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If there was going to be a theme for this last weekend it would have been crafting. Though our hands and eyes were busy creating fun things, our ears and minds were being enchanted with some of our favorite audio books. Car trips also see the audio books come out. Below is a list of some of very favorite audio books both old and new alike.
For the Littles (Ages 0-4)
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Baggledorf: The itching Powder Plot by Zina Pearce-Tomenius
Skippy Jon Jones and the Big Bones by Judith Byron Schachner
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown
For the Emerging Readers (Ages 5-7) The books in this section never get old and have become good friends.
Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
For the Middle Readers Ages 8-11:
The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles Book 1 by Rick Riordan
The Water Horse by Dick King Smith This is an incredible book on audio. We highly recommend this.
The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginnings by John Stephens Brand new book out that we just couldn't stop listening to.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Holes by Louis Sachar
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Bk1 by Philip Pullman
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
These are just a few of our favorite listens. Which books does your family like to listen to? Leave a comment below and let's make a big list afterwards for us all to enjoy.
I spent last week in New York City attending Book Expo America as well as seeing the sites. As I was walking around the city I got to thinking; I wonder how many childrens books are written in New York City or about New York City? Here's the list I came up with. I'm sure I left some off but here are some of our favorites.
These are just some of our favorite NYC reads. Does your family have any special New York City books that you love reading? Please share your ideas in the comment section.
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In honor of Earth Day I thought I would re-post some great green reads for kids. Have a great Earth Day and be inspired! Know that there is no act is to0 small to make a difference. Happy Earth Day!
Toby Lolness is less than 2 millimeters tall. He and his family are part of a whole civilization that lives inside a giant tree. His father has discovered an inconvenient truth about the health of the tree and if they don't change their irresponsible ways their tree will die, leaving them homeless. This book is peppered with great illustrations,including a map of the tree on the inside. Toby Alone will make you think of the environment.
Lee Welles is a past camp instructor who really gets it when it comes to enrapturing children. This is a quick and fast read which has been billed as "fiction with a mission". This book is the first in a series which establishes Elizabeth, the main character, with the power of "Earth".
Elizabeth was happy to be at the end of the school year. She anticipated playing on the farm with her best friend and various family members. That was until the Harmony Farm Corporation moved into her town. Her world starts to crumble as her best friend moves away and her parents whisper of farmers selling their land and the effects this factory farm operation could have on them. When she thinks things can't get much worse, she meets the most unusual creature, Gaia, the living entity of the Earth. Strange things begin to happen to her, around her and through her! Elizabeth wonders if meeting Gaia has been a blessing or a curse. Will elizabeth have the strength to fight a large corporation? or will her upstate New York home be spoiled by profit driven pork production that fouls the air, land, and water?
Book 2 in the series. Way of Water is the winner of the 2008 Nautilus Gold Award in the category of Young Adult Fiction Fantasy. Miho's backyard has always been the sea. The creatures of the sea are an endless source of fascination for her. Miho finds herself in the care of her uncle after her family has been stolen away by the sea. She has never met this uncle nor has she met his world and culture,Japan. From the city of Nagoya to the seaside town of Goza, Miho is trying to fit in by learning the language, the culture, at the same time she is dealing with her own grief. While in Goza, Miho discovers her family history and embraces new teachers, an old man who becomes her Sensei of Sho-Do. Sho-do is also known as "The Way of the Brush". It is there that she meets Gaia from the first book. Gaia grants Miho amazing powers to connect with the "minds in the water" and she is given access and understanding to the many worlds of the oceans. Many questions face her as she learns and tries to use her powers to restore the balance of her traditions while teaching others to understand The Way of Water.
This book comes at environmentalism from a whole other angle. Oliver is the type of boy who enjoys pulling the wings off flies just to hear the little snap. His whole life changes when his mom moves the family to a run down old house in a small town. While attempting to install a TV antenna on the roof, Oliver tries to avoid a kamikaze attack by a vicious crow and falls through into the attic. There he finds a strange, glowing gem that has the power to transform him into any creature he touches. Suddenly he enters the amazing parallel world of the Pond, where he befriends a fat salamander named Mooch and a misfit crow called Antoine. Together, with their other friends they need to save the pond from a power hungry crow who secretly plans to use the animal's fears and distrust in humans for his own evil affairs.This lively and witty book, complete with body humor is a refreshing non-preachy delight and teaches kindness and stewardship from the perspective of the animals.
The next three books are from one of my favorite authors Carl Hiaasen.
