Thursday, June 2, 2011

A First Grade Year in Chapter Books

Here's a list of the chapter books that Tim and I have read to N. from June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011, in the order in which we read them.  (I posted last year's list here.)  We love reading aloud! 

This list does not include picture books, which we still read to him occasionally (though less than in earlier years) and which he reads himself.  This list does not include books we've reread from previous years, although rereading is also a significant element in N.'s relationship with books; N. loves to hear favorite chapters from favorite books repeated.  As I have written before, although N. reads fluently now, most of his literary experience is still through read-alouds.  Indeed, listening to us read aloud constitutes a major portion of his daily learning.

I am always looking for recommendations and suggestions.  Tell us what to read next!  I am especially always on the lookout for books about nice boys.  (Thanks to mouseprints at Thick and Thin Things for an excellent list that we are looking forward to exploring!)
  • Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (read by T.)
  • Return to Gone-Away by Elizabeth Enright
  • The Giraffe, The Pelly, and Me by Roald Dahl
  • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
  • The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes
  • Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Moffat Museum by Eleanor Estes
  • Magic or Not by Edward Eager
  • Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren
  • Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Seven-Day Magic by Edward Eager
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (did not finish)
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (read by T.)
  • The Chrysler Building: Creating a New York Icon Day by Day by D. Stravitz (read by T.)
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Time Garden by Edward Eager
  • The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton (did not finish)
  • The Story of a Cat by Emile de la Bedollierre (did not finish)
  • Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
  • All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot (read by T.)
  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot (read by T.)
  • The Well-Wishers by Edward Eager
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  • The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
  • Happy Times at Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot (read by T.)
  • The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
  • The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
  • Every Living Thing by James Herriot (read by T.)
  • Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright
  • Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright
  • Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  • Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks (read by T.)
  • The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
  • The Alley by Eleanor Estes
  • The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes
  • Stalky & Co. By Rudyard Kipling (first chapter only)
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Madame Curie by Eve Curie (read by T.)
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Henry Huggins by Beverley Cleary


mouseprints said...

What a great list!
I have the Elizabeth Enright series sitting on the bookshelf that we haven't read yet.
Have you looked into the new Akimbo series (one is *Akimbo and the Baboons*)by Alexander McCall Smith (of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency fame?) They are a series of books about an African boy who lives on a large game reserve in Kenya with his Park Ranger father. I haven't read them yet, but they sound like the perfect blend of adventure and natural science for kids in the 7-11 age range.
Another series in that age range that a friend keeps urging me to read are *The Mysterious Benedict Society* books, by Trenton Lee Stewart.

feebeeglee said...

I was coming to post about the Mysterious Benedict Society, although it's quite tense at times. Also the first Harry Potter book.

Time Cat, by Lloyd Alexander, features a boy named Jason and his travels to nine different "lives" of his cat, Gareth. Each life is in a different historical time and place, from ancient Egypt to colonial America. It's predominantly a book about human interaction, with the historical settings as backdrop (it's not at all 'teachy' like the Magic Tree House books, for instance.)

Many other Roald Dahls fit the bill, of course, as they tend to feature noble children pitted against horrible peers and awful adults.

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards is a sibling-professor romp set in fantastical Whangdoodleland.

Another fantastical setting can be found in The Phantom Tollbooth, featuring Milo, the boy who never knew what to do with himself, not just sometimes, but always.

Narnia, of course!

Encyclopedia Brown.

The Great Brain books, set in 19th century Utah, about 4 brothers and their friends, are told from the POV of JD, the second-youngest and in deep thrall to his next-older brother, TD, "the Great Brain."

The "Soup" series by Robert Newton Peck. Two best friends get in Henry-Huggins-esque trouble in small-town 1920s Vermont.

Maybe I should stop now! I tried to be a little descriptive for anyone who might not be familiar with the titles.

Fanny Harville said...

mouseprints and feebeeglee: Thanks so much for these suggestions!

Alice@Supratentorial said...

Great list!

We've read many of the same books this year so I don't have much to add.

I'd second the Soup books, Narnia and Mysterious Benedict Society (at least the first one).

Another one my son really loved this year was Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. And on his own he read and loved The Hobbit.

Heather said...

Thank you for directing me to your post! It's late right now, but I'm looking forward to perusing your list more later! Scrolling through, I did see several Elizabeth Enright, already a favorite with both them. Thanks again. :)