Sunday, March 1, 2015

28 Books for Each Day of February: Cuddling + Learning, Boys + Me

Every month we consume quite the pile of books. I find this to be ever so true in these winter months. February may be the shortest month, but it certainly seemed long when nearly every day a dreary grey sky greeted us and snow was most likely the weather prediction for the day. The temperatures we've been having pretty much guarantee us staying inside, and so books are our chosen adventures to bring some delight to each day.

I'm rather glad we are stepping into March today. Last month was oh so long, and I'd be delighted to have a day above freezing.

I picked out 28, one for each day, to share with you. Some that were picture books, some that we used for school reading, some read alouds, and a few I finished off my own reading list for the year (as well as some not on said list).

First up, some newly discovered delightful picture books. I am a stickler for our picture books having both an entertaining story and beautiful images. Otherwise, they often go right back in our library bag after one read. So, I count these as worthy reads for their content both in words and images.

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler + illustrated by Heather Solomon

Sugar Snow (My First Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder + illustrated by Doris Ettlinger - reading this one as we prep to go to a historic village for their Maple Syrup days in March!

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel - a classic that maybe we read in the past only *this* time it's Dominic reading to us. 

Paddington by Michael Bond + illustrated by R.W. Alley - a classic that amazingly we had not yet read.

Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano

Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed by J.C. Phillipps - Dom loved this as a preschooler, and now it's a favorite with Blaise.

Mother Teresa by Demi

Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson + illustrated by Anna Currey

Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems - the Elephant and Piggie series are our favorite! So easy to add your own unique voices to the characters and make it all the more fun.

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

Fiona's Lace by Patricia Polacco

Dominic is 5 and a young kindergartener. For history, we've just been picking out some things he's been interested in and reading them aloud. This has mostly been in the theme of early America and the Revolutionary War. These are a few of our favorites thus far.

Growing Up in Revolution and the New Nation 1775 to 1800 by Brandon Marie Miller

Yankee Doodle America: The Spirit of 1776 from A to Z by Wendell Minor

A Picture Book of George Washington by David Adler + illustrated by John + Alexandra Wallner

A few other "learning" books we have enjoyed have included everything from poetry to biographies as well as a few about crystals and minerals.

It's Raining Pigs & Noodles by Jack Prelutsky

Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper by Julie Cummins + illustrated by Michael Allen Austin - this one was fun because he's buried here in Rochester, NY and we have a packetboat that we are hoping to ride this spring named after him.

Handel, Who Knew What He Liked by M. T. Anderson + illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Peanut Butter And Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book by Brian P. Cleary + illustrated by Betsy E. Snyder - ABC books for the win! Blaise is loving the ones we have been discovering at the library. When Dom was at this learning point, I made a whole list of some of our favorites, but now I am going to have to make a whole new one with more finds!

Minerals (Rock Stars) by Chris and Helen Pellant

We finally finished up this read aloud book and are on the lookout for a new one to begin. Do you have any favorite chapter books perfect for little ears?

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder - A favorite from my childhood, I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this one, and my sons didn't seem to mind that it was about a family with only daughters. Once we finished it, we checked out The Little House Cookbook and will be making something fun from it this week. The boys are voting Johnny Cake, which is pretty much cornbread.

And last up, a few that I have finished this month.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

Designated Daughters (A Deborah Knott Mystery) by Margaret Maron - it's been a mystery sort of month. February kinda is, you know? It just seems like the perfect sort of weather to curl up with a good suspenseful read. 

Queen of Hearts (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen

Re-read The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

This one wasn't on my original list for the year, but I had some birthday money to spend, so I bought it and have begun. I am trying to take my time and savor each chapter… might finish it faster than that though because there is so much good to be had inside.

Our bread machine broke, so I picked this one up at the library to try and keep tasty and fairly cheap bread on our table to go with all our Lenten soups.

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg + Zoë François - if we love it, I'll probably also check out the gluten free version: Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Oh and I got this one as a great deal, and I can't wait til Easter to put it into practice. Haven't read it entirely, but I have been salivating over the pages if that counts.

Shake, Stir, Pour-Fresh Homegrown Cocktails: Make Syrups, Mixers, Infused Spirits, and Bitters with Farm Fresh Ingredients by Katie Loeb

And that wraps up the peek at our bookshelves this month.

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  1. I got that bread cookbook from the library last month, too! So far I haven't ventured past the base recipe but it's fascinating reading!

    1. I'm hoping to start sooner than later, but you definitely know how crazy a house full of kids gets. It would be a nice addition to the many soups and stews we are eating this Lent. Let me know if you try any!

  2. I got that bread cookbook from the library last month, too! So far I haven't ventured past the base recipe but it's fascinating reading!

  3. Ooh! I see some here that I'm going to look for! We love David Adler books and "Handel,who Knew What He Liked" also!
    Thanks for linking to your ABC book list! I had been poking around trying to to find it but couldn't :)

    1. This is our first David Adler book - I'll have to look for more! You're welcome for the ABC list… new one coming soon. ;)

  4. Love, love, love! Thanks for taking care of my book ordering for a while! I've used that bread recipe forever and I really love it. I think it's so smart and it's a great theory.

    1. Yay! I'm so glad to be of use in others' book adventures. Thanks for sharing another positive review of the bread book. Hopefully I can try it soon. =)

  5. Every time we go to the library, I'm at a loss for what to bring home. Thanks for making it easier!!


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