Apparently, I've fallen off the face of the earth. Sorry about that, friends. Life gets busy sometimes and the blog has to take a backseat to play dates, dinners, and meetings -- I know most of you have the same challenge when trying to fit in blog posts to your daily routine. There's just not enough time in the day. I love being busy, but I also love sharing books with you, so hopefully I'll find more time to fit that in this week.
I thought a great post to get back in the swing of things would be sharing with Elliott and I have been enjoying lately. He's still wanting to read dozens of books a day (hooray for that!) and we've received some new ones that we both have loved.
Two books that are helping us to think about this never-ending winter being over:
Nest by Jorey Hurley is a beautiful introduction to a bird's life. The text was sparse, letting the gorgeous illustrations tell the story from popping out of their eggs to learning to fly and eventually seeing the next generation build a nest.
I've used this one to talk about birds and their homes, pointing out the multiple nests we have in our trees outside, to let the book turn into a mini nature lesson.
We're Going to the Farmers' Market by Stefan Page is a colorful board book perfect for market season! Our farm market hasn't quite started up yet, so reading this one every day and seeing all the wonderfully delicious fresh food we will buy each week is definitely getting us in the mood for some market shopping! Winter... please go away.
The illustrations are modern and bold in color, perfect for a quick read. We've tossed this in our bag for our daily outings and it's been a hit every time.
Big Rig by Jamie Swenson is perfect for my little truck lover. Frankie the Big Rig brings us along on one of his trips and teaches readers all about the trucker lingo and the rules of the road. Did you know, when a truck has a blowout, the leftover tire treads are called alligators? Cool fact of the day.
If you're reading this aloud, you should definitely put on your best trucker voice. Southern was the way to go for me ;)
Great sound effects and a fun way to learn new words. Elliott's favorite part was definitely when Frankie honked his horn!
Zoom, Zoom: Sounds of Things That Go in the City by Robert Burleigh is another excellent one for vehicle lovers. Each page spread has a short, rhyming text on different sounds a city makes throughout the day. There's the loud "WAKE UP CITY" moment and the "Rattle-Rattle-Roll" of the school bus after the school day lets out. Then the "Ring! Ring!" of the rice cream truck and the "Boogie! Boogie! Woogie-woogie-woogie!" of party time.
The rhymes are great and the illustrations, done by Tad Carpenter are absolutely fantastic. Perfectly bright and vibrant - as a city definitely is!
Finally, we have totally fallen for this new Bible. It's The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers by L.J. Sattgast. I've been looking for something a little simpler than the toddler Bibles we already have and this one has been absolutely perfect. We read it every day at lunch and sometimes make it through the entire book! That should tell you how simple it is ;)
Ten stories from the Bible are covered using short, rhyming verses with bright illustrations. Super simple. No real details, which is what I need for a 2-year-old's attention span and level of understanding. I'm happy with the way the stories are presented and Elliott enjoys reading it, often reaching for it without any convincing from me. Win!
Thanks to Simon and Schuster, Chronicle, and Zondervan for the review copies!