A lot of animals, poetry, and a ninja

Last post began with an explanation/apology for my absence on this page. I’m not going to start this post with another. Let’s just say things have been hectic. Wait. That’s a lame excuse. Oh well, it’ll have to do for now since things have been hectic. Good thing I have a ton of animals, poetry, and a ninja to share with you.

Disclaimer: all of the opinions I share here are my own or are a summary of my kids’ reactions. I have not been compensated in anyway to talk about these books except in giggles or requests to “read it again”.

This book had us laughing so hard the kids had tears in our eyes. If you love funny made-up words and thinking outside of the alphabet, this book is for you. On Beyond Zebra! is another Dr. Seuss hit!

June is Dairy Month, and we take that seriously here in Wisconsin. Although I’ve never lived on a farm, Phyllis Alsdurf gives a very accurate description of what it is like to live on a dairy farm in her book, It’s Milking Time. I asked one of my farm wife friends (they milk over 300 cows on their family farm) and she said this is scary accurate. The only thing it leaves out is vet visits, bills, and field work. However, for my farm-loving daughter, this fit her needs well. If you haven’t done so already, go and drink some milk and eat some yogurt or ice cream or cheese. Celebrate all those hardworking farmers!

Kate DiCamillo, who I knew from The Tale of Despereaux, writes these funny books about Mercy Watson, a pig that just happens to get into trouble and also solve mysteries. For early readers who are starting to enjoy chapter books, this has the right mix of words and illustrations. We thoroughly enjoyed this fun pig!

We love Eric Carle. We love colors. And now? We love poetry. Just do yourself a favor and borrow this book from the library. Our two-year-old loved it.

This hilarious ninja book by Corey Rosen Schwartz was such a hit at our house we also had to track down Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks. You can find all sorts of fun worksheets and companion material online to go with this book from creative teachers as well as the publisher. We haven’t been lucky enough to read the first book The Three Ninja Pigs, but I can’t wait until it’s our turn in the “hold line” at the library. I can’t read this at bedtime because the kids laugh way too hard. Totally fun!

Growing Season by Maryann Cocca-Leffler isn’t about an animal or a ninja or even written in rhyme. It is just a cute story about two friends who want to do everything together, but have to learn the hard way that it’s just not possible to do everything at the same time. Some people are just late bloomers and that’s perfectly fine. As the parent of one late bloomer, this hit my mama’s heart more than my listeners. Excuse me, I need a tissue… darn allergies…

As always, feel free to let me know if you’d choose to highlight other books from the stack. Or you know a book that falls in the “if you loved ___, then you’ll love…” category? Please share what to look for at our next library visit in the comments.

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  1. Right before we went to on our road trip my girls discovered the “Look and Find” books. So I raided our library and stocked up on those for our trip. They were a HUGE hit!! There’s so much in each picture for them to look at and bonus mama doesn’t have to throw out her back trying to read stories to them in the car 🙂 If you have a few long drives coming up this summer I highly recommend them.

    Another recommendation is “America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates and Illustrated by Chris Gall. It’s four verses of the poem “America the Beautiful” and the illustrations are just incredible. We checked it out for Memorial Day but also read it on our trip the night before we went to Mt. Rushmore and I think i’m going to renew it so we have it over the 4th 😉


    1. We love look and find books! Bonus if they have flaps, right? We do have a few road trips coming up, so this is a great reminder! Thanks for the book suggestion too. We have a Shine-a-Light book about America that you might enjoy. I can lend it to you.

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