Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Prince C-Nut - Book Devourer

My son's reading ability really took off about 14 months ago. Here's a clip I posted last September when he was 4.8 years old:

Since then he's been a real joy to *homeschool*. Whenever there's dead time, and I do have him awake for nearly 14 hours a day(!), and I think he needs to do something *educational*, I simply tell him to grab one of his library books and *read 3 chapters* or whatever. And magically off he goes - fully sedated by a book instead of a color TV or a Nintendo DS. Some days I may send him off to a quiet corner 5 or 6 different times; he reads nonstop from his backseat stockpile of books when in the car; PLUS he's allowed to read every night before bed almost to his heart's content.

All parents can relate to the wondrous feeling of seeing their kids asleep in bed at night. NEVER are they more adorable then at this unconscious end-of-the-long-day moment!

Well, when I see my son immersed in a book I'm similarly overwhelmed with joy. And I take great pains to never interrupt his concentration a la a sleeping baby.

I've been trying to get him to list each book he reads in his *Book's* Google Word Doc but he's so voracious, many have been missed. Nonetheless, here's a glimpse of what he's read:

August 2010

Stink #1, #2, by Megan McDonald
Outernet #1 by Steve Skidmore
My Father's Dragon By Ruth Stiles Gannett
Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Wind and the Willow - Illustrated Classic

September 2010
The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Stink #3, #4 by Megan McDonald
Pass the Quill, I'll write a draft by Robert Quackenbush
Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett
Stuart's cape By Sara Pennypacker
The Empty Squirrel by Carol Carrick
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By Ronald Dahl
The Mad Mad Mad Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald
The Junior Science Book of Trees By Robert S. Lemmon
Who Was Claude Monet - By Ann Waldron
Harry Potter 1, 2, 3 (dad read and audio)
Claude Monet Sunshine and Waterlilies by Steven Packard
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defeo Illustrated Classic, mom read to me
The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, mom read to me
Graphic Novels- goosebumps, a whole bunch!
Choose Your Own Adventures, The Mystery of Chimney Rock
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk By George Beard
Toys Go out

October 2010
The Twits by Ronald Dahl
A Picture for Marc by Eric Kimmel
The Kuiper Belt By Fran Howard
Jupiter - Larry Dane Brimmer
Constellations By Dana Meachen Rau
Stars By Paul P. Sipiera
Flat Stanley - Stanley in Space By Jeff Brown
Andrews Lost - In the Deep
Andrews Lost - in Time
Andrews Lost - on Earth
Andrews Lost - with the Dinosaurs
Andrews Lost - in the Ice Age
Binky the space cat By Ashley Spires
The Littles By John Peterson
Toy Dance Party By Emily Jenkins
Pontiac by Virgina F. Voight
Matthew Meets the Wall By Patricia Reilly Giff
Mother Teresa By Candice F. Ransom
Tecumseh By Anne Scharff

