Recommended Reads

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Adult books

I mostly read YA novels but sometimes I do enjoy a book written for adults. Here is a list of some of my favorites:

At Home in Mitford (series), Jan Karon
Centennial, James Michener
The Kiterunner, Khaled Hosseini
The Mother Tongue, English and how it got that way, by Bill Bryson
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (series), Alexander McCall Smith
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson []
Ordinary Days, Dorkas Smucker
Upstairs the Peasant Are Revolting, Dorcas Smucker
Where River Turns to Sky, Gregg Kleiner
The Appeal, John Grisham
The Testament, John Grisham

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Picture Books

Here is a list of some of my all-time favorite picture books. Nothing scientific - just wonderful books to share! Check back often since I'm always adding new favorites.


A Story for Bear, Dennis Haseley
Adventures in Ancient Greece, Linda Bailey
Amos’ Sweater, Janet Lunn
An Amish Year, Richard Ammon
Edward the Emu, and Edwina the Emu, both by Sheena Knowles, illustrated by Rod Clement
First Day Jitters, Julie Danneberg
Gifts, Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Barbara Reid
Hooray For Diffendoofer Day, Dr. Seuss/Jack Prelutsky
Hooway for Wodney Wat!, Helen Lester
I Stood Upon A Mountain, Aileen Fisher
Jeremiah Learns to Read, Jo Ellen Bogart
Mirror, Jeannie Baker
Owen and Mzee, the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, Isabella and Craig Hatkoff
Piggie Pie, Margie Palatini
Pog, Lynn Lee
Possum Magic, Mem Fox
Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt, Barbara Smucker
Shadow Bear, Joan Hiatt Harlow
Sister Anne's Hands, Marybeth Lorbiecki
Something from Nothing, Phoebe Gilman
Souperchicken, Mary Jane Ouch
Stanley’s Party, Linda Bailey
The Birdfeeder Banquet, Michael Martchenko
The Christmas Candle, Richard Paul Evans
The Empty Pot, Demi
The Great Kapok Tree, Lynne Cherry
The Jolly Postman, Allan Ahlberg
The Paper Bag Princess, Robert Munsch
The Shaman's Nephew, Simon Tookoome and Sheldon Oberman
The Window, Jeannie Baker (Wordless. Environment)
Tops and Bottoms, Janet Stevens
Two By Two, Barbara Reid
Waiting for the Whales, Sheryl McFarlane.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Patridge, Mem Fox
ZOOM, Istvan Banyai

Monday, June 23, 2008

Recommended Youth/YA novels

In this spot I'd like to share with you some of my favorite books. Even though the date above doesn't change, I keep adding books.
Here is a list of YA novels which I really enjoyed:


Alphabet of Dreams, Susan Fletcher
Amazing Grace, Megan Shull
A Royal Pain, Ellen Conford
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline d’Engle
Among the Hidden, Margaret Peterson Haddix
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
Cages, Peg Kehret
Chasing Vermeer, Blue Balliett
Clementine, Sara Pennypacker
Countdown, Ben Mikaelsen
Crispin, Avi
Dangerous Skies, Suzanne Fisher Staples
Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, Susin Nielsen
Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary
Doing Time Online, Jan Siebold
Faith, Hope and Ivy June, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Flood, James Heneghan.
Go And Come Back, Joan Abelove
Habibi, Naomi Shihab Nye
Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
Heart Beat, Sharon Creech
Holding on to Max, Margaret Bechard
Hope Was Here, Joan Bauer
Hubcaps and Puppies, Rosemary Nelson
I Had Seen Castles, Cynthia Rylant
I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Margaret Craven
Ironman, Chris Crutcher
Island of the Aunts, Eva Ibbotson
Jesse's Star, Ellen Schwartz
Journey of the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson
Juliet Dove, Queen of Love, Bruce Coville
Kensuke's Kingdom, Michael Morpurgo, Scholastic
Log Jam, Monica Hughes
Lydia, Queen of Palestine, Uri Orlev
Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli
Miss Smithers books, Susan Juby
Missing May, Cynthia Rylant
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
No Fixed Address, Maureen Bayless
Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse
Part of Me, Kimberly Willis Holt
Pearl Verses The World, Sally Murphy
Peter and the Starchatchers, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Phantom Tollbooth, Justin Lester
Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
Royal Ransom, Eric Walters
Rules, Cynthia Lord
Shadow Spinner, Susan Fletcher
Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Something Upstairs, Avi
Speak to the Earth, William Bell
Stars, Eric Walters
Staying Fat for Sarah Bynes, Chris Crutcher
Still There, Clare by Yvonne Prinz
Summer of my German Soldier, Bette Green
Summer of the Monkeys, Wilson Rawls
Surviving The Applewhites, Stephanie S. Tolan
The Baby Project, Sarah Ellis
The BFG, Roald Dahl
The Bite of the Mango, Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland
The Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis
The Captain's Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe, Roland Smith
The Cay, Theodore Taylor
The Cuckoo's Child, Suzanne Freeman
The Devil’s Arithmetic, Jane Yolen
The Face on the Milk Carton, Carolyn B. Cooney
The Freedom of Jenny, Julie Burtinshaw
The Moorchild, Eloise McGraw
The Other Author Arthur, Sheree Fitch
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, E.L. Konigsburg
The School Story, Andrew Clements, Scholastic (highly recommended for kids who love to write!)
The Silver Pencil, by Alice Dalgliesh
The Smell of Paint, Sheryl McFarlane
The Star of Kazan, Eva Ibbotson
The Story of My Life, Farah Ahmedi
The Teacher’s Funeral, Richard Peck
The True Confessions for Charlotte Doyle, Avi
The Year of Miss Agnes, Kirkpatrick Hill
Throwaway Daughter, Ting-Xing Ye and William Bell
Torn Away, James Heneghan
Touching Spirit Bear, Ben Mikkaelson
Two Weeks with the Queen, Morris Gleitzman
Voices, Eric Walters & Deborah Ellis
Walk Across the Sea, Susan Fletcher
What's a Serious Detective Like Me Doing in Such a Silly Movie?, Linda Bailey
Witch’s Fang, Heather Kellerhals-Stewart,
Zach's Lie, Roland Smith

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