1) Madeline series
I loved Madeline as a kid and even received a plush doll, complete with the appendix scar! Our local library has a big collection of Madeline's adventures, and my kids love the rhymes. There's even a fun one where Madeline and the girls travel to America! I'm hoping to track down the movie to watch with the kids this summer.
2) The One and Only Ivan
I've blogged about this chapter book before, but I have to tell you again that my kids and I LOVED The One and Only Ivan. It's such a touching story that is semi-based on true events of a gorilla who grew up in a shopping mall. This one will tug at your heartstrings, so make sure you keep tissues handy!
3) The Chocolate Touch
Trip and I read this quick chapter book together a few months back. I read The Chocolate Touch as a kid, and it was fun to keep Trip guessing as to what was going to happen to a boy who gets exactly what he wishes for - a little too much of what he wishes for to be exact!
4) Strega Nona series
Tomie dePaola was one of my favorite author/illustrators as a kid, and I grew up wanting to be Italian. The kids and I love his Strega Nona series so much that my grandma name will one day be Nona! Follow along with Strega Nona and her helpers Big Anthony and Bambolona as they navigate the world of magic! If your library is slim-pickings in the summer like our's, then head on over to Storyline Online where you can watch famous actors read some classic tales with some neat animations for free!
5) Who Was... series
We lovingly refer to this series as "The Big Head Books," as the front covers always have a caricature of the famous person. This biography series is packed with facts but makes everything easy to learn for kids. Trip and I have read Steve Irwin, Jane Goodall, and Albert Einstein together, and my students and I've read Genghis Khan for book club. They're a fairly quick read, but I have found the stories to be very enjoyable, and I've learned a lot more than what I originally learned in school. If your child is more interested in places or events, they also have books on those topics, too!
A while back, I shared that my kids loved the movie Matilda. They didn't think they'd like it, and turns out, it is often requested at family movie night. I wasn't a big Roald Dahl fan growing up, but since Ari and Trip loved the movie so much, we're going to pick Matilda for our first read of the summer.
What are some of your favorite kid books to read as a family? Any chapter book recommendations for Trip? He's going into the 3rd grade. Please tell me in the comments below!
In case you missed any of this week's posts:
Life With the Lees: Weekend Recap
Tuesday Training: Week 22
What's Up Wednesday: May 2017
Try It Thursday: BLT Pasta Salad
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I hope you have a great weekend! We're going to soak up some sun after wrapping up Ari's baseball season. Trip has another swim meet while his sister plays ball, and then the pool is our's for the taking! See you back here Monday for a weekend recap!
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