This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Saturday, January 5, 2008

AHHHHhhhhhhhh…..Sinking into Home

The boys and I had been gone for ten days. (I think I mentioned that.)

My husband and the dog came up to visit over New Year’s for less than twenty-four hours. We had a good visit with my father, my sister and her children. We had a very good visit. But we were gone from the nest for a long time…

I’ve been saying since I turned off the freeway today, it felt more like ten years—not anything bad, just an odd feeling of having left a long time ago. I feel like I journeyed a longer way than four hours. Maybe my heart did. It surely needed to.

Walking in the door was a shock. How odd, I forgot I left the house decorated. The dog, who did not eat the gingerbread house this year—but DID eat a whole box of puppy treats one day after my husband left, greeted me enthusiastically. The cat said, “Yeah, about time you brought the lap back.” And strolled out the door for a walk-about.

I missed my saggy, old pink recliner, also known as the blogging chair. I missed my cheap old coffee pot and coffee grinder—with my fresh ground coffee. I missed my crowded kitchen with the eight foot by four foot, industrial strength bookshelf shoved into it and my kitchen table overflowing with books and unfinished work.

I missed the dog—but not the hair. She is blowing like a cottonwood tree when they release all the white fluff. I also did not miss the neighbor’s beagle/dachshund mix who barked the whole entire time I unloaded the van.

My boys wandered around and played about ten different things—just because they were home and they could. And because they better get all the fun stuff done before school starts Monday.

I missed my husband. The comfortable one, who after fifteen years knows the way to my heart.

It was a good visit. But, aside from strangely appearing items, it is good to be home.

It Must Be Love

If this doesn’t say “love,” I don’t know what does.

“Why?” you ask, does an electric can opener set my heart aflutter?

For the last year I have been dealing with some serious pain in my right hand. Sometimes pain that shoots all the way up to the elbow.

Yes, I am aware of what it is. Call it carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive motion injury, if you will. It hurts. I have braces to wear. It helps when I do. I am stubborn and don’t always wear them. I continue to do the things that cause me pain: crafting, writing, BLOGGING, picking up too heavy objects with my right hand until it totally gives out. Blah, blah, blah…HURTS, blah, blah, blah…stubborn, blah, blah, blah…NO SURGERY, blah, blah, blah…PAIN!!!

Care for some cheese and crackers with my W(H)INE???

Often I am unable to open jars and using a manual can opener causes tears.

So when I came home, I found my shiny new electric can opener on the counter. Taken out of the box of course because…opening boxes even hurts.

Fifteen years and that man certainly knows the way to my heart!

To praise the fabulous man just a bit longer, the can opener was not all that was waiting for me.

I came home to: a clean kitchen, a clean dog (who hates baths), all the garbages emptied, and many of the truffles that I left behind!!! I fully intended to share them with him. Can you believe he limited himself to ONE little truffle a day?

So if the electric can opener does not prove I have a super guy, the fact that there was incredible chocolate left for me should!

Sigh…

Fifteen years—I think he’s doing pretty good!

The mysterious APPEARING $$$

I came home to find this...

...on the end table by my blogging chair.

My husband says he noticed IN my blogging chair about three days ago.

I have been gone. for. ten. days.

It was not there when I left.

I have never seen it before. My sons have never seen it before. My mother started a collection of these for each grandchild. If there had been two of them, (one for each boy) I would have been really freaked. For now, I am just seriously wondering how this came to be in my house.

Suggestions?

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Winter Drive


The sun was ferocious and yet no heat reached the ground. The sky was delft blue, frosted where it met the horizon. The view was spectacular and frigid, temperature a balmy 6 degrees Fahrenheit.

As my passenger and I drove along I was amazed at the sparse, Iowa winter countryside, though I have it memorized from years of exposure; and once again I was filled with desire to return. I am not sure what it is about the fields and lonely stretches of road that call like a siren to my heart. Could it be the calm eyes of the angus and Hereford faces I pass? Could it be the broken corn stalks, remnants of the harvest that seems so far, far past? I am sure if I returned to reside I would curse the bitter winters and the humid summers. But perhaps it is because I grew up here. Perhaps it is because when I drive these roads there are memories.

There is no promise of work here for my husband. My children’s preferred extra-curricular activity could not be pursued at the accustomed level. And yet every time I return there is a little voice that whispers, “Peace. Slow down. Stay.”

