Monday, January 17, 2011

Levi's Book List ~ 2010

Levi 9

It is rather convenient to have Levi's birthday just six minutes after the start of the new year. (We had quite the New Year's party NINE years ago.) I keep his book lists from January - December, for instance, and it's convenient to know that he read all the books on his list at the age of eight.

I didn't do quite as thorough a job of keeping track of Levi's reading this past year as I did the year before. I had other things on my mind, and he is such a non-sequential reader that list-making is rather difficult. He often has a whole stack of books going at once, reads a chapter here and a chapter there, and is constantly re-reading books (in parts and pieces). It drives me crazy, being the obsessive sequential person I am, but the boy loves to read a wide variety of books and does so constantly. Who am I to complain?

So the following is an incomplete mish-mash of assigned and free reading for 2010 in no particular order:

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson
Born in the Year of Courage by Emily Crofford
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pioneer Girl by Megan Stine
Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla
And It Is Still That Way: Legends told by Arizona Indian Children collected by Byrd Baylor
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischman
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry
The Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston
The Demon in the Teahouse by D & T Hoobler
Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer
The 39 Clues: The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman
The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett
The 39 Clues: In Too Deep by Jude Watson
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Redwall by Brian Jacques
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Three Cups of Tea (The Young Readers Edition) by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
The Children of Cherry-Tree Farm by Enid Blyton
Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
The 39 Clues: Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
Ranger's Apprentice: The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan
The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief
Rangers Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia
Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
Rangers Apprentice: The Icebound Land by John Flanagan
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
Dutch Color by Douglas M. Jones III
Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
The 39 Clues: One False Note by Gordon Korman
Poppy by Avi
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
Ragweed by Avi
Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Sword of the Samurai by Eric A. Kimmel
The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Hauaard
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler
Hans Brinker/The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
The Singing Hill by Meindert DeJong
Dirk's Dog, Bello by Meindert DeJong
Peter Duck: A Treasure Hunt in the Caribbees by Arthur Ransome
Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla
Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson
The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Frindle by Andrew Clements
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
Freddy and the Bean Home News by Walter R. Brooks
Freddy Goes Camping by Walter R. Brooks
Freddy Goes to Florida by Walter R. Brooks
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley retold by Josephine Poole
Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise
Shakespeare's Scribe by Gary Blackwood
Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation by Douglas Bond
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
The Beggar's Bible by Louise A. Vernon
By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit
Pedro's Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus by Pam Conrad
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleischman
The Apprentice by Pilar Molina Llorente
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
The Town Cats and Other Tales by Lloyd Alexander
Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

P.S. A reader asked if I am endorsing these books, so here is my disclaimer:

No, I'm not endorsing all these books. Many (most) are ones I have not read. They are simply books he read this past year. Unfortunately, Levi loves fantasy (as does his dad) and it is not my favorite by any stretch of the imagination. So Dad does some of the pre-reading (or post reading) and I might feel differently (wry grin). And fantasy is one of the hardest categories to recommend without reservations, anyway. Other books are award winners, but that isn't an indication that everyone would find them acceptable. Other books are from book lists or recommendations. But, again, I haven't read most of them (or all I would do is read!) so I can't recommend them myself. Maybe I'll make up a list of books I CAN endorse (one of these days!).


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

That's a lot of reading! Good for Levi! My older dd has just begun reading chapter books voraciously, and I'm attempting to keep a list of hers, too.

Molly Anne said...

Wow - that's a lot of reading!
If I were still 9 I think Levi and I would get along great. Although I was never much of a talker I am definitely nose in a book, head in the clouds sort.
Redwall is still one of my all-time favorite books and I also love the Wrinkle In Time series by Madeleine L'Engle.

Anonymous said...

I've never kept a list of all the books Gabe has read. Each evening when I tuck him and at least 3 of his books into bed I just have to smile. Upon his waking his books often times multiply on the floor. I dont know how he can keep up with all of it. Although, I've been inspired each time you've posted Levi's list. Have you read The Sign of the Beaver yet? We just read it as a read aloud. I cried. Its a great story.

Aimee B. in Or.

julie said...

Ooh, I have a non-sequential reader, too! I have discovered from this that (1) when I pick up one of her books that I think she's read and read it myself, I still have to double-check before I talk about the ending, and (2) my daughter has to be the one in charge of setting aside her finished books to return to the library, because she's the only one who knows when she's done with them!

Anonymous said...

My son is a senior in high school this year, and he was just like your Levi at that age....loved to read all the time. He still loves to read and made a 36 on the ACT reading portion!

I love reading about your beautiful family!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

My daughter is Levi's age (just 2 weeks older, technically), and she reads in the same way. I don't keep a list but I love reading Levi's list for ideas for her to read next! Our public library is newer and still has lots of empty shelf space, so I have to request books quite often.

Last year I printed out Levi's list so I could use it to request books and it was 5 pages of tiny type!

My brother wanted to know what "fun things" my children wanted for Christmas. He saw my Amazon wish list and said there were mostly books. I told him that the books ARE fun for my children! (He didn't believe me. When I told my daughter, she said, "I love to read! I read about 3 hours a day!")