and drops it to the floor. These frequent reading requests and “clunks” are happy noises for parents.

We have some book loving, reading machines in our house.

Naturally our local library’s challenge – 1000 Books Before Kindergarten – was a good fit for me and my kids. It’s a nationwide program with MANY libraries participating. Check out their website to see if it’s offered near you.   It’s basically a program to record every book that is read to your children – at home, school, babysitter’s, storytime – whenever and however many times they hear it, so YES, if you read a story five times in a row, you can write down that same book five times.  The library makes it easy on parents to fill out the reading logs.  There are recommended authors and literacy tips to accompany the reading log and program materials.

1000 books before Kindergarten

Snapshot of my daughter’s reading log

Plus there are incentives at varying levels – bookmarks, book labels (“this book belongs to” sort of thing), and a few free books. Our library received a grant to give a free book after 300 stories are read in addition to other levels.

1000 books SOUNDS like a lot, but it breaks down to reading 3 books a day to your child to hit the 1000 mark in one year.

I’m a fan (if you can’t tell already). As an organized, overachiever type, I get satisfaction writing down the books read and filling up spaces on the log.  It’s a nice record of something small we accomplished that day and can help us remember our favorite stories and authors.

It’s a good program for libraries too, as it encourages more frequent visits to check out more books and obtain the next set of reading log pages.  No, they wisely do not handout all pages at once.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of my kids during storytime:

reading to our kids

Sometimes it’s fun to listen while in a storage ottoman!

Mama O. reading to a whole crowd on a play date.

Mama O. reading to a whole crowd on a play date.

Reading Car & Driver Magazine together

Daddy O. and Little Brother reading Car & Driver magazine. The headline is Corvette Goes Topless!

Some of our recent favorite reads typically involve trains, dinosaurs, princess stories, or animals. Here a few we’ve recently enjoyed:

Related Posts:

5 Favorite Kid’s Books – so Good You’ll Cry

Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten (1000 Books before Kindergarten site)

Book Lists from Turtle & Robot

What are your favorite children’s books?  What do you think about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program?