1. Gay Neck, Story of a Pigeon is pretty good, despite the title that didn’t age well. We read it…last year I think. Millions of Cats is a picture book, so that’s an easy one to check off the list. 🙂

    I don’t have a next read aloud in mind (we were trying to read Black Ships Before Troy before Christmas, but my daughter couldn’t follow all the mythological references and she found it frustrating…we’ll try again later after we study a bit more greek mythology)…so I am going to peruse these titles and pick one for our next read aloud!

    • Amy


      Yes, I have read Millions of Cats, which I realized after I re-read this post. ☺️

      We read Black Ships a few years ago and enjoyed it. That seems like ages ago that we immersed ourselves in ancient times.

  2. The Trumpeter of Krakow was a great read. I read it in 2011. I wouldn’t mind rereading it again if I can squeeze it in. I’ll be reviewing Millions of Cats at least. I haven’t reviewed that one before, this one was a favorite growing up!

  3. OK, so after I sent you my email with the links, I come herald see that you’ve already laid out everything so well and included a link to my Newbery posts. Thanks. I plan to read Cedric and The Old Tobacco Shop, or at least start them and see how it goes. Some of these older books age well, and others are hard going.

  4. I read Smoky, the Cowhorse to my children several years ago. Most nights I read it aloud by candlelight. It is still one of my children’s favorite read alouds. Off to look a bit more closely at the other books.

  5. I’m choosing The Story of Mankind by Henrik Willem Van Loon. Just downloaded a free version for my Kindle. I read The Trumpeter of Krakow a few years back with my girls. I remember it was good but that’s about all I remember. ha.

    • Amy

      Great! So glad you’re playing along, Lisa!

      My reads will have to come later in the month. I’m STILL reading Huck Finn.

    • Well, I changed my mind after I saw how thick that book was! ha. So this morning at the library I picked up “Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon” and will be reading that one isntead. 🙂

  6. My daughter and I decided on Downright Dencey as our main book for the 1920s. I am very intrigued by The Trumpeter of Krakow, but I think I will save that to read next year when we are back in that time period for history. I have Tales from Silver Lands and Shen of the Sea on the way to my library branch as well — I may read portions of those to the boys, as they like folk tales more than DD does. I skimmed a little bit of The Old Tobacco Shop today…it is pretty funny.

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