Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday:
"Happiness is excitement that has found
a settling down place..."

“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, 
but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.” 
― E.L. KonigsburgFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

This past year I had high hopes for read-alouds, but because I am just not very good at it, we really only read a couple of longer books.  Now that I have found that both SC and I do better for long read-alouds when we are both listening (i.e., audiobooks), the list for us to listen to for next year is getting long.  The books are, literally, piling up!  So, for Top Ten Tuesday, here are ten books already on our list of read-alouds for next year (in no particular order).

1. Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston


2. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

3. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

5. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

6. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

7. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konisburg

8. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

10.  The Borrowers by Mary Norton

You may notice there are three books from author Neil Gaiman on the list, and that is because I got to hear a little of Fortunately, the Milk when I saw/heard Gaiman last week and it sounded incredible.  Coraline is one of SC's "favorite" (this is a right-now type statement for her) movies, and The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Award.  I don't think including three books from Gaiman waters down the list in any way.

Also, we are currently planning a trip to New York City (another tag-along with AC while he works), so we may try to read/listen to The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler before that trip at the end of July since the setting is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and SC and I will be visiting it while we are there.  It is also one of my favorite childhood books and I cannot wait to share it with her!

Have you started your read-aloud list for next year yet?  Leave a comment with what's already on it, and then check out some more Top Ten Tuesday posts here

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