Our Summer Reading list 6/19-7/15

I did not realize how much we were reading, until we began logging our time for our library’s summer reading program. We are doing an average of 40 minutes a day. Hooray! What is even more fun, was that Penelope won a tote bag and gets to pick out a brand new book from the library to keep tomorrow. How exciting!

11. We left off with Runaway Ralph By Beverly Cleary the sequel to The Mouse and the Motorcycle.


12. We then followed with Ralph S. Mouse to end the series. I didn’t like the last 2 as much as the first one, but Penelope enjoyed completing the series, and that is what is important in the end. I find myself changing language I do not care for in books. Do you do find yourself doing that as well?

13. The Courage of Sara Noble is one of my all time favorite books. There is so much depth in this short book. About family, early life in America, discrimination, and human nature. We had such rich discussions after this read.


14. Wind


15. Rain
16. Snow

A wonderful series of early reading books that teach science, all Written By Marion Dane Bauer.

17. Ladybug Girl and Bingo


A sweet story about a girl and her curious dog. We are big fans of the Ladybug Girl series of books.

Wordless picture books we pulled off our bookshelf:

Oh my goodness I LOVE wordless books! They are books your child can read independently because the story is told via the illustrations and often multiple stories may occur in a single page. There is something so beautiful about hearing my child tell me in great detail what a character is not only doing, but what they are feeling, just by studying the pages. These books help encourage storytelling and bring forth a greater appreciation for visual exploration and imagination. It is nice to bounce between chapter books with few visuals and many words and these wordless illustrated stories. A story emerges from both but in very different ways. I love this.

18. In The Town All Year Round


This book is a visual masterpiece. I bought it on sale at Anthropologie while I was pregnant. And pulled it out when Penelope was around 18 months old. At that age she took to it instantly. One of our absolute favorites, we read it at least once a month. It never goes out of rotation in our home and will most likely be listed again in August lol.

19. The Chicken Theif


20. Chicken and Cat


Oldies but goodies we pulled off the shelf:

21. Littleland


22. We Are In A Book


23. Barnyard Dance
24. Maisy’s Book of Things That Go

25. In honor of the Women’s World Cup Final we read Madlenka Soccer Star By Peter Sis. Did you all watch the game? It was sooooo GOOD!


26. Ramona the Brave


This was one of my favorite series as a child. I read them myself independently as I was older, perhaps 9? I am finding myself replacinging words as some of the language is a bit dated. Despite that, it is a lot of fun and Penelope is still happily enjoying the story.

27. The Princess in Black


A Princess who is also secretly a Superhero. What’s not to love about that! The second book will be out in October of this year, be sure to look out for it!

28. Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow


Another great one from the Ladybug Girl series, about the joys of a big snowfall.

We are currently reading “Ramona the Pest” By Beverly Cleary, we just finished Chapter 2 last night.

I will post a new list with links in a few weeks. I hope these lists are helping add to your summer reading. Hooray for books!

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Our Summer Reading List 6/04-6/18

School has been out for us since June 4th and I can not believe the year is over. I absolutely love Penelope’s Kindergarten teachers and I am so grateful we are able to have her in a school that we love. I was definitely mourning Penelope leaving their classroom and moving on to First grade. There is a lovely quote by Mister Rogers, that sums up the end of anything really, one of her teachers attached it to our final class newsletter and it couldn’t have been more appropriate. “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning  of something else” It is the uncertainty of the future that makes leaving our comfortable safe routines so difficult, isn’t it? My daughter loved school and did not want summer to come, but time stands still for no one and so here we are moving forward as we must, and we are filling our days with books! I will share what we have read thus far and my thoughts.

First is a sequential series of 6 books that is so wonderful and sweet. They were recommended to me by our librarian. I am always looking out for sweet early chapter books, which can be a challenge. Our teachers, librarians and friends agree that there is a need for gentle, innocent books  in the Early Chapter Reader department. This series was simply lovely.

Written By Hilary McKay

1. Lulu and the Duck in the Park
2. Lulu and the Dog from the Sea
3. Lulu and the Cat in the Bag
4. Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
5. Lulu and the Hedgehog in the Rain
6. Lulu and the Hamster in the Night

Lulu is a little girl who loves animals. She has adventures with her cousin and best friend Mellie. You can click on each title for a link to Goodreads. You can also see the list and read more about Hilary McKay on her website here.

7. The Mouse and the Motorcycle By Beverly Cleary.

A classic. I loved this book as a child (as did Penelope) and reading it again as a parent was just as enjoyable.

8. Skippy Jon Jones
9. Skippy Jon Jones in Mummy Trouble
10. Skippy Jon Jones Class Action

Written By Judy Schachner

I have to admit I don’t like the “SkippyJon Jones” books very much. They have a huge following and many people love them, but it was a little confusing with an early reader. There is back and forth with English and Spanish, and a lot of word altering for the sake of silliness and rhyming. Penelope now works to read aloud and asks about words a lot while we read, so this book was a bit confusing with all of the word altering. It would have been better if she were younger and not trying to identify words that aren’t actual words. Or read aloud during school or library story time. I have other issues with the book, but in general they are not my cup if tea. We read all 3 listed above. The link to Goodreads is above as well, feel free to check the series out and make your own judgment.

11. We are currently reading “Runaway Ralph“, the sequel to “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”. It is not nearly as good, but Penelope is enjoying it so far.

We have a stack of 5 more books from the library, for after Runaway Ralph. I will post after we have gotten through a few. What is on your summer reading list? I would love to hear!

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