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.
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.
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
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.
Easter theme. Max and Ruby obsessed
- The Very Busy Spider
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)
- I Love You, Mouse
- Color Zoo Board Book
- Big Red Barn
- The Runaway Bunny
- Waves in the Bathtub
- Blue skidoos to the beach (Blue’s clues discovery series)
- Franklin Is Messy
- Pete the Cat: Rock On, Mom and Dad!
- Oscar, Cat-About-Town
- Peek-A Who?
- Brian Wildsmith’s Animal Colors
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Time to Sleep
- Silly Little Goose!
- Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
- In the Small, Small Pond
- A Penguin Pup for Pinkerton
- Max’s Chocolate Chicken (Max and Ruby)
- Nuts to You!
- Brian Wildsmith’s ABC
- Where Once There Was a Wood (Rise and Shine)
- Eating the Alphabet
- Have You Seen My Duckling?
- Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
- Time for Bed
- Easter Parade
- What Is Easter? (Lift-The-Flap Book)
- Max and Ruby: Max and the Easter Bunny
- Llama Llama Easter Egg
- The Easter Egg
- Spot’s First Easter Board Book (Spot Lift the Flap)
- Max’s Easter Surprise (Max and Ruby)
- Jane Foster’s Easter (Jane Foster Books)
- Peter Rabbit: Easter Surprise (PR Baby books)
- Happy Easter, Mouse!
- My Easter Bunny!
- Funny Faces: Easter Parade
- Alphaprints: Easter Fun!
- Easter by Miriam Nerlove
- Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art
- Easter by Gail Gibbons
- Happy Easter Day! (Celebration Series)
- Happy Easter! By Liesbet Slegers
- Good Night, Gorilla
- Goodnight Moon
- Alphabet City
- A Tale for Easter (Tasha Tudor Collection)
- Mini Tab: Easter
- Easter Surprise
- I Love Easter! (Noodles: Beginning Reader, Level 1)
- Easter Mice! (Green Light Readers Level 1)
- ABCs of Easter
- Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion (Inventions and Discovery)
- Happy Easter, Davy!
- The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
- Ollie’s Easter Eggs (Gossie & Friends)
- Otter Loves Easter!
- Color Dance
- Guess How Much I Love You
- Minerva Louise at School
- Where’s Spot?
- Minerva Louise: The Mixed-up Hen
- I Went Walking
- In the Tall, Tall Grass
- The Everything Book
- Pete the Cat’s Train Trip (My First I Can Read)
- The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
- What’s Opposite?
What did you read with your kiddos in April?
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