“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
PreK-2, 3-5 [Scholastic – reflects the grade level at which a student reading on grade could read the book independently]
Grader K-1 [common core]
Review and Comments
If you are looking for an engaging and entertaining book, Duck on a Bike is a good choice. The story is about an eager duck who decides to try his skill at riding a bike. At first he struggles a bit, but it doesn’t take long before he is able to ride the bike all around the farm. He passes ten farm friends along the way and greets each one with a very friendly hello. The animals reply and then express personal observations about seeing Duck on a bike. These remarks range from Duck being a silly duck, to a concern for his safety, and then even a bit of jealousy. Then, a surprising opportunity presents itself when the animals see eight bikes parked beside a house. They seize the moment and ride the bikes. (Mouse has to hitch a ride with another animal of course, and the pigs happily ride a tandem bike.) They finally understand the joy Duck experienced on his earlier ride. Continue reading Dream it. Do it.: A Review of ‘Duck on a Bike’ →
“It’s not enough to love children, it is necessary that they are aware they are loved.”– St. John Bosco
K-1 [common core]
Pre-K – Grade 3 [David Shannon website]
Pre-K – 1 [Scholastic]
Review and Comments
David Shannon’s book, No, David!, is modeled after a book he wrote and illustrated as a child. The pictures are colorful, and the vocabulary is limited because at the time he only knew how to spell no and David. His story allows a small glimpse into the animated life of a very active, little boy named…… David.
This version highlights familiar childhood situations like sneaking cookies and jumping on the bed during imaginative play. While David is enthusiastically charging through his day, his mother is trying to teach him important lessons: taking care of toys, respecting the property of others, and listening to and obeying his mother. David ultimately faces consequences after his serious infraction of breaking his mother’s vase. The main lesson he does learn is that his mother’s love is unconditional. She assures him on the last page that she still loves him even after all the challenges of the day. Continue reading Revisiting Childhood Memories: A Review of ‘No, David!’ →
“To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.” – St. Teresa of Avila
Grades 3-5 [according to Scholastic which reflects the grade level at which a student reading on grade could read the book independently.]
Review and Comments
Rikki-tikki-tavi is a young mongoose who is welcomed into an English family after being separated from his own family during a terrible storm. The father seems to know a lot about mongooses, and he assures his wife and son that it is a good thing to have a mongoose close by because they kill snakes. This proves true when Rikki-tikki saves the young son from a deadly snake soon after he arrives. The danger for the family is not over however. Rikki-tikki e and his adopted family soon experience life-threatening encounters with a pair of deadly adversaries. Continue reading Run and Find Out!: A Review of “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” →
“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.”– Mother Teresa
Grades 4-5 [common core]
Grades 3-5, 6-8 [according to Scholastic which reflects the grade level at which a student reading on grade could read the book independently]
Grade 5 [AR]
Grades 4-8 [AR]
Review and Comments
Bud, Not Buddy is a story about a ten year boy who is virtually alone in the very harsh world of the Great Depression. Bud is living somewhere between the memories of his deceased mother and a yearning for the father he never knew. During his search for his father, the reader is exposed to lessons about this period in history through the people Bud meets and his deepest thoughts and feelings as only a ten year old can express them. Continue reading Another Door Opens: A Review of ‘Bud, Not Buddy!’ →
Being a mother is hard. The list of things that need to be taken care of is endless. The concern for our children is constantly on our minds and our love for them consumes every bit of us. So, I know what you are thinking when you see this list. WHO HAS TIME TO READ?!
The books I’ve collected for this list are practical for moms, short daily readings, resource books, small reflections, and calls to action in our homes. Even the busiest moms can take a few minutes each day with some of these books. We have been entrusted with such an important vocation. Let these books bring you closer to Jesus, his mother, and help lead our children to Him as we grow.
God Bless You, Mothers!
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Prayer Books and Devotionals
The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections is a wonderful prayer book for daily reflection. Each day provides a short reflection and prayer. It ends with something to reflect on or provides one simple act for moms to try to complete during the day. The lovely thing about this book is that each reflection speaks to the vocation of motherhood and I often find much comfort in similar feelings and situations shared in the book.
The Original Mother’s Manual was a gift to me from my mother and she received it from her mother-in-law. It is by far my favorite prayer book. There is a prayer for everything in here. Prayers for marriage, childbirth, nursing, child’s companions, child’s studies, and sick children just to name a few. Each prayer is beautiful and offers me comfort each time I open it. It is my constant companion. Continue reading 15 Books for Moms this Mother’s Day →