Read-Aloud Roundup (March 2017)

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 3:38 pm

We’ve been reading a fair number of board books this month, with a few regular picture books thrown in for good measure. Tirzah Mae and Louis have been enjoying the board books equally, while I’ve been keeping the regular picture books away from Louis because of his fondness for ripping and chewing :-)

I checked out Anita Silvey’s 100 Best Books for Children and we’re reading through her list. The first section was five board books, most of which we enjoyed and which I wrote about here.

Otherwise, we’ve read…

Babies on the Go written by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Jane Dyer

A gentle little tale of how different animal babies get around (via mama-power, of course!) We enjoyed the pictures of all the baby animals with their mamas, and the quietly rhyming text. Our favorites are the sloth “swinging in a belly sling” and the kangaroo “tucked inside a private sack” – since that’s the way Garcia babies get around too. I enjoy reading this aloud to Louis. Tirzah Mae loves listening along. And Louis loves eating it. Naturally.

Louis eats "Babies on the Go"

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Tirzah Mae must have decided she likes this classic tale, because she brought it to me and to grandma (who has been staying with us this last weekend while papa was gone with grandpa) to have us read it to her over and over and over again.

Tirzah Mae reads "Freight Train"

Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Old King Cole
and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star written and illustrated by Iza Trapani

After our good success with Penny Dann’s Row, Row, Row Your Boat at the end of last year, I knew I was interested in some more books I could sing to Tirzah Mae. Somehow, I fortuitously happened upon the sheet in my reading log that recorded Iza Trapani’s picture books and decided to check a few out again. We enjoyed these singable variations on the songs, with multiple verses telling a story. For instance, in Old King Cole, King Cole wears himself out preparing for a fancy ball – and falls asleep for the ball itself. Everyone tries to wake him, with no success until Queen Cole brings out a good-smelling tart. That wakes him up right away, to everyone’s delight.

"Caps for Sale"

I intended to write more about the half dozen other board books we’ve been reading and re-reading (Sandra Boynton’s Snuggle Puppy is in the rotation again!) and the several dozen children’s picture books Tirzah Mae’s been cycling through (We’re currently loving Herve Tullet’s Press Here and Let’s Play), but it’s already the afternoon and I’ve got several things to do before our foster care class this evening – so you’ll get what I’ve already written – which happens to be the books we’ve loved that I’ve had to return to the library in the past month. Some of the books we’ve read but that I haven’t written about yet are included in the pics above :-)

Some recent favorites


We’re linking up with Amy’s Read Aloud Roundup to see what other parents (and kids) are reading aloud this month!


Reader Comments (2):

  1. Oh, you’ve discovered so many of our favorites! I do believe that you’re at my favorite stage in the reading aloud life of a mama.
    Your babies are beautiful. <3

  2. So many good ones in this post! We especially love singable picture books. We have had some Trapani books from the library, and we also enjoy Jane Cabrera, who has her own versions of Row Your Boat, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I’m glad to connect with you.

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