Thursday, February 12, 2015

Children's Books: The First 50

I haven't posted any pictures of my kids reading lately, but I've been faithfully logging books on my Goodreads account as we finish them.  We've done at least 50 different books together now.  Here's my list so far:

* Mater to the Rescue! by Frank Berrios
* The Very Best Home for Me by Jane W. Watson
* Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
* Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jenny Tulip
* Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins
* Bears on Wheels by Stan Berenstain
* The Jingle Bell Ball by Jenny Arthur
* Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
* Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
* I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words by Michael Frith
* Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
* Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss
* One Monkey Too Many by Jackie French Koller
* Nubby Kitty by Kate McMullan
* Big Bird's Guessing Game About Shapes by Sesame Workshop
* Cookie's Guessing Game About Food by Sesame Workshop
* There's a Wocket in my Pocket! by Dr. Seuss
* Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss
* The Last Day of Kindergarten by Nancy Loewen
* Diego's Buzzing Bee Adventure by Alison Inches
* Ragged Ann: A Thank You, Please, and I Love You Book by Norah Smaridge
* Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
* Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
* Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg
* The Eye Book by Theo LeSieg
* How to Get Married... by Me, the Bride by Sally Lloyd-Jones
* No, David! by David Shannon
* Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
* The Midnight Fairies by Ronne Randall
* Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
* The Gingerbears' First Christmas by Nancy P. McConnell
* Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood
* Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
* What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz
* Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
* Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
* The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
* The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
* Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
* Oh, Say Can You Say? by Dr. Seuss
* Peasant Pig and the Terrible Dragon by Richard Scarry
* The Tortoise & the Jackrabbit by Susan Lowell
* The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
* Counting Fun with Elmo and Friends by Flying Frog Publishing
* Mary Had a Little Lamb by Flying Frog Publishing
* Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
* Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
* The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
* You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
* The Nineteenth of Maquerk by Aaron Reynolds

50 / 1000

Books x6

I've also done quite a bit of reading that I haven't posted about yet.  I still need to do book reviews of all of these, but here's the rundown:

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread)

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

So that's 6 more books, bringing my total to 14.

14 / 200

Volunteer x8

I haven't posted in nearly a month.  That doesn't mean that I haven't been working on my goals, it just means that I've been so busy doing that I haven't been writing.  Not a bad problem to have, but I'd still like to find a balance there.

Here's the quick update on my volunteering count:

* I went back to the elementary school library and did the weeding for M through T.

* I volunteered for another week of Clarity with the high schoolers at my church.  I really like these kids.  While I do have to admit that it's hard to drag myself out at night, particularly when my own kids are getting ready to bed, I really do enjoy working with them.

* I went back to the elementary school library (again) and finished weeding the fiction collection.  I then moved on to helping with inventory.

* I volunteered to help with a week of Friday Night Outlook, which our church's program for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.  I was with the 1st and 2nd graders.  Shay pretty much suction-cupped herself to my side.  My primary role was to shush the really loud boys during worship and to keep anybody from falling down the stairs when they got too rowdy, but I had a lot of fun.  :)

* I went to another PTO meeting, this one specifically focused on planning Spring Fling, which is apparently a big carnival thing.

* I went back to the elementary school library for another week of inventory.

* I was the "guest reader" in Shay's 1st grade classroom and entertained the kids with You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?, How To Get Married, and The Day the Crayons Quit.

* I volunteered at Friday Night Outlook again.  I was with the 3rd graders this time, and totally amazed at how much more mature that one year makes them.  They actually focused on the talk during worship time and had tons of great questions at the end.  Great group!

So that's 8 more times volunteering, bringing me to a current total of 16.  I'm kind of starting to wonder if I'll be able to finish my goal of "volunteer 40 times" by the end of my first year!

16 / 40