Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Five Notable Children's Books {October 19-25}

26 October 2015

Five Notable Children's Books {October 19-25}

Living in a one bedroom apartment with two children can be rather crowded. In order to have my children run off energy, we walk 0.6 miles to the library at least 3-5 times a week. When Charis turned 4, I decided it was time for her to get her own library card. She has to abide by mama's rules:

  1. Since she's five years old, she can only have five books out at a time.
  2. She chooses the books, but I have to approve. Some books have gotten re-shelved, because I said, "No."
  3. She can only have one of these books out at a time: Pinkalicious, Fancy Nancy, Curious George, and Berenstain Bears. I don't have anything against these books, but they are not high quality literature. I want my daughter to have a broad literary experience.
Tap the Magic Tree 
by Christie Matheson

If your child enjoys Press Here, they will like Tap the Magic Tree. It starts with a bare brown tree, but in order to turn each page, you need to perform an different actions (tapping, rubbing, touching, jiggling, etc). As pages are turned, the reader sees the changing throughout the spring, summer, fall, and winter. My daughter loved the interactivity throughout the whole book.

Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny
by Jan Thomas

Meet Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob. They rhyme all the time (except Bob). The big, mean dust bunny introduces himself. He's mean to Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob, until the cat comes and sits on the big, mean dust bunny. Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob tug him open and hug him. Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny is perfect for children who are learning about rhyming.

Crab Cab
by Harriet Ziefert

This book was literally a God send. Last week, I saw that Charis's phonics lessons were introducing the short e, i, o, and u sounds, and I was not looking forward to her lessons. On Monday, she asked me to read Crab Cab to her. No problem. This book has words from the ot family, the ab family, and the it family. After reading this book, I thanked God for showing this book to my daughter. She was better able to understand the short i and o vowels. (We had already cover the short a sound in great detail.) Crab Cab is great for introducing children to rhyming and teaching children about various word families.

The Mitten String
by Jennifer Rosner

A Jewish folktale about Ruthie Tober and her family. The Tobers live on a sheep farm. Their sheep had the fluffiest wool in the region, and it was used to make mittens. One day, Ruthie's family saw a woman with a baby standing beside the road. The woman's wagon broke, and her husband had gone to get help. The Tobers invited the woman to spend the night. They learned that the baby's name was Aaron, and the mother's name was Bayla. Ruthie noticed that Bayla did not speak. Ruthie's mother explained that Bayla was deaf. Ruthie noticed that Bayla communicated with Aaron by using hand signs. If Aaron needed his mama during the night, how would she know? Ruthie saw blue yarn looped around Bayla's wrist, and it connected her to Aaron's arm. When Aaron started crying, his arms tugged Bayla and woke her up. Ruthie decided to knit a big mitten for Bayla and a small mitten for Aaron-with a string connecting both mittens together. That way, on cold nights, mama and baby's hands could remain warm. The Mitten String is wonderful for teaching compassion, kindness, and acceptance.

by Nikki McClure

My daughter was a little old for this book; it would be better suited for 2-4 year olds. But Apple was still excellent, especially since we learned about the life cycle of apple trees in kindergarten two weeks ago. On each double page, there is a single word with an illustration to match on the opposite page. The illustrations are simple: black, white, and red. This book would be good as a supplement to a unit on composting or gardening (especially apple trees).


  1. I'm adding these to our library trip list now! They sound perfect for my girls.

  2. I've never heard of any of these! Great list! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! It's library day for us on Wednesday. :)

  4. We've actually read all these books too! They are so much fun and great books to enjoy and teach with.

    Thanks for sharing!


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  5. What wonderful books! I especially love your description of The Mitten String - it sounds like a story that all ages could really enjoy and learn from.

  6. I wish we lived close enough to visit a library regularly. However, I have instead invested into turning my house into one, LOL. I agree that some books aren't amazing literature, but I do like the Fancy Nancy books for helping my 5 yo have an interest in growing her vocabulary.

  7. The Mitten String looks very nice. I am going to have to see if my library has that one!

  8. Oh wow, I have never heard of these! Thank you so much for the little burb on each! These look like great reads! :-)

  9. I haven't heard of these! I'm going to have to check some of them out for my son!

  10. I've never read any of those. Thanks for the suggestions. Please link up with us at Literacy Musing Mondays.

  11. These all look really good, but I'm especially intrigued by The Mitten String. Thanks for sharing about these books at Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com this week! Always love to have your contributions!