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Bear’s Weekly Book Haul: June 14th, 2018

Bear's book haulSo, last week we brought home a five-book haul that Bear’s dad had picked, which meant that this week, it was mom’s turn!

I love perusing the children’s section, flipping through the glossy pages, carefully selecting books based on their gorgeous illustrations, or easy readability (Bear is already sounding out words on the page), or because I think they’ll teach Bear a lesson or make him laugh out loud.  I think I got a nice selection of books this time that tick off a lot of the aforementioned boxes, but before we get to this week’s books, let’s talk about last week.

There’s usually a clear favorite among the books we pick out, both for Bear and for us.  This week, the clear winner for Bear was…


We picked this book out specifically because Bear had so loved some of Black’s other books, particularly I’m Bored and I’m Sad, and it certainly did not disappoint.  The book is cute and simple and told from the point of view of a child not much older than Bear, and speaks to a subject near and dear to Bear’s heart – namely, being naked.  And wearing capes.  And eating cookies.  And – oh man, living the freakin’ dream here – doing all three at the same time.  Truly, this book is the embodiment of pre-school hedonism.

On the flip side – and this is something that almost never happens – we had a definite low point in the last haul as well.


In the middle of reading Smokey to our son, my husband let out an audible groan.  There are several pages in the middle of this book in which “Indians” misinterpret Smokey’s smoke signals, and there is a pretty offensive and out-dated portrayal of Native-Americans as violent and unintelligent.  Given the book was written in the 60s, this isn’t shocking (it’s pretty on par for the era it was written in), but not something we want to read to our son in 2018.  The rest of the story was pretty harmless, and we simply skipped over the offensive section (though we did bring it up with the children’s librarian).

Now, for this week’s haul!

  • Tobor, by Guido van Genechten [Amazon | GoodReads]
    GoodReads summary:  “Ben receives a very special present for his fifth birthday. Unlike Ben’s stuffed animals who can’t move on their own or talk, Tobor is different; with a press of his square nose, Tobor comes alive, suggesting and playing games, talking and asking questions and soon he becomes Ben’s best friend. Sometimes friendship develops where you least expect it.”
  • A Very Big Bunny, by Marisabina Russo [Amazon | GoodReads]
    GoodReads summary:  “AMELIA IS A VERY BIG BUNNY. At recess, the other bunnies tell her that her feet are too long for hopscotch, they say she’s too tall to jump rope, and of course, no one will get on the seesaw with her. Amelia is a very big and lonely bunny. But when a new very small bunny named Susannah arrives in the classroom, something amazing happens.”
  • There’s a Monster in Your Book, by Tom Fletcher [Amazon | GoodReads]
    GoodReads summary: “Bestselling author of The Christmasuarus, Tom Fletcher, has Gwritten a brand new picture book perfect for bedtime, where a mischievous monster has invaded the pages of your child’s book!  This read-aloud, interactive picture book treat invites children to make magic happen page by page, tilting, spinning and shaking the book, and then seeing the funny results when each page is turned. A fantastic celebration of all the fun that can be had with a book, with a wonderful wind-down bedtime ending!”
  • A Family is a Family is a Family, by Sara O’Leary [Amazon | GoodReads]
    GoodReads summary:  “When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.  One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby.  As one by one, her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, her family is special.”
  • I’m New Here, by Anne Sibley O’Brien  [Amazon | GoodReads]
    GoodReads summary: “Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.”

That’s all for this week!  If you have any recs for great books for pre-schoolers, please comment and let me know!

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