Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Kindergarten Year in Chapter Books

.As I wrote last summer, N. got interested in read-aloud chapter books in earnest last spring.  Here's what what we've read to N. between roughly March 2009 and June 2010, excluding daily fairy tales, nonfiction, and of course many picture books.  Several of these books were read multiple times.  A few, as you can see, were abandoned unfinished because N. didn't like them or lost interest.  Reading chapter books to N. has primarily been my province, for some reason (Tim reads many other things to N.!) so I've noted if the book was read aloud by Tim.  The books are listed roughly in the order in which we read them.  I am keeping records both at LibraryThing (click the "chapter book" tag for complete book info) and at Listography.  I readily admit I am bragging here; I think this is an awesome list.  And I think it's accurate to say that N. loved every book on this list that we completed. It's been a very fun read-aloud year!  What should we read next?  Recommendations?
  • The Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney
  • The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgred
  • Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Besty, Tacy, and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
  • Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
  • Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
  • James Herriot's Treasury for Children
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • More About Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (did not finish)
  • Tales from Centerburg by Robert McCloskey
  • Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (did not finish)
  • The Boxcar Children No. 1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Stuart Little by E. B. White
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (read by T.)
  • Winona's Pony Cart by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (did not finish)
  • The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald Sobol
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Half Magic by Edward Eager
  • Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
  • Felicity: An American Girl, 1774 by Valerie Tripp (almost finished)
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (read by T.)
  • The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles (read by T.)
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager
  • Higgins and the Great Big Scare by Rebecca Caudill
  • The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker (did not finish)
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik (did not finish)
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
  • Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston


Mom and Kiddo said...

An awesome list, to be sure. It includes many of our favorites, as well. We are currently reading The BFG.

Fanny Harville said...

The BFG is in our to-be-read pile. And it was thanks to your recommendation that we read Mr. Popper's Penguins. I am also hoping to read My Father's Dragon in the coming year, another one you've mentioned.

Bona Fide Mama said...

My goodness! I feel so intimidated when I see this list but then I have to remember that I have a baby too! It's so hard to do anything when I'm constantly pulling baby from the kitchen table. Sigh.

Fanny Harville said...

Mandy! I want this list to be inspiring, not intimidating! You have three kids, and are starting a new business! I can't imagine how you manage.

Almost all of this reading (that done by me, not Tim) was done as bedtime reading on weeknights, with some long Saturday sessions in addition.

Emily said...

Are the unfinished ones books that N didn't particularly like and chose to stop on his own? Just curious...

Fanny Harville said...

Emily, Yes, totally his choice. Either they got too scary (Caddie Woodlawn: fears of an Indian massacre) so he wanted to stop, of he didn't like something in the story (King in the Window: the boy skipping school and lying to his parents about it!) or he just lost interest and didn't want to hear more (Rabbit Hill). I would like to finish some of these, but I guess I'll have to wait till he's interested in them or read them on my own!