Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We are overflowing

...with books! Check the bookshelf in my sidebar regularly for new additions as the pace of our reading is swift this summer.

Armed with a list, we brave the sticky heat for a weekly trek to the library so we are humbly begging for any and all book suggestions! My family will thank you.


  1. No suggestions. We've exhausted our book supply of "easy readers"... without colored pictures, Bubbie isn't much for reading the chapter books yet.

  2. Any books-- picture books, chapter books, in-between books (!)-- will do!

  3. We've been reading this book every night lately! Maddie and I both love it!

  4. Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle, the first of her Crosswick Journal collection. A lovely easy read about her family's summer in CT full of deep thoughts and family warmth.

  5. Ours are a little behind yours so I'm not sure what our uys are reading. Emahry picked out I Went Walking by Sue Williams from the library last week and liked it. Great easy read. It was fun to act out and reinforce animals and colors. It's in the board book section.

    A small chapter book that I like is The Hundred Dresses, but I think you might have already had that in your sidebar bookcase I know I remember seeing it on someone's blog.

    We love "stealing" ideas from your bookcase.

  6. Here are a few others.

    The Very Busy Spider

    That's When I'm Happy

    Tumble Bumble

    These are all board books, I'm not sure if th elibrary has them, but Emahry got these for Christmas and she likes them all.

  7. Hmm...your sidebar booklist/shelf didn't come up for me as a link. I'll try again later. My sis is a home ed-friendly, much-loved children's librarian (not local, sigh!)and does several story times each week for littles--she's turned us on to some fun picture books. I'll try to remember the titles and put a few in a comment.

  8. Yikes!! I cant help, but I will enjoy what others have to say!!

    God bless-

  9. I just found a .txt document last month that had "good reads". Which all of us love. So here are some of them.

    We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

    Any little Critter books by Mercer Mayer

    From the mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler/EL Konigsbury
    and The View from Saturday

    All the Alfie books, by Shirley Huges:
    (An evening at Alfies, and Alfie and Annie Rose)
    were favorites and Moving Molly )
    of Brian Jacques Redwall series

    Madeleine L'Engle " A wrinkle in Time"

    Edith Lowe , Little Bear Series

    Eleanor Estes, 100 Dresses

    Emily Arnold McCully, Bobbin Girl

    E.J. Taylor, Ivy Cottage (and more)
    Mary Elise Monsell Underwear!
    Dr. Seuss, Butter Battle Book
    Sarah McConnell, Lucy Courtenay,:Scarlet Silver

    Frances Hodgson Burnett,A Little Princess

    Hilary McKay, Practically Perfect

    Betsy Byars: The Golly Sisters, (all of them are great)

    The Summer of the Swans

    -- Eric Ludy, Leslie Ludy
    When God writes your love story

    Francine Rivers Leota's Garden,

    Cather, Willa. My Antonia,
    Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird,(read aloud w/out the graphic parts)

    Stepping Heavenward Mrs. E. Prentiss

  10. My suggestions:
    the Grandma's Attic series by Arleta Richardson. There are 8 books in the series, and while they're no longer in print, you can find them through e-bay or half.com. While the main character is a girl, she has many funny mishaps that appeal to both genders.
    Cherry Ames series by Helen Wells and Julie Tatham. Printed in the 40s and 50s, they are non-scary mystery books featuring a young nurse. They are usually easy to find through the library system.
    Any books by Margeurite Henry, but especially the Misty books.
    Any books by Ezra Jack Keats.
    The Little Critter series by Mercer and Gina Mayer, but especially the older ones. The "Just Me and ..." ones are my favorite!
    The book series that got me to love reading was the ValueTale series by Spencer Johnson. Each book tells a biography of a famous person, stressing how a specific character trait helped that person in life.
    The Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol. For a easier read with a more modern twist, try the Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler.
    and of course the ones I'm sure you already know - The Velveteen Rabbit, and any and all books by Shel Silverstein, Eric Carle, Tomie de Paola, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jan Brett, and Beverly Cleary.
    A lot of these books will be above your child's level, and not all of these books are Christian. However, I don't recall anything offensive in any of the books. I own a lot of the books mentioned, so if you have trouble finding the books, I'll be more than happy to mail them to you - provided you mail them back when you're done! ;)

  11. Kristen,

    We love children's books around our house! I know how helpful it is to go to the library with a pre-made list of books so you don't end up with just junk.

    I've found the following book lists to be extremely helpful in finding quality books for our family:


    http://www.amblesideonline.org/00.shtml (scroll down to the Year 0 and Advisory favorite sections)


    We haven't yet exhausted these lists and have found many, many new favorites in the process.

    Hope this helps!


  12. A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper ( We still have it out right now I am not sure if they have two copies.

    Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

    Brown Rabbit's Day by Alan Baker

    Little's Bear Little Boat by Eve Bunting

    Little Duck Lost by Erica Briers

    Dig a Tunnel by Ryan Ann Hunter


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