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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What We've Been Reading

I'm working on our Quarterly Reports for the school district this week, and spent some time reviewing the books that the test subjects have read so far this academic year.  Since I am always on the hunt for good books for my children (and myself), I thought you might be to?  In that spirit, I'm sharing here what we have read so far.  This list includes only the books we have read independently for pleasure and none of the (many) books we have read aloud together or the books read independently for content areas.  The books marked with an asterisk are the ones we are currently reading.

TS 1
On the Court with Kobe Bryant by Matt Christopher
Double Play at Short by Matt Christopher
Hard Drive at Short by Matt Christopher
The Life You Imagine by Derek Jeter
Swindle by Gordon Korman
Mariano Rivera (Baseball Superstars) by Judith Levin
Zoobreak by Gordon Korman
The First Christmas Stocking by Elizabeth Winthrop
Wright on Time, Book 1, Arizona by Lisa Cottrell-Bentley
M.V.P.: Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans
Mickey Mantle (Baseball Superstars) by Ronald Reis
Albert Pujols (Baseball Superstars) by Dennis Abrams
Through My Eyes: A Quarterback's Journey (Student Edition) by Tim Tebow
Taken by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins*

Are you seeing a theme here?  Yes, my boy LOVES sports and prefers non-fiction books.  He did read a few novels sprinkled in there and we have some more on hold at the library.  Variety is the spice of life, right?

TS 2
Junie B. Jones and the Sneaky Peeky Spy ( I don't like this series, but allowed it since his sister was listening to it read aloud in Kindergarten at school)
Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
Hello, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
The First Christmas Stocking by Elizabeth Winthrop
The Big Buck Adventure by Shelley Gill
Squashed in the Middle by Elizabeth Winthrop
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
Wright on Time, Book 1, Arizona by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley (series about the adventures of a homeschooling family!)
Wright on Time, Book 2, Utah by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
Wright on Time, Book 3, Wyoming by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
Imagination Station: Attack at the Arena by Marianne Hering*

Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler
Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope by Mary Beth Chapman
The Duggars: 20 and Counting by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
A Love That Multiplies by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People*

Unfortunately, I have not kept a list of the books that RA and I have read together this year.  Right now, though, we are working our way through this fabulous list I found on Pinterest.  Here's a link to my profile if you'd like to join me there!
We had already read some of the classics on this list and have recently read Corduroy by Dan Freeman, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelman, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virgina Lee Burton.  

If you have any recommendations for great books for a Kindergartener, second grader, fifth grader or Mom, please share in the comments!

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