What We’re Reading (March 2017)
It’s been 6 months since I last shared what we’re currently reading, so you can imagine how hard it was to choose just a few to share. There’s been Christmas and three birthdays since then, and SO many lovely books to discover. I’m excited to tell you about them!
As always, I’ll put some links under each title that you can click on to learn more about them.
You might remember that one of Miss 6’s goals for the year was to “be an astronomer”. I bought her this book for her birthday, thinking it would be perfect for her to learn more about space!
We also have the ‘Usborne: Look Inside Space‘ book which is a good introduction and great for little kids with all the flaps to lift, but I felt she had outgrown it and she was asking more detailed questions that we couldn’t find the answers to in the book. ‘Destination: Space’ is the perfect next book for her! It goes into much more detail and covers many more topics, yet is still written in a way that holds her interest and is easy to understand. The book takes you on an adventure through space with 5 characters, seeing what they discover!
The illustrations are beautiful and vibrant too! This is a really great and informative book. Definitely recommend for this age group all the way up to early teens I think. I enjoy it myself!
It Starts With a Seed
“It starts with a seed.
But where does it lead?
To a root, to a shoot,
to a few tiny leaves.”
‘It Starts With a Seed’ is the story of a sycamore seed, told beautifully in captivating rhyme. You see how the tree grows and changes with the seasons, becomes a home for animals, and eventually creates new seeds. It’s a lovely introduction to the life cycle of a tree. It also includes some more information about sycamore trees at the end.
Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature
We are in love with this book right now and I’ve been so excited to share it with you! Miss 8 is my animal lover and I found this one for her birthday. It’s gone straight to the top of our favourite animal/nature book list. It’s got SO much information and it’s just SO beautiful! It’s also super easy to use. Miss 8 can look up anything she needs.
All the charts are colour coded so you can easily see what they are talking about, whether species, habitats, or adaptations. They are also numbered and give suggestions of other charts you can turn to that contain information that is related to what you’re reading.
The illustrations are just beautiful!
There is so much to see and read! From information about individual animals, to photosynthesis, to how animals live together, to food chains, to the anatomy of a plant, to life cycles, to the classification of animals, I could go on and on.
I’m going to say this one is a MUST have! I just love it. It’s honestly stunning and fascinating.
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet
We’ve had this one for a while, but the girls have recently been enjoying it again!
We only have the one book, but it’s part of a series of books (see the rest here) about great artists and the children in their lives. This is a story about a young girl discovering Monet’s garden, and is a lovely introduction to the artist. It’s inspired us to learn more and discover more of Monet’s work.
This is a beautiful story book that I’ve been enjoying with the little girls, but that the big girls really like too. It tells the story about a pig and a goat who are the best of friends and do everything together… until one day they want to go their separate ways because they are interested in different things.
We learn that they enjoy doing things on their own but that no matter if they are apart physically, they are always together in each other’s hearts. It’s a really beautiful and comforting story about individuality and connection.
A Beetle Is Shy
I’ve shared some other books in this series before. I adore them and we’re collecting them all. One of the girls was recently gifted this one, and it did not dissapoint!
Just as beautiful as the others in the series. So many wonderful facts to discover and gorgeous pictures to inspire.
All My Treasures
One for the younger kids! We loved ‘In My Heart‘ by the same author, and this one was a hit too. Lift the flap books always are aren’t they?
This book is a lovely little reminder that the best things in life are free, and it’s the simple moments that bring the most joy.
This was one of the books I got Miss 1 for Christmas, and it’s as lovely as I’d hoped. It’s pretty much just an ABC of birds, but it’s rhyming and the illustrations are vibrant and beautiful.
Does everyone’s toddlers go through that stage where they get excited and point out all the ‘birdies’ they see? Mine all did so I knew she’d like this book. I don’t like to buy many babyish books because they grow out of them so fast. So this was perfect. Simple and captivating and even still interesting to my 8 year old, so it will last a lot longer.
What books have you or your children been enjoying lately?
If you’d like to discover more wonderful books, you can find the rest of the posts in this series here. Happy reading!
Oh wow !!!
Beautiful selection of books. I go from there, see what I can find in French. To add them to my very long list. Beautiful day.
I really love this Blog Series…. even the kids do. We look through together and see what we can find from the library. I love how this list also sparks new interests in my kiddos. We read these books and from they learn about new topics and pick out their own new books.
Oh that’s lovely!
I was so much waiting for a new post ! 😀
I love when you share what you are reading, even if our wishlist is already so long 😉
We are currently reading lots of “look and find” books. The children also like to read books in English (we are French), they want to learn to speak English! It is amazing how they remember everything they read… They also enjoy books about the Human body, space and volcanoes. They love the usborne series.
I mentioned the book “I love you always” by Astrid Desbordes, because I think you two youngest would love it 😀 The author published 3 other books with the same character which are great too (although the latest about bedtime doesn’t resonate with us since we don’t do bedtime) but they haven’t been translated in English yet apparently 🙂
Oh thank you!
Lovely! I just found that Natural World one at my library. I think I said this before, but my miss 7 is enjoying the Shel Silverstien books. We are going through the whole series. It’s something we enjoy too! Have you all read them?
We haven’t! Thank you for the recommendation.
These are wonderful-thank you! We just read Viva Frida (Frida Kahlo & it’s in Spanish & English). It’s a beautiful book. Also, The Noisy Paint Box about Kandinsky & abstract art.
So many awesome books…
Wow thank you for this awesome list! You just added several books to my wishlist haha! I’ve been on the hunt for books that introduce artists to my kids so I’m especially excited to hear good things about that Claude Monet book!
My wishlist is soooo long LOL