A Pirate's Guide to First Grade by James Preller
The story of a little boy's first day at school in first grade, cleverly written in the perspective of the boy's imaginings as a pirate. A load of fun to read because it's written completely in pirate-speak and reminds us of how deeply a child can become entrenched in their fantasy world.
Energy Makes Things Happen (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Kimberly Brubaker Brakley
This book covers well the ideas of energy in active form and stored as fuels. It was easy for Everett to understand and really captured his interest in the subject. My only complaint is the author's example of the stored and active energy of a rock on a hill. It does not take into consideration the laws of gravity, therefore, seems to me to be misleading for someone just learning these concepts. We did also enjoy the activities at the end of the book.
My Father's Dragon: The Bestselling Children Story by Ruth Stiles Gannett
In its brevity and adventure, this has been a perfect beginner chapter book. We haven't been too successful in finding ones that capture Everett's interest for long enough to finish them. This was a delight in creativity and imagination. We're excited to find that there are several more after it.
Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey
Last year we came across the second book by Grey, Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog, and it fast became a favorite. We finally borrowed the original book and love it just the same. Cleverly written in the perspective of a little boy pretending with his superhero throughout the day. Witty and fun, Grey creates each fantasy within the true context of the day, such as scuba diving in the dishwater or saving fallen spoons at Grandma's house.