Lately, I've been making more of an effort to read to the younger folk in this house. I spend a lot of time on school and such with the older kids. By the time bedtime rolls around I'm worn out and more likely to put on a book on CD for the kids instead of actually read to them.
Another hindrance (since we're talking excuses) is that a lot of our books are still packed and inaccessible at the moment.
I need to get back into reading a chapter book aloud, but right now I'm just focusing on reading stories at bedtime. (Baby steps, right?)
So, we've brought home a basket full of our favorite picture books and I've been picking out a few at the library. (The girls also choose books to get but I choose some that I figure I will actually enjoy too.)
So I picked this up at the library on a whim. That turned out to be a good decision. Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore and Nancy Carpenter is a gentle story with truly lovely illustrations and it is Miss Lili approved - that is, it kept her attention and she didn't wander off and she enjoyed pointing out the ducks and calling them by their names.
In this story Mama Duck is leading her ducklings (Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin and Little Joe) when disaster strikes. People gather and offer suggestions on how to help. Spoiler alert, just to set your mind at ease: there is a happy ending for all involved.
Fair warning: your resident toddler may insist that this book be read more than once.
Recommended if you like:
What have you read to your kids lately? I can use some suggestions!
(And, if you know of a site that reviews new middle grade fiction, I'd love to hear it. I can't pre-read everything my oldest daughter reads these days and our list of pre-approved classics that she hasn't already read is getting slim.)
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