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Library Loot 2/5/13

We used to just read 5 stories at bedtime every night.  But now that Little Boy is older, we’ve changed it up a little bit.  He reads me an easy beginner reader book, I read him 3 stories, and then we read a few chapters from a chapter book.

This week’s stash:


Little Boy’s Easy Readers

1. Dancing Dinos Go To School by Sally Lucas

2. Four Good Friends by Margaret Hillert

3. Surprise! pictures by Richard Brown

4. Sleepy Dog by Harriet Ziefert

5. Boo! by Kirsten Hall



6. Chickens! Chickens! by Barbara Ann Porte

7. I Have an Olive Tree by Eve Bunting

8. Oink-a-Doodle-Moo by Jef Czekaj

9.  Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective by David Biedrzycki

10. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat Ella Fitzgerald by Roxanne Orgill

11. Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats

12. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

13. Busy Busy Moose by Nancy Van Laan

14. The Clever Stick by John Lechner

15. Amelia Bedelia, Cub Reporter by Herman Parish

16. Super Why: The Little Red Hen story by Sandy Damashek

17. Fancy Nancy: Fancy Day in Room 1-A by Jane O’Connor

18. Don’t Be My Valentine (A Classroom Mystery) by Joan M. Lexau

19. Silly Milly and the Mysterious Suitcase by Wendy Charlotte Lewison


And our newest chapter book, a Geronimo Stilton book, “Valentine’s Day Disaster.”

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Library Loot 10/02/12

1.  The Cookie House  by Margaret Hillert

2.  The Weather by Olivia George

3.  Franklin and the Cookies by Sharon Jennings

4.  Loose Tooth by Lola M. Schaefer

5.  The Witch Who Went For A Walk by Margaret Hillert

6.  Francis Scott Key’s Star Spangled Banner by Monica Kulling

7.  The Time of the Pharaohs a Half and Half book

8.  The Elephant from Baghdad by Mary Tavener Holmes and John Harris

9.  A Year at a Farm by Nicholas Harris

10. Grandpa’s Girls by Nicola I. Campbell and Kim LaFave

11. Neville by Norton Juster

12. Gakky Two-Feet by Micky Dolenz.  I adore this book.

13. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto

14. It’s All About Me-ow by Hudson Talbott.  I love this one, too.

15. A Stick is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer

16. Little Lion by Lesley Beake and Erika Pal

17. Little Critter’s Bedtime Storybook by Mercer Mayer

18. The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare by Sam McBratney

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Library Loot 9/3/12

We’ve been working on this stack since last Tuesday, but I’m just now getting around to posting the list.


1.  The World of Dick and Jane and Friends published by Grosset & Dunlap.  I’ve discovered why these books are classics.  Little Boy can read all these stories without help.  The short word lists, short chapters, and repetition make this super easy.  LB feels confident instead of frustrated after reading these.

2.  Treasure Island from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I’m disappointed in this one.  When I held it online on the library’s website, I thought it was the original unabridged novel.  This is like the little kid cliff notes.  I’m going to read it to him in preparation for the real thing, though.

3.  Tricks and Transformations by Anthony Horowitz.  Little Boy picked this one out because it has a close up picture of a spider on the cover.  It’s a book of myths that turned out to be less interesting than he’d thought.

4.  Gideon by Olivier Dunrea.

5.  ParaNorman:  Meet the Ghosts adapted by Lucy Rosen.

6.  Mole Had Everything by Jamison Odone.  I absolutely adore this book.  Mole’s journey in this story perfectly parallels my own life.  I may have to buy this one.

7.  The Yellow Kite Flies High by Cecilia Minden and Joanne Meier.

8.  Little Troll by Penny Dolan.

9.  Treasure by Suzanne Bloom.

10. Oliver by Judith Rossell

11. The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachael Mortimer.  Knitting saves the day!

12. The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf.  Love this one.

13. Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen.

14. When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight by Hannah Bonner.  A National Geographic Kids book.

15. Bustle in the Bushes by Giles Andreae



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Library Loot 4/17/12

1.  Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels by Jamie Michalak

2.  Dragon’s Easter Egg Hunt adapted by Mae Sparks from an original TV episode by Steve Westren

3.  Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems

4.  Iris and Walter by Elissa Haden Guest

5. I’ll Save You Bobo!by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal

6.  An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner

7.  What Happens to Our Trash? by D. J. Ward

8.  Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

9.  Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya

10. Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

11. The Boy Who Cried Alien by Marilyn Singer

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Library Loot 4/11/12

1.  Jumping Into the Pool  by Joanne Meier and Cecilia Minden.  This one makes no sense.  I really hate the Herbie books.

