Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Heather's Favorite Books

...a condensed version

Adult Fiction

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd (RFS Review)
When the Wind Blows - James Patterson
Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts (RFS review coming soon)
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel G. Marquez (RFS Review)
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier (RFS Review)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See (RFS Review)
Drowning Ruth - Christina Schwartz
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

Adult Non-Fiction

Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson & David Relin (RFS Review)
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith - Anne Lamott
A Girl Named Zippy - Haven Kimmel
Marley & Me - John Grogan

Young Adult
Twilight Series - Stephanie Meyer (RFS Review)
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (RFS Review)
A Countess Below Stairs - Eva Ibbotson (RFS Review)
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Gossamer - Lois Lowry (RFS Review)

Children's Books
Picture Books
Watch Out! Big Bro's Coming! - Jez Alborough (and her other books!)
When Moon Fell Down - Linda Smith
I Love You Stinky Face - Lisa McCourt
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Love You Forever - Robert Munsch
How are you Peeling? Foods with Moods - Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers
Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney
Beginning Chapter Books
Junie B. Jones Series - Barbara Park
Magic Tree House Series - Mary Pope Osborne


Sweet Em said...

I also like the Junie B. Jones - I think they are hilareious. I'm glad to see you list them because I've heard moms say they think it teaches kids bad grammar. I say - who cares!?

Kim R. said...

I was a little unsure on the Junie series, I thought they were cute, but I do kind of lean towards the "I am just getting my kid to talk right and now this is messing it all up!" side. But, On the other hand, I think it is important for kids to know that they are normal and that other kids go through the same things, and I think this series would be great for that.

Heather said...

I strongly believe that this is a very positive series for children. First it teaches lessons that young grade school children can relate to. Second it gets them excited about reading because these stories hold their attention well. If you don't like the way Junie speaks, then don't read it to your child like that. On the other hand you could also use it as an educational tool, i.e. "Junie is silly. Bestest isn't a word."
I think that most children are bright enough to realize that Junie doesn't always use proper grammar. It's just a way to make the story more fun.
Come on, children are exposed to their parents speaking constantly (and hopefully using proper grammar the majority of the time) and that has more of an influence on them than one book.

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