As I age, my joints and muscles suggest warmer views, consistent and moderate temperatures. My mind knows that instead of moving closer, I will most likely move farther afield. And if family moves, it is likely I would have no reason to return. That thought makes me sad. For now, I enjoy the step away from the hustle and bustle that I see from my front and back door at home most days.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Helpful Places for Homeschoolers

If you are looking for websites to investigate about homeschooling, meet other homeschoolers or to use for your homeschool day, try these:

A Home For Homeschoolers--mostly defunct forum, but loads of info and opinions on homeschooling

Africam--a live feed of a waterhole in Africa. Check out the Bearcam too!

Elijah Company--To help you through the thinking process.

Guilt-Free Homeschooling--A wonderful place to start

Homeschool Spot Forum--wonderfully, nice people here!

Paula's Archives--so much information!

The Homeschool Library--a fun and informative hangout

Homeschool Books That Have Helped Us

New to homeschooling or looking for books to add to your curriculum? May I suggest these books that have been very helpful.

Easy Start in Arithmetic: Grades K-3 by Ruth Beechick

Home Start in Reading by Ruth Beechick

Strong Start in Language: Grades K-3 by Ruth Beechick

Phonics Pathways by Dolores G. Hiskes

A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson and Linda Pierce

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4-8 by Ruth Beechick

Miquon Math All Six Student Workbooks and All Three Teacher's Guides

Recommended Reads

Some books that I would highly recommend if you are looking for good reading and exploring faith issues.

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller

The Cross and the Prodigal by Kenneth E. Bailey

Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church by Ron Moseley

God's Appointed Times by Barney Kasdan

God's Appointed Customs by Barney Kasdan

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller

At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Under The Overpass by Mike Yankowski

A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren

Monday, December 31, 2007

Welcome 2008: Happy New Years Friends!!

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The children (four of them--we are with Grandpa & the cousins tonight) are playing electric guitars and recorders, dancing in the kitchen and generally being very rowdy. Grandpa is providing background music consisting mostly of Willie Nelson and some occasional Daniel O'Donnell. The husband is threatening to go to bed soon. (I'll be amazed if that works out!)


2008 threatens to enter loudly. And very coldly--temperature is actually 19 but windchill feels like 10...and it is getting colder. Brrrrrrrr...

But it will be a good year. God is good--all the time. (LISTEN)

Wishing you all a beautiful, sweet and very JOYFUL Happy New Year

How Many Books Did I Manage to Squeeze In?

How many books did I read in 2007? I read 50 books. How many were really on my lists? The Spring Reading Thing had 17 on my list. I read 17 books but skipped seven on the list. The Fall Into Reading Challenge had 13 on my list. I read 14 books, eight on the list and six not on the list. So I got distracted thirteen times. I have twelve books that I really should start 2008 with. And they're really good books, I am sure!

What happened to distract me? Well The Morland Dynasty was a consuming passion this year. I gave up soap operas long ago. I rarely watch television. This series has ignited a love & respect for history and carried me along with the characters. I am on book 20 of the series. Ummm...I'm pretty sure that's 40% of my reading! And there's ten more to go!

I found some new authors that I will be reading more of. In fact I enjoyed almost every book I read. There was really only one I didn't like and one gave me a lot to disagree with think about. I found that there is a wonderful treasure in the Christian fiction world these days. The calibre of Christian writers has really impressed me. I still like fantasy and I like historical fiction more than ever. I didn't read any biographies in 2007. There were a couple I read in 2006, so I want to include more of those.

I did not count any of the craft books I checked out from the library. That would have added to the list, but in reality they distracted from my reading. My rubber stamping and my cross-stitch benefited though. I also read and browsed a lot of health books, diet books and exercise books. Maybe if I read them a little more and eat a little less there will be a thinner me for the new year. I also only counted one homeschool book and that was The Unprocessed Child. I need to read a few more of those for next year.

All in all 2007 was a great year for reading. I need to focus on a plan for the year to come so I can fit in a few more books. My "to read" list is quite extensive, I just need to figure out some priorities.

What titles did I read? Here is the list. I linked the titles I reviewed.

