April Reads

This month was a very bug themed month, so many of the books that I have to share are insect related.  There are other cool books though.  I don’t recall either Firecracker or Rose reading any books on their own this month, but they’ve read bits and pieces of things all month, especially Firecracker.  He even reads over my shoulder sometimes when we read aloud to try and figure out what’s coming next.

Our Reads

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle–One my my favorite books for Spring, and it was especially appropriate to read aloud a lot while we watched our caterpillars grow and turn into butterflies.

Pirate Pete’s Giant Adventure by Kim Kennedy–There is no getting away from this book in our house as it’s one of Monkey’s favorites.  I’m convinced he just likes the voices I make.

The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage–This isn’t my favorite, but it’s one that the kids ask for again and again.  It’s a gentle book about bullying and standing up to bullies.

Today Is Monday by Eric Carle–This is another toddler favorite right now in our house.

Tarantula VS. Scorpion (Who Would Win?) by Jerry Pallotta.  This one is a big kid favorite in our house.  Packed with facts about spiders and scorpions!

It’s an Ant’s Life: My Story of Life in the Nest by Steve Parker.  I love the day this one is written as a diary.  The pictures are really cute too.  Of course, it’s also very informative about ants.

There Was An Old Monster! by Rebecca Emberley.  The kids love this one.  I like it better than the Old Lady ones too 🙂

Life of Fred: Farming by Stanley Schmidt.  Fred’s adventures continue.  This time he’s trying to see a farm, and we’re learning how to subtract with borrowing (and so many other things).

No, David! by David Shannon.  This one was new to Monkey and Owlet this month.  They got so many giggles out of it.

Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Velociraptor (Who Would Win?) by Jerry Pallotta.  Lots of facts and dinosaur fun in this one.  It inspired Firecracker to take out his plastic dinosaurs and play battles with them.

Polar Bear Vs. Grizzly Bear (Who Would Win?) by Jerry Pallotta.  Lots of bear facts in this one (of course).

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth–This is one of my favorite Berenstain Bears books.  It teaches about truth, lying and consequences without being too preachy.

The Berenstain Bears Go to School

Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) by Geoffrey Kloske.  This is so cute.  The storyteller takes all the fairy tales and starts chopping them short to try and get his kid asleep.  Big belly laughs from my kids on this end.

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski–We read this book for book club in April.  I love this book.  My kids loved this book.  It took it a while for it to sink in for them that this was actually set more in pioneer times than in their own time.

Verdi by Janell Cannon.  We read this one a lot.  The kids love the snake saying that he’ll never be like one of those big greens, and then becoming very much like one of them.

The Life Cycle of the Honeybee by Paula Hogan.  This one is very simple, but instructive.  Don’t miss the Reading Rainbow episode on this one.

Snow Bugs by Susan Schade.  Simple.  Good for reading practice and the pictures are cute, but I don’t really recommend it.

Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne.  This is another Magic Tree House book.  I really don’t like the ones we’ve been reading because they’re more fantasy and don’t have much connection with the real world, but the kids have enjoyed them.

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.  The kids giggle their way through this as the lady bug asks progressively larger and larger animals, “Hey you, wanna fight?”

Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss.  This was a book that we pulled out after watching an episode of Mythbusters that referenced non-Newtonian fluids.  It’s a classic.

Magic Tree House #31: Summer of the Sea Serpent (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Mary Pope Osborne.   Again this isn’t my favorite part of the series, but it’s a pretty cool story.

The Cricket in Times Square by George Sheldon.  This was gentle and relaxing, but fun to read.  I thought it might be boring, but we all found it somewhat magical to read.

Magic Tree House #32: Winter of the Ice Wizard by Mary Pope Osborne.  Finally we reach the last of the Camelot section of books!  Yay!  Looking forward to getting back to adventures in the real world.

Simon & Schuster Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders by Jinny Johnson.  This has lots of little descriptions and pictures of the common insects that we see here in North America.  The kids found it fascinating.

National Geographic Readers: Ants by Melissa Stewart.  Simple text, but the illustrations are photographs and they are great.

Arnie, the Doughnut by Laurie Keller.  This is another one of the kids’ favorites.  It’s just so silly 🙂

My Reads

Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are by Craig Groeschel.    I always get a blessing out of his books and this one is no exception.  He talks about who we are in Christ and becoming more Christlike as you follow him.

The Classic Housewife’s ABC’s of Eclectic Homeschool by Amber Oliver.  This is a short little friendly ebook.  If you’re looking to expand your homeschool beyond the traditional school-at-home, Eclectic homeschooling is a good place to dip your toes in, and she shows how it works in her house.

Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson.  I really like this book because I like how discipline is considered as more than corrective measures and how discipline is seen as a natural outgrowth of the parent/child relationship.  You just have read it to understand his ideas.

Praying the Scriptures for Your Children by Jodie Berndt.  This was a sweet little book that inspired me to several new prayers for my children.

See, I Told Me So! by Tammy Cardwell.  I found this book on Homeschool Freebie of the Day  on a day when I was having a freak out and wondering if I was doing enough and pushing the kids hard enough.  It was very reassuring.


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