I had a different "Life Lately" post planned for today, but life lately around here has had a LOT to do with books so I switched it up at the last minute. Luke's reading has taken off and he's reading whatever he can get his hands on.
The weather was perfect last night and Dave and I had a few things to do around the yard, so we popped up this little tent and brought out a big stack of books.
Usborne Books sent the kids a box of great reading material and they were so excited! I've worked with them before and am always impressed with their quality.
First up from Usborne were these Hey Jack! books.
The illustrations were cute, the story line was easy to follow and they were a quick and easy read for Luke.
I mentioned last week that we gave him the entire Harry Potter series for his birthday and while we've been reading those together, he's been absolutely devouring the "Black Lagoon Adventures" series. He's reading in the car, at school, at ESS, when he gets home... I LOVE IT! My parents gave him all of the Magic Treehouse books for his birthday and I can't wait to see him delve into those as well.
Here's the stack of books he brought outside to read last night :)
The next book from Usborne, All Better, was PRECIOUS! There were five "restickable" bandaid stickers and on each page there was an animal with a boo-boo. The instructions were to "kiss it, put a bandage on it..."
Griffin kissing the page :)
Next up was Nibbles the Book Monster. It came with the precious little plush which is always a bonus. ;)
Nibbles the monster escapes and nibbles his way through books...
This is where the book got SUPER cute. There were books WITHIN the book. So you'd open a page and find Nibbles inside a classic book. SO CUTE and SO CREATIVE!
And the book finishes with a hole in the back cover - Nibbles escaped again :)
Mason giggled the whole way through this one - he LOVED it!
These books weren't only filled with great information and colorful illustrations - they had a surprise...
When you held a light underneath the page, you could see hidden pictures!
I'm excited about summer vacation for lots of reasons - one of which is bringing back our Family Book Club days. There's not a whole lot I love more than watching my kids read. There is SUCH a difference in vocabulary, grammar and overall writing skills of students who read outside of school versus those who don't and I'm hoping we can nurture a love of reading into all of our kids.
One way we're hoping to do that is by providing them with lots of reading material ;) another is by modeling reading ourselves. This is something that I'm not great at, mainly because I don't have a ton of free time to model reading for pleasure. But I'm determined to make a point of reading in front of my kids. Lead by example, right? :) Lastly, I think that by making an "event "out of reading you make it more fun and exciting for them. Popping up a simple tent outside and making it a book party took almost no time and/or effort and the kids are already begging to do it again.
So, here's where I need your help! I need recommendation for a few things :)
1) Books or series of books that Luke would love
2) Kids books that would make a great family book club day
3) Books for me! I need some great recommendations!
Happy Reading, Friends!!!
Thank you so much to Usborne Books for providing my kids with the awesome reading material and to LightSpeed for the pop-up shelter! We love it!!! Also, this post contained affiliate links, which means that if you clicked on a link and purchased an item, I may receive a commission. THANK YOU!!!