* The Queen's Fool--Phillipa Gregory
* Destination Void--Frank Herbert
* Hunters of Dune--Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
* Lord Foul’s Bane—The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson
* Ida B by Katherine Hannigan
* The Founding--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* My Sister's Keeper--Jodi Picoult
* The Dark Rose--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* Searching for Mary Poppins--Susan Davis and Gina Hyams, editors
* The Princeling--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Illearth War--The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson
* The Age of Innocence--Edith Wharton
* Healing ADD--Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
* Outlander--Diana Gabaldon
* The Oak Apple--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Black Pearl--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Virgin's Lover--Philippa Gregory
* Physik--Angie Sage
* The Open Door-Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer--Frederica Mathewes-Green
* The Long Shadow--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Hurried Child--Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon--David Elkind, Ph.D.
* The Chevalier--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Unprocessed Child–Living without School--Valerie Fitzenreiter
* At the Crossing Places--Kevin Crossley~Holland
* The Maiden--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Flood-Tide--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Tangled Thread--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
* Crime and Clutter--Cyndy Salzman
*Gone with the Groom--Janice A. Thompson
* My Side of the Mountain--Jean Craighead George
* The Emperor--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Victory--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Regency--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Road--Cormac McCarthy
* The Campaigners--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Other Boleyn Girl--Phillipa Gregory
* Memoirs of a Geisha--Arthur Golden
* The Reckoning--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Brink of Death --Brandilyn Collins
* The Devil's Horse--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* Kingdom Wars I: A Hideous Beauty--Jack Cavanaugh
* The Divine Appointment--Jerome Teel
* The Heritage of Lancaster County: The Shunning--Beverly Lewis
* The Heritage of Lancaster County: The Confession--Beverly Lewis
* The Poison Tree--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Sovreign's Daughter--Susan May Warren and Susan K. Downs
* Nutcracker Nation--Jennifer Fisher
* The Abyss--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
* The Hidden Shore--Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Self Conscious Back Patting

In an attempt to do some bloggy house keeping I decided to mount my awards on the bloggy mantle of 2007.

These were the sweet blessings from bloggy friends throughout 2007 and I was so overwhelmed. In no way did I feel I deserved or lived up to such kindness, but I've found when people choose to be so caring the proper response is to say "Thank you," and be nice to others in return.

And besides when you hear someone say nice things about you if it doesn't make your day, you are just too special. I blush all over the place and stammer a lot. But I'm always amazed at the people who don't feel a little flutter when they know someone thinks they've done something great.

I will say there's always the problem of who to pass awards on to, not because I can't think of someone, but because I want to share them with everyone. And of course the fear that someone else will not appreciate the token.

But fear makes us lose precious moments. And I refuse to lose any more time worrying!

I am so grateful for everyone who was so thoughtful in 2007. I hope I can bless someone in 2008.

Blog on good friends.

Creative Blogger Award

Thoughtful Blogger Award


Blogger Reflection Award

Egel Nest Award

Mathetes

Wonder Woman Award

Community Blogger Award

A Ray of Sunshine

Spirit of Christmas Blog Award

Family Read Alouds 2007

Some were easy, some challenging. Some were happy, some sad, some tense. "Reading" somtimes included audio books when there was a lot of car time. There were bedtime stories, there were shoved in between activities. Sometimes we did well, sometimes we stalled out. But all wereloved.

We did twenty-eight read alouds for 2007. My hope for 2008 is that we can do more. There is a special time for families when they read together.

* James Herriot's Treasury for Children
* Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty Bard MacDonald
* Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Throught the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
* Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
* Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowlings
* Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
* Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
* Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
* Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
* Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
* Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst
* Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst
* Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
* Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
* Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomerey
* Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
* Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban and Illustrated by Garth Williams
* Best Friends for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban
* Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
* Fast Forward Wild West by Clair Aston and Mark Stacey
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
* The Whale by Cynthia Rylant
* Digory the Dragon Slayer by Angela McCallister
* A Bargain for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban
* The Storm by Cynthia Rylant

Roo's Reading Wrap-Up 2007

Roo has matured a lot. His tastes have changed and understanding and abilities have increased . Topics of interest have become more varied. Roo was a relatively early reader. Not precociously so, but by age four he had a good start.

He read 67 books this year! We worked out a system that allowed me to assign some books and allowed him to choose some. I think the books he chose himself were awesome and challenging. Not lazy choices at all.

He enjoyed biographies and has asked that we continue to find more. That was a good introduction to non-fiction. For 2008 we will be exploring other non-fiction books.

Roo also got caught up in several series and sometimes needed some redirection to come up for air. But he may have gotten that from me (I love a good series). He read the Narnia series, Mary Norton's The Borrowers set, one of Gordon Korman's adventure series, and started, finished or dabbled with a few others.

Through another series, a boy named Harry Potter entered our lives. I will say, I never intended to read or have my sons read J.K. Rowlings' wildly successful stories. But after doing some research and reading conflicting reviews I decided to read one myself. Well...I was hooked.

I was and still am of the belief that these should not be handed to young children to read alone. We read the first five as a family and then Roo would pick them up and devour them again, shortly after, reading carefully and asking a lot of questions.

Boo decided to opt out after the fifth one and that actually felt like it was a good place for him to stop. He and I will pursue them at a later date if he expresses interest. Roo was allowed to continue with the sixth alone and last week finished the seventh.

