January 31, 2011

January 2011 Books

I think this a complete list of the titles we read for the month, in no particular order.

Luv Ya Bunches: A Flower Power BookLuv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle

This is a book that I'd put on our wishlist because of the controversy over one of the characters having two moms.  My MIL gave it to Funny Girl for Christmas and immediately Robotson wanted to check it out.  Funny Girl isn't old enough to understand much of what is going on, but Robotson was the perfect age.  The only parts he didn't really get were the aspects of not getting along with everyone you go to school with.  The two moms thing didn't even phase him.  He wants to get the next book in the series, Violet in Bloom.  It's a new release so I'm waiting for it to be available through our library.  I thought the best thing about this one was the "techno-speak" between the girls.  There are only a couple of boys mentioned in the book, but they were definitely Robotson-like.  The differences between boys and girls at this age is great fun.  

Anh's AngerAnh's Anger by Gail Silver

This one is a great way to illustrate to the kids how anger can come up quickly over something relatively minor.  Anh's response to being upset is pretty much word for word how my children react.  And then Anh can talk with is anger, and play with it, sit with it, and eventually let it go.  I think this is a good one to read several times a week.

SantaKidSantaKid by James Patterson

I got fooled by the pretty cover, and a remembrance that I have liked a few James Patterson books, into checking this one out at the library.  Santa has a kid and she has to save Christmas from the evil corporations that want to take it over.  Santa is completely daft and the whole thing is really about Jesus.  Religious parts aside, the story was terrible.  We barely read it once.  

The Grapes Of MathGrapes of Math by Greg Tang

This is still Dimples favorite bedtime (or any time) pick.  Also read, Math Appeal by the same author.

From Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth's Story (Sharing Nature With Children Book)From Lava to Life by Jennifer Morgan

We still pull this out from time to time.  The girls don't have the attention to sit for the whole book, but Robotson really enjoys hearing from the universe.  

My Many Colored DaysMy Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

A cute book about the many ways you can feel and what colors they might be.  I happen to disagree with purple, but oh well.  I like the illustrations in this one.

Zen Shorts (Collector's Edition) (Zen)Zen Shorts by Jon Muth

A cute story that can give kids a little different perspective on their world.  For that matter, parents too.   Sometimes I need Zen reminders more than the kids.

The Long Winter (Little House)The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Robotson and I are still reading this one.  It's a typical Little House book so far, but I know it's about to get intense.  I don't think Robotson has picked up on that yet.  He's excited about seeing how Almanzo and Laura meet here and there.  He keeps asking me when they will get married!

Up: My Name is DugMy Name is Dug by Kiki Thorpe

A favorite with the kids.  We love Dug.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning [LITTLE MERMAID ARIELS BEGI]Ariel's Beginning by RH Disney

This is based on the movie.  The girls have it memorized and will correct the text when it doesn't match the movie exactly.  I love it when Funny Girl does her imitation of Marina Del Ray and says, "Benjamin, I need to find a clue." I can't do it justice on the blog, but it's awesome!

Charlie and Lola books are fun to read. We recently got the Clarice Bean series too.  I can't wait to read some of those.  Also read this month, The Princess and the Pea and I Can Do Anything That's Everything All On My Own by Lauren Child.

Stone SoupStone Soup by Ann Mcgovern

A book that illustrates how one can social engineer another who is not mindful.  I mean, it does do that, but ultimately the take home message is that you should have compassion for others (so you don't get swindled.)  O.k. I'll stop.  It's a cute story.

We finally finished it!  I was beginning to think it was a lost cause, but Robotson brought it up himself.  I guess he needed to be ready.  We aren't going to see the first movie until the second one comes out.  I am hoping they do a back-to-back showing at the theater, but if not, I'll buy the first and we'll watch it at home before heading out for the finale.  I am notorious for not watching to finish a series.  It's like watching the end kills my ability to imagine it anymore.  I need to force myself in this case though.  