2.  Exploring the Solar System by Amanda Doering Tourville.  One of our school books this week.

3.  Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World by Jacqueline K. Ogburn.

4.  Moonlight by Helen V. Griffith.

5.  I Wonder Why Leaves Change Color (and other questions about plants) by Andrew Charman.  Another school book.

6.  More by I.C. Springman.

7.  Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly.

8.  A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan.

9.  Jammy Dance by Rebecca Janni.

10. No Two Alike by Keith Baker.

11. Black All Around! by Patricia Hubbell.

12. Seababy by Ellen Levine.

13. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano.

14. Larf by Ashley Spires.

15. I Like Things by Margaret Hillert.

16. DC Super Friends: Crime Wave! by Billy Wrecks.

17. Olivia and the Rain Dance adapted by Maggie Testa from the screenplay “Olivia Makes it Rain” by Michael Stern.

18. Zack’s Alligator and the First Snow by Shirley Mozelle.

19. The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low.

20. At the Beach by Patricia M. Stockland



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Library Loot 4/4/12

1.  Pinch and Dash Make Soup by Michael J. Daley

2.  Monkeys and Dog Days by Kate Banks

3.  The Sky is Falling (Disney’s “Chicken Little”) by Apple Jordan

4.  How Will the Easter Bunny Know? by Kay Winters

5.  Annie and Snowball and the Surprise Day by Cynthia Rylant

6.  Blue Sky by Audrey Wood

7.  Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

8.  A Few Blocks by Cybele Young

9.  Hopper and Wilson by Maria van Lieshout

10. Bertha and the Frog Choir by Luc Foccroulle

11. Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl by Jane O’Connor

12. Postcards From All Over by Cecilia Minden and Joanne Meier

13.Wonder Womanby Ralph Cosentino

14. Dream Away by Julia Durango and Katie Belle Trupiano

15. Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis

16. Ankylosaur Attack! (Little Boy’s choice this week)

Little Boy got to share his library time this week with his 6 year old twin girl cousins, M and N.  My sister is visiting from Tennessee, so we got to show off our library and introduce the cousins to our librarians.  The girls even got some books to keep during their visit (my mom can return them later).

Of course, who cares about the library when your cousins are visiting?  They spent the rest of the afternoon putting on costumes and running around the house singing and screaming.  It was great.  They even took a few pics and videos with LB’s camera.  If I find anything interesting or amusing, I’ll post it later.


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Library Loot 3/09/12

I’m keeping track of our library books and DVDs here on the blog.

Little Boy’s stash this week includes:

1.  Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh (daughter of Charles Lindbergh).  Cute story and illustrations.

2.  Mostly Ink and Wink (pictures by Pete Whitehead).  A first grade level reader.  Little Boy likes the characters, and likes to memorize the story and pretend to read it.  I get him to sound out some of the smaller, easier words.  Just a few.  If I push too hard, he gets frustrated, so we do a few here and there.

3.  My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems.  We absolutely love Gerald and Piggy.  LB loves to memorize the pages, then we act it out, doing the voices.  He usually makes me be Piggy and he’s Gerald.

4.  Thank You, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish.

5.  Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor.  LB really likes Fancy Nancy.  We’ve read just about all of them.

6.  Uh-oh by Mary Newell DePalma.  Meh (I brought this one home by mistake).

7.  Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki.  This is one Miss Cheri (the librarian) found at LBs request. It’s pretty cute.

8.  Me and Meow by Adam Gudeon. We have cats, so I choose cat books all the time.

9.  Don’t Forget the Knight Light by Tina Gagliardi.  Another of Little Boy’s requests.  I think it’s cheesy, but he loves it.

10. Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr.  We both love this one.  It’s a kindergarten level reader, and the words are simple and repetitive enough that LB can read the whole thing himself (with help).

11. The Avengers:  Breakout! adapted from some TV show by Michael Siglain.  I absolutely hate the TV cartoon superhero books.  They are barely written synopses of brainless superhero cartoons.  But Little Boy LOVES them, so I roll my eyes, grit my teeth, and get through them as fast as I can.

12. King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury.  Another request.  It’s cute.

13. Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel.  Little Boy likes his books, (Small Pig is our favorite) so I thought I’d try this one.

14. Pig Pig Meets the Lion by David McPhail.  LB likes Pig Pig.

15. Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story by Kara LaReau.  We’ve had this one before and I added it to this week’s pile accidentally.  It’s cute, though.

