Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good Grief, Levi

Levi Reading

Levi's birthday lands conveniently on the first day of the new year (6 minutes after midnight, to be exact).

In honor and celebration of my firstborn son, I thought I'd wrap up his reading list for 2009 and 7 years old.

As I was trying to find something to discomfort him with after an afternoon of less-than-desirable behavior the other day,
I settled on the torturous punishment of no reading.

He wailed, 'But I'm nothing without my books!'

Without further ado:

*Alexander, Lloyd. The Gawgon and the Boy
Time Cat
The Book of Three
The Black Cauldron
The High King

*Armstrong, Alan.
Looking for Marco Polo

*Atwater, Richard and Florence.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins

The Barn

*Babbitt, Natalie. Kneeknock Rise

*Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer

*Banks, Lynne Reid.
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Return of the Indian
The Mystery of the Cupboard
The Secret of the Indian

*Barrie, J. M. Peter Pan

*Barry, Dave & Pearson, Ridley.
Peter and the Starcatchers
Peter and the Shadow Thieves
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
Escape from the Carnivale
Cave of the Dark Wind

Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

*Birdsall, Jeanne.
The Penderwicks

*Bishop, Claire Huchet and Pene du Bois, William. Twenty and Ten

*Blyton, Enid.
The Mystery of the Missing Necklace
The Famous Five On a Treasure Island
The Famous Five on Finniston Farm
Five on Kirrin Island Again
Five Are Together Again
Five Go to Demon’s Rocks
Five Get Into a Fix
Five Have a Wonderful Time
Five Go to Billycock Hill
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top

*Bond, Michael.
A Bear Called Paddington
Paddington Helps Out

*Brinley, Bertrand R.
The Mad Scientists Club

*Brooks, Walter R.
Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars
Freddy and the Perilous Adventure
Freddy the Pilot

The Girl Who Helped Thunder & Other Native American Folktales

*Bulla, Robert Clyde.
Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims

*Carlson, Natalie Savage. The Family Under the Bridge

*Carroll, Lewis.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass

*Cleary, Beverly.
Mitch and Amy
The Mouse & the Motorcycle
Ralph S. Mouse
Runaway Ralph

*Clements, Andrew. Frindle

*Cole, Joanna.
The Magic School Bus Chapter Book: Electric Storm
Amazing Magnetism
The Wild Whale Watch
The Giant Germ

The Truth About Bats
Voyage to the Volcano

*Cooney, Barbara. The Kellyhorns

*Cory, David.
The Magic Umbrella

*Cowles, Julia Darrow. The Robinson Crusoe Reader

*Dahl, Roald.
George’s Marvelous Medicine
The Witches

*Davies, Jaqueline. The Lemonade War

*de Angeli, Marguerite.
The Door in the Wall

*de Saint-Exupery, Antoine.
The Little Prince

*Dillon, Eilis. The Island of Horses

*Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Lost World

*Eager, Edward.
Half Magic
The Time Garden
Seven-Day Magic
Magic by the Lake
Knight’s Castle
Magic or Not?
The Well-Wishers

*Edwards, Julie Andrews.
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

*Ellsworth, Mary Ellen.
Gertrude Chandler Warner and the Boxcar Children

*Enright, Elizabeth.
The Four-Story Mistake
Then There Were Five
Spiderweb for Two
Thimble SummerGone-Away Lake

*Erickson, John R.
The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

*Estes, Eleanor.
Ginger Pye
The Moffat Museum
Rufus M.
The Moffats

*Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord

*Gannett, Ruth Stiles.
Elmer and the Dragon
The Dragons of Blueland

*Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox

*George, J. Craighead. The Cats of Roxville Station

*Gray, Elizabeth Janet.
Adam of the Road

*Harris, Joel Chandler. The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

*Haywood, Carolyn.
Betsy and the Boys
Betsy and the Circus
Summer Fun
Eddie and the Fire Engine

*Hope, Laura Lee. The Bobbsey Twins

The Bobbsey Twins Adventure in the Country

*Jenkins, Martin.
Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver
Don Quixote

*Juster, Norman. The Phantom Tollbooth

*Kalnay, Francis. Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa

*King-Smith, Dick.
The School Mouse
Harriet's Hare
Ace: The Very Important Pig
The Twin Giants
Clever Duck
The Mouse Family Robinson
Dinosaur Trouble
Lady Lollipop

*Kipling, Rudyard.
Just So Stories
The Jungle Books, Vol. 2

*Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

*Lawrence, Caroline. The Pirates of Pompeii

*Lawson, Robert.
Ben and Me
Rabbit Hill

*Lewis, C. S.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Last Battle

*Lindgren, Astrid.
Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Goes on Board
Pippi on the Run

*Lofting, Hugh. The Story of Doctor Dolittle

*MacDonald, Betty. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury

*MacDonald, George.
The Light Princess
The Golden Key
The Princess and Curdie

*McAllister, Angela.
Digory the Dragon Slayer
Digory and the Lost King

*McCaughrean, Geraldine. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

*McCloskey, Robert.
Homer Price
Centerburg Tales

*McMullan, Kate. Dragon Slayers’ Academy:
97 Ways to Train a Dragon
Knight for a Day

*Morey, Walt.
Runaway Stallion
The Lemon Meringue Dog

*Morris, Gerald.
Sir Givret the Short
The Quest of the Fair Unknown
The Lioness and Her Knight
The Ballad of Sir Dinadan
Parsifal's Page
The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf
The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady
The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight
The Squire's Tale

