Time to share some more of the kids my books are reading and having read to them.
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede -- magical realism set on the American frontier. He says Wrede is his favorite author right now.
Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede -- a sequel to Thirteenth Child.
The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis. Although I am emotionally opposed to putting this book first because the series started with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was a kid, my brother-in-law has convinced me it should go first (and the set we have designates it as book 1), so I let Sam start here. He thought it was confusing at first, so we had a discussion about how it's an allegory of the creation of the world, and once he'd figured out what an allegory is, he thought it was really cool and decided to read it all over again before continuing on with the rest of the series.
Sarah (6) and Tootie (4)
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat -- we love all the Amelia Bedelia books, especially the originals by Peggy Parish, but Tootie is particularly fond of this one and has been requesting it frequently.
Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Maria Polushkin Robbins, illustrated by Jon Goodell -- a cute little story of a little mouse who, when his mother kisses him goodnight, says he wants another... and she thinks he wants another mother.
Riff Raff the Mouse Pirate by Susah Schade, illustrated by Anne Kennedy -- yes, we love mice around here, and we also love pirates, so what better than a book that combines the two? These pirates have to solve some riddles and use logic to find a treasure, and the illustrations are super cute.
Aloud to All of Them
The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye -- I learned about this during Heidi's Cinderella Party earlier this year, and snatched it up when I found it at the library. We've been enjoying this immensely, and are almost finished with it. I love how it takes fairy tale cliches and overturns them, and how this version of Cinderella became a kitchen wench of her own choice -- it's sweet and funny and clever, and I can't believe I'd never read it before!