A lot of my ideas come from reading books!  Every week, I pick up a few books from the kids’ section at the library to help me find a spark for a discussion topic.  These are the books that I read during the 2012 / 2013 school year.  They are all available through the Chinook Arch Regional Library System.


Goose’s Story – Best, Cari

Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String – Boyle, Bob

I’m the Best – Cousins, Lucy

When Randolph Turned Rotten –  Harper, Charise Mericle

Yonderfel’s Castle – Gralley, Jean

Jojofu – Waite, Michael P.

Don’t Squish the Sasquatch! – Redeker, Kent

Not so Tall for Six – Hutts Aston, Dianna

Guji Guji – Chen, Chih-Yuan

The Ant Bully – Nickle, John

Otter and Odder – Howe, James

The Biggest House in the World – Lionni, Leo

The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit – Cash, John Carter

Ed & Fred Flea – Edwards, Pamela Duncan

Daisy Plays Hide-and-Seek – Sandall, Ellie

Chloe, Instead – Player, Micah

Always Room for One More – Leodhas, Sorche Nic

House Held Up by Trees – Kooser, Ted

The Curious Garden – Brown, Peter

What the Ladybird Heard – Donaldson, Julia

Zip, Zip — Homework – Poydar, Nancy

The Goblin and the Empty Chair – Fox, Mem

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge – Fox, Mem

If You Find a Rock – Christian, Peggy

Harriet’s Had Enough – Guest, Elissa Haden

I’m Like You, You’re Like Me – Gainer, Cindy

Zen Ties – Muth, Jon J.

Three Little Pigs – Galdone, Paul

My Heart Will Not Sit Down – Rockliff, Mara

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot – Magoon, Scott

Mama Panya’s Pancakes – Chamberlin, Mary

Purplicious – Kann, Victoria

Square Cat – Schoonmaker, Elizabeth

Does God Have a Big Toe? – Gellman, Marc

What If? – Seeger, Laura Vaccaro

Those Shoes – Boelts, Maribeth

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes – Lewis, Rose A.

The Keeping Quilt – Polacco, Patricia

We Belong Together – Parr, Todd

We – Schertle, Alice

Say Hello! – Isadora, Rachel

Angel Child, Dragon Child – Surat, Michele Maria

God’s Dream – Tutu, Desmond

The Duchess of Whimsy – De Sève, Randall

Next Year I’ll be Special – Giff, Patricia Reilly

Willoughby and the Lion – Foley, Greg

Saving Strawberry Farm – Hopkinson, Deborah

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Rosen, Michael

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day – Viorst, Judith

Mama – Winter, Jeanette

Toby, What Are You? – Steig, William

Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss

The Stray Dog – Simont, Marc

Pest Fest – Durango, Julia

Turtle Spring – Zagwyn, Deborah Turney

And to Think That We Thought That We’d Never be Friends – Hoberman, Mary Ann

Unspoken – Cole, Henry

One – Otoshi, Kathryn

Thank You Bear – Foley, Greg E.

Demolition – Sutton, Sally

Four Feet, Two Sandals – Williams, Karen Lynn

The Runaway Bunny – Brown, Margaret Wise

Jane and Mizmow – Armstrong, Matthew

Hope for Haiti – Watson, Jesse Joshua

A Handful of Seeds – Hughes, Monica

Selavi, That is Life – Youme

Me Too! – Harper, Jamie

Five Little Chicks – Tafuri, Nancy

The Tale of Trick Fox – Aylesworth, Jim

Curse in Reverse – Coppinger, Tom

A Book of Friends – Ross, Dave

Bagels from Benny – Davis, Aubrey

Wolf! Wolf! – Rocco, John

The Pied Piper’s Magic – Kellogg, Steven

I Love You the Purplest – Joosse, Barbara M.

The Way Meat Loves Salt – Jaffe, Nina

Mrs. Rumphius – Cooney, Barbara

If I Never Forever Endeavor – Meade, Holly

Water Boy – McPhail, David

Who Would Like a Christmas Tree? – Obed, Ellen Bryan

The Lost-and-found Tooth – Borden, Louise

Elfwyn’s Saga – Wisniewski, David

Horton Hears a Who – Dr. Seuss