March is National Reading Month and I love to celebrate reading. Not all of my children love to read (especially those who have to read 20 min for school every day), but all my children love books! And you can get them excited about reading when you pick just the right book. We love visiting our local library and they love picking out books at their school library as well. It sometimes takes a bit of trial and error to find what they like but in the end they find something to be excited about. And since I love making literary lunches, combining the two is a passion of mine.
I have picked a few of our favorites with a quick book review, so maybe you can find a new favorite book for your child today. Making the lunch is optional 😉
- THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA
If you have not read this series yet, go start it now! My kids have read all the books in this series and LOVE them! The series is written by Tom Angleberger and The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is about the good and bad dynamics of a sixth-grade class and Dwight, an unpopular kid, who talks to his friends via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that’s not already strange enough – Origami Yoda is surprisingly wise and on point. He predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Tommy, Dwight’s classmate, sets out to figure out how Origami Yoda can be so wise when Dwight is…well…so clueless. This is a great and fun book for kids 8-12. You can even learn how to fold your own Origami Yoda! We truly love this series and have reached book four in the series. Join us in reading this witty series of books any middle schooler with a love of Star Wars is surely to enjoy!
We love all of Marc Brown’s Arthur books and of course the Arthur Show on PBS. And since over 65 million Arthur books have been sold in the United States alone and his books, apps, e-books and TV shows are being enjoyed by children in 80 countries around the world – we thought it would only be fitting to include his books in this round up.
Arthur is a bespectacled aardvark who shows kids how to deal with issues like homework, teachers and bullies. He also has a little sister to contend with, but loves playing with his friends.
- DR. SEUSS
I have made quite a few Dr. Seuss lunches over the years, probably because we own a lot of his books. They are fun to read and simple rhymes and big imagination make these books an instant kid favorite. Our current favorite is Yurtle the Turtle. Yurtle is the king of the pond. He bosses everyone around. When he gets dissatisfied with the rock he sits on, he orders all the turtles in the pond to stack themselves so he can be higher than the moon. Find out what happens when suddenly one of the turtles falls. Will he continue his reign?
- THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
My kids love Eric Carle books especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It is such a fun book to make food for and a great book to read to younger kids and one my Mom used to read to me. Watch the caterpillar eat through pages upon pages of food until it turns into the most beautiful butterfly.
- THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT
The crayons are the stars in Drew Daywalt‘s and Oliver Jeffers’ “The Day the Crayons Quit.” Crayons have feelings, too, so when Duncan opens his crayon box one morning he doesn’t find his crayons but letters from each crayon complaining about Duncan’s use of each one (or non use). They have had enough, they say! They quit! Can Duncan settle the dispute between yellow and orange who both think they should be the sole color of the sun? Will the crayons go back to doing what they do best?
Happy National Reading Month!
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