For Target Deal Day, Target offered a buy two books get one free. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you may have noticed we LOVE kid lit over here so of course I had to take advantage of some pricer books that were on our wish list! Any books under $15 I scooped up from Amazon on Prime Day.
There’s no theme to this book haul, but I did group a couple together.
The Wall in the Middle of the Book, by Jon Agee
The Wall in the Middle of the Book got a really great review from Happily Ever Elephants, I knew we had to add it to our library. This book also made me think of The Very Last Castle, which is on our school summer reading list – also a book you must check out! The Wall in the Middle of the Book explores the idea of fear of the unknown. I found it was a great conversation starter about not projecting negative ideas in what we can’t see or don’t know.
Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall
A fun way to show how to push past our fears. Jabari wants to jump off the diviner board, he’s excited to jump off the diving board. But once he gets to the pool he starts to worry about it. He procrastinates and lets others go ahead of him in the line until he’s the only one left in the line. Then the diving board is so high he needs to rest. With some support and helpful advice from Dad, Jabari finally pushes past his fear and – it’s fun!
The Adventures of Otto (Collection Set), by David Milgrim
This is a step 1 beginning reader book. Reece has read a couple of these books so far and it’s only been mildly stressful. He’s not a confident reader, if he’s not 100% sure then he claims he can’t or doesn’t know. But most of the Otto step 1 books he’s able to read. I’m hoping this gives him confidence in some of the other books we have.
PJ Mask 5-Minute Stories, by various authors
What is there to say? My kids love PJ Mask so this was a no brainer. It has large, easy to read font perfect for beginner readers at a step 1.5 level. But reading these with Reece helping, they are NOT 5 minute stories.
Kate, Who Tames the Wind, by Liz Garton Scanlon
A cute story that also gives some lessons on how important trees are and how we must take care of them. There’s also a help and kindness aspect to the book with Kate helping the man at the top of the windy hill. It’s not a beginning reader book, but Reece was able to read most of this book with my help. He liked the tongue twisty nature of the words and laughed when he got tripped up.
Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds
Kids who lack confidence can benefit from reading Ish. That little bit of doubt we might develop from a comment friends or family make sometimes spiral and can be a passion crusher. But, sometimes we can see ourselves through other peoples eyes, in this case, Ramon’s sister, to get another perspective and learn our passions don’t have to be perfect. They can be perfect-ISH.
It Feels Good To Be Yourself, by Theresa Thorn
Straightforward, nonjudgemental explanation about gender identity. The author’s note at the end was the most important part of the book for me. Talking about when her child vocalized their real gender at 5 years old and reflecting that it wasn’t the first time she had been told, but the first time she had actually listened. Are we listening to our children over gender identity or other equally complicated topics?