Library Haul! 10/25

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Finally linking up with Christina at A Gentle Mother for library haul!
We get a lot of books every week (like 20+) so I'm just going a put a handful up at a time. 
You're welcome.

Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tale

Oh my goodness does John love these books! There is also Work, Dogs, Work and Dig, Dogs, Dig.
I try to space out when we get them so John will be open to reading something else. By the end of the week I want to read anything else, but I do love to see him associating books as something that can bring him a lot of enjoyment and excitement.

Cheaper by the Dozen

We're starting a new chapter book this week!
Our past chapter book read-alouds have been: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Little House in the Big Woods, The Ballet Shoes, and Farmer Boy.
This is the story of the Gilbreth family. Set in the 1910s-1920s, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth are Efficiency Experts (Lillian would go on to become one of the first successful female engineers in America) raising their 12 kids. Written by two of the kids, this is largely the story of their Dad and made better by being a true story.
We haven't even had it for 24 hours yet and we're already on chapter 4. It's addictive, hilarious, and highly recommended!


This is not for the kids (just in case you hadn't guessed.)
I'm starting a poetry study for myself using the annotated bibliography in The Well Educated Mind.
I've been able to fudge my poetry knowledge from knowing Shakespeare well, but it has been a hole in my knowledge base. Time to remedy that!

There are whole blogs devoted to following Bauer's lists, but I highly recommend checking your library for the book itself. The annotated bibliographies note editions that are particularly good, sections to focus on, and the chapter intros contain great overviews of themes, styles, and history one needs to know in order to read that type of literature.

What are your library finds this week?


  1. Sounds like a great bunch of books this week! We love those dog books, too. Or rather, Joey loves them, I tolerate them. ;)

    1. I *had* thought about buying them for John for his birthday, but I've decided it's a very good thing that eventually those books have to go back to the library.

  2. My husband and I listened to the audiobook of Cheaper by the Dozen before we had kids. I'm so excited to share it with my girls when they get older. Such a great, funny family story!

    1. When we were engaged, my husband and I read Cheaper by the Dozen together. Like actually sitting together reading the same physical book at the same time. We learned that I'm a no joke speed reader, but we did make it though the whole book together!

  3. I love Cheaper by the Dozen! Such a fun book (and the original movie is awesome). I recently discovered my parish's library, so I'm reading "The Religious Potential of the Child," by Sofia Cavaletti-it's quite interesting, and it's making me want to go back in time and re-teach every religious education class I ever taught.

    1. Ooooh that sounds awesome! I should add it to my reading list!

  4. I remember reading Cheaper by the Dozen as a little girl and loved it. We've read a couple of your other read aloud chapter books and I want to read Harry Potter to my daughter but I'm not sure four is a good age to do so or not. Happy reading!

    1. My husband got us the fully illustrated version of the first Harry Potter book last Christmas so we did that book at 4 years old. I probably won't do any of the others for a while though.

  5. We loved that Build, Dogs, Build book too!! I forgot all about Cheaper by the Dozen. :)


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