July 17, 2005

Summer Reads

For the summer I have decided to follow a different format - I will post most of the books we read (as best as I can record) for the months of June-August in categories. There will be many repeats to be sure as I am not going to go through and see if we already recorded that book and we often read the same book over and over again during the summer. To me the summer is a time to share some of my absolute favorites, the books I feel are must reads and then the rest gets filled in by the kids choices from our current selection and the library.

Reality Check - I don't post half of what we read. I am so out of a normal rhythm in the summer and Rhiannon reads on average a chapter book a day - she has been into the Great American Classics and the American Girl series this summer. Regular posting to resume in September. But there still are some good finds in the list.

Favorite Reads
Bird House, The - Rylant, Cynthia
Crane Wife, The - Yagawa, Sumiko
Frog and Toad are Friends - Lobel, Arnold
Day with Wilbur Robinson, A - Joyce, William
Ten Little Ladybugs - Gerth, Melanie
Stone Soup - Brown, Marcia
Story About Ping, A - Flack, Robert
Sailor Moo Cow at Sea - Wheeler, Lisa
Little Mouse, the red ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear - Wood, Don and Audrey
Growing Frogs - French, Vivian

Little Sibu - Grindley, Sally
Love Your Forever - Munsch, Robert
Runaway Bunny, The - Brown, Margaret Wise
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Martin, Bill
I'm Gonna Like Me - Curtis, Jamie Lee
Velveteen Rabbit, The - Williams, Margery
My Many Colored Days - Dr Suess
Where the Wild Things Are - Sendak, Maurice
Blueberry Shoe - Dixon, Ann
Wide Mouthed Frog, The - Faulkner, Keith

Other Reads
Who Built the Pyramids - Hooper, Meredith
Bashi Elephant Baby - Radcliffe, Theresa
Gorky Rises - Steig, William
Secret Room, The - Shulevitz, Uri
What Daddies do best - Numeroof, Laura
What Mommies do Best - Numeroff, Laura
Amelia Bedelia and the baby - Parish, Peggy
Exploring Earth's Treasures - Olson, Donald
Anansi the Spider - McDermott, Gerald
Copycats Animal Noises - Powell, Richard

Love - Moncure, Jane Belk
Trow Wife's Treasure, The - Dunrea, Olivier
Marmalade and the Magic Birds - Harris, Robin
Froggy Goes to School - London, Johnathen
England: Countries and Cultures - Boraas, Tracey
Freight Train - Crews, Donald
Hooray for You! - Richmond, Marianne
Oh Say Can You Say Terrible Tongue Twisters - Dr Suess
Storm Book, The - Zolotow, Charlotte
Wheels on the Bus, The - Zelinsky, Paul

Play Ball Amelia Bedelia - Parrish, Peggy
Flashy Fantastic Frogs - Patent, Dorothy
Frogs: Leaping Amphibians - Schaefer, Lola
Let's Go Froggy - London, Johnathen
Froggy Plays in the Band - London, Johnathen
Froggy Learns to Swim - London, Johnathen
Froggy Goes to the Doctor - London, Johnathen
Wolf's Chicken Stew, The - Kasza, Keiko
Animals of Buttercup Farm, The - Dunn, Phoebe
Ancient Legends of Ireland - Lally, Soinbhe

Three Stre-e-etchy Frogs - Bentley, Dawn
Counting Kisses - Katz, Karen
Goodnight Moon - Brown, Margaret Wise

Rhiannon's Reads
Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase - Rylant, Cynthia
Gorky Rises - Steig, William
Girl who Loved Wild Horses, The - Goble, Paul
Beauty and the Beast - Boyle, Eleanor
My j book - Moncure, Jane Belk
My first book - Moncure, Jane Belk
My d book - Moncure, Jane Belk
My e book - Moncure, Jane Belk
My t book - Moncure, Jane Belk
My b book - Moncure, Jane Belk

My r book - Moncure, Jane Belk
My n book - Moncure, Jane Belk
Peter Pan - Great Illustrated Classics - JM Barrie
Three Stre-e-etchy Frogs - Bentley, Dawn
Magical Ballerina Slippers, The - Ellsworth, Nick
When I Was Little - Curtis, Jamie Lee
Today I Feel Silly and other moods that make my day - Curtis, Jamie Lee
Bear Wants More - Wilson, Karma
Baby Sister for Frances, A - Hoban, Russell
Zelda and Ivy - Kvasnosky, Laura McGee

Beauty and the Beast and other stories - Great Illustrated Classics
Liitle Women - Great Illustrated Classics - Alcott, Louisa
Furry Alphabet Book, The - Pallotta, Jerry
Miss Spider's Tea Party - Kirk, David
Looking for Atlantis - Thompson, Colin
Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book The - Pallotta, Jerry
Twelve Hats for Lena - Katz, Karen
Wolf's Chicken Stew - Kasza, Keiko
Anne of Green Gables Great Illustrated Classics (GIC)- Montogomery LM
Danger at the Zoo: A Kit Mystery - Ernst, Kathleen

Gulliver Travels:GIC - Swift, Johnathen

Mommy Reads
Cybernation - Clancy, Tom
Jonathen Livingston Seagull - Bach, Richard - recommended
Red Hats Ride Again - Smith, Haywood
Table for Five - Wiggs, Susan
Walk to Remember, A - Sparks, Nicolas
Legacy of Love, A : Things I Learned from My Mother - Graham, Ruth
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Rowling, JK
Forever - Hamill, Pete
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Rowling, J.K.

The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush - Gerhart, Ann (in progress)
Created to be his Help-Meet - Pearl, Debi (in progress)
A Good Yarn - Macomber, Debbie (in progress)
Hedges - Jenkins, Jerry (in progress)

Audio Books
Anne of Avonlea - Montgomery, LM
Anne of the Island - Montgomery, LM
Arthur Chapter Books Volume 5 - Brown, Marc
Horse and His Boy, A - Lewis, CS
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - Lewis, CS
Prince Caspian - Lewis, CS
Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Lewis, CS

Last updated July 20, 2005


  1. Ooooooooo! *rubbing hands gleefully* Book lists! Yippee!

    Sadly, as much as I love our new state, and the whole iBistro system was developed right here in Huntsville - our library system won't let you put books on hold. ACK. Nope. The best I can do now is to look them up, and let the system print me a list so I can go find 'em on my own. *sigh* That's going to take some creative seeking on my part, or separate trips - one w/ the boys and one w/o.


  2. We love the Moncure books in our house. I have only been able to find them at the library, though. Do you happen to know where we could maybe find a set???

  3. Alibris.com often has individual books for resale. To purchase a set is quite expensive - around 20 a book because they only sell them library bound. I have however had good luck finding the original the older My "a" book series rather than the Myh "a" soundbox book series for between 2-5 a book on www.alibris.com and www.half.com

  4. Somewhere along the way I ended up with the soundbox complete set including cards. MB enjoyed them and now K cannot get enough of them, she always seems to have one in her hand.

    I love your booklist. I never can do that. The best I always seem to be able to do is scrape the pile off the coffee and dining room table and then type in what we have read.

    Do you plan the novel read alouds, or do you let your children choose them?