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What the Kids Are Reading

A review of some my kids current favorite books.

My kids are readers. They love to read, to be read to…they treat a trip to the library like some kids treat a trip to the toy store. I know for a fact that if I take my kids to the library I will have at least an hour of quiet time when we get home. Even Apollo, who can’t read independently yet, will happily look through all of his books. On our last trip to the library (as I paid my library fine of $3.75) I asked the librarian if they had Pre-Paid Library Fine Cards

“You mean, to pay your library fines?”

“Yeah, wouldn’t that be a great gift?

And then she laughed. She either thought I was really funny or absolutely crazy. I’m going to go with funny. 

I have been enjoying posting about the books I’m reading and getting new suggestions from you (I’m always on the lookout for new book suggestions). Today I thought I would share about what my kids are reading. 

A review of some my kids current favorite books.

Thank you, Penguin, for sending these fun books! We are loving them.

A review of some my kids current favorite books.

Apollo and I have really enjoyed reading the book Raybot by Adam F. Watkins. It is all about a robot who is looking for a best friend. He sees a flier and learns that dogs are people’s best friends, so he goes out in search of a dog of his own. He meets all kinds of animals all over the world until he finally…Well, I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but this book has a very cute ending.

A review of some my kids current favorite books.

Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge is all about two sibling owls and how they learn about the world around them and from each other. This book has adorable pictures of animals with big, round eyes. The illustrations are beautiful.

{I hate reading picture books when I don’t enjoy the illustrations! Yes, I’m that mom.}

Apollo’s favorite part of this book is the fun sound effects. What kid doesn’t love a book with fun noises that make mom’s tongue twist? And if you don’t want your tongue to twist, you can check out a video of the book being read on Brightly Kids.

A review of some my kids current favorite books.

Slightly older readers will enjoy Echo Echo by Marilyn Singer. I so wish I would have had this book years ago when Judah was younger. Judah has always loved Greek mythology and has read far more of it than I ever have. This book is unique because each two-page layout has a poem written twice…Once forward and once backward. The poems tell the story from each character’s point of view. Have you every tried to write a poem or story like this? It is really hard! Right now, Hezekiah is enjoying this book the most. He has never gotten as into Greek Mythology as Judah, but this book is really whetting his appetite. 

What are you reading to your kids? How often do you go to the library?

Do you struggle to organize your huge library? This post talks about our system for organizing our homeschooling books. 



  1. Jessica

    My 5 year old is currently in love with a book called beep beep go to sleep. It’s about a little boy caring for his 3 robots so they can go to bed. But first they need more oil, a night light, a screw tightened. It’s a fun book.
    My older son is loving Hardy boys books.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      That sounds like a fun book. I’ll be looking into it for Apollo. My Judah and Tilly went through a major Hardy Boys phase a few years back. They were also obsessed with The 39 Clues.

  2. Elizabeth

    Let’s see… there is a current Tacky the Penguin obsession with the younger group as far as picture books. Then for chapter books, we’re currently reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins (yes, it’s a thing) to the youngests, The Magician’s Nephew to the middles, and Secret Water (in the Swallows and Amazons series) to the olders, then at tea time we’re working our way through The Second Mrs. Giaconda by E. L. Konigsberg about Leanardo da Vinci. We manage to make it to the library once a month where we check out ~90 books each time.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      We love the book Mr. Popper’s Penguins. We read it aloud several years ago. The Magician’s Nephew? Of course! I love anything by C.S. Lewis. I haven’t heard of the Swallow and Amazons, but I will look into them. Nor have I heard of Tacky the Penguin, but I will look into it for Apollo. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Amanda Hoyt

    You don’t know me, but I follow your blog because my husband and I are trying to adopt and I love seeing how much you love your kids and the real life of it. Anyway, I just finished salt to the sea. I read Percy Jackson books to our kids, my youngest loves little bo peep can’t get to sleep or goldi locks has chicken pox.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Goldilocks Has Chicken Pox sounds like a fun book! My older kids have all read and loved the Percy Jackson books. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  4. Deb Koch

    The Book With No Pictures by B J Novak is a really fun book, and if Apollo loved the one you mentioned in this entry, he will love this one.

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