Books We Read – January

Welcome to the first edition of our 2010 lists of books we’ve been reading. Many of the books are reviewed, some are not.  Please don’t take the lack of a review link as a statement on the book’s quality … it’s related solely to a lack of time. We can’t review everything we read. If you’ve done a review, we’d love to point readers to it. Please leave your link in the comments. Here are the changes for 2010:

  • New Annual Page. This is a cumulative list for the year because sometimes a review/book talk comes a month or two after we finished reading the book. In fact, we just updated our Books Read in 2009 to add links to website profiles for Dragon Wishes, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and First Pooch. Each month we’ll update Books Read in 2010.
  • Simpler presentation. We will still have Kid Picks because we like to point out the books kids pick for themselves. However, we won’t maintain separate headings for fiction and Nonfiction. For books with strong nonfiction content I’ll add Nonfiction to the entry.
  • Better reader differentiation. We will make better distinctions between easy readers, short chapter books, middle grade readers, and young adult books.
  • Recognize more reading formats. I am tweaking the audio books category to incorporate other reading formats, like magazines.  I’m struggling with a name, though. Got any ideas?

Let’s jump in with the three Rs.
Received: 48
Read: 22
Reviewed: 4

Reading Beyond the Book

ASK MagazineASK Magazine (Arts & Sciences for Kids), January 2010, February 2010Kid Pick

It is worth noting that the cover story on the January 2010 issue inspired our young reader to ask for other books about “cavemen in ice” at the library.

American Girl books[openbook booknumber=”9781593691714″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick

Picture Books (all audiences)

Alyssa and the Spider
written by Alan St. Jean
illustrated by Libby Carruth Krock
(Oren Village, LLC, 2009) our book talk
miranda smith booksnonfiction [openbook booknumber=”0753463067″ templatenumber=”3″]
Crash of the Endurance nonfiction [openbook booknumber=”9780590438490″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick – See note above about ASK Magazine
nonfiction [openbook booknumber=”0525453636″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick
Obama's New Dognonfiction [openbook booknumber=”978-0761456360″ templatenumber=”3″] – our book talk


The Mummy by Joyce Tyldesleynonfiction [openbook booknumber=”1858687144″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick
nonfiction [openbook booknumber=”9780811824675″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick – Picking this book was inspired by seeing a Jaws movie poster at a restaurant.

Easy Readers (for Developing & Emerging Readers)

Science Solves It Melinda Dukenonfiction [openbook booknumber=”1575651157″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick

Chronicles of Narnia popup[openbook booknumber=”9780061240058″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick

Bob Temple[openbook booknumber=”9781577654223″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick
science solves it books nonfiction [openbook booknumber=”157565119X” templatenumber=”3″]
nonfiction [openbook booknumber=”0865934576″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick

Illustrated Short Chapter Books

Ivy and Bean books[openbook booknumber=”9780811856836″ templatenumber=”3″]

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald[openbook booknumber=”9780763628338″ templatenumber=”3″]

Shel Silverstein poems[openbook booknumber =”9780066236179″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick
Precious Moments booksA Little Bit of Faith: Book 1 (Precious Girls Club)
written by Cindy Kenney; illustrated by Precious Moments
(Precious Moments, 2009)
Kate DiCamillo book[openbook booknumber=”0763617229″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick
shel silverstein books[openbook booknumber=”0060291699″ templatenumber=”3″]

Middle Grade Chapter Books (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Stacy Nyikos[openbook booknumber=”9781933831114″ templatenumber=”3″]our book talk

Bonnie Bryant [openbook booknumber=”0553484281″ templatenumber=”3″] kid pick

Young Adult Chapter Books (Fiction and Nonfiction)

James Rollins[openbook booknumber=”9780061473791″ templatenumber=”3″] our book talk


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One response to “Books We Read – January

  1. I’m a bit of a reading slump right now, so this list is HUGE to me!

    I just loved The Tale Of Despereaux.

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