That spare hour I need in order to update our reading lists along the sidebars, just doesn't seem to be materializing (imagine that), so I'm taking a cue from Cay, and listing our current reads here in a post (I will get to those sidebars soon!).
In addition to all the tempting books displayed in our spring and summer book baskets, we are engrossed in several other literary pursuits as well. Here is a rundown of what each of us is reading now and/or will be reading soon ... :)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ~ Just finished, and a book report is underway. "Pretty good," says Bookworm, and when pressed, his further comment is, "I liked all of it." Fair enough.
The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday was last week so Bookworm chose a story to read from this volume. To be perfectly honest, he didn't finish the selection; he just didn't find it his cup of tea (I find them a bit too dark for my taste too). That's o.k.; it was for extra credit. ;) Bookworm loves mysteries, though, so we're going to check out the many wonderful suggestions made in a recent 4Real thread.
Tucket's Travels: Frances Tucker's Adventures in the West, 1847-1849 ~ Bookworm's next classic was going to be Call of the Wild, which has waited on our shelf for some time now, but instead, as our history heads into the Wild West of the mid-and late-1800s, this book seemed a more timely read. He's several chapters in now and enjoying it very much.
Hoot: Bookworm re-read this a couple of weeks ago to prepare for the movie which we will see this week with our Homeschool Book Group. :)
Buffalo Bill: Frontier Daredevil ~ And once we arrive in the wild west, this biography will be up next on Bookworm's list.
Over the Hedge The Movie Novel ~ O.K. so when you're a reader like Bookworm, a little twaddle now and then can't hurt. ;) We also plan to see this movie and Bookworm wanted to get a feel for the storyline.
Pirates, Ships and Sailors ~ Is there a pirate in your house? Well we have one (and sometimes three) in ours! If Crackerjack's not playing with his Fisher-Price pirates, he's pretending to be one, so when his Damee gave him some special book money he chose to buy this book for himself. And CJ, what an excellent choice! It is a reprint of a 1950 Golden Book and filled with wonderful poems, stories and illustrations. Highly recommended. :)
Buffalo Bill ~ This will be requested from the library next week as we journey into our wild west study. All the D'aulaire books are favorites around here!
Whose House? ~ One of our favorite illustrators, Kay Chorao, did the drawings in this book. We have been talking a lot about homes and habitats, and this sweet book shows how different animal homes - a beehive, a bat roost, a toad hole,etc. - would do for a small boy. The results are quite humorous, and the language is rhythmic and lovely!
A House is a House for Me ~ I remember this book from my own childhood. It's by Mary Ann Hoberman (of The Cozy Book fame). We enjoy all the cheerful busy illustrations and learning more about how we all live: "A hill is a house for an ant, an ant. A hive is a house for a bee. A hole is a house for a mole or a mouse. And a house is a house for me!" Fun!
Dear Peter Rabbit ~ This book appeared in Crackerjack's Easter basket but we're just getting around to reading it now. We love reading all the letters that criss-cross between the Pig One, Peter Rabbit, Goldilocks, Baby Bear and the Big Bad Wolves. Funny and yet, I think, also a nice display of proper letter-writing at its best! We are going to try writing some letters to friends and family soon!
Pippa Mouse ~ I have saved this book since I was a little girl! The pages are faded and yellow but it is still every bit as charming as it was when I was 6. It was my absolute favorite for many years, and now, as I read it to Crackerjack, I realize I always had an affinity for small woodland critters. :) The adventures of Gray Bird, Ripple Squirrel, Weber Duck and, of course, Pippa Mouse are a delight!
Frog and Toad are Friends ~ This book was a must after our toad encounter the other day (and wait till you hear about his friends we found on Saturday!). What makes a toad a toad and what makes a frog a frog? And how funny are those two characters anyway!? :)
Hot Wheels Explorers ~ After all, what little boy can resist reading about about cars and monster trucks? There's always a Hot Wheels book or two in CJ's Homeschool basket.
Jamberry ~ EB loves this book all the time, but it is perfect to read as we head into summer berry season! That boy and bear make an irresistably merry pair!
Eating the Alphabet ~ Earlybird loves looking at the bright and colorful fruits and vegetables all throughout this book. Invariably, when we get to W, I am requested to prepare some "froo meyon" (fruit melon ~ a.k.a. watermelon). Usually we have some on hand, as it is a family favorite. Thankfully watermelon appears on the next to last page so we can enjoy most of the book before taking that snack break!
I Spy Little Book ~ The I Spy books continue to be favorites. They are always tucked in Earlybird's Homeschool basket. Good language prompts. :)
Backyard Bedtime ~ "It's bedtime for vegetables, carrots and beans. Turnips and pumpkins, potatoes and greens. Curl close to the vine, now my little sweet pea. I'll sing you an earth-song ~ Hush, hush, sleep, deep." The is the perfect bedtime book for those warm summer nights.
Blue's Treasury of Stories ~ This poor book is tattered to shreds now, but Earlybird still keeps it near and dear to his heart. We found an almost as shabby copy in the OT waiting room, but curiously EB doesn't care to look at that one. He's usually too busy playing inside the closet castle!
Family Read Alouds:
For nature study we are reading The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel as well as The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (who endures the rather messy visit of a big old toad, Mr. Jackson). We enjoy monthly subscriptions to both Your Big Backyard and Ranger Rick. When these two magazines come in the mail (and happily they always come together) everything else stops so we can see what is new in nature and science this month outside of our yard. :)
For wonderful living history we are continuing with the Charlotte Years books, which we begun while swinging a month ago. We are currently reading On Tide Mill Lane. This story ties in nicely with our place in American history right now (early to mid 1800s) and it's a story all of the boys are really enjoying (me too).
For religion this month we have been reading stories from Mary, The Mother of Jesus by Tomie de Paola. So much happened in Our Lady's life we are learning! We are also waiting on a library loan of The Twelve Apostles to read in preparation for Pentecost Sunday this weekend.
Catholioc Mosaic ~ I cannot put Cay's new book down, it is so full of wonderful children's literature and ideas for teaching the boys about the liturgical year. Lots of note taking going on!
The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady ~ Always lovely to look at, but very interesting to read as well. Ms. Holden's nature journaling is an inspiration to me.
Berries Rasp- & Black ~ My folks brought back this Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin from Vermont for dear husband who just planted 30 raspberry plants in a bed along our front fence. Excellent information and tips.
Mother Earth News ~ Dh enjoys the articles in this magazine, especially those about alternative energy, electric cars, solar power and biodesiel fuel. :)
And there you have it, the family reading wrap-up for now! Keep watching those sidebars, though, I hope to tweak them as soon as I can!