Raising Bookworms: What We Read in April 2019

Another month gone by…

Does anyone else feel like 2019 is just flying by?

So once again this month I got laryngitis yet again. I’m really not to sure why I keep getting it. Usually I get it once every year to year and a half. But so far I have gotten it twice in 4 months.

So as you can image, losing my voice put a damper on our homeschool and read aloud time. However we still managed to read 16 chapter books and 70 picture books.

One thing we tried this month was binge reading series. I usually try to read one book from each series that we are reading through. But what I found was we had so many series on the go that we were not hitting them all. So we started binge reading some of the series we were close to done. Now when a new book in that series comes out, we can preorder it and anticipate the release date.

I’m happy to say that I still am debt free with the local library. We have really been utilizing it, and the Library app has made managing our account so much easier.

What We Read in April…

Without further ado, you can find the video of the chapter books we read below. And below that you will see the list of the chapter books and picture books.

Chapter Books

1)Mike’s Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries) Honestly the Boxcar Children never disappoint. I’m really hoping that once we finish the original 19 books written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, that we will still enjoy the rest of the series. I’ve heard mixed reviews on the books after #19.

2)The Magic Tree House 29: Christmas in Camelot This is the first book in the Merlin Missions series that we have read. At this point the books are a bit longer. But overall, just as good as the original 28 books in the series.

3)The Story of Doctor Dolittle When I think Doctor Dolittle, I think of the 1998 Eddie Murphy Movie. So I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The book is nothing like the movie. It is a lot more enjoyable. I highly recommend giving this book a chance. Both my son and I enjoyed it, and I am looking for more from the series. (Yes its a series, and if you’ve been here long enough, you know how much I love book series!)

4)Penny and Peter (Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic): Earlier in the school year, Bookshark introduced us to Here’s a Penny, and we needed to read the next book in the series. I was so happy when I saw it become available for sale from one of the ladies I buy used books from on Facebook. I’m also happy to say, it did not disappoint! Only issue is the 3rd book in the series has not been reprinted, and I can only find vintage copies. Question is do I spend $20 on an used book?

The Swamp Robber (Sugar Creek Gang, Book 1) This was a reading fail for us, and we did not finish it. We did not care for it at all. I found it to be too preachy. A lot of talk about who is a good Christian and who isn’t, not enough of a story line. It took all of me to put it away. I always like to finish a book when I start it, no matter how much I dislike it. But I decided that it is more important to foster the love of reading.

I have almost the whole series, but I will be packing them up. I’m debating back and forth about selling them or keeping them to see if we want to try them again. But the more I think about it, the more I think I should sell them.

5) Shine of the Silver Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters 11) We had preordered Dragon Masters book 13, and it was suppose to arrive on April 30th. Well it landed up coming two weeks early! So we decided to binge read the rest of the books, so we could finish book 13 before it’s release date.

6)Treasure of the Gold Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters 12)

7) Eye of the Earthquake Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters 13) Now we are all caught up in the Dragon Masters series and have to wait till

8)Adventures in Flatfrost (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

8)The Witch’s Curse (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

9)Beneath the Stone Forest (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

10) The Hundred Dresses(Bookshark Level K Book): Wow! I really feel all children should have this book read to them. If you are looking for a book to help explain bullying, this is the book to do it. Even though it was written 60+ years ago, and the main characters are girls, this books is relatable to modern day life and to boys as well.

11) Let the Games Begin! (The Kingdom of Wrenly Book 7)

12) The Secret World of Mermaids (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

13) The Bard and the Beast (The Kingdom of Wrenly Book 9)

14)The Pegasus Quest (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

15) The False Fairy (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

16) The Sorcerer’s Shadow (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

Picture Books

Easter theme. Max and Ruby obsessed

  1. The Very Busy Spider
  2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)
  3. I Love You, Mouse
  4. Color Zoo Board Book
  5. Big Red Barn
  6. The Runaway Bunny
  7. Waves in the Bathtub
  8. Blue skidoos to the beach (Blue’s clues discovery series)
  9. Franklin Is Messy
  10. Pete the Cat: Rock On, Mom and Dad!
  11. Oscar, Cat-About-Town
  12. Peek-A Who?
  13. Brian Wildsmith’s Animal Colors 
  14. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  15. Time to Sleep 
  16. Silly Little Goose!
  17. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
  18. In the Small, Small Pond
  19. A Penguin Pup for Pinkerton
  20. Max’s Chocolate Chicken (Max and Ruby)
  21. Nuts to You!
  22. Brian Wildsmith’s ABC
  23. Where Once There Was a Wood (Rise and Shine)
  24. Eating the Alphabet
  25. Have You Seen My Duckling?
  26. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
  27. Time for Bed
  28. Easter Parade
  29. What Is Easter? (Lift-The-Flap Book)
  30. Max and Ruby: Max and the Easter Bunny
  31. Llama Llama Easter Egg
  32. The Easter Egg
  33. Spot’s First Easter Board Book (Spot Lift the Flap)
  34. Max’s Easter Surprise (Max and Ruby)
  35. Jane Foster’s Easter (Jane Foster Books)
  36. Peter Rabbit: Easter Surprise (PR Baby books)
  37. Happy Easter, Mouse!
  38. My Easter Bunny!
  39. Funny Faces: Easter Parade
  40. Alphaprints: Easter Fun!
  41. Easter by Miriam Nerlove 
  42. Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art
  43. Easter by Gail Gibbons
  44. Happy Easter Day! (Celebration Series)
  45. Happy Easter! By Liesbet Slegers 
  46. Good Night, Gorilla
  47. Goodnight Moon
  48. Alphabet City
  49. A Tale for Easter (Tasha Tudor Collection)
  50. Mini Tab: Easter
  51. Easter Surprise
  52. I Love Easter! (Noodles: Beginning Reader, Level 1)
  53. Easter Mice! (Green Light Readers Level 1)
  54. ABCs of Easter
  55. Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion (Inventions and Discovery)
  56. Happy Easter, Davy!
  57. The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
  58. Ollie’s Easter Eggs (Gossie & Friends)
  59. Otter Loves Easter!
  60. Color Dance
  61. Guess How Much I Love You
  62. Minerva Louise at School
  63. Where’s Spot?
  64. Minerva Louise: The Mixed-up Hen
  65. I Went Walking
  66. In the Tall, Tall Grass
  67. The Everything Book
  68. Pete the Cat’s Train Trip (My First I Can Read)
  69. The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
  70. What’s Opposite?

What did you read with your kiddos in April?

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3 thoughts on “Raising Bookworms: What We Read in April 2019

  1. I was having the same problem and it turned out I had a thyroid condition and it kept being aggravated with colds. Laryngitis is such a pain. Just thought I would mention it in case you have the same issue! My problem was hypothyroidism caused by hashimotos. I hope your June is more relaxing!

    • WOW! That is very helpful information! Thanks for sharing. I will get that check out at my next doctors appointment. I google this after I read your comment and that makes total sense.

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