Grandmother WinterGrandmother Winter by Phyllis Root

Since it snowed, I broke out all the books we had about this winter weather.  We didn't have many.

Brave Irene (Sunburst Books)Brave Irene by William Steig

Another snowy book.  Irene braves the snow to deliver a dress for her ill mother.  As a mom though, I'm not sure I like the idea of a child going out in a blizzard so a princess can dress up for a party.  

Beginning Phonics (Zoboomafoo, Kindergarten)Zoboomafoo Beginning Phonics 

Funny Girls wanted to read this, but lost interest about halfway through.

I was reminded that we had this book when I saw it on Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.   The kids enjoyed it as much as her daughter did and we read it several times.

ChalkChalk by Bill Thomson

A picture book that you can make up your own story.  It's interesting to see how each child interprets it.  Robotson usually makes the characters sarcastic, mean, and conniving.  Funny Girl gives literal stories, basically telling you exactly what she sees in the pictures.  Dimples sometimes throws in a thing or two, but mostly is too shy to say much.  Usually she just corrects something Funny Girls says if it doesn't match the picture.

Strega NonaStrega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona has a magic pasta pot, but no one is allowed to touch it except for her.  Of course, the temptation is too much for the boy working for her.  He makes a mess and then has to clean it up.  I'm pretty sure the point was lost on the kids.  They never seem to get the "cleaning" up part.  

Fraction FunFraction Fun by David Adler and Piece = Part = Portion by Scott Gifford

A couple of books on fractions that Robotson and I read.  Fraction Fun had some cool projects and we got to break out the scale I recently found at Goodwill.  That was fun..

How Much Is a Million? 20th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books)How Much Is a Million by David Schwartz

Visualizing big numbers is made a little simpler with this book.  I really only pulled this one out to give some context to the giant numbers we were adding and subtracting this month.  

Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great MathematiciansMathematicians Are People, Too by Luetta Reimer

We didn't read this one cover to cover, just hand-picked a couple of mathematicians to get a little background as we learned about different math concepts.  For example, we read A Very Improbable Story today and then looked up Pierre de Fermat (who is actually in Volume Two of this series) to learn more about one of the founding fathers of probability.  By the way, A Very Improbably Story is a great introduction to probability, and leads to really funs discussions and games.

Johnny AppleseedJohnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh

This and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet were recent finds at Goodwill.  The kids love Disney's cartoon version of Johnny Appleseed, so this is a favorite story.  Both books are in poem format and were fun to read out loud.  Even the multiple religious references are endearing as they relate to Johnny and his beliefs, but aren't preachy.  The trees in both books are so pretty and they look just like our own little apple tree, so the kids especially like to wonder of Johnny planted ours as well.

Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt's Artists Books for Children)Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt

I love introducing art through the books we read.  We now have several books about Degas and he's really starting to grow on me, even if he was an old curmudgeon.

The ZooThe Zoo by Suzy Lee and Wave by Suzy Lee

These two books by Suzy Lee are recent library check-outs.  Wave is actually a picture book where this little girl is playing on the beach with the waves.   The Zoo is like three stories in one.  There are the words in the book, the parents (which only the parent will notice), and then the little girl's zoo trip.  It's the sort of book you can read over and over and never get bored.

Older Than the StarsOlder Than the Stars by Karen C. Fox

O.k. I admit it, I love all stories based on The House That Jack Built.  I love the rhythm and the buildup, and how you can't breathe while repeating the verses after a while.  This book was recommended as a good book for learning about the beginning of the universe, but when I realized it was like The House that Jack Built, I was in love.  We'll definitely be adding this one to our personal library.  

Whew!  That wraps up January.  Happy reading!


  1. We love some of these same books, so I will have to check out some more of your suggestions!

  2. You can always borrow from the RaisingThinkers library. We have no late fees :)

  3. ROFLMAO!! You might want to rethink the fees...I've been known to borrow books for a LONG time hehehe.

  4. But I know where you live..muahahahahahahah!