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My darling oldest son has officially started Kindergarten and he absolutely loves it! He’s so sociable that I expected he would have a great time, but he was still a little nervous about going to “the big kid school.” Fortunately, we had some great autumn releases from Scholastic Canada to help shake off the nervousness and get ready for that all-important first day.
We received two fabulous back-to-school themed titles from Scholastic Canada. I decided to read Bailey by Harry Bliss to the boys right away. This book is perfect for getting into the school spirit and is so much fun! The story of a dog that goes to school like an ordinary child is ingeniously written and both my boys just loved it. Whether Bailey is giving a report on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dog or trying to trade his bone for a tasty sandwich at lunch, he’s always the centre of attention. I loved the way the author used classics of dog behaviour in Bailey’s day at school, right down to Bailey eating his own homework!
We read Eddy Gets Ready for School by David Milgrim next. This book is a fanciful checklist for the first day of school accompanied by hilarious child-friendly illustrations. My boys loved watching Eddie perform essential tasks like drinking root beer and watching cartoons as part of his morning routine. Of course, the very next items on his list were “Pour out root beer” and “Turn the TV off this instant!” with his mother carefully supervising! After a little hassle and a lot of fun, Eddie does manage to get out the door, and off to an exciting day at school.
We also received Happy Birthday Hamster by Cynthia Lord and it was a huge hit with the entire family! Zackary and Benjamin absolutely loved picking out their favourite things from the cake store, the toy store and the party store as Dog and Hamster run errands, and when the story culminates with all Hamster’s friends leaping out and yelling, “Surprise!” Benjamin was absolutely delighted. He insisted on reading the book over and over again over the next few weeks and there wasn’t a single family member that could resist him when he came toddling over carrying the book and yelling, “Pize! Pize!”
The autumn picture books from Scholastic were the perfect way to anticipate a return to school and my sons absolutely loved them. Why not check out some of the fabulous new picture books from Scholastic Canada for yourself and enjoy a little time reading and relaxing with your child?
Buy It: To purchase any of the books from Scholastic Canada, check your local book store or ask for information about your local school’s next Book Fair
My boys love books as much as I did when I was a child and that fact makes me so happy. Zackary will even sit and listen to long non-fiction books as long as they are about topics he enjoys. But his favourite books are still picture books for the time being and both he and his brother will sit and listen to me read as long as I am willing to do so.
With the amount of reading that goes on in our household, I’m sure it’s no surprise that Scholastic books have been a part of our lives for many years. I still remember how excited I was when I got to pick out a few special books from Scholastic during school sales and I am so glad that I have the chance to share Scholastic’s newest books with my boys.
This spring, Scholastic has some great titles for family reading fun and I was lucky enough to get to review three of the titles for myself. I couldn’t wait to sit down with my boys and do a little reading!
The first book we read was Meow Said the Cow by Emma Dodd. This fun rhyming book tells the story of a farm cat that decides the best way to deal with his frustration at being awakened by the noisy rooster is to cast a magic spell that switches around the voices of the farm animals. Chaos ensues as chickens oink and sheep bark, but when the mice start mooing, the cat realizes he may have gone too far! The animals convince the cat to undo the spell, but one animal finds himself still stuck with a mixed-up voice!
Both of my boys loved the rhyming text of this book and Zackary really got a kick out of guessing which sounds different animals would make. He also appreciated the surprise ending and both boys thoroughly enjoyed the animal noises throughout the book. Best of all, the last animal noise in the book is a loud Cock-a-doodle-do that had both boys giggling!
After reading about some funny-sounding animals, we decided to keep the fun going with the funny-looking animals in The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach. The rhyming text in the book was lots of fun, but its true brilliance was definitely in its illustrations. Every animal in the Underpants Zoo had underwear that suited his personality and the drawings of different animals in their underwear were so cleverly done. I never would have thought an octopus could wear underwear before reading this book!
From the comfortable fuzzy undies of the lazy sloths to the frilly pink undergarments of the crocodile (mock his style at your peril, warns the author!) the illustrations in this whimsical book are absolutely delightful and Zackary loved seeing how the underwear of different animals related to its characteristics.
The final book we received was one that many people have been eagerly anticipating for months. Give Me Back My Dad is the esteemed winner of the Pick-A-Munsch contest held in autumn of last year that allowed Canadians to decide which Robert Munsch story would be the 30th book published by Scholastic Canada. The winning book is a delightful winter tale inspired by a young girl named Cheryl from Rigolet, Labrador.
Like almost all Robert Munsch books, Give Me Back My Dad combines everyday situations with a delightful absurdity that is guaranteed to have children laughing out loud as they listen. Zackary loved listening to the story of Cheryl and her dad as they went ice fishing and pitted their intelligence against some very crafty fish. While the pair don’t catch a fish at the end, they do come home with something even better! Zackary loved the lively dialogue, the sound effects and the plot itself just as much as he loved so many other classic Robert Munsch books.
If you have young children, reading aloud to them is a great way to encourage a love of books and promote literacy. And for books that kids will want to read again and again, Scholastic is always a great place to start building your library. Check out their fun line of spring titles for yourself and get ready for some wacky reading adventures with your child!
Buy It: To purchase any of the wonderful picture books from Scholastic, visit your local bookstore or check your child’s next school book fair