December 30, 2009

Books my kids received at Christmas

Since my kids like to read, some of their presents are concentrated around books. Here's a list of the books my kids received for Christmas this year.

My 8th Grader received:

Catching Fire, The Hunger Games #2 by Suzanne Collins
The White Giraffe by Lauren St John



My 6th Grader Received

The 39 Clues #2, One False Note by Gordon Korman
The 39 Clues #3, The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis
The 39 Clues #4, Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson
The 39 Clues #5, The Black Circle by Patrick Carman

The 39 Clues #6, In Too Deep by Jude Watson
The Leanin' Dog by K A Nuzum



My 3rd Grader received

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J Sobol
#1 - Boy Detective
#2 - The Case of the Secret Pitch
#3 - Finds the Clues
#4 - Gets His Man

#5 - Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
#6 - Encyclopidea Brown Keeps the Peace




My 1st Grader received

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
Mr Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

December 17, 2009

A conversation with my 8th grade daughter

I was talking to my 8th grade daughter the other day about the books she is currently reading. She was telling me she was a little board, since she didn't have any new books to read and was re-reading a lot of the ones she read last year.

I took this opportunity to have a conversation about reading and was trying to get her to think about the books she reads or would like to read. As you might imagine, it was a short conversation. So we went onto Barnes & Noble and started looking around, and then I got the bright idea to start asking questions, who is your favorite author, what books are your friends reading, and what books have released sequels. Here's the list of 4 books we ordered from Barnes & Noble.

1. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart


2. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen


3. Leap Day by Wendy Mass



4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Happy Reading!

November 29, 2009

The Christmas Bear

One of my thrills to this point in writing a blog and being a member of the Squidoo community is the conversations you have with people who find my pages. I recently had such an encounter with Paul Stickland who illustrated the book The Christmas Bear (written by Henrietta Stickland).


The Christmas Bear is a wonderfully illustrated book about a baby polar bear who falls into the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Santa takes the baby polar bear on a tour of his workshop. It's a great story for the entire family. The illustrations of the books are out of this world, and even though I've read the book, now, probably 100 times, I never fail to find something new in the pictures I haven't seen before. This coming Christmas Eve on CBeebies, Dr Who star David Tennant, will be reading The Christmas Bear.


Paul Stickland is a wonderful writer and illustrator. His stories and illustrations are captured in books such as Ten Terrible Dinosaurs, Trains, and Swamp Stomp.

November 18, 2009

Christmas books for Kids

My family loves reading Christmas Books. My youngest is 6 years old, so we are teaching her to read Christmas Books on her own. Jan Brett, is one of our favorite authors and has a whole lot of books about winter and Christmas. Our favorites are The Hat and The Mitten. She has also adopted some traditional Christmas stories like The Night Before Christmas and The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Some of our other favorite Christmas books include The Polar Express, The Christmas Bear, Dream Snow, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and many more that can be found on the links above.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

September 4, 2009

1st Grade: The Very Small - Written by Joyce Dunbar

My 1st grader read the book The Very Small to us tonight. This is a great book for beginning readers as its a story about a cub bear and his very small friend.