Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children

We loved this book!  James Herriot's stories are exceptional.  Stella, like all little girls, loves animal stories.  And I have loved James Herriot since high school.  So when my Aunt Sue gave the kids James Herriot's Treasury for Children for Christmas I knew we were all in for a treat.  I hadn't realized that he had written for children.  And maybe they aren't written for children, but they are certainly appropriate for them.  He writes in a way that makes the country and the people and the animals come to life and the illustrations by Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett add to it.  This is a delightful book and we all enjoyed.  Even Bruce wouldn't wander too far, and for some stories he even sat with us.  Out of eight stories we enjoyed, well, eight.  Super sweet, and fun.  I would highly recommend this to anyone! 

 Have you ever read any of James Herriot's books? 


In which I list books for me to read in 2013

Yesterday I posted about the books I want to read the kids this year.  But I also set a goal for myself.  I would like to read at least one non-fiction, non-cookbook book per month.  So 12 books.  I have 8 selected already and I am open to suggestion for the last 4.  I would like to read at least one biography, yet to be selected. In no particular order:

What do you suggest I add to round out my list?

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In which I list the books we will read this year

I have set a goal to read at least 18 good read alouds with the kids this year.  I have selected 16 of them already.  I think I will ask our local children's librarian for more suggestions for this age/stage We're looking forward to getting started on these!

  1.  Adventures of Little Bear by Else Minarik and Maurice Sendak
  2. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  3. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  4. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  5. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett  (Completed in February)
  6. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  7. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  9. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  10. Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
  11. James Herriot's Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children James Herriot  (Completed in January)
  12. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O'Brien
  13. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  14. American Girl - Josefina and Samantha, specifically.
  15. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  16. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh 
I will come back and update this list with the last two books, just as soon as I choose them!  I'm totally open to suggestions, too.  What would you read to a kindergartener or first grader?

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