Monday, January 18, 2010

Book Sharing Monday & Reading Challenge Update

With so many good books to choose from, it was a bit hard to decide which one we'd share today.  We're sharing A Pride of African Tales by Donna L. Washington, illustrated by James Ransome.

This book contains six tales from Ghana,  Nigeria, Cameroon, the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The stories all teach a lesson/moral and the pictures are nicely done.

We most enjoyed Anansi's Fishing Expedition--a Trickster Tale

and The Wedding Basket--a Taboo Tale.

Want to join me in Book Sharing Monday? Let Alex know over at Serendipity Homeschool.  You can also find a list of others who participate on her blog as well.

Now for January Update on 100 Books-a-Month Challenge:

Here's what we've read thus far.  We are going to the library tomorrow and will be getting only books from the 'A-B' authors section (children's section) to continue with this challenge as 'officially' begin our participation in the Reading My Library Challenge.

  1. All Kinds of Farms by Ann Larkin Hansen
  2. Crops on the Farm by Ann Larkin Hansen
  3. A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes
  4. A Box Full of Kittens by Sonia Manzano
  5. Mandela--from the life of the South African stateman by Floyd Cooper
  6. In the Barn-Historic Communities by Bobbie Kalman
  7. The Kitchen-Historic Communities by Bobbie Kalman
  8. Bog Brave Brian by M.P. Robertson
  9. Hilili and Dilili--A Turkish Silly Tale by Barbara K. Walker
  10. My Muslim Year--A Year of Religious Festivals by Cath Senker
  11. Money by Margaret hall
  12. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  13. Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes
  14. Look & Find Mother Goose and Her Nursery-Rhyme Friends by Bob Terrio
  15. Little Green Thumbs by Mary An Van Hage
  16. The Story of Malcolm X--Civial Rights Leader by Megan Stine
  17. The Acron Tree and other Folktales retold by Anne Rockwell (10 stories in this book)
  18. A Pride of African Tales by Donna L. Washington (6 stories in this book)
  19. Michelle--Obamas First Family of Hope by Hal Marcovitz
  20. Nelson Mandela--the Fight Against Apartheid by Steven Otfinoski (read mainly to my oldest)
  21. 101 words and how they began by Arthur Steckler
  22. Mother Teresa--Caring For All God's Children by Betsy Lee
  23. Mahatma Gandhi--People Who Have Helped the World by Michael Nicholson (oldest child)
  24. Owen by Kevin Henkes
  25. So Happy by Kevin Henkes

From the A's
26. Yanosh's Island by Yossi Abolafia
27. Araminta's Paint Box by Karen Ackerman
28. Jordi's Star by Alma Flor Ada
29. Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff
30. Nothing by Jon Agee
31. My Building by Robin Isabel Ahrens
32. The Grass is Always Greener by Jez Alborough
33. Where Does the Trail Lead? by Burton Albert
34. Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander
35. Max and the Dumb Flower Picture by Martha Alexander
36. The Three Little Kittens by Anna Alter
37. Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M.T. Anderson

Books on Tape/Cd
38. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
39. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
40. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
41. Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
42. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
43. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park*
44. Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaking Peeky Spying by Barbara Park*
45. Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth by Barbara Park*
46. Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park*

Books Read by Daddy (from our personal library)
47. Zen Ties by Jon J Muth
48. The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses by Joana Cole & Bruce Degen
49. Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats
50. Is it True Grandfather? by Wendy Lohse
51. Ladybug, Ladybug by Kathleen N. Daly
52. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Allan Ahlberg
53. The Eyes of Gray Wolf by Jonathan London
54. Red Riding Hood by James Marshall
55. The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang
56. The Magic School Bus-Inside Ralphie by Scholastic
57. Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
58. Amazing Lizards! by Fay Robinson
59. Click! Flash! Barbara Applin

Not bad...I'm always surprised by the actual numbers once I write them down.  Yeah, I haven't gotten our chart up but...but it's coming! ;-)

Happy Reading!!

* These books by Barbara Park I've only let my oldest, 7yo, listen to the story.  We've already had a few conversations about Junie's behavior and how her words/thoughts affect others.  I wouldn't recommended this series for little ones--although Junie, herself, is in Kindergarten. Just my opinion.


Our Pace said...

Great job!

~Leslie said...


Alma Flor Ada said...

What a wonderful website, Lesli, what an inspiration you are! Your children are certainly blessed by having you as a mother and by the richness you are bringing to their lives with this wealth of books. I entered your blog through a Google alert indicating you have a comment about my book Extra! Extra! I have not been able to find the comment but did see another of my books, Jordi's Starin one of your lists.
I am glad you have been able to share that book, one of my favorites currently out of print.I'm delighted to be part of your children's magical encounter with books. All my best wishes, Alma Flor


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