Monday, 30 November 2009

Book Sharing Monday and 100 books-a-month challenge update

For Book Sharing Monday today, I am being assisted by Celeste! This was her pick, and she wanted to hold the book while I took the photos.
She chose "The First Dog" by Jan Brett. Celeste has enjoyed every Jan Brett we have read, but this one she loved...I am guessing because we have our own puppy. I know that we all enjoyed reading about the adventure of Kip, the young prehistoric boy that befriends a wolf, which becomes the first domesticated dog. The story is full of prehistoric animals and the illustrations are amazing, along with all the art in the borders of each page, inspired by cave paintings and artifacts from that time period.

Look at that Saber-Tooth cat!

"Finally, Kip made a speech. He said: "Wolfy, if you will use your keen nose and your fine ears and your sharp eyes to keep me from being eaten up, I promise to share with you all the Wooly Rhino ribs and even Mammoth meat that I cook over my fire."

a girl and her dog

Celeste and her dog, Orion

Today marks the last day of November, and the last day for the 100 Books-A-Month Challenge! We made it, we read more than 100 books this month. We enjoyed reading a mix of non-fiction, fiction novels, lots of picture books, graphic novels and even a couple baby board books (Celeste likes to get these from the library still!).
I printed at the beginning of the month a hundred chart (the ones we use for math) for the kids to be able to see our progress through the month. I put it in a page protector sleeve and used dollar store stickers to keep track of the books. Whenever I added a book to my log on the computer, I asked the kids to add the stickers to this chart.

100 books a month challenge chart (November)
If you would like to participate in this challenge, please visit home-grown kids for all the details.
Here is our list of all 100 books read this month...that's going to make this post very long!

November 2009

The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster by A.W. Flaherty
The Gruffalo by Julia Donadlson
If you take a mouse to the movies by L. Numeroff
The Ravioli Kid by Michelle Freedman
Monsters by L. R. Penner
Atlantis the Lost City ? by A. Donkin
Two Days in May by h.P. Taylor
Bambi by Janet Schulman
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by M. Hoffman
Library Mouse a friend’s tale by D. Kirk
Shark and Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure
Baby Penguin at Home
Every day’s a holiday
Usborne First words: people
Chipmunk’s ABC
Olivia helps with Christmas
I’ll be home for Christmas
The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers
Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Hungry Coat by Demi
Justice League Adventures The Magnificent Seven
Leaping Lizards by Stuart J. Murphy
Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart J. Murphy
Bug Dance by Stuart J. Murphy
Behind the Curtain: Hansel and Gretel by Christian Thee
It’s a Baby Zebra! By Kelly Doudna
Zebras by Jill Anderson
Deer at the Brook by Jim Arnosky
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry
Max Disaster #1 - Alien Eraser to the Rescue
The Snowflake Sisters by J.P. Lewis
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Hieronymus Betts and his Unusual Pets by M.P. Robertson
Buzzboy by John Gallagher
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Institute by J. J. Krosoczka
Rock-A-Bye Baby by Heather Collins
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by J. Krosoczka
Trucks Go by Steve Light
Furry Friends Same and Different by Sami
Bob and 6 more Christmas Stories by Sandra Boynton
Les Camions by Usborne
Sarah’s Little Ghosts by Thierry Robberrecht
Home Lovely by Lynne Rae Perkins
Something Queer is Going on by Elisabeth Levy
Weird Parents by Audrey Wood
The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
The Pea Blossom retold by Amy Lowry Poole
Once upon a tomb - gravely humorous verses by J.P. Lewis
Utterly Otterly Day by Mary Casanova
The Winter Trail Disney’s Bambi
Barbie The Holiday Gift
Auntie Claus
Artemis Fowl : The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfre
Imagine you’re a wizard by Meglin
Imagine a Dragon by Laurence Pringle
Walt Disney His Life in Pictures
Imagine you’re a mermaid by mer meg
Autumn An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
River of Dreams The Story of The Hudson River by Hudson Talbott
Six Swans A folktale retold by Christine San Jose
Whose Chick are you? By Nancy Tafuri
Little Swan by Jonathon London
Amazing Animals Swans by Valerie Bodden
Artemis Fowl : The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
Swans by Nicole Helget
The Loch Ness Monster Jr. Graphic Mysteries by J. Demolay
Amelia’s Most Unforgettable Embarrassing Moments by Marissa Moss
Fantastic Creatures - Investigations into the unexplained by Ivor Baddiel
Amelia’s 6th Grade Notebook by Marissa Moss
The Book of Beasts by E. Nesbitt
Marvelous Mattie by Emily Arnold McCully
The Inside-Outside Book of Libraries by Roxie Munro and Julie Cummin
Cardcaptor Sakura #1 by Clamp
Max Disaster #2 Alien Eraser Unravels the Mystery of the Pyramids
Max Disaster #3 Alien Eraser Reveals the Secrets of Evolution
The Cobweb Christmas by Shirley Climo
Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
Card captor #2 by Clamp
When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer
A Forest of Stories: Magical Tree Tales from Around the World retold by Rina Singh
Max Finder Mystery Vol. 3 by Liam O’Donnell
Christmas is Coming by Anne Bowen
Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera
Honk, Honk, Goose! Canada Goose Start a Family by April Pulley Sayre
Honk! Honk! A Story of Migration by Mick Manning
Bird, Butterfly, Eel by James Prosek
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
The First Dog by Jan Brett
The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
Harvey’s Hare’s Christmas by Bernadette Watts
It never rains in Antarctica and other freaky facts about climate, land, and nature by B.Seuling
The Princess and the Pea (the Barefoot Book of Princesses)
The Sleeping Beauty (the Barefoot of Princesses)
The Emperor’s New Clothes (Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales)
Utterly Otterly Day by Mary Casanova
Lucy and the Sea Monster To The Rescue by Karen Dolby (Young Puzzle Adventure)
Clifford’s Christmas by N. Bridwell
The Trouble with Tink by K. Thorpe
How Santa Lost his Job by Stephen Krensky
Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke


  1. The dog in the book looks like Orion. Very cute! And I'm so impressed with the 100 books. We have probably read that many, but I don't tend to log our bedtime stories unless they are chapter books. So maybe next year I'll participate.

    "Igraine the Brave" by Cornelia Funke - is that as good as the "Inkheart" series?

  2. Strange. I think my first post didn't work. Here goes again...

    We LOVE the books. It is so cool to see how we learned to live in harmony with another animal in our human history.

    Also... Wow! I love the chart. What a great idea for a child to see visually their progress. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Wow, it is so great to have Buzzboy be a part of this cool list-- keep up the great work! My 3 kids will be so proud of their papa!

    john gallagher
    writer/artist, Buzzboy
    Sky-Dog Comics

  4. YAY!!! I love your chart and your book for today!!


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