A Random Reading Pile

24 May

The other day I piled our reading for the day on the couch.  I often do this.  Then, as we find ourselves on the couch during the day we just work our way through our pile.

In this pile you’ll find:

The Bible – virtually lives on the couch

Herein Is Love:  Genesis (Nancy Ganz) – “Love it!!”

The Word Spy (links to US version) – a recent find and love; looks dull but so isn’t; really interesting and fun to read aloud

Australian Backyard Explorer (Peter MacInnis) – fantastic book to read while learning about Aussie explorers; the BEST!!

Fraction Fun (David Adler) – it was okay

The Empty Pot (Demi) – lovely story; I used it to review climax, setting and characters in a literature analysis lesson

Great Australian Explorers; Oxley, Sturt and Eyre; Australian Explorers: Edward John Eyre – three Aussie explorer books, oldies but goodies

A stash of children’s picture books to teach the concept of alliteration – hit and miss choices but did the trick

Biography of Cotton – we didn’t end up reading this one, it’s still waiting for the right time

My Home in Kakadu – hmmm, ho hum.  I’m yet to find great or even good Aboriginal focused picture books

The Rainbow Serpent – a Dreamtime story I pulled from the shelf at the last minute

and finally, but not the least at all…

The Burnt Stick (Anthony Hill) – short, touching but brilliantly told account of an Aboriginal boy who was taken away from his family

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No this pile isn’t our ‘norm’ but we do read this amount fairly frequently (maybe twice a week on a good week).  Some days we just don’t have the luxury of lounging back on the reading lounge together for quite so long.   We would if we could, but we can’t.   So we just aim to make the time between ‘good reads’ as short as possible.  And try not to let those calling, begging, delightfully awesome books on the shelf distract us too much from our other work.  But boy is it hard some days.

























Posted by on May 24, 2012 in My Library


6 responses to “A Random Reading Pile

  1. Bernadette

    May 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me, how many book titles we share.
    What exactly are you looking for in an aboriginal title?

    Do you have ” Papunya school book of country and history” ” walking with the seasons in kakadu” or ” stolen girl” ? They are 3 other picture books that spring to mind, other then various dreamtime stories.
    We also have ” patterns of Australia” by brownwyn Bancroft. But that is more of an art book.

  2. Tracey

    May 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for this list. I’ve put them all on hold at the library and wishlisted them online just in case they are good. I’ve just found that the Aboriginal picture book titles I’ve come across are poorly written. Nice for a single read but not great enough to drool over and ‘need’ them on my shelves. Lots of have made their way here but none are particularly dearly loved, although we did love “Burnt Stick”, but it’s not really a picture book.
    Once I’ve read and checked out your suggestions, if they meet my picky standards, then I’ll send you the bill for my purchase. Heheheh. Well it’s only fair. You can’t cost a person $80 odd dollars and not expect to foot the bill. Hehehehe. *evil grin*

  3. Heidi Wilson

    May 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    You are inspiring me to up the amount of reading aloud I do with the boys this term!!

  4. JoAnn

    May 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Looks and sounds like a great list. We like our times of reading too. 🙂

  5. Bernadette

    May 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Hmmmm, maybe these might not hit the mark either. From memory they are a bit ” bumpy” to read, not smooth and flowing. But it’s been some time since I read them. I hope they work out for you 🙂

    • Bernadette

      May 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Oh and the cheque is in the mail 😉


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