Great Kid Books (read in Berkeley)

We read together everyday- usually before bed. As my older son has grown out of board books, I find myself increasingly intrigued by the stories we read together. I am looking forward to reading longer books that we can get immersed in for weeks. 

Our current favorites:

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I recently got a copy of my favorite book from growing up-  My Puppy is Born. The graphic photographs of a puppy birth have stayed with me my whole life. This book was a big part of me understanding childbirth. Since reading it to my son he asked if he arrived in a sac when he was born and if I ate that sac like the puppy mom. I was happy to report, no and no. 

My Puppy is Born.  Joanna Cole with Photographs by Jerome Wexler

My Puppy is Born. Joanna Cole with Photographs by Jerome Wexler

Mother Goose in California, Aesop in California, California the Magic Island are all by Doug Hansen. We have been loving this series. The passages are the perfect length for my son’s current attention span and it feels good to steep in regional mythology. 

Anything about adventures is a hit here. Each page of Atlas of Adventure is an illustration of a different place in the world. His favorite pages are the underwater scenes: snorkeling in the great barrier reef, river rafting in the grand canyon, or swimming in the dead sea.  

I was starting to get asked technical questions about how flying machines work. The Way Things Work has been helpful for both us in explaining the physics of basic machinery. I have a feeling we will hang on to this one for awhile.  

Animalium is a wonderful, oversized natural history book. It is organized as a museum might be with each chapter being a different gallery. The illustrations are a beautiful invitation to learning about the amazing creatures we share the world with. 

Animalium . curated by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom

Animalium. curated by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom

Do you have any book suggestions we should check out?

Great Kid Books (read in Brooklyn)

In our home we read books often, when we're sitting around our apt, on public transit, while out and about and waiting, and of course before bed. With a 2.8 year old and a 4.8 year old there is always a negotiation at play. These are the bedtime books we're currently reading that satisfy both kiddos. 

The Adventuring Pack (The Little Reader Series), by Kyla Ryman (Author), Case Jernigan (Artist)

Hug Time, by Patrick McDonnell

If You Want To See A Whale, by Julie Fogliano (Author, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)

A Family of Poems, by Caroline Kennedy (Author), Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)

Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Complete Book Of Nautical Codes, by Sara Gillingham

Lightship, by Brian Floca

You Can't Take A Balloon In The Metropolitan Museum, by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman (Author), Robin Glasses (Illustrator)

Where's Warhol, by Catherine Ingram (Author), Andrew Rae (Illustrator)

This is a page from The Adventure Pack - Maps. Six small books come in the set - delicate and evocative, great conversation starters. 

This is a page from The Adventure Pack - Maps. Six small books come in the set - delicate and evocative, great conversation starters. 

Page from  Hug Time . "The polar bear asks, 'Would you like a hug?'"

Page from Hug Time. "The polar bear asks, 'Would you like a hug?'"

Pages from  Alpha Bravo Charlie . This is the Juliet flag along with the Morse Code to identify the signaled issue to other ships. Yes, we're learning Morse Code from this book, well very specific Morse Code signals (like Juliet).

Pages from Alpha Bravo Charlie. This is the Juliet flag along with the Morse Code to identify the signaled issue to other ships. Yes, we're learning Morse Code from this book, well very specific Morse Code signals (like Juliet).

I'll leave you with an excerpt from Lightship: 

You may never have
heard of a lightship.
Once, lightships
anchored on waters
across America,
on the oceans
and in the Great Lakes,
floating where lighthouses
could not be built.
Smaller than most ships,
but more steadfast, too,
they held their spots,
through calm and storm,
to guide sailors
toward safe waters...

One of my favorite new family bookstores opened this summer by a neighborhood family. Please check out Stories Bookshop + Story Telling Lab

Stories Bookshop + Story Telling Lab; (718) 369-1167458 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
 

Are you able to find books that satisfy age spreads? Please let me know if you have suggestions.