What We're Reading

Traveling Around the World with Reading

In addition to the books that we have been reading that help reinforce our letters of the month, we have also been reading books about different continents/areas of the world. This month I selected some books about Africa, Australia and Antarctica to correspond with one of our letters this month and to interduce my little one to the idea of different parts of the world. (Prior to this she would only refer to Florida and then to areas where family members lived).

I started out by selecting a book to try to help me introduce the idea that where we live is only one small part of the world as a whole. The book I chose was Maps & Globes by Jack Knowlton and Harriet Barton. (Click on the image for a link to Amazon for more information).

Below is the rest of what we are reading:

We checked out a few more recommended books about Antarctica but found that they were too difficulty for her current level and had far too many words per page. My plan is to seek out additional books and try again with Antarctica in the future, maybe focusing more on animals (penguins, seals, killer whales) as the books about animals from Australia and Africa seemed to hold her attention better.

Do you have any books that you recommend we try out? Leave us a comment below and let us know. We would love to know what you and your little ones are currently reading at home. We are always looking for new books to try.

Art History Projects, What We're Reading


I chose Picasso for our next famous artist study. It was a great pick because it turns out my little one loves Picasso. I found a project on Pinterest from playtolearnpreschool.blogspot.com.

Next we made a stop at our local library and found this book on the shelves.


I read the book to her and we had fun looking at the pictures and discussing the different periods or finding different items in the pictures. In particular she had fun looking at the Cubism paintings and identifying different items in them.

In preparation for this activity I had precut out a variety of shapes in different color construction paper. I did have to go out and purchase glue sticks as this was a new item for us. So this project did cost $2.89.

I set out all of the construction paper cut outs and let her self select and glue the shapes.

She enjoyed herself so much that she made several of them. She will even ask to read “Picasso book” when we are picking out books before bed time.

One of her finished “Picassos”.

Do you have any suggestions for other artists she may enjoy? Leave use a comment below.

Letters of the Month, What We're Reading

What We’re Reading

As someone who grew up as an avid reader it is my hope to raise my daughter to be someone who loves books and learning. I had tried to encourage reading by reading to her since she was a newborn. My mother and I try to take her to the library several times a month. The public library is a great way to save money by requesting books in the topics that you are interested in. Our library receipt includes a “you saved” portion just like Kohl’s or similar retailors. Per our last library receipt we saved over $370 dollars by checking out books from the library instead of purchasing them.

Here is the list of books that we have checked out so far this month to correspond with our letters of the month.

A Books

1. The Ants Go Marching (the large book) from the publisher Child’s Play. We loved this version as the extra large size made it easier for her to count the ants. It also has fun cut outs on the pages that she likes to stick her fingers through.

2. Baby Alligator by Ginger L Clarke

3. The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

4. Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

5. There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

6. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

7. Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator by Mo Willems

8. Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries

9. Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

10. Acorn to Oak Tree by Lisa Herrington

11. Zack’s Alligator by Shirley Mozelle

12. Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss

13. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose

14. ABC T-Rex by Bernard Most

B Books

1. Blueberries for the Queen by John and Katherine Paterson

2. Bam Boom by Guido van Genechten. This one has been an instant hit in our house due to the fact that it includes press here buttons for each animal’s instrumentals. From a mom perspective it’s great as you can turn it on and off on the back.

3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. This book has also become a favorite at story time. We will act out the action likely splashing through the river. We have read this over and over since bringing it home.

4. Bunny’s Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Do you have any suggestions for other books we may enjoy? Leave us a comment and let us know.