November 2010
A to Z Mysteries - The Zombie Zone
Sally Ride by Barbara Kramer

1. Dinosaurs Before Dark, Magic Tree House, Book 1
2. The Knight at Dawn, Magic Tree House, Book 2
3. Mummies in the Morning, Magic Tree House, Book 3
4. Pirates past Noon, Magic Tree House, Book 4
5. Night of the Ninjas, Magic Tree House, Book 5
6. Afternoon on the Amazon, Magic Tree House, Book 6
7. Sunset of the Sabertooth, Magic Tree House, Book 7
8. Midnight on the Moon, Magic Tree House, Book 8
9. Dolphins at Daybreak, Magic Tree House, Book 9
10. Ghost Town at Sundown, Magic Tree House, Book 10
11. Lions at Lunchtime, Magic Tree House, Book 11
12. Polar Bears Past Bedtime, Magic Tree House, Book 12
13. Vacation Under The Volcano, Magic Tree House, Book 13
14. Day of the Dragon King, Magic Tree House, Book 14
15. Viking Ships at Sunrise, Magic Tree House, Book 15
16. Hour of the Olympics, Magic Tree House, Book 16
17. Tonight on the Titanic, Magic Tree House, Book 17
18. Buffalo Before Breakfast, Magic Tree House, Book 18
19. Tigers at Twilight, Magic Tree House, Book 19
20. Dingoes at Dinnertime, Magic Tree House, Book 20
21. Civil War on Sunday, Magic Tree House, Book 21
22. Revolutionary War on Wednesday, Magic Tree House, Book 22
23. Twister on Tuesday, Magic Tree House, Book 23
24. Earthquake in the Early Morning, Magic Tree House, Book 24
25. Stage Fright on a Summer Night, Magic Tree House, Book 25
26. Good Morning, Gorillas, Magic Tree House, Book 26
27. Thanksgiving on Thursday, Magic Tree House, Book 27
28. High Tide in Hawaii, Magic Tree House, Book 28

Merlin Missions

29. Christmas in Camelot, Magic Tree House, Book 29
30. Haunted Castle On Hallow’s Eve, Magic Tree House, Book 30
31. Summer Of The Sea Serpent, Magic Tree House, Book 31
32. Winter Of The Ice Wizard, Magic Tree House, Book 32
33. Carnival at Candlelight, Magic Tree House, Book 33
34. Season of the Sandstorms, Magic Tree House, Book 34
35. Night of the New Magicians, Magic Tree House, Book 35
36. Blizzard of the Blue Moon, Magic Tree House, Book 36
37. Dragon of the Red Dawn, Magic Tree House, Book 37
38. Monday with a Mad Genius, Magic Tree House, Book 38
39. Dark Day in the Deep Sea, Magic Tree House, Book 39

40. Eve of the Emperor Penguin, Magic Tree House, Book 40
41. Moonlight on the Magic Flute, Magic Tree House, Book 41
42. A Good Night for Ghosts, Magic Tree House, Book 42
43. Leprechaun in Late Winter,, Magic Tree House, Book 43

A Child's Garden of Verses - Robert Louis Stevenson

A to Z Mysteries - The Orange Outlaw
A to Z Mysteries - The Quicksand Question
A to Z Mysteries - The Runaway Racehorse
A to Z Mysteries - The Yellow Yacht
A to Z Mysteries - The Haunted Hotel

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Howard Pyle

Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson

The Time Machine - H.G. Wells

A to Z Mysteries - The Panda Puzzle
A to Z Mysteries -The White Wolf
A to Z Mysteries -Missing Mummy

Andrew's Lost - On The Dog

White Fang - Jack London

A to Z Mysteries - The Unwilling Umpire
A to Z Mysteries - The Jaguar's Jewel
A to Z Mysteries - The School Skeleton

Andrew's Lost - In The Bathroom
Andrew's Lost - In The Kitchen

The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane

Andrew's Lost - In The Garden

A to Z Mysteries - The Goose's Gold
A to Z Mysteries - The Deadly Dungeon
A to Z Mysteries - The Empty Envelope
A to Z Mysteries - The Absent Author
A to Z Mysteries - THE BALD BANDIT
A to Z Mysteries - THE CANARY CAPER

Andrew's Lost - under water

Horrible harry goes to sea - Suzy Kline
Horrible harry takes the cake - Suzy Kline

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds - by David A. Adler
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Mystery Writer - by David A. Adler
Song Lee and the leech man - Suzy Kline
Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery - by David A. Adler
Otis Spofford - Beverly Clearly
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
The Animal Rescue Club - John Himmeman

Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery - by David A. Adler

Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery - by David A. Adler

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O - by David A. Adler
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the New Girl - by David A. Adler
Young Cam Jansen and the The Lion's Lunch Mystery - by David A. Adler
Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth - by David A. Adler