(From the Carl Hiaasen Website)
You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup. Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor-which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.
Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to much-his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate-but Noah's got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.
Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the universe. Because if it wasn't for Dana Matherson...
Mrs. Starch – fearsome biology teacher – never returned from a field trip to Black Vine Swamp.
The principal says she was called away on a "family emergency," but Nick and Marta don't buy it. They think Smoke, the class delinquent, has something to do with her disappearance.
And he does! But not in the way that they think. There's a lot more going on in Black Vine Swamp than any one player in this twisted tale can see. And Nick and Marta will have to reckon with an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off Florida panther before they'll really begin to see the big picture.
Two of my favorite picture books fit in our green theme as well so I'm adding them here.
Old Turtle by Cheng-Khee Chee
This beautifully illustrated book is a tender,thoughtful, and moving story about a turtle who gets everything on the earth to work together to take care of eachother and the place we call home.
This sweet little book shines a light on all of the endless possibilities each day holds. The opportunities and chances that won't come again. While doing this ,it kindly delivers the message about stewardship of our planet. It's just a wonderful read.
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Happy March everyone and a very happy birthday to one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss! It's time to grab your hat and read with the cat. Not only is it Dr. Seuss's birthday, but it's Read Across America Day.
Everyone is our family is a huge Dr. Seuss fan. We decided to celebrate in high fashion by having a read a-loud gathering. Everyone will bring one or two of their Seuss favorites. In honor of this festive occasion we've decided to make a book-list of Seuss family favorites.
As a child the first book I ever read by myself was Green Eggs and Ham. It wasn't long before I had it memorized. Each one of my children have their absolute Dr. Seuss favorite and each book holds a precious memory. So many hours of wonderful moments of shared reading.
So on this day of Dr. Seuss, grab a cherished reading partner and read some Dr. Seuss!
What are some of your Dr. Seuss favorites?
I want to thank everyone who participated in the giveaway contest hosted by Rhythm of the Home. Your comments were so kind and lovely. I want you to know how much I appreciate your visits here and how much I love doing this. Jumping into books is a chosen lifestyle and means so much that I can share it with you.
Heather asked what books were your favorites as a child. As I was reading the comments I noticed so many favorites. There is nothing better than recommending a greatly loved book so I've compiled a list of favorite reads from favorite friends. Enjoy! Oh and at the end of this list is a Winner!
Favorite Friend's Favorite Reads
Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White
A Wrinkle in Time , Madeliene L'Engle
Little House Series, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne of Green Gables, L. Montgomery
The Tomten, Astrid Lindgren
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
Miss Suzy, Miriam Young
The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes
The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
The Velveteen Rabbit,Margery Williams
Nancy Drew Series, Carolyn Keene
The Black Cauldron, Lloyd Alexander
Black Beauty, Anne Sewell
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
No Flying in the House, Betty Brock
Fairy Tales by Jane Ray
Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney
My Father's Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett
Paddington Bear, Micheal Bond
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tokien
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, Alic & Martin Provensen
The Gift of the Tree, Alvin Tressalt
Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
Island of the Blue Dolphin, Scott O'Dell
The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry
Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
The Maggie B, Irene Haas
Star Mother's Youngest Child, Louise Moeri & Trina Schart
Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl
Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
Rose Fairy Book, Andrew Lang
I, Coriander, Sally Gardener
The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Loner. Ester Wier
Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey
James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
The Changling, Zilpha Keatly Snyder
Did I ever tell you how lucky you are? Dr. Sesuss
The Pokey Little Puppy, Janette Sebring Lowery
Caddie Woodlawn, Carol Ryre Brink
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Judi and Ron Barrett
Mr. Pine's Purple House, Leonard Kessler
Pippi Longstockings, Astrid Lindgren
You are special, Max Lucado
Hardy Boys Series, Franklin W. Dixon
The Bobsey Twins Series, Laura Lee Hope
One Morning in Maine, Robert McCloskey
Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss
Bridge to Teribithia, Katherine Paterson
A Cricket in Times Square, George Selden
Swallows and Amazons Series, Arthur Ransome
La Nuit Des Temps, Barjavel
Encyclopedia Brown Series, Donald J. Sobal
Babysitters Club Series, Ann M. Martin
Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
Dick and Jane,
Trixie Belden Series, Julie Campbell
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
Moomin, Tove Jansson
The Princess and the Goblin , George MacDonald
The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley
The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley
Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
Come Follow Me to the Secret world of Elves and Fairies and Gnomew and Trolls, Gyo Fujukawa
Where the Sidewlak Ends, Shel Silverstein
Momo, Michael Ende
The Little Prince, Antoine St. Exupery
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,Betty Smith
All-of-a-Kind Family series, Sydney Taylor
Findus, Sven Nordqvist
The King of Ireland's Son, Padric Colum
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel
Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina
Alas Babylon, Pat Frank
The Winner Is:Mamabird Liz
Over the weekend my sweet son "O" and I got into this conversation whether there were book series when I was a kid or did book series just recently come out, like in his lifetime.
