This summer we’ve been reading a lot during the hot afternoons. We’ve really been enjoying some great books! Today I wanted to quickly share a few of them with you in hopes that you and your kids (or grand kids) might enjoy them, too.
How to Babysit A Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan
We stumbled upon these light-hearted, fun books at the library recently, and the kids can’t get enough. These are both written in the form of a handbook or instructional guide on how to take care of a grandpa or grandma. Here is an example of a tip: “When your mom and dad leave, pat your grandpa’s hand and say, ‘Don’t worry. They always come back.’ Then right away, ask him if he’s hungry.” These are adorable and funny.
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
This is the true story about the remarkable bear who inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh character and books. Did you know there was a true story behind Winnie-the-Pooh? I didn’t, but we’ve found out that it is a really interesting story that took place during World War I in Canada and England.
Something that I also love about this book is that it is written by the great-granddaughter of the man who owned the real Winnie. We learned a lot of history from this book, and it is a wonderfully interesting story.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Make Way for Ducklings is an endearing story of a mother and father duck who descend upon the city of Boston in the 1940s looking for a place to build a nest for their ducklings. As the neighborhood police man falls in love with the baby ducks, we readers do too.
It is especially endearing how proud Mrs. Mallard is of her babies, and of how the new parents name all of their children with rhyming names. I especially love the vintage illustrations of the city of Boston and the duck family. The kids and I have loved this story for years, and it has been fun to enjoy this old favorite this summer.