What We Read: October 2016

October came and went so quickly that I am just now sitting down to see what we read last month. I have never been good about tracking our “read” books – until this school year. I have a Master Checklist for our school work on which I include the books the girls are reading as well as how many pages/chapters they are expected to read daily. This list/schedule has been a real lifesaver for me! Plus, if I remember, I try to post my books and read-alouds on Goodreads.


Here’s what we read in October:


These books are what we read together during breakfast. I confess I did shed a few tears when we finished The House at Pooh Corner. Christopher Robin just grew up too fast for me. Elmer & the Dragon is the next in the My Father’s Dragon trilogy, and my girls have really enjoyed going on adventures with Elmer Elevator. His parents are certainly not helicopter parents!


The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne


Elmer & the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett


This month I haven’t finished very many books. I’m hoping to complete two parenting books that I’ve been slowly wading through this month, but I’m not sure if that will happen because I was recently introduced to G.K. Chesterton’s fiction writings and I’m a little preoccupied.

I did finish the following books:


Habits: The Mother’s Secret to Success by Charlotte Mason — This book has really helped me understand how habits are formed and how to help my children instill them. It’s a great resource for those of us who don’t have time to read through Mason’s 6 volumes just to find out about habits. I took extensive notes!


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — Eery, ghastly story of one man’s “creation” turning him into a monster. There’s a reason we should leave the creating in the hands of the sole Creator!

Kate (Age 8)

Mom-Assigned Reads


Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Kate and I have been reading this book aloud together all term and just recently finished! A lovely story about an orphan girl who learns her self-worth through hard work and independent thinking. Highly recommend!! An excellent study on two very different parenting styles.


The Story of Benjamin Franklin: Amazing American by Margaret Davidson


The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

For Fun Reading


Fairest of All (Whatever After series) by Sarah Mlynowski

Cora (Age 6)

Mom-Assigned Reads


The Secret Valley by Clyde Robert Bulla

White Bird by Clyde Robert Bulla

For-Fun Reads


Belle the Birthday Fairy (Rainbow Magic Fairy Books) by Daisy Meadows

Annabeth (Age 4) & Abigail (Age 2)

I have been more intentional this month to read specific books with my little girls. Every day after her “preschool” work, Annabeth gets to pick out one book from her basket for me to read to her. This month we read several including the following:


Doctor De Soto by William Steig


The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown


The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone


The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy & Michael Hague


Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

What have YOU been reading lately? Any good books your children are reading?


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  1. Keri, I always love your book lists! We have been reading William Steig lately – really enjoy his books. Reading his Abel Island right now.