I truly don't believe a child will be missing something if they never read Harry Potter. There is plenty of other worthy and more classic fiction out there. But for us it has been the source of many discussions and has fueled a love of words in Roo. We will be doing some etymology studies and see how that goes.

2008's plan includes historical fiction, some King Arthur pursuits, a couple of different series, including The Guardians of Ga'Hoole and Warriors per Roo's request. Also, as I said, some biographies and different non-fiction. It is getting hard to keep up with Roo. I may have to include some of what's on the roster for my reading because I try to pre-read at least some of his books. It really helps for some lively discussions.

What a great job Roo!! For anyone looking for some ideas for 9-10-11 year old boys, here is his list:

* Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
* Island of Dreams by Greg Farsheten
* Strider by Beverly Cleary
* The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
* The Borrowers by Mary Norton
* The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
* Redwall by Brian Jacques
* Eragon by Christopher Paolini
* Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
* Diving with Dolphins by Nick Arnold
* Mikhail Baryshnikov, Dance Genius by Bruce Glassman
* The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander
* Golden Press' Children's Bible
* The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton
* The Kids' Book of Chess by Harvey Kidder
* The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
* Dinosaur Detective: On the Right Track by B.B. Calhoun
* Transformers Showdown by B.P. Trimpe
* The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
* The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
* Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
* A Series of Unfortunate Events--A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
* The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
* In Search of the Time and Space Machine by Deborah Abela
* The Barn at Gun Lake by J. Tuitel and S. Lamson
* The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by J. R. Ericson
* Eldest by Christopher Paolini
* A Series of Unfortunate Events 2: Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
* Intrigue at the Rafter B Ranch by Stephen Bly
* Facing West-a Story of the Oregon Trail by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
* The Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush
* Bionicle Legends 4: Legacy of Evil by Greg Farshtey
* The President Is Dead: A Story of the Kennedy Assasination by Virginia T. Gross
* The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy by Joseph Bruchac
* On the Run 1: Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman
* Spy Mice: The Black Paw by Heather Vogel Frederick
* The Borrowers Aloft by Mary Norton
* The Life and Times of Igor Stravinsky--Masters of Music Series by Jim Whiting
* The BFG by Roald Dahl
* On the Run 2: The Fugive Factor by Gordon Korman
* Sitting Bull: Sioux Leader by Elizabeht Schleichert
* DK Biography: John F. Kennedy by Howard S. Kaplan
* J.R.R. Tolken: Master of Fantasy by David R. Collins
* DK Biography: Harry Houdini by Vicki Cobb
* On the Run 3: Now You See Them, Now You Don't by Gordon Korman
* Masters of Music: The Life and Times of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky by Jim Whiting
* The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton
* Veteran's Day: Remembering Our War Heroes by Elaine Landau
* The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
* On the Run 4: The Stowaway Solution by Gordon Korman
* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
* Spy Mice: For Your Paws Only by Heather Vogel Frederick
* Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 1: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
* The Mayflower Compact by Phillip Brooks
* DK Biography: Anne Frank by Kem Knapp Sawyer
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
* DK Biography: Helen Keller by Leslie Garrett
* Squanto: Friend of the White Men by Clyde Robert Bulla
* Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac
* Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
* The Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
* The Warriors: Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter
* The Warriors: Forest of Secrets by Erin Hunter

Boo's 2007 Reading Wrap-Up

Who knew we would come from this to that?

Boo reading has increased exponentially this year. He went from a frustrated and often resistant beginner, to a very independant and opinionated reader. I wrote about our struggles here and there.

For anyone interested we used Phonics Pathways and subtitles for part of our language arts program. For 2008 we will continue with what has worked in the past and we have some new things we are going to try. I've been given a few new additions to my already large curriculum collection. And of course we will be doing silent sustained reading, reading aloud by mom and reading aloud by Boo. Reading, reading and reading some more.

The count on the list is (I am pretty sure) 107 books. There were actually some others not included, these are the ones I would highly recommend. I am going to try to review some more childrens books as we go this year, something I enjoyed after I started blogging. If I have time I may review a few of these books just for fun.

Way to go Boo!! We are so very proud of you!

