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Library Book Haul: Favorite Check-Outs from September

September Library Book Haul Favorite Check-Outs

As promised from August, I’m continuing our series on our favorite library check-outs from each month.  September’s list was hard to narrow down to a handful, but here’s 10 of our favorites:


1. Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni This is a classic story of friendship and being content with who you are, a crowd favorite!We need to own this one.

2. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood This is a cute, clever read about a mouse that does everything to keep his strawberry safe.

3. The Dark by Lemony Snicket We picked this one up off the “new books” shelf, and it was a fun read about a boy who conquers his fear of the dark basement, in Lemony Snicket’s style.

4. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan This was an easy, enjoyable chapter book to finish, and the boys could relate to Caleb in this story.  It’s a great historical fiction read with life lessons and values.

5. Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo Our favorite check-out of the month!  Such an enjoyable and funny read about a pig and his middle of the night adventure.

6. Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel We’ve loved the Frog and Toad books, and this one was just as great as the others! 

7. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl We also finished this chapter book this month, which the boys loved every chapter!  So much imagery, adventure, and a fun to read story.

8. Even More Parts by Tedd Arnold What boy wouldn’t love this book?!!!  I have to admit, I love it too.  I love the idioms and play on words, and humor.

9. Sam and the Firefly by P.D. Eastman This was an unexpected favorite.  Again, this one was fun to read together aloud. A great read on friendship, consequences, and loyalty.

10. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds My friend Lindsey, highly recommended this book, and I’m so glad we snatched it up.  A great read on creativity, and making your mark. 

So what were your favorite kid book reads this month? Please share and we’ll add them to our list to check out this month! 

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Library Book Haul: Favorite Check-Outs from August

library book haul august books you should check out

When we make trips to the library, often my book stack looks like this one that I posted last week on Instagram

library book haul august stack

I look like a crazy woman hauling a giant bag of books that I can barely muster out to my minivan – but someone out there needs a laugh for the day, and I’m happily the victim.

I love reserving book titles online, and then checking out my giant stack that keeps us busy for the next few weeks.  That way, we can peruse the rows of books and get a few that look good by their cover, and have a stack of that I already know we will enjoy that I take from a giant book list that I’ve been compiling.

Here Are Our Favorites From Our August Library Haul:


favorite library books - Stick

Stick by Steven Breen – We read this one countless times over the few weeks we borrowed it from the library, and I’m thinking we need to add it to our own library collection.  It’s about a frog and his journey through things he sticks to – very clever and enjoyable read.

favorite library books - Harry the Dirty Dog

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion – This was the first Harry book we’ve read together, and I’m sure it won’t be our last.  The boys could relate to this dog’s desire to be free and dirty!  

favorite library books - Feathers for Lunch

Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert – This book is filled with delightful pictures and an engaging story to go with the illustrations.  I love how Lois Ehlert books offer so much more than just the text.  It’s a great bird/feather reference that tells all about what the birds in the story eat, where you can find them, etc.

favorite library books -  The Three Pigs

The Three Pigs by David Wiesner This isn’t your traditional “Three Little Pigs” tale.  The pigs in this version escape the storybook and run into other familiar stories, before taking revenge on The Big Bad Wolf.

favorite library books - City Dog, Country Frog

City Dog, Country Frog – Mo Willems This is a sweet book on friendship through the seasons with beautiful watercolor pictures of nature to accompany the story.

favorite library books - Children Make Terrible Pets

Children Make Terrible Pets  by Peter Brown – Our librarian recommended this book, and I’m glad we tried it.  It was a heartwarming story about how a bear wanted a pet so badly that she picked a human one she names Squeaker.

favorite library books - Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback  – A great lesson in making something out of nothing, as Joseph teaches us a lesson in resourcefulness as his coat shrinks and transforms page by page.

favorite library books - Froggy Plays Soccer

Froggy Plays Soccer by Jonathan London We love Froggy books, but this one became a quick favorite, since Froggy plays soccer just like our boys. Froggy is always great for humor including using the word “underwear” in each book, which my boys find hilarious.

favorite library books - The Monster Who Ate My Peas

The Monster Who Ate My Peas by Danny Schnitzlein  – In this clever story, a boy makes several deals with a monster to eat his least favorite vegetable, but in the end he finds out the peas he’s been bargaining and avoiding aren’t so bad after all.

  favorite library books - The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon 

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey – This story picks up where “Hey Diddle, Diddle” leaves off.  The Dish and the Spoon take off and make money, and loose it and each other in the process. We loved this spin off!

What have YOU been reading with your kids this month?  Share some of your favorite library or bookstore finds with us in the comment section!



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13 Good Reads for 2013

13 Good Reads for 2013

I love getting a good book recommendation, it’s like a gift that keeps unwrapping itself within each page.  Once Brad bought me my Kindle {just the basic cheap, easy on your eyes one} I reclaimed my reading groove after kids. Reading is my selfish unwind time that I sneak into my busy days.  A 1/2 a chapter at the end of a bath, a 1/4 of a chapter while the boys are occupied, or a few pages before I crash for the night…

And I LOVE my reading aloud time with the boys. We’ve been slowly working through our 65 Read Aloud Books for Boys list.  So far we’ve completed The Indian in the Cupboard, The Tale of Despereaux, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

I also love hearing what’s on your “to-read” lists, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing mine as well.

Here are some books that I plan on reading in 2013 – hopefully I’ll read even more (especially fiction since I haven’t added any yet to that category)!!!

Parenting Reads for 2013

give them grace - elyse m. fitzpatrick and jessica thompson  simplicity parenting - kim john payne wild things - stephen james and david thomas

  • Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson  “Being good” isn’t what we really want for our kids – we want to lavish them in the grace of the gospel…
  • Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne This book has been recommended several times and seems to be a message that I want to implement even more…
  • Wild Things by Stephen James and David Thomas I had the opportunity to hear David Thomas speak at DotMom in Birmingham, and look forward to reading more of his insight on parenting boys within these pages…


Home Reads for 2013

artisian bread in five minutes a day - jeff hertzberg and zoe fancois the reluctant entertainer - sandy coughlin the good life for less - amy clark


Faith Reads for 2013

follow me - david platt multiply - francis chan interrupted - jen hatmaker

  • Follow Me by David Platt This book will be released next month and it looks like it will be powerful…
  • Multiply by Francis Chan I look forward to digging into this read on the contagious chain of discipleship…
  • Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker I read 7 : An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker in 2012 which was both convicting and compelling, and I think this will be as well…


Kids Read Alouds for 2013

the intevention of hugo cabret - brian selznick thoughts to make your heart sing - sally lloyd-jones the mouse and the motorcycle - beverly clearly

So that’s 12 books I’d like to check off my to-read list in 2013…now YOU are responsible for picking out #13…or 14, 15, 16, etc. =)  I’d love a few recommendations from your own Must-Read Lists!

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