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Posted: Feb 23 2005 at 1:23pm | IP Logged Quote Lissa

Question for all of you: do you keep a list of the books your family reads? Hubby & I post our running lists on the refrigerator (which sometimes leads to a little friendly competition...)

The kids don't keep lists because they read too many books. But I do keep track of our family read-alouds. I think I'm beginning to mark time more by what book we were reading together than by the calendar...

Can you remember all your family read-alouds of last year? Please share them here!

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Posted: Feb 23 2005 at 2:54pm | IP Logged Quote MacBeth

I'll bite!

Some of these are repeats of great books we have read before...and this is in no way a complete list :

Over Sea Under Stone
Star Beast
Inkheart
Have Space Suit Will Travel
Princess and the Goblin
The Cay
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Old Testament (excerpts )
The Chronicles of Narnia (annual read)
Eragon





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Posted: Feb 23 2005 at 3:17pm | IP Logged Quote guitarnan

Bwa ha ha, what an impossible task!

Here's everything I can remember from recent months before the cat jumps onto my lap and makes typing tough...

Paddle to the Sea (BIG hit!)
The Tree in the Trail (same author, Holling C. Holling)
All the American Girls Felicity books
a whole bunch of FIAR titles (too many to list!)
every Jan Brett book we could find
some books about Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, etc.
All the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary (another big hit!)

That's all I can recall for now; certainly these were the bedtime and schooltime read-alouds that everyone liked the best. I highly recommend the Holling C. Holling books...I remember them from my childhood and it's amazing how much my children have learned from them. "Seabird" is our next title from this author.

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Posted: Feb 23 2005 at 4:13pm | IP Logged Quote teachingmom

Lissa wrote:
Can you remember all your family read-alouds of last year? Please share them here!


OK, Lissa, you asked for it. I really do keep track of our read alouds each year. Here goes:
2003-2004 School Year

Sarah Witcherís Story (Elizabeth Yates)
Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Thimbleberry Lane (Cynthia Rylant)
The Cobble Street Cousins: Wedding Flower (Cynthia Rylant)
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon (Ellen Levine)
Lewis and Clark and Me (Laurie Myers)
Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (William Anderson)
The Relatives Came (Rylant)
A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark (David Adler)
Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
The Back of Beyond: A Story about Lewis and Clark (Andy Russell Bowen)
How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark (Rosalyn Schanzer)
Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840 (Barbara Greenwood)
The Cobble Street Cousins: Special Gifts (Rylant)
Henry Huggins (Beverly Cleary)
The Cobble Street Cousins: Some Good News (Rylant)
The Pied Piper of Peru (Ann Tompert)
The Log Cabin Quilt (Ellen Howard)
Anna the Bookbinder (Andrea Cheng)
Ultimate Field Trip 4: A Week in the 1800ís (Susan E. Goodman)
Ribsy (Beverly Cleary)
Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
The Cobble Street Cousins: Summer Party (Rylant)
Camille and the Sunflowers: A Story about Vincent Van Gogh (Lawrence Anholt)
Stephenís Feast (Jean Richardson)
A Pioneer Thanksgiving (Barbara Greenwood)
Henry and Ribsy (Beverly Cleary)
If You Were at the First Thanksgiving (Anne Kamma)
Letís Celebrate Thanksgiving (Peter and Connie Roop)
Thanksgiving Poems (Jack Prelutsky)
Thanksgiving Day (Anne F. Rockwell)
The First Thanksgiving (Step into Reading) (Linda Haywood)
The Very First Thanksgiving Day (Rhonda Gowler Greene)
If You Sailed on the Mayflower (Ann McGovern)
Waiting for Noel: An Advent Story
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving (Laurie Halse Anderson)
A Little House Christmas
Christmas in the Big Woods (My First Little House Books)
Dandelions (Eve Bunting)
The Jolly Christmas Postman (Allan Ahlberg)
The Courage of Sarah Noble (Alice Dalgliesh)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson)
The Night of Los Posadas (Tomie De Paola)
Jingle, the Christmas Clown (Tomie De Paola)
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona (Tomie De Paola)
The Donkeyís Christmas Song (Nancy Tafuri)
The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
Letís Fly, Wilbur and Orville (Peter and Connie Roop)
Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
All-of-a-Kind Family (Sydney Taylor)
Life on a Prairie Homestead (Sally Senzell Isaacs)
Log Cabin in the Woods: A True Story about a Pioneer Boy (Joanne Landers Henry)
An Early American Christmas (Tomie De Paola)
Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink)
Pioneer Life from A to Z (Bobbie Kalman)
The Log Cabin Christmas (Ellen Howard)
Prairie Dog Pioneers (Jo Harper)
More All-of-a-Kind Family (Sydney Taylor)
Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails (Verla Kay)
All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown (Sydney Taylor)
Mr. Popperís Penguins (Richard Atwater)
A Pioneer Christmas (Barbara Greenwood)
On the Banks of Plum Creek (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Old Yeller (Fred Gibson)
Sherlock Holmes Stories (Jim Weiss)
The Hundred Dresses (Eleanor Estes)
All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown (Sydney Taylor)
Vote! (Eileen Christelow)
By the Shores of Silver Lake (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
The Long Winter (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Little Town on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)


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Posted: Feb 23 2005 at 4:18pm | IP Logged Quote teachingmom

And actually, I've recently started keeping lists on the computer for each of my girls too. I think it'll be a great thing for each of them to look back on in years to come.

