Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The 100 Book Challenge--Will You Take It?

Last week I was inspired by Tari over at Book Matters to take the 100 Book Challenge. The challenge is to read 100 children's books in 7  days. I didn't even have to make a trip to the library for this one. We have well over 100 children's books. Who knew?? Honestly, I thought reading 100 books would be a piece of cake. I expected to finish it in 5 days.  I forgot that the last two days Samantha was in school and that Easter was on Sunday. Still, we eeked by. For those of you who are interested, here is the list of books we read:

1.  Silly Little Goose by Nancy Taturi
2.  Clifford Counts Bubbles by Normal Bridwell
3.  The Zoo Book
4.  Clouds by Marion Dane Bauer
5.  The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (my personal favorite)

6. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
7.  What Am I? by Linda Granfield
8.  Little Miss Spider by David Kirk
9.  Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk
10. Tiki Tiki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
11. Froggy Loves Books by Jonathan London
12. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

13. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
14. The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
15. Trucks
16. Old McDonald Had a Farm
17. If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
18. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Numeroff
19. Poor Puppy by Nick Bruel
20. Just Go to Bed by Mercer Mayer
21. This Is My Family by Mercer Mayer
22. At the Zoo
23. If You Were Born a Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer
24. Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? By Eleanor Hudson
25. Tangled
26. Toy Story 3: Toy to Toy
27. Elmo's Alphabet Soup 
28. Thomas and the Naughty Diesel
29. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
30. I Love You With All My Heart by Noris Kern
31. Stella Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay
32. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

33. Toes, Ears, and Nose by Karen Katz
34. Where is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz
35. Where is Baby's Christmas Present? by Karen Katz
36. Grandma and Me by Karen Katz
37. Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
38. Little Panda by Piers Harper
39. Nighty Night
40. Bella the Bravery Fairy by Kathryn Smith
41. Hazel the Helpful Fairy by Kathryn Smith
42. Shimmer the Sharing Fairy by Kathryn Smith
43. Tilly the Truth Fairy by Kathryn Smith
44. My little Pony Applebuck Season
45. Minty Monkeys Around
46. Rainbow Dash and the Hot Day
47. Wysteria's Wish
48. Pinkie Pie's Secret Place
49. Beautiful Savior by Greg Olsen
50. Old King Cole
51. Hey Diddle Diddle
52. Humpty Dumpty
53. Little Miss Muffet
54. Three Blind Mice
55. Rub-a-Dub-Dub
56. There Was An Old Woman
57. Pat-a-Cake
58. I Love You, Mommy by Jillian Harker
59. I Love You, Daddy by Jillian Harker
60. Biscuit's Walk in the Woods
61. Baby Animals
62. Little Bear by Else Homelund Minarik

63. I like Noisy, Mom Likes Quiet by Eileen Spinelli
64. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor

65. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O'Connor
66. Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique by Jane O'Connor
67. Fancy Nancy Splenderiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor
68. Fancy Nancy Our Thanksgiving Banquet 
69. Fancy Nancy's Haunted Mansion 
70. Fancy Nancy's Elegant Easter 
71. Sesame Street Police Station by Susan Hood
72. The Jungle Book
73. Gracie's Gift by Andrea Trosclair
74. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
75. A Crack in the Track
76. Dr. Seuss's ABC by Dr. Seuss
77. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
78. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
79. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss
80. Fox In Socks by Dr. Seuss
81. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

82. Barbie as Rapunzel 
83. No, David! by David Shannon
84. God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren
85. Mommy's Little Girl by Ron Randall
86. Twinkle the Tooth Fairy by Nick Ellesworth
87. An Angel of my Own by Nick Ellesworth
88. Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton
89. Cinderhazel by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
90. Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin, Jr.
91. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
92. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
93. The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter
94. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter
95. The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck by Beatrix Potter
96. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter
97. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle by Beatrix Potter
98. Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter
99. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
100. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter

Whether you choose to take on this challenge or take it one book at a time, remember how important it is to read with your children. We've all heard the statistics about how children who are read to do better in school. This is wonderful, but the true benefit is the quality time they get to spend with you. I'm sure my kids won't remember the titles of every book we read, but they will remember being snuggled up on the couch with mommy and knowing they were worth my time. Here's to the next 100 books!


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