Monday, December 29, 2014

December Reads 2014


Books We Are Reading @ My House
DECEMBER 2014

The Camel Club by David Balducci 816
The Three Little Pigs and the New Neighbor by Andi Blackford 31
Eat Your Veggies Goldilocks by Steve Smallman 24
My New Yellow Shirt 32
Circus Girl 40
How do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas by Jane Yolen 40
Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson 32
Santa Duck By David Milgrim 32
Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List 32
Dick and Jane A Christmas Story by Grossett and Dunlap 32
Beasty Bath by Robert Newbecker 32
Santas Busy Night by Michael Rex 32
Edible Colros by Jennifer Bass 32
The Longest Christmas List Ever by Greg and Evan Spiridellis 32
Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy 32
Sleepover with Beatrice an Bear by Monica CArnesi 32
Baking Day at Grandmas by anika Denis 32
The Passage by Justin Cronin 912
That’s Not Santa by Leonard Kessler 32
What Santa Cant Do? By Douglas Wood 32
Sleepy-O by  Harriet Ziefert 32
Is It Christmas Yet? By Jane Chapman 32
Mery Christmas mr. Snowman  by Wolfram Hanel 32
Care Bears Christmas 34
Anna’s Best Friends by Christy Webster 24
Is It Christmas Yet? By Jane Chapman 32
Mery Christmas mr. Snowman  by Wolfram Hanel 32
Life Is Your Best Medicine by Tireona LowDog 332
Polar Express by Chris Von Allasburg 40
Planes Junior Novelization by Suzanne Francis 128
Dr McStuffins A Very McStuffins Christmas by Shelia Sweeny 24
Blue on Blue by Diane White 48
How Do You Sleep by Louise Rampersaud 34
Super Subamarines by Tony Mitton 24
Hi Harry! The Moving Story of how One Slow Tortoise Slowly Made a Friend by Martin Waddell 56
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Dan Andreasean 32
Pick Me Up Mama by Robin Luebs 34
The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh 32
Fancy Nancy Budding Ballerina by Jane O’Connor 24
The Power of Now by Eckhart Toile 256
Interrupted Fairy Tale by RoseMarie Terenzio 256
The First Night before Christmas by Mary Vonk 32
The Diggiest Dog by Al Perkins 72
I Love Snow  by Hans Wilhelm 32
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore 44
Fly Guy Presents FireFighters by Tedd Arnold 32
The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman 32




The Power of Now by Eckhart Toile 256
This book was a tough read but I still enjoyed it….Understanding the NOW and keeping ones self constantly in that present moment is a lot to wrap your mind around and takes contatnt   vigilance.  At times the concept seemed so hard to understand yet every once and aehile I heard my self thinking …hey that makes sense.

Interrupted Fairy Tale by RoseMarie Terenzio 256
I have read quite a few memoirs of JFK JR but this was by far my favorite…written by his assistant/ the couples best friend…Author, rose Marie really makes the famous couple human and lets readers peek at who these two really were behind there famouse fa├žade.

The First Night before Christmas by Mary Vonk 32
This is cute rhyming story told in the fashion of the night before chrismtas except it is done with they story of Jesus…I had never seen this book but loved it for my litte ones.

The Diggiest Dog by Al Perkins 72
Sammy brown gets a dog, gives him a chance only to have him go crazy digging up the whole town…when sammy threatens so send him back…Duke undigs all his undoings and gets to stay with Sammy brown.

I Love Snow  by Hans Wilhelm 32
Easy reader about dog playing in snow…not much to read and not whole lot more to say than that.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore 44
This addition of classic tale I soley purchased because of the illustartions..they are classic rich and remind me of the copy we had when I was growing up.

Fly Guy Presents FireFighters by Tedd Arnold 32
Tedd Arnold is now in the non fiction book business and I love it Fly guy illustrations are tied in with real pictures and the text is not too long.  Great facts and great new series.


The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman 32
This is one of my favorite holiday titles…always makes me cry when I get to the part about going to grandmas and “you beneath the tree.”

Product DetailsSuper Subamarines by Tony Mitton 24
I love this rhyming series by Tony Mitton…the pictures are great and the nonfiction facts tied in to the story fit just right for this age group..not to mention that I learn a thing or too also.


Product DetailsHi Harry! The Moving Story of how One Slow Tortoise Slowly Made a Friend by Martin Waddell 56
When all the other animals have no time and are too fast for Harry, he continues on until he meets a friend just his speed…SNAIL

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Dan Andreasean 32
This is basically a picture book with the lyrics to the song…the colors are drab and the book gets long to read after verse 9!

Pick Me Up Mama by Robin Luebs 34
Sweet little board book about baby raccoon asking her mom and dad to pick her up!

 The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh 32
From the writers of the biggest hug, now comes the biggest kiss….all kinds of differetnt kisses from differernt creatures.


Fancy Nancy Budding Ballerina by Jane O’Connor 24
When this little girl realizes that daddy does not know how to dance, it is the perfect opportunity for her to give a impromptu dance lesson.

How Do You Sleep by Louise Rampersaud 34
A cute little book about the way all the different animals sleep….closing with little kids going to bed….perfect for bedtime.

Product DetailsCare Bears Christmas 34
The night befoire Christmas addition on Care A lot…The bears all snaggled in waiting for Santa to come fill their stocking and  tree with gifts.

Anna’s Best Friends by Christy Webster 24
A Disney Frozen Easy Reader about Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven…Simple Rhyming text that I at this point I could probably read with my eyes closed.