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Posted: Feb 23 2005 at 4:21pm | IP Logged Quote cathhomeschool

The boys and I read aloud during the day, and then Daddy reads aloud to us every night while the little ones fall asleep.

On the recent nightly list:
re-read of Lord of the Rings
A Wonderbook for Boys and Girls
Tanglewood Tales
Swallows and Amazons
Swallowdale
Peter Duck
The Children of Odin, by Padraic Colum
Rolf and the Viking Bow
Winter Holiday
Coot Club

That takes us back to some time this past summer. We didn't keep a running list before, but now I list the current "Daddy read-aloud" on the kid's weekly assignment sheets, just for future reference.

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Posted: Feb 23 2005 at 5:53pm | IP Logged Quote Kelly

I used to keep a list of books *I* was reading a few years ago, just to reassure myself that I was still doing reading other than school stuff. It's fun to go back over the lists and see what I was into. Your kids would probably enjoy keeping a computer list of Books Read, too.

For my children, they each have a composition book called their "Literature Book" in which I have posted a few key questions on the inside front cover. Questions are very easy, like author, copyright, pages, main characters, F or NF and the like. Each time they read a book, I ask them to enter it in their Lit Book. It takes them 2 minutes. For the older kids, I ask a few more demanding questions, but nothing that takes more than 5 minutes to answer. It really helps us keep track of what is being read, where the "holes" are, and so on.

We are currently in the middle of our annual Lenten Read-A-Thon, and the literature books are a HUGE help in keeping track of their books. I don't think I could keep up with it all without them.

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Posted: Feb 24 2005 at 12:38am | IP Logged Quote Kelly

Just a few of our Read-Aloud "faves":

Five for Victory series
Francie on the Run series
The Winged Watchman
Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain
Heidi
Treasure Island
Cricket in Times Square (and sequels)
Hank the Cowdog series
Paddington Bear series
Winnie the Pooh
A Dixie Doll
Little House on the Prairie series
The Hobbit
Chronicles of Narnia
Lord of the Rings trilogy


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Posted: Feb 24 2005 at 6:58am | IP Logged Quote Natalia

This is what we have read so this school year ( not counting picture books):

The First Christians - Hunt
Beowulf- Nye
Flame over Tara- Polland
Agustine Came to Kent - Willard
Sons of Charlomagne - Willard
Peter Pan
Pinocchio
Beethoven and the Chimming Bells
Beorn the Proud - Polland
Mozart, Musical Genius ( this was so-so)
Favorite Medieval Tales- Osborne
Favorite Norse Myths- Osborne

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Cantebury Tales - McCaughrean
Adam of the Road
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Wow, Irene: I'm so impressed with your list and the fact that you have it organized so well. I have monthly reading lists for the kids that correspond to our current studies as well as all our read alouds, I need to put them all in one great list, thank you for your inspiration . I also love seeing the vast array of topics everyone else is reading, isn't home schooling great, we have such flexibility and diversity in how we can teach with all these wonderful books. OK, I'll stop blabbering, here's a brief look at our list (not including picture books) from present backwards to Sept '04:

Little Women (we can't put this one down)
All the LHP and American Girl Books
Poppy, Poppy & Rye, Ragweed all by Avi
St. Elizabeth's Three Crowns (Vision Book)
Who Was Mozart?
The Dancing Kettle & Other Japanese Folk Tales
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (St. Francis of Assisi)
Winter Moon (Jean Craighead George)
26 Fairmont Avenue (de Paola)
The Way to BEthlehem (Biffi)
St. Therese Of Lisieux (Windeatt)
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (Alcott) Priceless!
A Cricket in Times Square
Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh (Milne)
Charlotte's Web
James Herriot's Treasury
Just So Stories
Wind in the Willows
Saint Rose of Lima (Windeatt)
Thornton Burgess's Bird Book (soo good!)
Aesop's Fables (Hague)

And the current: Martin's Mice (thanks MacBeth, kids love this!)

Well, if my list resembles the Real Learning booklist I love it! It's a treasure trove of great reads, and thank you for putting it together, it will be read and re-read for years to come.

Looking forward to seeing other's lists. Happy reading!

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Posted: Feb 27 2005 at 6:12pm | IP Logged Quote Leonie

We are not organised with our read alouds    and I only keep a very infrequent list - actually its an occasional note in my homeschool diary!

