Last week, I sat down at my computer to put a few books on hold at the library about Christopher Columbus. While looking up the selections from my own book list about Columbus, I found a few others to try. I also had noticed a Garfield book about Columbus on this post (in the 12th picture) that I knew Elijah would love.
Today, we went to the library to pick up our holds. I’m glad I took a few minutes to look for a few more books since my children loved our new selections. I thought I’d share what we found in case you have children who love to read history as much as mine do.
First was the Garfield book I saw last week called Garfield Discovers America. I did not even tell Elijah about it until we picked it up from the library. He started reading the book while we were checking out. He laughed his way through the book, sharing interesting little bits with the rest of us. Obviously, whoever reads this has to realize it wasn’t really a cat who discovered America, but Elijah knew that already. The little historical reference to a famous Thomas at the end of the book was a nice touch and made my kids wonder if there were more books in the series. (There aren’t any other books like this one that I can find. If you know of any, we’d love to find them.)
Our second library find was Christopher Columbus: Famous Explorer (Graphic Biographies). My kids love The Action Bible, so I thought they might be interested in this graphic biography. Ruthie was excited to read about Columbus being married, because we had never read about that before. The dialogue is a bit contrived in the comic book format, but it has lots of interesting facts. The kids all loved the pictures and said it was so fun to read that they forgot it was a history book. I enjoyed the “more about” pages in the back. The internet sites section contained only invalid links, but all in all, we enjoyed this book. In fact, my children noticed the list on the back of the book of others in the series and can’t wait for us to get them too.
The last new Columbus book was My First Biography: Christopher Columbus. It is a very simple easy reader. My beginner reader and I enjoyed reading together about Columbus being a dreamer. I appreciated how the book repeated words like “dream” and “dreamer” or “again” so that we got extra reading practice for those newer words. I actually think this book would be nice for one child to read to another or to read to a young child who doesn’t like to sit for long books. For being a very easy book, the illustrations included lots of detailed drawings and simple maps.
I’m very thankful for a good library system and such a large variety of books we can find on the same person. We’re reading Christopher Columbus: Across The Ocean Sea as a family, and I am looking forward to seeing what details we learn about Columbus that we haven’t heard yet.
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