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Best Books: Elephant and Piggie Books

For Christmas each of my kids received new books. My youngest loves the Elephant and Piggie books written by Mo Willems. Mo Willems books are easy to read, funny, and help young readers hone their reading skills and cultivate a love for stories. The books are great for readers at first through third grade reading levels. Each book includes incredibly fun artwork, and at the end of each story there is a hidden pigeon character that the kids always love to try to find.

Waiting is not Easy! is a story that discusses patience and how hard it can be to wait for something you really, really want. It really helps children understand the importance of waiting while showing that although it is not easy, sometimes it can be worth it. These make excellent gifts. My youngest son received a collection of 5 Elephant and Piggie books for Christmas and this one was one of his favorites.

The book is a short read, perfect for early readers, and in many schools can count towards independent or AR reading work. Be sure to check out Mo Willems’ other amazing books from the Elephant and Piggie series.

Best Books: Peppa Gives Thanks

In our house Peppa Pig is a HUGE favorite. All of my kids love the pig family. Peppa and George are the absolute favorites, but everyone is enjoyable in this sweet pig family. We love the adventures that the books and show take us on as a family. But this year I was incredibly impressed to see that there was a new book for the holiday season. While the book does not explicitly mention Thanksgiving, which is of course an American holiday while Peppa Pig and her creator are from the UK, the book discusses the idea of being thankful and even culminates with a dinner at the end. The idea of Thanksgiving in a universal idea; to be thankful and open to sharing our love, gratitude, and compassion with others. Although American’s associate Thanksgiving with the sharing of a meal and a special cooperation between the Puritans and the Native American’s, it is really about the American Ideal: the ability to coexist with other backgrounds and cultures while not losing anything from one’s own background. Peppa Gives Thanks allows children and parents to make a connection between being thankful and sharing all year long. It shares a meal and an idea to remind others what we are thankful for and to continue that behavior all year long. Parents and kids can even use the card at the end of the book to write down what they are thankful and grateful for. What will you write about?

Best Books: Halloween

Do you have an early reader at home? One of the best series for learning to read, or improving the skills of a new reader is the Pete the Cat books. not only are they easy-to-read for new readers but they are fun and contain themes that are understandable for early readers.

This month we want to highlight the Halloween Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat: Trick or Treat is a fun book for early readers to read alone this holiday or to an older or younger sibling. Younger siblings will also love the fun flaps that surprise the reader with hidden illustrations. Readers can follow Pete as he experiences all the fun of Halloween. It even helps younger kids to understand the spooky elements of Halloween and see it as the fun and surprise that it is meant to be for small children.

This fun early reader book is great for that younger child this Halloween. If you are a fan of Pete the Cat it is a great addition to a growing collection!