Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Bookshelf

Hello Friends!

It's been a busy fall- it began with my brother and father in law coming to build us built-in bookcases in the living room.  I have wanted to fill the empty wall in that room since we moved in but it seemed so much more practical to fill it with bookcases and cabinets.  I had boxes of books in the basement that I didn't have a place for and we needed some extra storage.  My brother-in-law did a great job and I am so happy with the way they turned out!  I had so much fun pulling all my books out of storage and organizing them- many brought back memories of college and our first few years of marriage. 
Take a look at the finished project:

Because we have had books on the brain lately, I thought I would share some of our recent favorites:

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
It's a sweet rhyme about a true story of a circus ship that wrecks just off of an island in Maine.  It takes place very close to where we vacation every summer so it had a familiar feel to it.  The illustrations are amazing and fun and the rhyme is well done, not cheesy.
The Circus Ship

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean
This catchy little story is a great tool for reviewing colors but it is the rhythm of the words that will keep bringing you back.  It comes with a link for a free download of the author reading it- we play it over and over for Silas.  Karis has it memorized and can "read along" with us.  Simple, clever, fun.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

The American Girl Doll Books
I know that these are controversial for some (I am not sure why...historical accuracy?)but Karis and I are really enjoying them.  I read a chapter to her before she goes to bed and I like that she is learning some history and how little girls lived in different times.  We have covered several of the "girls" and have both learned a lot.

Magic Hoofbeats by Josepha Sherman
My horse obsessed little girl loves to listen to these stories as she goes to sleep.  This book comes with a CD of the ancient stories from different countries being read. 

Magic Hoofbeats PB w CD

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Illiad by Rosemary Sutcliff 
Matt is reading this one to Jesse before bed and it is a great retelling of the Illiad.  The illustrations are incredible and the story is understandable (for the most part).  This is one that we may need to purchase instead of continuing to renew it from the library! 

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of 'The Iliad'

What are your current favorite reads? 

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Those shelves look wonderful! We've been reading the American Girl books too - I like that there are seasonal ones. Speaking of those...did Samantha's shoes turn up at your house? I think we lost them there. Oh well.