Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Monthly Book List

I wanted to start a monthly book list at the beginning of the year, but due to time constraints I just haven't pulled one together yet.  Well, May is as good a time as any to get the ball rolling!  So here is our list for the month:

Mr. Popper's Penguins by: Richard and Florence Atwater (to wrap up our Antarctica study)
(I also grabbed the Literature Unit from Confessions of a Homeschooler for some added fun!)
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Sarah, Plain and Tall by: Patricia MacLachlan
Antarctica: Journey to the Pole by: Peter Lerangis (another one I found for our Antarctica Study)
I Will Rejoice by: Karma Wilson (a springtime favorite!)
Barnyard Song by: Rhonda Gowler Greene
Book! Book! Book! by: Deborah Bruss
The Children of the King by: Max Lucado
Hugs and Kisses by: Christopher Loupy
Love Your Neighbor: Short Stories of Values and Virtues by: Arthur Dobrin
Library Lion by: Michelle Knudsen
The Kissing Hand by: Audrey Penn
The Emperor's Egg by: Jane Chapman
Seashore Animals by: Michael Chinery
What is a Marsupial? A Bobbie Kalman Book
Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! by: Nancy Elizabeth Wallace (hoping to do some planting this month!)
Time for a Hug by: Phillis Gershator
I'm as Quick as a Cricket by: Audrey Wood
Hush, Little Ones by: John Butler
Bless Me by: Grace Maccarone
Hush Little Baby by: Sylvia Long (I LOVE this version!)

We have this great reading chart that I have hung by our main bookshelf.  I have toyed with several ways I could use this chart for our family...well, that's kinda how this whole monthly reading list idea came to be!  I will add the books for each month to the chart and we can mark them off when we read them.  Some may even get marked several times!  There will also be room to add any other books that we may read during the month.  We don't seem to be reading quite as much as we used to, so I am hoping that see the list this way will be an encouragement to us to get back into it more!

It's quite a list! 
And there is not much rhyme or reason to it all.  Just what caught my eye as I began digging through our bookshelf.  But this is our starting point for gauging our monthly reading, so I will make adjustments in the months to come, as needed.  My goal for now is just to try to have something for everyone.  And when the age range is 10 years down to 8 months, it makes for a wide range of books.  So I have included picture books, chapter books, and board books - some very well loved board books, as you can see!  I chose some rhyming books, some sciencey books, and just some that we haven't read together yet.  I also pulled my copy of Honey for a Child's Heart by: Gladys Hunt off my bookshelf.  What a resource!   I am hoping to glean some ideas for some great reads in future months from this book! 

I'd love to hear what's on your reading list for the month!  Leave me a comment.  Or if you have a blog post on reading, put a link in the comments, I'd love to read it!

Happy Reading!


  1. Me too, Jennifer! I hope this month finds you happily enjoying piles of books!!!