16. The Toy Farmer by Andrew T. Pelletier.

17. Shhh! by Valerie Gorbachev.

We haven’t read them all yet, but we’ll get to them by Tuesday.  We read 5 books before bed each night, and usually 1-3 books at various times during the day.

MY stash this week includes:

1.  Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck.  I was hoping for inspiration and recipes, but got neither.  It sounds like heroic health propaganda in lots of places.  I guess I get tired of the “I was on the wrong militant diet and was so sick.  Now I’m on the right militant diet and all my health problems have vanished!”  I’m gonna skim it.

2.  Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.  I know it’s a kid’s book, but I never read it when I was younger, and a friend recommended it.

3.  What We Leave Behind by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay.  Another recommendation.  I have no idea what it’s about or what to expect.

4.  The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs.  First of all, I don’t know how a book about simple living has the nerve to be over 400 pages long.  I’ve been working towards minimalism and simplicity for years, so I’m sure most of this one is preaching to the choir anyway.  I’m just skimming for fresh ideas.

5.  100 Hats to Knit and Crochet by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss.  To be honest, I’m having a hard time finding even one out of 100 that I’d like to make.  I think this one’s going back to the library rather quickly.

6.  Stitch n Bitch by Debbie Stoller.  I’ve had this one out for a few weeks now.  Love it.

7.  One Ball Knits: Gifts by Fatema, Khadija, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman.  I want to love this book, but nothing grabs me so far.

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What’s up, Homeschool?

Working hard at playing.

“What do you DO?” is a question I get a lot.  My son is 4 (and a half) and he doesn’t go to a school.  He isn’t in a program.  He doesn’t have daycare.  This is how most people live, and for lots of them, I suppose it’s difficult to imagine life any other way.

There are homeschooling families who purchase and follow specific curricula, but we don’t do that.  I don’t see anything wrong with it, nor do I have a problem with schools.  We just like the way we do things.

So what DO we do?

Well, that depends on the day.  Today is Tuesday, and Tuesday is library day.  There’s a story time at our local branch, and we’ve been going for over 2 years.  At first, Little Boy clung to my lap the whole time.  Last year he sat on the rug with the other kids, singing the songs and participating in the games.  This year, he’s over story time and is all about doing everything himself.  He waits in line and asks the librarians to put all sorts of things on hold for him:  books on castles and dragons, DVDs of Ben 10, arts and crafts books — it’s something different every week.  He’s got his own library card, and each week we check out a stack of books and DVDs.  We get some storybooks with amazing illustrations, some early reader books so Little Boy can practice reading and memorizing, and some school books.  Our DVD selections range from family movies, to TV shows, to documentaries and Eyewitness videos (Little Boy’s favorite).

Library time isn’t just about books and DVDs though.  Little Boy has friends who show up every week (brothers “R” and “E”, and redheaded girlfriend “A”), and for about an hour or so, they’ll be combing the stacks together, pretending to read to each other, turning into various ferocious animals, and coloring endless pages printed out by the librarians.  The children’s section of the Thunderbolt Library is school, playground, and sanctuary.

The best part for me is that the entire Chatham County library is online.  I can search for anything in the collection, put things on hold, and re-check items all while in my jammies on my couch.  I can even get things from other library systems on loan.  Then, when my stuff comes in, they call me to come pick it up.  For free.  Well, paid for by US taxpayers like you and me.

Our most recent school books we found at the library are:  Play and Find Out About Math by Janice VanCleave, Garden Crafts for Kids by Diane Rhoades, St. Patrick’s Day Crafts by Carol Gnojewski, and Junior Scientists Experiment with Solar Energy by Christine Taylor-Butler.

Little Boy’s favorite is the math book.  We’ve re-checked it the maximum amount of times and will soon have to part with it.  We’ve done most of it anyway.  The games in the book teach mathematical concepts by involving toys, candy, and art projects.  Not a hard sell, really.

Let's make a mess. You know, for science.

The book we worked on this morning is the solar energy one.  The first experiment is to see if light colors absorb more solar energy than dark colors.  We collected the supplies, and this morning, the Boy got (washable) white paint all over a plastic bottle, as well as the table, chairs, floor and nearby cabinets.  Yay science!  Of course, now I can’t find the black paint for the other plastic bottle, so we’ve temporarily ground to a halt.  We then moved on to creating aliens from paper plates with scissors, tape, markers and googly eyes.

Our library is a little over a mile away, and since we’ll be getting a ride home later, today we’ll walk.  We have our best talks when we walk.



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