Friday, April 29, 2011

1500 Book Challenge Update #2

I thought I was doing pretty well reading 7 books a day to the girls.... and then... the power went out last Tuesday. So with the power out and no car to leave the house (my husband had taken the car for the day), we read... and read and read and read.

We read over 20 books, and my voice could hardly keep going but both girls were geared up for an entire day of sitting in the reading chair with dry cereal and read all day. I loved the Dino Pals series we read and Evie knew quite a few of the words in the books so that was a lot of fun. Our favorite books were:

Disney's Tangled!
This is Evie's (My 2.5 year old daughter) favorite movie at the moment, and reading the 63 page book (it took us awhile to get though it), was just as good if not better then watching the movie. She would tell me what was about to happen, and giggled at the adorable pictures. I found out you can actually enjoy this book for free online! Go here and sign up for a Disney account: DISNEY DIGITAL BOOKS  although the membership costs money the free account will allow you to read a few dozen books including Tangled! We have loved our free account, I think sometime this year I may pay for a full account.

Other books we've really enjoyed is the baby manners series. Evie will go around saying "We say please" and "we say thank you" she has even started saying "bless you" when someone sneezes (with hay fever season around the corner, I'm glad she's so polite.)

Total books read to date (our tally started on April 15th) = 62 so far not bad, but not great either... we'll be kicking it up this next week to catch up and get on track for 1500 books this year! How is everyone else fairing out there?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

1500 Book Challenge Update

How many of you are taking the 1500 book challenge with your kids? If you start today you can still do it! You'll have to read an average of 7.4 books a day until the end of the year? Sounds impossible? IT'S NOT!

Check out the Free E-Books or Online Books post for over 3000 books! You can read! When the power went out for about 5 hours today, my kids and I sat on the floor with a bag of tortilla chips and read over a dozen books! I'll be posting a list of the titles we've read this week since pledging to participate in the challenge. If you're participating pledge your family in a comment below! 

Here's one of my families favorite reads to get you started: 
Llama Llama Red Pajama. Where little llama goes to bed, but needs a drink. Mommy Llama is busy doing house chores and baby llama starts to worry she's left him forever! It's an adorable story about patients on both sides of this all too familiar after bed time scenario. And, ends with a beautiful illustration of love! This book is not just one of my daughter's favorites it's also a story that showed me "the other side" of bed time tantrums and helped us both cope! If you don't have this one in your library it's worth investing in a hard copy to keep on your kitchen counter to serve as a reminder of bed time love! 

Friday, April 15, 2011

1500 Book Challenge

I have several home-school mother's now who have told me I have to get in on this... so here we are. Between now and December 31st, 2011 we are going to read 1500 unique books... what??? It's a good thing we have so many available to us for free online!

Book #1 - If You're Happy And You Know It by: Lindsey Gardiner

This is one of Evie and Inara's favorite books. I really want to have the last page framed for them. It's a beautiful message not only about being happy but also about being able to express yourself.
I hope you all get the opportunity to read it for yourself! It's worth a trip to the library. I have to admit the first time I read it I kept getting frustrated I couldn't sing it, after about the 5th time I realized you absolutely can sing it! You just have to sing the part about what the animals say too... Try it... you'll get it!

Okay there is our first entry into our 1500 book challenge. Look tomorrow for a 1500 book challenge give-away. Take the challenge and you could win! The more people we get doing this, not only will we together be helping children develop a love for reading, and learning but we'll be creating a bond for life with our children that is irreplaceable!