Andrews Lost - On The Whale - by J.C. Greenburg

Andrews Lost - On The Reef - by J.C. Greenburg

George The Drummer Boy - Nathaniel Benchley

Kidnapped at the Capitol - Ron Roy

The Paint Brush Kid - Clyde Robert Bulla

Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery - by David A. Adler
Gigantic Ants and Other Cases - by Sey

The Poppy Seeds - Clyde Robert Bulla
The Secrets of Droon - The Hidden Staircase and Magic Carpet
The Secrets of Droon - Journey to the Volcano palace
The Secrets of Droon - The Mysterious island
The Secrets of Droon - City in the Clouds
The Secrets of Droon - The Great Ice battle
The Secrets of Droon - The Sleeping Giant of Goll
The Secrets of Droon - Into the Land of Lost
The Secrets of Droon - The golden wasp
The Secrets of Droon - The Tower of the elf king
The Secrets of Droon - The Quest for the Queen
The Secrets of Droon - The Hawk Bandits of trarkoom
The Secrets of Droon - Under the Serpent sea
The Secrets of Droon - The Mask of mailban
The Secrets of Droon - The Voyage of Jaffa Wind
The Secrets of Droon - The Moon Scroll

Wiley & Grandpa's creature features - Dracula vs. grandpa at the monster truck spectacular
Wiley & Grandpa's creature features - Grandpa's zombie BBQ
Wiley & Grandpa's creature features - Monster fish frenzy

Encyclopedia Brown - Boy detective
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers - Donald J. sobol

The Secrets of Droon - The knights of Silversnow
The Secrets of Droon - Dream thief
The Secrets of Droon - Search for the dragon ship

The Secrets of Droon - In the ice caves of Krog
The Secrets of Droon - Flight of the genie
The Secrets of Droon - Isle of Mists
The Secrets of Droon - Fortress of the treasure Queen
The Secrets of Droon - The race to Doobesh
The Secrets of Droon - The riddle of Zorfendof
The Secrets of Droon - The Moon Dragon
The Secrets of Droon - The Chariot of Queen Zara

I could probably go into my library account and grab the titles of the missing ones but that's a task for a less busy time in my life.

Have you read as many books as my 5.96 year old has in the past year or so?


Paul Mitchell said...

I would venture to say only a professional book reader could touch his menu. Dang, boy.

Anne Galivan said...

He seriously read H.G. Wells? Unabridged? That's impressive!!!

I do see a hole in his education though. Where are the "Calvin and Hobbes" titles?


(All three of my boys cut their teeth on those.)

Anonymous said...

Time for him to pick up, End the Ron Paul...


CaptiousNut said...


Those are Great Illustrated Clasics, abridged.

And some of those, way down on the list, were co-read with mom or dad a while ago.

CaptiousNut said...


He did find a Far Side book and loved it.

I think his mother hid it on him, seriously.

Beth said...

Actually, I would come close. Last year I kept a book list and devoured 183 books in 365 days. It is a very interesting thing to keep a book list and look back on it. You should get him hooked on Library Thing or Good Reads, so he can track it himself and even write reviews for others.

If I didn't have to work, I'd spend all my time reading or at the library or book store.

Great job to your boy, might hold him up to my daughters as something to aspire to!

CaptiousNut said...


Wow, a book every 2 days!

Most people read a book a year or something tragic like that.

I'm beginning to think writing is more important than reading.

And I'm trying to figure out ways to incorporate that belief in my homeschooling.

Anne Galivan said...

Okay, well that makes more sense.

For an author you may not have heard about, you might want to try G.A. Henty. He lived during the nineteenth century and wrote the books initially for his own kids. They are great historical fiction and my boys love them. Would probably need to start out reading them together, they are not an "easy read" for a 6-year old but I predict he'll like them. And you might too. I started out reading them aloud during school-time but over the years have bought about 20 of them for my boys.

You can probably find some of these at the library. If you want to buy them, I found them cheapest through Library and Educational Services. As a "home-educator" you can order from them. Check it out.