Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello Friday, and happy summer! I'm FINALLY on my summer break and could not be more excited! My kids had the best preschool teacher in the whole world, and she really instilled a love of reading in them. I will always be grateful for the fact that my kids love to visit the library and spend money at Half Price Books. Trip has been an independent reader for years, and now Ari is quickly reaching that status as well. However, we still like to read together as a family, so today I want to share some of my favorite family reads with you.

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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24 comments:

  1. OMG Allie! I got so excited about some of the books you shared. First, Madeline was one of my favorites when I was little and I go the doll too! Also, Strega Nona, was another fave. LOVED Tommy DePaola's books because we are Italian :) Thanks for the Matilda suggestion too. Diana loved the musical so I know she will probably love the book and movie

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    1. I hope it is good! We love the movie with Danny Devito and Rhea Pearlman- so cute!

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  2. We loved Strega Nona too, and the Who Is...series. I plan on picking up a bunch of them for Alayna this summer... Have a great weekend!

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    1. Cara- if you have a Half Price Books in your town, we have seen a bunch of the Who Is series there in the kids' biography/history section. Robert has also been getting a lot of our books very cheap on Amazon lately, too.

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  3. YES Your summer break has arrived!!! Enjoy my friend and YES to lots of reading, Madeline was always a fav and man, I wish they had the Big Head series when my kids were younger, very fun!! Happy Weekend beautiful!!

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    1. No sleeping in just yet- swim practice was at 7:45 this morning- blah! Any boy book suggestions? Every time we are at the library, I'm unsure of what to recommend to Trip since I read more girly books.

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  4. Great post! I love love love Madeline. I can't wait until my boys are reading on their own. I truly hope they inherit my love of reading. Happy weekend friend!

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    1. They will- especially if you continue modeling that you read for enjoyment. You're a much better example than me! Sometimes I get frustrated that Trip would rather read non-fiction, and then I think about it, and that's basically all that I read!

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  5. HAPPY SUMMER BREAK!!!!!!! I love all of those "Who Is" books, and so do my students!

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    1. They're so interesting, and the little extras help!

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  6. I used to love the summer reading program through the library for the kids. Katie was all about reading the books and getting to the different prize levels. Welcome to your first real summer in quite a while. I hope it's the best ever!!!

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    1. Nowadays, we have to log all of the books online and write a review of each story in order to get credit at the library. It's a little frustrating!

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  7. When I taught third grader the kids always wanted to read the Who Was/Who is books and the I Survived books!! Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Good idea on the I Survived series- Trip read one a few years ago and it was a little tough for him in 1st grade, but this summer would be the perfect time to reintroduce it. Thanks!

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  8. Happy Summer vacation!!! :) I am a bookworm with 3 kids who aren't big readers. How does that happen??? Regardless... I'm planning on stopping down at the library to sign them all up for the summer reading program. They even have one for adults. I'm all for that. ;)

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    1. LOL! I definitely went through stages where I didn't love reading. Hopefully they'll come around, especially if there are prizes involved at the library!

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  9. Aww, Madeline! I just bought them for my niece for CHristmas!

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    1. Love the series! It's always funny how the kids like the older or "vintage" stuff better than some of the newer series. Ari loves to read Dick and Jane books, too!

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  10. Oh my goodness! What great selections you have made! I loved Madeline and the show that used to be on TV cue the theme song playing in my head right now! Also, Tomie dePaola rocked!! How could I forget about him?

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    1. Wow I didn't know Madeline was a tv show! I'll have to see if it's on Netflix for Ari. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Omg I totally had the plush Madeline doll too and was so fascinated by her appendix scar, haha! And Strega Nona was definitely in heavy rotation for storytime at school.

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    1. Thank goodness we had Madeline to know that we should only be concerned if stomach pain was on the right side! :)

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  12. SOme awesome suggestions here for my crew. My eight year old loves Geronimo and THea Stilton.
    Sarita @ it's my girls' world

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    1. Oh yes! We've got quite a few Geronimo and Thea books on our shelves. :)

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