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It’s feeling like spring around here! The boys have been having adventures in the yard. We’ve enjoyed a nice spring break with my husband. And there are a lot of good books we’ve been enjoying lately.
Here’s what we’ve been reading:
Moose Tracks! by Karma Wilson – This was the book the boys most requested I read a couple weeks ago when we checked it out. They giggled a lot during it. Sean loved talking about all the things going on on each page. The first time when we read it, before the end of the book, I asked them who they thought was leaving the moose tracks. Their response: “A train.”
Tyrannosaurus Math by Michelle Markel – The beginning bath at the book was easy enough for Malcolm to get. And while the boys didn’t get a lot of the math as it went on, they still thought it was a fun story and it gave a fun way to talk about some bigger concepts.
Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarret Krosoczka – This is a book about two pirate brothers taking a bath, so as you can imagine, it went over well with my two boys. They pointed to the characters in the book, and told me who was Malcolm, who was Sean, and that the mommy was me. We had fun saying all the piratey things in the book. Only thing I didn’t like in the book was the ice cream at the end – not because I don’t think kids should have ice cream before bed (I usually did!) but because it can be tough to explain to my boys who can’t eat ice cream. Food in books is always a tricky thing for us. But, that leads me to our next book…
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin – I’ve seen this book recommended several times and I finally got around to requesting it from our library. As excited as I was to get it since it seemed like a funny book people really enjoyed, I’m hesitant when there is food involved in a book. And especially something like tacos, since my boys can’t eat corn, tomatoes, or cheese. We sometimes do a version of tacos – ground beef on plantain “tortillas.” And I recently found a recipe for zuchinni cheese, which we don’t think tastes great by itself, but mixed with stuff it’s not too bad. I want to try it on some tacos sometime.
But Dragons Love Tacos was actually a fantastic book when it came to food because the dragons love tacos (if you couldn’t tell), but they can’t eat spicy salsa with jalapenos in it without disaster striking. It was neat to have a book where I could tell the boys, “Look, the dragons get upset tummies when they eat certain foods, just like you guys!” Instead of being a book that pointed out how different they are, like I thought it would, the boys could actually relate to the dragons. I highly recommend this book, and it’s one I can’t wait for the boys to own.
And if you missed it earlier this week, I posted a printable dragon puppet. Sean had so much fun pretending his dragon was eating the tacos off the page as we read through the book.
I started reading The Hobbit to the boys last week. I read it aloud to Malcolm when he was a baby. On the nights that he wouldn’t sleep in the middle of the night and just wanted to nurse, I read it aloud to keep myself sane.
Both boys are much more into it than I thought they’d be. That may be due to the fact that there’s a dragon on the cover and they may just be waiting for him to show up. They also likely relate to the fact that Bilbo is a hobbit and is therefore always ready to eat. (My 2 year old asks for a snack 5 minutes after devouring breakfast.)
I started doing read aloud time right after the boys finish breakfast, which is usually right after Tim leaves for work. Malcolm and Sean want breakfast first thing when they wake up, but then seem to need some time to decompress after breakfast and warm up after drinking their cold smoothies. I usually like to dive right into the day after breakfast, get things moving and getting stuff done, while I have momentum. Because of this, the boys and I would spend some time clashing in the morning, which wasn’t a great start to the day.
Some cuddle and read aloud time has been the perfect solution for us. I can’t tell you how much smoother our mornings go. It’s been good for me to slow down and enjoy the morning with them before we dive into getting stuff done. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day now.
What have you been reading recently?