One funny thing about reading all of the books in alphabetical order is that you notice things like "lots of authors have H last names"
This one is about an ocean storm. It's simple and powerful and conveys a world totally different from what our kids know, in a way that is easy to relate to.
Another about the ocean-a fun book about Horseshoe crabs.
This one follows bunches of families as they go about their morning on a very important day--at the end they all become American citizens. It's lovely.
I am often tempted to skip the 1st grade easy readers. I can see why Mo Willems has a lock on this category-his books are simple AND funny and interesting. But this one was surprisingly good! We have a few Pup and Hound books, I'll need to feature them for the 1st graders.
Who doesn't love a good Christmas story?
Kevin Henkes is wonderful and I love ALL of his books. This one was new to me. So nice.
Pat Hutchins has several books too, and I liked them, this one was the best. Fun and easy to decode because the boy keeps mixing up the list, a bit at a time, so there are many hints for the reader.
A new fairy tale! I hadn't read anything like this one.
James Herriot is one of my favorite adult authors. I was excited to find these picture books-which have nice high vocabulary and pretty illustrations in a smaller package-will be good for my animal kids who are daunted by a chapter book but who need to move into something a bit tougher. And for the younger kids who are ready for more but are still young.
I love an immigrant story.
Farm helping and working together and caring for the land.
This one appeals to my use it up sensibilities. A great lesson in what it used to take to survive, and how to thrive in it.
A fun and inspiring book-I think that kids would want to play with paper after reading it, and it has some great vocabulary to talk about.
Another good easy reader! A sweet family book.
A Christmas story to make you cry.
Kids love this book about an exceptionally patient mother, and when I started asking them why-that was their answer! "Because of how the Mom is". I guess they would like us to be that patient and perfect. ;)