I love this for reviewing our continents, talking about different cultures, and the beautiful illustrations. The kids love it for the glimpse into other people's lives and the pictures. I also think the fact that it is a different shape than most books (a long, think rectangle) also captures their interest.
Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling
This book is nothing short of beautiful. It is on the Ambleside Online Year 1 list, and we love it. It has captured by five-almost-six year old's imagination, drawing on her love of nature and fascination with Native Americans. I also love that it sneaks in some geography while we are reading.
In the New World: A Family in Two Centuries by Christa Holtei
We are learning about immigration to America, and this book does a wonderful job illustrating a family's experience. What makes this book unique is that it fast-forwards to the present day descendants of the immigrant family. When they decide to investigate their family history and reverse the trip their descendants made. The pictures are delightful and allow for open-ended narration and fruitful discussion of what it might have been like for each family to experience a new place and culture.
Strega Nona: Her Story as told by Tommie dePaola
We read Strega Nona a few weeks ago, and when my oldest found this at the library, she was so excited to check it out. This tells how Strega Nona came to be - from her perspective! My kindergartener loved to contrast this story with the original as well as enjoyed stringing the two together to tell one large story. I loved the sequencing practice it gave us as well as the chance to retell the Strega Nona story from memory.
What have you been reading?