For anyone interested in 2007 Boo read:

* George Washington: Soldier, Farmer, President by Patricia A Pingry
* I Spy a Penguin (Level 1 Reader) by Jean Marzollo
* A Kiss for Little Bear
* Little Bear
* Little Bear's Visit
* Little Bear's Friend by Elsie Homelund Minarik
* Noah's Ark by Linda Hayward
* DK's Rockets and Spaceships by Karen Wallace
* One fish two fish red fish blue fish by Dr. Seuss
* Planets Around the Sun by Seymour Simon
* Dr Seuss's ABC
* The Berenstains' B Book
* DK Wild Baby Animals by Karen Wallace
* DK Dinosaur Days by Ruth Thomson
* DK A bed for the winter by Karen Wallace
* Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
* Bears on Wheels by the Berenstains
* Harry and the Lady Next Door by Gene Zion
* Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea by Cynthia Rylant
* Mr. Putter & Tabby Toot the Horn by Cynthia Rylant
* Henry and Mudge Take the Big Test by Cynthia Rylant
* Spiderman--The Amazing Story by Catherine Saunders
* Spiderman--Worst Enemies by Catherine Saunders
* Snoopy, Spike and the Cat Next Door by Charles M. Schulz
* Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book by Cynthia Rylant
* Henry and Mudge and the Wild WInd by Cynthia Rylant
* You Have a Brother Named Spike? Charles M. Schulz
* Curious George by H.A. Rey
* Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson
* Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
* I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow
* Casey Jones by Allan Drummond
* Sailing With the Wind by Thomas Locker
* Scooby Doo and the Snow Monster by James Gelsey
* The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales (Usborne) by Stephen Cartwright & Heather Amery
* A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
* Horatio's Bed by Camilla Ashforth
* Ghostville Elementary--Stage Fright by Marcia Thorton Jones and Debbie Dadey
* Dinosaur Days by Joyce Milton
* DK Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Jennifer Dussling
* Pooh's Grand Adventure--The Search for Christopher Robin adapted by Justine Korman
* True Stories About Abraham Lincoln by Ruth Belov Gross
* Five True Dog Stories by Margaret Davidson
* Willow by the Sea by Camilla Ashforth
* Snow Lion by David McPhail
* Calamity by Camilla Ashforth
* Monkey Tricks by Camilla Ashforth
* Johnny Appleseed by Gini Holland
* DK Slinky Scaly Snakes by Jennifer Dussling
* Amazing Sharks by Sarah L. Thomson
* Meet the X-Men by Clare Hibbart
* BUZZ! A Book About Insects by Melvin Berger
* The Story of Columbus by Anita Ganeri
* Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley
* Twisters! by Kate Hayden
* Eruption! The Story of Volcanoes by Anita Ganeri
* Magic Tree House #1, Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
* DK Fire Fighters by Angela Royston
* DK Winking, Blinking, Wiggling, and Wagging by Brian Moses
* Pioneer Cat by William H. Hooke
* Tentacles! Tales of the Giant Squid by Shirley Raye Redmond
* Paul Revere's Ride by Shana Corey
* The Long Way Westward by Joan Sandin
* DK Amazing Buildings by Kate Hayden
* Tornado by Betsy Byars
* Prairie School by Avi
* The Magic School Bus--Twister Trouble by Anne Schreiber
* DK Water Everywhere by Jill Atkins
* The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
* The Battle for St. Michaels by Emily Arnold McCully
* DK Tiger Tales and Big Cat Stories by Deborah Chancellor
* DK Bermuda Triangle by Andrew Donkin
* Hungry Plants by Mary Batten
* Escape North--The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling
* First Flight by George Shea
* The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
* George Washington: Soldier, Farmer, President by Patricia A Pingry
* Dactyls! Dragons of the Air by Dr. Robert T. Bakker
* Sea of Ice: The Wreck of the Endurance by Monica Kulling
* Race Into Space by Eric Arnold
* Chief Tecumseh by Anne M. Todd
* The World of Composers: Tchaikovsky by Greta Cencetti
* Wild Cats by Mary Batten
* Choppers by Susan E. Goodman and Michael J. Doolittle
* Dolphin Adventure by Wayne Grover
* Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson
* Blaze Shows the Way by C.W. Anderson
* Extreme Machines by Christopher Maynard
* Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
* Blaze and the Spotted Gray Pony by C.W. Anderson
* Christina Katerina & the Box by Patricia Lee Guach
* Phipps by Liesel Moak Skorpen
* Dolphin Treasure by Wayne Grover
* Who Was Thomas Jefferson by Dennis Brindell Fradin
* Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark by Johanna Hurwitz
* Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac
* Veterans' Day: Remembering Our War Heroes by Elaine Landau
* Pocahontas: An American Princess by Joyce Milton
* Days of the Knights: A Tale of Castles and Battles by Christopher Maynard
* The BFG by Roald Dahl
* Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant
* The Twits by Roald Dahl
* Going for Gold by Andrew Donkin
* Wild Horses by George Edward Stanley
* If You Were at the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma
* The Flying Flea, Callie, and Me by Carol and Bill Wallace