*Mowat, Farley.
Owls in the Family

*Myers, Walter Dean. Three Swords for Granada

*Nesbit, Edith.
The Book of Dragons
Five Children and It
The Magic City
The Enchanted Castle

*Norton, Mary. The Borrowers

*Osborne, Mary Pope.
Favorite Norse Myths
Magic Tree House

*Paterson, Katherine.
Bridge to Terabithia
Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight

*Pene du Bois, William. The Twenty-One Balloons

*Philip, Neil. Odin’s Family:
Myths of the Vikings

*Ransome, Arthur.
Swallows and Amazons
Winter Holiday

*Robertson, Keith.
Henry Reed, Inc.
Henry Reed’s Babysitting Service

*Robinson, Barbara.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Best Halloween Ever

*Rupp, Rebecca.
The Dragon of Lonely Island
The Return of the Dragon
The Waterstone

*Scieszka, Jon.
The Time-Warp Trio: Gladiator
Tut Tut
Knights of the Kitchen Table
Me Oh Maya
Sam Samurai
The Good the Bad the Goofy
It's All Greek to Me
Viking It and Liking It
The Not-So-Jolly Roger

*George Selden.
The Cricket in Times Square
Tucker’s Countryside
Harry Cat's Pet Puppy
The Old Meadow
Chester Cricket’s New Home

*Selznick, Brian.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret

*Sobol, Donald.
Secret Agents Four
Encyclopedia BrownEncyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander

*Sorensen, Virginia.
Miracles on Maple Hill

*Smith, Alexander McCall.
Akimbo and the Crocodile Man
Akimbo and the Lions
Akimbo and the Elephants

*Sperry, Armstrong. Call It Courage

*St. John, Patricia M.
Star of Light
Treasures of the Snow

*Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society

*Travers, P. L.
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Comes Back

*Treffinger, Carolyn. Li Lun: Lad of Courage

*Warner, Gertrude Chandler. The Boxcar Children

(#1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, S#18, & Winter Special #1, ++?)

*Watson, Jean. The Family Pilgrim’s Progress

*York, Carol Beach. The Good Day Mice

Hmmm. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 200. Makes my 52 look positively puny.



Annika said...

Awesome. I wished I had more time to read ... whenever you post a booklist my amazon order gets far beyond budget :) Happy Birthday, Levi, and a Happy New Year to you all!

Karin Katherine said...

What an amazing list.

I can remember my mother grounding me from books too! I would say you have successfully raised a child with a love of books.

Skeller said...

Stinkin' ahmazing!! Did he leave anything for 2010?!? ;-)

Happiest Bday Greetings from our family to Levi!!

grandma and grandpa said...

GO, Levi! Keep reading. Love you. Have a great b/d


Heasleye said...

Good gravy! Way to go, Levi! Happy Birthday!

Molly Anne said...

W.o.w. That's a nice list!

The Cricket in Times Square - I SO remember reading that in gradeschool! I'd forgotten about it until I saw it here.

Renee said...

W-O-W!!! My oldest son loves to read as well. I might try to keep a list of the books he reads this year, if I can keep up! Mine would pale in comparison, as well!! Hope he had a wonderful birthday!

Anonymous said...

HOLY MOLY!!! Happy Birthday Levi ~The Knoxes

Colleen said...

Happy (belated) Birthday to Levi from his Swiss dairy friends!

jodi said...

that's incredible, heidi. good for him! and happy birthday!

two questions,
1.-how do you determine whether you buy a book or get it from the library?
2.-were you the winner of the first child born in 2002 at your hospital? :)

happy 2010-
jodi in pa

Beth said...

You made me laugh with Levi's response of "I'm nothing without my books!" (I feel I can relate to him, though. I go nowhere without something to read, be a magazine, newspaper or book.) What a character. Man, he has read a ton this year!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Oh, my mom used to punish me with no reading decrees, too.

That is an amazing amount of good reading! Congratulations to you and Levi!!!

carole said...

Oh my. Seeing that '8' on screen makes me have to own up to the fact that they're not little boys any more! 8! And what a reader!

Happy birthday, Levi, from all the boys at our house. :)

Heidi said...

Jodi~ I totally forgot to answer your questions!

1. I'm trying to buy less and borrow more. I buy whatever good books I come across at Goodwill or St. Vinnie's. I currently buy books I really want him to read (The Princess and the Goblin, etc.) when I can't find them at the library. Other than that, I'm trying to go through our book shelves and have him read whatever books he hasn't gone through yet and getting the rest at the library.

2. Yep. We were *really* trying to have the last baby of 2001, but it didn't work out that way. Between the tax deduction and an insurance complication, it really cost us. Other than that, though, it was quite fun to have the first baby of the new year, and will be fun for him down the road to count down to midnight and then six minutes later be the birthday boy. :)

The Prudent Homemaker said...

My oldest (a daughter) is just a little older than your son. Her reading list is like Levi's!

I've been wanting to introduce her to some new authors. I always love your reading lists. I can see several on Levi's list that I am going to have her look at for next time at the library. She checked out 19 books today . . . . :)

I noticed that our library is pretty short on lots of things, but other libraries in the district seem to have the books, so I think I will print up Levi's list and see about requesting those books for next time we go. She'll be delighted! I see several things on the list that I was thinking that she should read and that I completely forgot about. I was really wanting a new list of books for her; this is perfect! Thanks!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

That list just took several pages to print! Wow!

Anonymous said...

It will be great to watch Peter Pan, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.