A couple of books we have enjoyed as read alouds in the last few months are -

*Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden - an Australian book, needs censoring ( so that makes it good for reading aloud!). Has kept us on the edge of our seat, it is so full of suspense.

* Swallowdale, in the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome

*Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolen - a boy classed as a juvenile delinquent goes to live with a creative, arty, free unschooling/homeschooling family. The father's motto for the homeschool/unschool is -"Education is an adventurous quest for the meaning of life, involving an ability to think things through."

* A Wrinkle in Time and A Door in the Wall, by Madeleine L'Engle.


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Posted: Feb 27 2005 at 11:14pm | IP Logged Quote teachingmom

happyheartsmom wrote:
Wow, Irene: I'm so impressed with your list and the fact that you have it organized so well.


I'll tell you the reason I have our lists organized, Meredith. I have kept detailed records of what we have done each day since the beginning. But last year I was meeting with an educational specialist about concerns about one of my children and I wanted to have examples of her work and lists of books she had heard read aloud and those she had read herself. It took quite awhile to go through week after week of my records to glean our list of read alouds and her own personal book list. I decided after that to keep ongoing lists for the entire family and for each of the reading girls. Now it's basically painless to add a book when it is completed.

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Posted: Feb 28 2005 at 6:03am | IP Logged Quote Kathryn UK

I dropped hints to dh before Christmas , and now have a nice Book Journal to record the books I read. It has a section for Books I've Read, alphabetised by author, then sections for Books I Want to Read, Books on Loan, and Notes and Quotes. So far this year I've been reading Elizabeth Goudge and books by and about Ronald Knox. I used to keep lists of books read to and by my dds to show to our education authority, but this has slipped over the last year or two. Note to self: start keeping lists again!

Books we have read aloud since September 2004 are:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Mr.Popper's Penguins
All of a Kind Family
More All of a Kind Family
The House on Walenska Street
The Jesse Tree (Geraldine MacCaughrean)
Bartholomew's Passage
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Sign of the Beaver
Toliver's Secret
King Arthur (Platt and Riddell)
Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maiden (we gave up half way through this)
Once Upon a Time Saints
The Orchard Book of Vikings

Our current read alouds are Beorn the Proud, Meet Felicity (American Girl) and The Way of the Cross (Biffi).


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MacBeth or others,
     I noticed the book "Inkheart" on someone's list, MacBeth, I think...what's your take on Cornelia Funke? I've picked up "Inkheart" and "Thieflord" thinking they looked good, but wanted to read them before the kids. On the other hand, if it's for Read Aloud, I'd rather NOT read it before so I can "discover" it WITH them. So, are they "worthy"? My daughter is chafing at the bit to read "Inkheart"!

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Posted: March 08 2005 at 10:23am | IP Logged Quote MacBeth

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MacBeth or others,
     I noticed the book "Inkheart" on someone's list, MacBeth, I think...what's your take on Cornelia Funke? I've picked up "Inkheart" and "Thieflord" thinking they looked good, but wanted to read them before the kids. On the other hand, if it's for Read Aloud, I'd rather NOT read it before so I can "discover" it WITH them. So, are they "worthy"? My daughter is chafing at the bit to read "Inkheart"!

     Thanks, Kelly in FL


I liked Inkheart, but...it is very dark and creepy, and the main character has to deal with her father who lies to her to protect her. The characters are very vivid and real, and one is quite evil.

In general, I like Cornelia Funke. The kids have read The Thief Lord in English, and listened to the audio tape in German. Libby mentioned that the word "Dam-" is a typical translation of a German word for which there is no English equivalent. I edit it slightly as I read aloud . The Thief Lord deals with street orphans, and so leads us to a discussion of theft...is there a time when stealing is OK?

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[QUOTE=Kelly] MacBeth or others,
     I noticed the book "Inkheart" on someone's list, MacBeth, I think...what's your take on Cornelia Funke? I've picked up "Inkheart" and "Thieflord"...

I liked Inkheart, but...it is very dark and creepy, and the main character has to deal with her father who lies to her to protect her. The characters are very vivid and real, and one is quite evil.

In general, I like Cornelia Funke. The kids have read The Thief Lord in English, and listened to the audio tape in German. Libby mentioned that the word "Dam-" is a typical translation of a German word for which there is no English equivalent. I edit it slightly as I read aloud . The Thief Lord deals with street orphans, and so leads us to a discussion of theft...is there a time when stealing is OK?


This "Inkheart" sounds a little like that book, "Coralaine", as in 'dark and creepy'. Hmmmm. I have the "Thief Lord", too, maybe we'll try that one first and see how it goes. I'm getting into a Venetian mode...

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Just finished Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryie Brink. What a great go along with The Prairie Primer. We were able to have all sort of conversations about Indian massacres, animal studies , Ameerican freedom, and the Civil war.
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