Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New books that the kids and I are reading and LOVING!

My kids have two books that are fairly recent additions to their bookshelf: My Name is Not Isabella and My Name is Not Alexander. Here's a bit about My Name is Not Alexander, from the publisher's website:

Just How Big Can a Little kid Dream?
Who is your hero?
Alexander takes a rip-roaring historical adventure! Through his imaginative journey, Alexander discovers how great men become heroes: the roughest rider can be surprisingly gentle, a strong leader is also the most peaceful, and sometimes, being brave about what makes you different will not only help you break records, but inspire others.
Join Alexander as he learns how these remarkable men changed the world and encouraged him to find the hero within himself.
And a bit about My Name is Not Isabella:

Who Is Your Hero?
Isabella’s include U.S. Astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, and sharpshooter Annie Oakley—but there’s no bigger hero than Isabella’s own mommy!
Join Isabella on an adventure of discovery—and find out how imagining to be these extraordinary women teaches her the importance of being her extraordinary self.
My Name is Not Isabella has won a number of book awards (My Name is Not Alexander is a new book, so hasn't yet, but I'm sure it's a matter of time), but somehow I hadn't heard about this wonderful book until I saw another blogger write about My Name is Not Alexander. I'm so glad we found out about these two books- they're wonderful!

These books are simple, with just a few lines per page. Still, in combination with the fantastic illustrations, they bring a handful of extraordinary historical characters to life, as Alexander and Isabella dream of being them for a little while.  Even my little ones really enjoy listening to me read this book and hearing the story and looking at the wonderful pictures. The end of the book does include more detailed information on the characters that are introduced in the book, so there's information right there to bring the kids (and honestly, me too!) up to speed on all the details of the people that they meet in the story itself.

In addition to the historical characters, I love that these books celebrate mommies and daddies, and the kids themselves.  I don't buy very many books brand new and at full price, but I am happy that I bought these two, and they now are a treasured part of our book collection.  If you're looking for a fun and entertaining way to teach your kids about great people from the past (and a few from the present time as well), definitely take a look at these two books.

Disclosure: I received no product and no compensation for this post, just writing about some books that I purchased for my family and that I love!