Thursday, May 13, 2010

Favorite Books

This is my kind of "show us your life" question at Kelly's Korner today. I don't have a whole lot to say about make-up or cleaning tips, but books? Yep. I've got a lot to say. That's why I have a separate SmallWorld Reads blog.

My favorite book ever? Here's a little hint: ""Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird." You can read all about my favorite book ever here.

Reading with children? Yes. Every day for the past 17 years. Read this post for some thoughts on that. And don't miss this post for some great links on where to find great books for your kids. Here's a little excerpt:

"I like this list of 100 Best Books, but I like the age-by-age breakdown here even better. And if 100 isn't enough (of course it isn't!), here is a list of 1000 Good Books for preschool-grade 12.

Paula's Archives is another great place for reading lists, such as
* Easy chapter books
* Literature to supplement history and
* Living books for science

What about books for babies through preschoolers? I think this is a great list from the NY Public Library. Scanning these titles, I feel a tremendous nostalgia for the days of Bread and Jam for Frances, The Carrot Seed, and Mike Mulligan. (On a side note, my 7 and 11-year-olds still like for me to read picture books to them. A few times a week I'll pull out an old favorite to read to them, and they love them just as much as they did when they were preschoolers.)"

Click on this link, though, to read it all.

And last, but certainly not least, here are some of my own childhood favorites.

I could go on and on about books. If you are looking for something to read, check out the link for "Reading Picks" at the top of the page. These are my Top Ten lists from the past few years.

And I'll end with one of my favorite quotes:

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
~Anna Quindlen

Linked to Show Us Your Life at Kelly's Korner


  1. Nancy Drew, a favorite at our house, too!

  2. I have decorated with TUBS of books in the garage, 'cause we can't afford all the bookshelves I would LOVE to have!

  3. Great PIcks! I love anything Nancy Drew! Your blog is too cute! Happy Friday!

  4. Thank you so much! I bookmarked some of the links to use when planning books for the kids. I want them to choose as many as possible, but some will have to be assigned. My oldest went through an accelerated reader (AR) program and it just pushed her desire to read to the background for awhile. Thankful my kids won't be doing that now! Great references for me.

  5. Great site. I love the grouping of books into educational units. I've wanted to build entirely around this idea.

    Have you seen the website that focused on books or literature with homeschoolers as the characters or homeschooling as the setting? It's just getting going, perhaps you can help suggest materials:

  6. Thanks for all of the links to lists! I'm a big fan of book lists, so I'm off to check them out.


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