Here are the books we currently have checked out from the library. We have not read every one, which is why they don’t all have reviews. I will update this post as we read the rest of the books. Also, please remember these are the opinions of my family, you might have different standards for your family.
All books are linked to Amazon, not because you should purchase the books, but rather because Amazon does a great job of including reviews for books on their site. In our house, if we check a book out from the library three or four times we usually end up buying it. The library is a great way to “test drive” books to see if they are worth adding to your home library.
- Martha and Skits by Susan Meddaugh ~ Personally I think the show on PBS is more educational than the books. Also the first book uses the term “shut-up” which is not a phrase I like to encourage in our home. My advice is to skip the book series and watch the show.
- Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
- Martha Walks the Dog by Susan Meddaugh
- Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne- Cute story with illustrations by H.A. Ray. A kangaroo without a pocket tries to find a way to carry her baby.
- Bread and Jam for Frances by Russel Hoban The Frances books are classic read alouds for the younger crowd. Both my boys and girls love these books. When I was reading this book to my five year old my fourteen year old popped her head into the room to say how much she loved the book when she was younger.
- Play with Me by Marie Ets – Love the simple illustrations in this book. A little girl searches for animals to play with her, it is only when she sits still that they all come around. A great book to read before going on a nature walk or a hike.
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen – As I was reading this I had to wonder why I chose a book about going on a bear hunt… it follows the classic story with good illustrations, but I don’t think I would read it again. There are better ideas to encourage than looking for bears.
- Jamberry by Bruce Degen ~ Cute illustrations and poetic verse about berries. This has been a favorite of my children ages 2-5 for years.
- Anni’s India Diary by Ann Axworthy
- Cranberry Valentine by Wende Devlin ~ A Valentine’s story about a sewing circle who anonymously sends Valentines to an old lonely man. Not the best story I have ever read, but not the worst either.
- The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
- Batman: The Mad Hatter (Scholastic Readers, Level 3) by Brian Augustyn – My son picked this book out, it is your typical reader. Nothing great, but not terrible either.
- Spider-Man 3: Spider-Man Versus Sandman – Beginning reader, same thoughts as the Batman book.
- Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson ~ A tall tale about how apples made their way across the country. It is a funny story with cute illustrations. My five and seven year old enjoyed this book.
- The Toothpaste Millionaire [sound recording] by Jean Merrill
- Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day [sound recording] Donald J. Sobol Encyclopedia Brown is a wonderful series for kids that are beyond the beginning reader stage, but not quite ready to tackle 200 page novels. There is a always adventure and a mystery in these books. My boys and girl love them!
- McBroom the Rainmaker Sid Fleischman
- Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case [sound recording] Donald J. Sobol
- Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag John Herman
- Medieval Warfare (Medieval World) Tara Steele
- Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I Jane Resh Thomas.
- The Measly Middle Ages (Horrible Histories) Terry Deary
- An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book) Jim Murphy
- Frightful’s Mountain [sound recording] Jean Craighead George If your boys have not read the My Side of the Mountain trilogy, it is time to begin. This series helped my very reluctant reader want to read, and also gave him a love for falconry.
- The Cay Theodore Taylor – I loved this book, I read it in one afternoon because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend, although does have a bittersweet ending. Great read aloud for upper elementary, or read alone for middle school and up. (Review by my 14 yo daughter) This story, although sad, was very good. I liked how the author wrote it from a blind person’s perspective, any yet was very descriptive.
- Alexander Hamilton: Federalist and Founding Father Lisa DeCarolis
- The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child Francisco Jiménez – (Review by my 14 yo daughter) I thought that this book was okay. It ended on a more depressing note and wasn’t very informative on the life of a migrant child.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll (Review by my 14 yo daughter) I had my doubts about this book at first, but found it to be very enjoyable. It was very random, but also very amusing. I didn’t like this book as much as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” but still liked it quite a bit. I would recommend this book to someone who likes enjoys reading strange yet funny literature.
- The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
- Number the Stars Lois Lowry – (Review by my 14 yo daughter) This book was relatively good, although geared towards younger readers. I’ve read better WWII themed books.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle (Review by my 14 yo daughter) I liked this book a lot. I was captivated by the plot and enjoyed trying to solve the mystery.
- Inkspell (Inkheart) Cornelia Caroline Funke
- The Old Man and The Sea Ernest Hemingway I cannot believe I am reading this book for the first time. My twelve year old (and reluctant reader) has been reading this every chance he gets. This is a great “boys” book and would make a great read aloud for younger kids as well.
Many of you asked where I got the basket for our library books. I purchased it at Target a few years ago. I am not sure if they still sell them, although it is pretty basic, a wire cart with wheels.
One reader mentioned she uses a portable carrier to store her library books as well as transport them to and from the library. I actually have one of these that we use for the homeschool convention. I never thought about using it for library books, but that is a great idea!
Now it is time to link up your book basket posts. Please link to your book post not your blog homepage. Also please link back to this post so more people can participate. I can’t wait read your book recommendations!