Umm Nassim, this is for you :)

I know I said that I am not a library person but what is one to do when there are no decent second-hand bookstores (this is the one thing I miss about Pakistan!) and one’s kids read more than one can afford? I got premium membership for Ms M and I and with lil Bear’s membership, we get to borrow 20 books at a time!

I don’t have time to write out reviews/summaries yet – in shaa Allah soon – but these are some books we have enjoyed:

Fiction… some with lovely illustrations!

  • Abbie in Stitches by Cynthia Cotten (author), Beth Peck (illustrator)
  • Bottled Sunshine by Andrea Spalding (author), Ruth Ohi (illustrator)
  • Different Just Like Me by Lori Mitchell (author)
  • Dolphin Boy by Michael Morpurgo (author), Michael Foreman (illustrator)
  • Finding Joy by Marion Coste (author), Yong Chen (illustrator)
  • Kamishibai Man by Allen Say
  • Katie’s Wish by Barbara Shook Hazen (author), Emily Arnold McCully (illustrator)
  • Martha by Gennady Spirin
  • On My Way to Buy Eggs by Chih-Yuan Chen
  • Speak English for Us, Marisol! by Karen English (author), Enrique O. Sanchez (illustrator)
  • Stranger in the Mirror by Allen Say
  • The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
  • The Falling Flowers by Jennifer B. Reed (author), Dick Cole (illustrator)
  • The Gardener by Sarah Stewart (author), David Small (illustrator)
  • The Memory String by Eve Bunting (author), Ted Rand (illustrator)
  • The Prince of Butterflies by Bruce Coville (author), John Clapp (illustrator)
  • The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo (author), Mary GrandPre (illustrator)
  • The Silver Swan by Michael Morpurgo (author), Christian Birmingham (illustrator)
  • The Snow Bear by Miriam Moss (author), Maggie Kneen (illustrator)
  • The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination by Jimmy Liao (author)
  • The Yellow Leaf by Hasan Terani (author), Mahasti Mir (illustrator)
  • Waiting for May by Janet Morgan Stoeke
  • Wake Up, City! by Alvin Tresselt (author), Carolyn Ewing (illustrator)

Learning about Other Cultures

  • Child’s Day: Bongani’s Day by Gisele Wulfsohn
  • Child’s Day: In a Vietnamese City by Jim Holmes & Tom Morgan
  • Child’s Day: In an Egyptian City by Khaled Eldash & Dalia Khattab
  • Child’s Day: Iina Marja’s Day (From Dawn to Dusk) by Jaako Alatalo
  • Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole (author), Bruce Degen (illustrator)
  • Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Imperial China by Joanna Cole (author), Bruce Degen (illustrator)
  • Letters from Around the World: France by Teresa Fisher (author)
  • Letters from Around the World: Spain by Cath Senker
  • Letters from Around the World: Pakistan by David Cumming
  • Letters from Around the World: Costa Rica by Patrick Cunningham & Sue Cunningham
  • Letters from Around the World: Greece by David Cumming
  • Letters from Around the World: Canada by Andy Orchard & Clare Orchard

We’re doing birds now that we are done with mammals (well, just about…).

  • Birds: Nature’s Magnificent Flying Machines by Caroline Arnold (author), Patricia J. Wynne (illustrator)
  • DK Guide to Birds by Ben Morgan
  • Penguins by Lynn M Stone

Books both Ms M & Bear liked

  • Can You Cuddle Like a Koala? by John Butler
  • Honey Baby Sugar Child by Alice Faye Duncan (author), Susan Keeter (illustrator)
  • I Love You Just the Way You Are (Bartholomew & George) by Virginia Miller
  • Little Bunny’s Bedtime! by Jane Johnson (author), Gaby Hansen (illustrator)
  • You’re All My Favourites by Sam McBratney