One of my favourite things about public school is Scholastic book orders. I used to love looking through the flyers when I was a child and now every month Zackary brings home a book order that the two of us can peruse together. I have to admit, I sometimes will even buy a book for myself after choosing books for him!
This fall, Scholastic Canada has some great fun book choices for younger children and I was so excited when we received three of the new fall pictures books from Scholastic to review.
As soon as I saw The Very Hungry Bear, the newest picture book from Nick Bland, I knew we would be reading that one first. My boys love his previous books and so we sat down together to check out the new story. The tale of a hungry bear that went fishing and found a lost polar bear was so much fun and both the boys enjoyed it. And I appreciated the theme the story had of helping those in need, even if it means going without something yourself!
Next we read Wishes by Jean Little. This simple rhyming book with whimsical illustrations was the type of story that Benjamin especially just loves. And both boys had a great time imagining how much fun it would be if wishes were ice cream or trampolines! The little rhymes were very catchy and after reading the book a few times, Zackary and I sometimes had fun making up our own wishing rhymes!
The final book we received to review was A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson. This book was by far the boys’ favourite and I enjoyed it too. A rhyming story about Zog, his adventures at dragon school and the little girl that helps him when he gets hurt, it’s a charming and entertaining book that the whole family will enjoy. And the lesson about trying to heal hurts instead of causing them was a perfect one for my rambunctious boys!
While these three new books are lots of fun for younger children, Scholastic Canada has many other fabulous titles too. So check your local bookstore or stop by your school’s book fair and see what books you think your family will like. After all, reading together is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your child!