Friday Book Haul

Every Friday, I’ll add our current book haul (with links) to this post. So, feel free to come back often for more book ideas! I don’t know about you, but I can only read a book so many times….

What a Wonderful World: Based on the Song by Bob Thiele & George Weiss illustrated by Tim Hopgood – This was a gift from my in-laws. The cadence from the song lyrics has always been engaging for Bash. The illustrations are whimsical with a sweet message. We like that the diversity represented in this book. It’s important in a society that defaults to whiteness as the norm to represent what our country actually looks like in children’s literature.

Bear Feels Happy illustrated by Garry Fleming – My mom gifted these to Bash. I’m not always about animal main character books, but I think these cover emotions in a way that is accessible for Bash. Also, the pages are super thick, so he cannot tear these.


Pride and Prejudice: A Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams – What can  I say? I have a master’s degree in English and enjoy young Colin Firth in period costume, in a pond. That aside, this book has fantastic illustrations and great vocabulary. It’s a favorite at our house.

Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha – This is how Bash learned the word trash, and it gave us the added activity of watching our trashmen every week. This has charming illustrations (maybe the rats aren’t realistic), but I like that it shows how everyone makes trash: pizza parlors, doctor’s offices, and schools. I also appreciate how it reminds all of us that garbage collectors play a valuable role in contemporary society. We should all appreciate our trash guys.


When Dad Cuts Down the Chestnut Tree by Pam Ayres – This book has realistically drawn kids doing actual kid activities. The story invites the reader to think through the pros and cons of cutting down a tree in the family’s yard. The fact this isn’t a cut and dry environmental narrative makes it a great read. 

Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! by Sebastien Braun – This may not have a riveting storyline, but Bash likes the animals, sounds, and flaps. My favorite part of this is watching him ignore the main animals to look at the cat featured in this book.

This a peek at a recent poem from the book we use for our daily breakfast poems.

Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem For Every Day of the Year Selected by Fiona Waters and Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon – This book has been great for reading with Bash at breakfast. The nature topic makes the poems relatable and he loves the illustrations. We love this and anticipate using it for many years.

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