Well, would you look at that?!  My own 'homemade' library card.

Books, books, books.

A HUGE part of our life is books and we are SO thankful for our public library. Not only are the librarians fab, but the Maine inter library loan system is top. Nearly every weekend, I request online what we're interested in (we have access to oodles of libraries in the state through this).  I then get an Email when it's delivered and go pick it up at our local library.

The library is such a huge part of our family that I knew it was a matter of time before my kids played library.

Which is exactly why I saved this fab library play set for the right time. My 8 year old self would have swooned over this! (Confession, all my books were alphabetized and I had an elaborate checkout system during my childhood days.)

Audra worked checkout.  Warning-overdue books have steep fines.
 Adrian was chief shelver. Books in his library are organized in sections by subject...all over the house.
 He also has these "For Reference Only" stickers, which are for important books such as this informational book "Bees Help Farmers", written and illustrated by Adrian.
We've actually been hard at work creating an elaborate library with our own books in a nook of our home. I moved all these bookshelves and they helped shelve the books.  Once it's finished, this library play will take a more serious turn, I predict. I'll try to get some pics. How fun!

Meanwhile, I have been keeping track of the chapter books we've read/listened to this last year. If I got them all, 144 Chapter Books, phew! Below is our final list. If you have any suggestions for the next year, do share! My most favorite part of parenting is reading to my kids.  I cherish these days we all snuggle up and read

Chapter Books from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017 (And wishing I kept track of the year prior!)

Mr. Poppers Penguins
Black Beauty
Anne of Green Gables
Farmer Boy
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
5 Children and It
Strawberry Girl
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Sarah Plain and Tall
White Fur Flying
Railway Children 

Jungle Book
One and Only Ivan
Crickets in Time Square
Family Under the Bridge
Caddie Woodlawn
Stone Fox

Where the Red Fen Grows
Mountain Born
Princess and the Goblin
Chitty Bang Bang
Nuts to You 
My Father's Dragon
All of a Kind Family
Tales of Winnie the Pooh

Lord Faunterlory
Secret Garden
A Little Princess

Mouse and the Motorcycle
Ralph S. Mouse
Runaway Ralph

Beezus and Ramona
Ramona the Pest
Ramona Forever
Ramona and Father 

Ramona the Brave
Ramona and Mother
Ramona Quimby Age 8

James and the Giant Peach

Charlotte's Web
Trumpet of the Swan
Stuart Little

Hundred Dresses
The Moffats
Ginger Pye

Pinky Pye

Clementine Friend of the Week

Clementine Family Meeting
Talented Clementine
Clemtine and the Spring Trip

Waylon One Awesome Thing

Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson Fights Crime
Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

Flat Stanley
Flat Stanley and US Capital

Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures

Santa Paws
The Return of Santa Paws
Santa Paws Saves the Day
Puppy Patrol Best of Friends
Unwanted Puppy

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Magic
Mrs. Piggle WIggle's Farm
Happy Birthday Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
Hello Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

Boxcar Children
Surprise Island
The Yellow House Mystery
Mystery Ranch
Mike's Mystery
Blue Bay Mystery

The Woodshed Mystery
The Lighthouse Mystery

Mountain Top Mystery
Schoolhouse Mystery
Caboose Mystery

Houseboat Mystery
Snowbound Mystery
Treehouse Mystery

Meet Kaya

Kaya's Escape
Kaya's Hero
Kaya and Lone Dog
Kaya Shows the Way
Changes for Kaya

Meet Felicity 
Felicity Learns a Lesson
Felicity's Surprise
Happy Birthday Felicity
Felicity Saves the Day 
Changes for Felicity 
Very Funny, Elizabeth

Meet Caroline
Caroline's Secret Message

A Surprise for Caroline
Caroline Takes a Chance
Caroline's Battle

Changes for Caroline

Meet Josephina
Josephina Learns a Lesson
Josephina's Surprise
Happy Birthday Josephina
Josephina Saves the Day
Changes for Josephina

Meet Kirsten
Kirsten Learns a Lesson
Kirsten's Surprise

Happy Birthday Kirsten
Kirsten Saves the Day
Changes for Kirsten

Meet Marie Grace

Meet Cecile
Marie Grace and the Orphans

Troubles for Cecile
Marie Grace Makes a Difference
Cecile's Gift

Meet Addy
Addy Learns a Lesson
Addy's Surprise
Happy Birthday Addy

Addy Saves the Day
Changes for Addy

Meet Samantha 
Samantha Learns a Lesson
Samantha's Surprise
Happy Birthday Samantha
Samantha Saves the Day
Changes for Samantha
Nellie's Promise

Meet Rebecca
Rebecca and Ana
Candlelight for Rebecca
Rebecca and the Movies
Rebecca to the Rescue
Changes for Rebecca

1 comment:

  1. How fantastic! What a fun way to spend some quality time.
    We loved The Boxcar Children series! I didn't see The Trolley Car Family on the list, that's another favorite. Oh, there are SO many great chapter books!



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