Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Two Fantastic Picture Books

You may have read these picture books before, as they aren't particularly new, but they have been a source of hilarity at our house over the last couple of weeks.

First of all, you should know that my son is a reluctant reader, especially when it comes to reading out loud. This is something that has come up in parent/teacher conferences the last couple of years, but he's been doing better recently.

Anyhow, he loves reading these two picture books out loud with me. He doesn't get all of the words right, and there is a lot of giggling involved, but if it makes reading out loud more fun for him, I don't care. In fact, with Jon Klassen's I WANT MY HAT BACK, sometimes the kids substitute "hairy toe" for "hat." This one also makes an excellent easy reader for little ones who are learning to read. It's right around the same difficulty level as Mo Willem's ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE books. My five-year-old daughter can read it. With my son, I read the bear's part, and he reads all of the other animal parts.

With ONCE UPON A COOL MOTORCYCLE DUDE, by Kevin O'Malley, there's a girl narrator and a boy narrator. So I read the girl's lines (the princess story), and he reads the boy's (the cool motorcycle dude story). It's a lot of fun. If I weren't worried about infringing on copyright laws, I'd post a vlog of us reading together.

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

Whether you read to your children or with your children, I highly recommend both of these books. :o)


  1. Neither of my kids are reluctant readers, but we've read aloud together for years. Long after most parents and kids stop reading together. My son was 14 before he stopped reading with us, and my daughter is almost 13, but the two of us still read together. That time with them is precious. Lots of good discussions and memories we will share forever. Keep it up, Myrna. There are always great books to share together.

  2. I need some younger grandkids again. Mine are aging quickly!


  3. How cool that you have found books where you can read together in different voices. I'm sure that will build his confidence! With my oldest, I used the "you read to me, I'll read to you" books and that helped a ton.

    Thanks for sharing. I'll have to check these out. Have a great night!