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The Library Tree is Up!

November 23, 2010

For more info on this project, check out the old “library” tag on my old blog.

The three youngest kids and I assembled and decorated the Christmas tree in the lobby of our public library last night (it was finished in under an hour!). The older three were busy with choir practice. I was amazed at how much the younger three can accomplish when I’m able to tap into their energy level. Frank’s really into alphabetical order right now, especially since we had spent that afternoon playing the alphabet car game (you try to find letters of the alphabet, one by one, in alphabetical order, on road-side signs, license plates, etc.) The artificial Christmas tree at the library had branches that were identified by color AND letter and Frank delighted in figuring out which set came next and getting them on the tree as quickly as possible. He was unstoppable (it was almost scary!). 😉

Here is a list (in no particular order) of the books we have available on the tree for people to purchase for the library in someone’s name as a Christmas gift. We always have some overflow from previous years and some new ornaments. This year it’s about half-and-half. I think we have 80 ornaments in all.

Bob Books, Set 1 by Bobby Lynn Maslen

My Heart Lies South: The Story of My Mexican Marriage by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey

Betsy and the Great World/Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

Building Big: Bridges DVD (David Macaulay)

War Game: Village Green to No Man’s Land by Michael Foreman

Chirping Crickets by Melvin Berger

Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America by Kati Marton

Building Big: Tunnels DVD (David Macaulay)

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi

The Geography Bee Complete Preparation Handbook by Matthew Todd Rosenberg

Bessie Smith and the Night Riders by Sue Stauffacher

World War II (DK) by H.P. Willmott et al.

Band of Brothers DVD (produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg)

The Clown of God by Tomie de Paola

The Lady of Guadalupe by Tomie de Paola

The Odious Ogre by Norton Juster (illustrated by Jules Feiffer)

A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar by Candace Fleming

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D’Agnese

For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old by Ken Robbins

Off Like the Wind! The First Ride of the Pony Express by Michael Spradlin

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle

The Buffalo are Back by Jean Craighead George

Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet

Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Pat Sherman

Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter

Azur and Asmar: The Princes’ Quest (DVD, animated)

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen

D’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire

So You Want to be an Inventor? by Judith St. George

Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: The Discovery of the Smallpox Vaccine by Albert Marrin

Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherin Bailey

What Color is Camouflage? by Carolyn Otto

First Thousand Words in Chinese by Heather Amery

Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Pete Nelson

Frederick Douglass: Rising Up from Slavery by Frances Ruffin

Guidebook for the Scientific Traveler: Visiting Astronomy and Space Exploration Sites Across America by Duane Nickell

Guidebook for the Scientific Traveler: Visiting Physics and Chemistry Sites Across America by Duane Nickell

The Year that Changed the World: The Untold Story Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Michael Meyer

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray

Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace

Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen by Michaell Roehm McCann

Wagon Wheels by Don Bolognese

Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac

Peter Claver, Patron Saint of Slaves by Julia Durango

Young Thomas Edison by Michael Dooling

Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride by Marsha Amstel

Caedmon’s Song by Ruth Ashby

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter

Walter Wick’s Optical Tricks

Helen Keller and the Big Storm by Patricia Lakin

It Figures! Fun Figures of Speech by Marvin Terban

Dictionary of Homohpones by Leslie Presson

Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From by Franklyn Mansfield Branley

Chirping Crickets by Melvin Berger

Old Masters at the Art Institute of Chicago

They’re Off: The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness

The Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen

Everybody Brings Noodles by Norah Dooley

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David Adler

The Three Golden Oranges by Alma Flor Ada

Taj Mahal by Caroline Arnold

The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela: A Tale from Africa by Cristina Kessler

The Sugaring-Off Party by Jonathan London

Dolley Madison Saves George Washington by Don Brown

Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive by Carole Boston Weatherford

Evangeline for Children by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness

Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel by Marissa Moss

Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting

Ten Mile Day: And the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad by Mary Ann Fraser

The Greatest Game Ever Played by Phil Bildner

And I have to give a shout-out to my dear friend Ana Braga-Henebry, whose “Picture Book of the Week Series” on the Love2learn Blog inspired more than a few of these selections!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2010 11:10 am

    I love this and have shared on my Facebook as well!

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