2011 – 2012 Book List

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne – I was really looking forward to reading this classic after I bought a really cute collector’s set.  Sadly, I found it one of my least favorite books that I have read to the girls.  I think this is one of the few books I have read where I actually prefer the movie better.  I just had a hard time comfortably getting into the flow of the book. I felt disjointed and discombobulated reading it aloud.

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne – Even though I didn’t enjoy reading these aloud the girls wanted to finish them (see above).

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Clearly

Tangled: The Junior Novelization by Irene Trimble – this was the first book we read together off of our Kindle.  I figured I would test our latest gadget with a princess book (and the fact that the kindle version was only $1 helped).

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Clearly

Ramona the Brave by Beverly Clearly

Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Clearly

Dragonsdale by Salamanda Drake  *audiobook

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Clearly – I started this book but Mira told me she thinks this book should be read by dad.  So he’ll take over and I’ll start up with Ramona and Her Mother when they finish.

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg – To date, one of Stella’s absolute favorites.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner – Nanny read this one aloud to the girls during their sleepovers.

Matilda by Roald Dahl – We really enjoyed reading this one.  Mira literally gasped when Miss Honey stated that Mrs. Trunchbull was her aunt.

Peter Pan by JM Barrie

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter *audiobook* It’s so nice to listen to Potter’s tales read in an English accent.

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder***Reread this book.  We read it for the first time together last Christmas and since then we’ve been picking up the My First Little House series at library geared for younger children.  It renewed Mira’s interest in it and she asked to read the “big” version again. I definitely recommend the younger series to kick start their interest.  It has really given us a deeper appreciation for the original work.  You can read my post on the *littler* Little House books here.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – 

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – Daddy couldn’t wait to introduce this story to the girls.  His entertaining read-alouds were hard to mimic– the few nights I tried to fill in for him Mira informed me that I had the voices all wrong and would correct me on my pronunciation of the characters’ names.  A more detailed blog post on this read aloud can be found here.

Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Clearly

The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit -We didn’t get to read this one the whole way through.  It was a bit of a reach for my young girls at this time.  We will definitely revisit it again at a later date and give it another try.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren – The three main Pippi books were a HUGE success.  My girls and I adore Pippi and loved reading about her crazy adventures together.  This read-aloud prompted its own blog post.

How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

TumTum and Nutmeg by Emily Bearn – This book was an impromptu hit for us.  We just picked it up off a library shelf and instantly fell in love with it.  You can read my review here.

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Borrowers by Mary Norton – I really, really wanted to enjoy this book.  But for some reason NONE of us quite got into it; which was really a shame because we adored the movie, The Secret World of Arrietty (you can read my rave review here) and I had hoped to capitalize on it by immersing ourselves further into the Borrower’s world.  Sadly, we stopped after just barely making it through the first book.

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field  – This was really a unique tale told in the point of view of a carved wooden doll named Hitty.  You follow her adventures around the world as she makes her way from one home and owner to another.  Really a neat story.

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