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Comments on: Reader Participation Needed!! (please!) http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:12 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Peter http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1020 Mon, 21 Aug 2006 20:16:00 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1020 How about Richard Scarry? The stories themselves aren’t necessarily funny, but the illustrations often fill in the “humor gaps”… Ellie has spent quite a bit of time in the pages of What Do People Do All Day?, and there are plenty of other volumes to build on the familiarity of the Busytown universe (such as it is).

We’re big fans of Boynton and Carle here. By the way, the newer Curious George stories are a bit shorter than — if not quite as endearing as — their Rey-authored predecessors.

After reading reviews of 100 Lessons, I’m pretty sure we’d have the same problem at our house. Back to traditional methods…

By: Lenise http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1019 Sun, 20 Aug 2006 00:18:03 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1019 Also, the Curious George books are good. I am after those same books Jennifer mentioned (because I, too, remember them from my own childhood). They ARE longer than I remembered, so I haven’t tried my not-quite-2-year-old with them yet. Oh! Also, the pigeon books by Mo Willems get good reviews. Jay likes the board books, but they are apparently much shorter and simpler than the others.

By: Tricia http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1018 Thu, 17 Aug 2006 23:20:26 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1018 Wow! Thanks for the amazingly wonderful suggestions, everyone!

Kimberly, the title alone will make Nicolas smile….I know we will enjoy your suggestion. Thank you!

Angie, maybe we could get Nicolas/Lydia together for some creative phonics learning! And we have not tried Magic Schoolbus – thanks for this tip!

Meredith, it is honor to welcome you to my blog! Thanks for visiting! Nicolas loves Chicka, Chicka, but I’ve never read any of Archimbault’s other titles. Thanks for suggesting this.

Jennifer, thank you for the plethora of wonderful ideas. We’ve done some of those ( I think Nicolas’ favorite Boynton is “But Not the Hippo..”, but there are several new ones for us to try out too. Thanks for all the suggestions.

Madeleine, Welcome! (is this your first time to comment here? I think it might be! Welcome!) I love the description of this book, and will check it out at the library – thank you!

And Kim!! Wow, how cool to hear from you, you “lurker”!! Tell Gage thank you for sharing his favorites, and thanks to you for the Book Tree/Honey suggestions. I will look into both of these.

By: Kim Roberts http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1017 Thu, 17 Aug 2006 20:19:25 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1017 My son, Gage, age 5 loves all books funny. So he is apt to find something funny is just about any book he reads.

Some of his recent favorites:
Harley (about a Llama)
The stories about Jimmy’s Boa constrictor
And, he really enjoys Clifford stories — go figure.

Have you looked at The Book Tree, a compilation of books for children divided by age group. There are tons of great suggestions in it. Also, Honey for a Child’s Heart.


By: Madeleine http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1016 Thu, 17 Aug 2006 18:56:29 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1016 Probably one of my all time favorite books for being totally hilarious; we couldn’t get enough of it at our house when I was growing up. Have you read

What Do You Say, Dear?
by Sesyle Joslin, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

Editorial Reviews

“You have gone downtown to do some shopping. You are walking backwards, because sometimes you like to, and you bump into a crocodile. What do you say, dear?” This is just one of the delightful hypothetical situations introduced by award-winning author Sesyle Joslin in this “handbook of etiquette for young ladies and gentlemen to be used as a guide for everyday social behavior.” Maurice Sendak’s quirky, comical illustrations are perfect for this old-fashioned, whimsical guide to manners. First published in 1958, this Caldecott Honor Book and ALA Notable Children’s Book is a time- tested, fun way to teach your children important lessons. By the way, “Excuse me” is the proper response to the crocodile above! (Ages 4 to 8)

By: jennifer http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1015 Thu, 17 Aug 2006 15:49:50 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1015 I am sure you have many of the Sandra Boynton books, but that’s what comes to mind when I think of funny children’s books. Moo, Baa, La, La, La! is my favorite and Charis’s too. There are many Eric Carle illustrated books out there that aren’t as well-known as Brown Bear. They may appeal to Nicolas visually. You also might try finding some of the book version stories of movies he enjoys, like Toy Story and Thomas and almost anything Disney. My kids would often sit for the longer stories (more text) in these books because they were familiar with the stories and the characters. Sometimes they are re-tellings of the video stories; other times they are spin-off stories using the popular characters. Finally, I really enjoyed reading stories to my kids that I remembered from childhood, like the Harry the Dirty Dog books. Another really funny little series (that may be more appropriate for girls) are the Francis books–Bedtime for Francis, A Birthday for Francis, etc.

By: Meredith http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1014 Wed, 16 Aug 2006 04:15:01 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1014 Sounds like he might be more of a visual learner, so I would try to find books with lots of colors and graphics similar to his on-screen passions! My son loves Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and other books by Archimbault, also the drawings in all the Harold and the Purple Crayon stories. But he is a total audio learner so we tend to go for long read-alouds with him.

By: angie http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1013 Wed, 16 Aug 2006 03:33:29 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1013 Interestingly enough, Lydia HATED the Teach Your Child To Read Book. After about 3, maybe 4 lessons, I noticed that she would come up with excuses of why she couldn’t participate that day. Crazy.

As for your request, Kimberly’s suggestion is a good one. I also like Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (though it’s not that funny, but it is cute). Lydia is hooked on The Magic School Bus at the moment, but Nicolas might not enjoy that kind of stuff. I think the Click, Clack, Moo author has written either sequels or other books in the same vein. If I think of anything else, I’ll let you know!

By: Kimberly http://hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1012 Tue, 15 Aug 2006 17:18:55 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2006/08/reader-participation-needed-please/#comment-1012 Have you read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett?