It’s time for end of the year posts in book bloggy land and here at Hope Is the Word. So far I’ve shared my 2011 read-alone book list, as well as my juvenile and YA fiction book list, complete with my top ten favorites. Now it’s time to reminisce about the chapter books my girls and I have shared together this year, as well as noting our favorite reads of the year. First, the list, with each title linked to my review:
- The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
- Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht by Richard Platt
- Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr (no review)
- Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
- Black Ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
- 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola
- Rascal by Sterling North
- Half Magic by Edward Eager
- Caddie Woodlawn’s Family by Carol Ryrie Brink
- Milly-Molly-Mandy Again by Joyce Lankester Brisley
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
- Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge
- Winona’s Pony Cart by Maud Hart Lovelace
- The Book of Indians by Holling C. Holling (review forthcoming, I hope)
- The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (still reading, ditto above)
It has been an odd year of reading. Unlike all years before, this year many of our chapter book read alouds have been chosen based on our studies, and I can’t say I’ve loved that. Oh, the books have been good for the most part, but reading something out of obligation isn’t quite as fun as reading it for pure enjoyment, is it? I think that maybe I need to rethink this, especially with yet another almost-independent reader on my hands.
Anyway, choosing a favorite isn’t too hard for me. I loved Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. Having never read it before was a bonus for me–I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Lulu, age 7.5, chose The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as her favorite. When I asked her why, she answered simply, “It’s Narnia.” Good enough for me! 🙂 Surprisingly, six year old Louise chose Black Ships Before Troy as her favorite. She couldn’t articulate (or maybe even remember, since we read it much earlier this year) why she liked it so much, but a smile immediately lit up her face upon remembering it. Who knew ancient Greece could be so entertaining? 😉
I suppose fifteen chapter books isn’t too bad for one year. You can peruse the Read Aloud Thursday and Nonfiction Monday archives in particular if you’re interested in some of the other things we’ve read and enjoyed this year. Here are links to previous years’ lists and top picks:
As for next year, I hope to get back to reading more fun stuff to my girls. Also, I’d like to revisit some classics we’ve enjoyed in the past. I’ve had a real hankering for some A.A. Milne lately.
May your 2012 be filled with wonderful books!