So I thought I'd share some of our favorite Hawaiian themed books.
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful by Barbara M. Joosse is a favorite. Actually just about every book by Barbara M. Joosse is a favorite with us. We were first introduced to one of her books by Firecracker's birth mom. It uses imagery from Hawaiian culture for a Grandmother to tell her granddaughter how much she loves her and how beautiful she is.
High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osbourne is part of the Magic Tree House series. While this particular book is quite similar to the others, Firecracker was especially drawn to this one because it's set in ancient Hawaii. Overall, I've been impressed by the Magic Tree House Series. They're great first chapter books for early readers. Firecracker can read one in an hour or so if she's focused, and she learns little facts along the way as she reads the books.
And I don't know if Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is really set in Hawaii or not...but the letters are going up the coconut tree. This has been a favorite of all our kids, and the rhythm makes it a fun book for me to read aloud to our kids.
And finally...I think this one is my favorite of all...Dear Katie, The Volcano Is a Girl by Jean Craighead George . It intermingles the telling the Hawaiian legends along with the scientific explanation of how the Hawaiian Islands were formed, and has beautiful illustrations. Of course the main character's name was appealing to Firecracker too. I made sure to bring it with us on our trip. We only visited Oahu while we were there, so we weren't able to go to any erupting volcanoes, but we did get to see some volcanic rock up close...
...and read Dear Katie, The Volcano Is a Girl while sitting in a tree inside a volcano's crater.
And in case you're not able to find this book at your library...here's a pretty good read-aloud video of it.
Do you have some favorite Hawaiian themed books?
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