There were some great series when I was a kid, first and foremost being The Little House Series but there were others too. The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Triology, the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Ramona, The Chornicles of Narnia and many more.
Before there was actually children's literature, there were children's magazines. Many of the books we look at today as great classics were first published in magazines. Books like Anne of Green Gables,Heidi, Little Women, The Wizard of Oz, Hans Brinker and many many more. As literature opened up to children these timeless classics were published as books and the book series hasn't stopped since.
After reading the Percy Jackson series it got us thinking as to what other series we've read. Of course there are the standards,mentioned above, but there are so many book series out now that my young son is just devouring that I thought I might share a couple others with you.
For young independent readers 2nd-5th grade:
The Magic Shop Series by Bruce Colville
There are a few titles in this series and they are a wonderful easy read. You won't want them to end. My favorite book is Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Poor Jeremy is plagued by his art teacher and he is being followed by the most annoying girl in school,Mary Lou. To get away from both of these annoyances, he heads off to a part of town he has never been in before and enters a magic shop. There he purchases an egg which just happens to hatch a dragon which only he and his friend Mary Lou can see. What follows are moments of chaos and hiliarity. We loved these books.
The Time Warp Trio by John Scieszka
These books are by the author of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs", "Math Curse" and "The Stinky Cheese Man", brings these very funny and adventurous books. Joe and his friends Fred and Sam end up being transported into different time periods using Joe's uncles magic book. These stories are easy, quick and fun reads and are so funny.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Whenever my son "O" and his friend "S" get together there is loud and roaring laughter coming out of his bedroom. I know for sure that they are reading snippets of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" out-loud. Now that they have several books to choose from they never get bored with the antics inside these books. Perfect for the 4th-6th grader in your life. Jeff really has this age group down pat.
Charlie Bones by Jenny Nimmo
The stories are centred on Charlie Bone, a young boy and descendant of The Red King, who reluctantly possesses a powerful endowment, along with many of his friends who he meets at a special school he attends called Bloor's Academy. His family, the Yewbeams, have many dark secrets and Charlie Bone embarks on a series of mysterious adventures to find out the truth about his past. grades 4-8
Warriors by Erin Hunter
Clans of cats are battling for supremacy. There are many books in this series and are great for both boys and girls. Grades 4-7
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
I love these books and relate to them so well. I bet my grandfather could have been a caretake at wildlife reserve for mythical creatures. These books hold the adventures of a brother and sister team who discover just this. This is an incredible series with great characters and an adventure on every page. This is not to be missed if at all possible. Grades 4-8
The Alchemyst, by Michael Scott
This is the first book in a series about two siblings who plunge into a world of immortals and mythological creatures. These are very fast paced fantasy which are set in the present day modern world. Grades 5-8
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
These are perfectly written for 4th - 7th graders. I must say that one of my children did not like these books but the other two loved them. They found them filled with mystery, fantasy, and great humor. One of my children is very logical and practical and these didn't suit her but the rest of my family couldn't put them down. Grades 4-7
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
There are three books is this series. Four gifted children join a secret society to combat the evil which lurks in their world. There is always lots of humor, puzzles and many mysteries to solve. Perfect for grades 4-7
The Land of Elyon by Patrick Carman
This story covers the voyages of Alex Daley, a 12-year-old girl in search of the truth in the Land of Elyon. In book 1, 2, and 3, she conquers the evil in the Land of Elyon. It is discovered in Stargazer that there is something outside of the Land of Elyon, known as the Five Stone Pillars, where the lost children of Castalia live. Abbadon is still alive and in the form of a metallic electric sea monster, and she conquers him, saving the people on the Five Stone Pillars. Alexa then becomes the explorer of the sky, just like her father and uncle were the explorers of land and sea. (this excerpt is taken from Wikipedia)
100 Cupboards by N.D.Wilson
Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning...
Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room — with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.
There are now 3 books in the series with the first book being made into a movie.
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
"The Secret" is a secret, of course, in which the entire Secret Series is based upon. It is said to be the formula of immortality.
Every a few hundred years, a "Secret Keeper" is chosen to know and keep The Secret in his/her head safely. In This Book Is Not Good for You, Cass is chosen to be the Secret Keeper.
The Secret was discovered by a court physician in Luxor, 1212 BC. Three days after his discovery, he was executed either because he refused to tell the Pharaoh the Secret, or he did tell, and the Secret made the Pharaoh angry, so the Pharaoh demanded he be executed. Before the court physician died, he wrote the Secret on a papyrus, and asked for the papyrus to be buried with him.
It was, in fact, buried with him until years later, when it was taken by tomb-raiders. Again, they died violent deaths. In the early 1800s, the papyrus was found, and taken to the Prague, where it was purchased by a curious antique dealer. He gave it to an Egyptologist for translation. The Egyptologist went mad, and the papyrus was never seen again.
The antique dealer spent the rest of his life searching for The Secret until he died, alone, because of a terrible flesh-eating virus.
This is no way is a complete list. Let us know what you are reading in the book series genre. We would love to know. Happy Reading!
Tags: 100 cupboards, Artemis Fowl, Book series, charlie bone, diary of a whimpy kid, fablehaven, the alchemyst, The land of elyon, the magic shop series, The mysterious benedict society, The Secret series, time warp series, warriors
When Julie, editor for the Rhythm of the Home blog, sent me an email asking me to help her compile a list of great Montessori and Waldorf reads, I was so happy to help. Please head on over to the Rhythm of the Home blog to have a look at some very inspiring and informative reading.You can find us right here.
I recently received an email asking me about bedtime reads for multiple age groups. Like you, I too had to face this issue. What do you do when you have children the ages of 3,5, and 7 ? How do you meet everyone's night-time story needs? One wants an engaging story that everyone can sit and follow and be interested in. Below is a list of some of our favorites.
First I would like to start with some of our favorite bed time chapter books.
We absolutely love the books by Edward Eager
Here's a couple of great series that we have read time and time again.
When my oldest child became an early reader she loved to have her turn reading as well. From our bookshelves she picked a few of my "I Can Read" books. The very ones I loved as a child. Though we love many of them as "favorites", here are the top of the list picks.
What the Oscars are to film, the ALA Youth Awards are to American Children's Books. Every year a committee of librarians and other children's experts choose the best work in children's literature based on original and creative work. Guiding parents,educators, and librarians in selecting the best material for their audiences, the ALA awards are recognised worldwide for the high quality that they represent.
John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
“When You Reach Me,” written by Rebecca Stead, is the 2010 Newbery Medal winner.
Four Newbery Honor Books also were named:
Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children
“The Lion & the Mouse,” illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, is the 2010 Caldecott Medal winner.
Two Caldecott Honor Books also were named:
“All the World,” illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon
“Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors,” illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
“Going Bovine,” written by Libba Bray, is the 2010 Printz Award winner.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named:
“Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith” by Deborah Heiligman,
“The Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancey,
“Punkzilla” by Adam Rapp,
“Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973” by John Barnes,
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
“Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal,” written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, is the King Author Book winner. The book is illustrated by R. Gregory Christie,
One King Author Honor Book was selected:
“Mare’s War” by tanita s. davis
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
“My People,” illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Langston Hughes
One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected:
“The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” illustrated by E. B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
“The Rock and the River,” written by kekla magoon, is the Steptoe winner.
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Walter Dean Myers is the winner of this first-ever Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. Myers’ books include: “Amiri & Odette: A Love Story, “Fallen Angels,” “Monster,”
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
“Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros,” illustrated by Rafael López, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Pat Mora
Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “Diego: Bigger Than Life,” illustrated by David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand ; “My Abuelita,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston; and “Gracias Thanks,” illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora
Pura Belpré (Author) Award
“Return to Sender,” written by Julia Alvarez, is the Belpré Author Award winner.
Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named: “Diego: Bigger Than Life,” written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz ; and “Federico García Lorca,” written by Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
“Django” written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen Press,wins the award for best young children ages 0 to 10.
“Anything but Typical” written by Nora Raleigh Baskin Readers, is the winner for middle grades (ages 11-13).
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Marcelo in the Real World,” written by Francisco X. Stork
For a complete list of the ALA awards and the book's publisher's please look here.