Unlike our usual What we are Reading posts, this month the books are new to us but not new releases, these are all oldies but goodies. Have you read them before?
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. This book is brief - I wish it contained more pages, more animals, but isn't it fabulous? It contains pictures of animals at their actual - real life size. It really gives the child perspective! The isolation of the images (with the white background) really adds impact. How delightful for Otis to put his hand in the palm of a gorilla. Steve Jenkins' books never fail to delight - they are all brilliant.
The entire First Discovery series is new to me but came highly recommended. This is my favourite, The Body. We also have The Egg and The Seashore. They are all at a level where Otis loves to hear all the details and yet he still has so much to learn. If you know these books you will also know how much children love the overlays! Each book contains overlays which the child can turn to reveal further details of the body, animals etc. It's an added special element to the book which captures their attention. The Body book has special importance as this is a crucial time to be teaching children about their own body, anatomy, physiology.
Caspar is doing some work about Ancient Egypt. This book is the hero of his project. Hieroglyphs (including stencil) by Joyce Milton, also pictured models from Ancient Egypt. The book is clearly the best we have found about Hieroglyphs and Caspar is constantly writing secret messages. Any book that has him writing gets my tick of approval. Children interested in Ancient Egypt will love this book - it really makes it easy for children to make their own messages and they are learning a lot about Egyptian culture and about the development of language!
Me? Today I picked up Snail Mail: Rediscovering the Art and Craft of Handmade Correspondence (which is a new release). It's such a gorgeous book. I feel really inspired to, along with the boys, send some beautiful mail. A real visual treat.
I'd love to hear what you are reading!