Product DetailsIs It Christmas Yet? By Jane Chapman 32
A cute little tale about Christmas and the question that ponders every little mind…Is it christms yet…How long…How much is that. I asked my son over and over who this sounded like as we read this book.

Product DetailsMery Christmas mr. Snowman  by Wolfram Hanel 32
When a little family of mice realize that Mr. Snowman cannot come in for Christmas by the warm fire, they do one better and take Christmas outside to him…so they can all enjoy together.

Product DetailsLife Is Your Best Medicine by Tireona LowDog 332
This book is slightly biographical in the beginning telling of how the author came to beliefs and way of life, but her story encompasses natural remedies and natural healing for the body versus, more drs, and medications.

Polar Express by Chris Von Allasburg 40
The classic tale of a train, a boy, a bell and believing in the magic of Christmas. I love this book as much now as I did when I was a child.

Planes Junior Novelization by Suzanne Francis 128
No pictures in this book just a detailed account of Dusty’s fire fighting adventuire in chapter book format…After seeing the movie and reading the picture book.. this put me over the edge…thinking …if I hear one more detail about Dusty crophopper I am gonna go crazy!!!

Product DetailsDr McStuffins A Very McStuffins Christmas by Shelia Sweeny 24
Santa is lucky to have doc at the north pole when things go worng and needs to help with toy repairs.


Product DetailsBlue on Blue by Diane White 48

This is a cute picture book about the weather and the different shapes it takes as the seasons and precipitation change…It has a very simple text but at times it seemed to get long.

Dick and Jane A Christmas Story by Grossett and Dunlap 32
Dick and Jane are getting ready for Christmas by sleeding in the snow and baking cookies….A bit repettivive but we read it anyway.

Product DetailsBeasty Bath by Robert Newbecker 32
A little girl enjoys bath time as she masquerades as a wild beast ith multiple tales and scales.

Product DetailsSantas Busy Night by Michael Rex 32
Santa is lucky to have his helpers when he gets into trouble. Santa  is getting in to trouble with chimneys and reindeer but luck y foir him the elfs are always following close behind to aid in his trouble.

Product DetailsEdible Colros by Jennifer Bass 32
A colorfull picture book they will show kids veggies in colrs they never knew existed. Thre were veggies in this book that I was even surprised to see were real and edible.

Product DetailsThe Longest Christmas List Ever by Greg and Evan Spiridellis 32
This is one of my favorites, about a little boy who is so busy making his list so so long that he does not get it mailed in time…..Good for any kids with the gimmies.

Product DetailsGeorgie the Gingerbread Fairy 32
Gerogie closes down her glitter shop when the glitter fairy comes to town but, when the town starts to stink of plastic..Georgie realizes that they is still room for her after all.

Product DetailsSleepover with Beatrice an Bear by Monica CArnesi 32
Love this title about Hibernation! Bunny wants to join bear for the winter but when she realizes that bunnies are not great hibernators she ddevelops another plan to include bear in her winter fun when he awakes in the spring.

Baking Day at Grandmas by anika Denis 32
The little bears are traveling through the forest for a day of baking treats at grandmas…and what I love best about this book is the recipe for choc cake on the very last page.



Product DetailsThe Passage by Justin Cronin 912
This has got to be one of the strangest books I have ever read….vampire…meets dystopian…meets I don’t even know what. This book seemed forever long and it probably took me getting to 70% the way through to actually be interested and care what was about to happen next. It is told in transitions from different perspectives and was hard to follow and pick up at times but that being said once I go to the last 200 pages I found myself just wanting to know what would happen next.

That’s Not Santa by Leonard Kessler 32
Santa cannot find his red suit, so he tries on array of wild suits until Mrs. Claus arrives home with a very special present.

What Santa Cant Do? By Douglas Wood 32
Santas can do all kinds of things but he is just like me and you, in that he cvannot wait for chirstmas! Love this series of books.

Sleepy-O by  Harriet Ziefert 32
What to do when baby wont sleep! A family tries and tries to get their baby to sleep and finally they send that baby off to grandmas! Wish this worked at my house J
  

 Product DetailsThe Camel Club by David Balducci 816
Four outlanders of society witness a crime in the capitol and before long they become entangled in a huige conspiracy? Mystery. I liked this book at times there seemed to be a lot of characters and subplots to follow but then ending was tied up neatly with a conclusion that left readers with the promised of more books to come in this series.

The Three Little Pigs and the New Neighbor by Andi Blackford 31
A retelling of the classic, where the wolf is portratyed as a misunderstood new neighbor who simply needed some water after inhaling some pepper.

Product DetailsEat Your Veggies Goldilocks by Steve Smallman 24
Goldilocks runs away from home when she is not allowed to eat whatever she wants, but after causing havoc at the three little bears house , they make her stay and clean up and eat healthy meals with them. This book was ok…it had a promising start and cute ending, but the in between was just mediocre…the author could have done a lot more with this book.

My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli 32
A little boy utilizes his imagination when he is given a new shirt for his birthday, he tells readers about all the things he can be when he is wearing his neew yellow shirt.

Circus Girl by Claire Pernice 40
As a young girl goes to bed she drifts into dreamland where she is the star of circus. Simple text and brightly colored pictures!

How do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas by Jane Yolen 40
Children will be reminded of how they should be acting at Christmas time, if they want to see their tree fill up with lots of presents.

Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson 32

Product DetailsSanta Duck By David Milgrim 32
Poor Duck is discouraged when he cannot find santa and all his friends mistaken him for Mr. C luckily he finds him in the end.

Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List 32
Santa does not have to worry after losing his list, beasuce Peppa remembers everything that her frinds want on Christmas morning.



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