Thursday, March 31, 2005

April's Meeting

On Tuesday, April 5th we will be meeting at Anna McFadden's home. The Topic this month is an author study of Cornelia Funke, a German author with international recognition. Anna selected The Theif Lord, Inkheart and The Princess Knight (a picture book). The novels are long, but you'll enjoy them so start reading because Anna can't wait to discuss them with you.

The Theif Lord Posted by Hello

Princess Knight Posted by Hello

inkheart Posted by Hello

Upcoming Months

Hopefully you've loved everything we've read so much you can't wait to see what's next. Here's a sneak preview at what's to come:

May - 2004 Best books (Cassie Lombardi)
June - Books to Movies - part two! (Kelly Lewis)
July - Informational books (Laura Williams)
August - Humor (Jessica Anderson)
September - International Award winners - (Kim Roberts)

Past Book Club Selections

May – Linda Sue Park Author Study
A Single Shard – by Linda Sue Park
When My Name was Keoko – by Linda Sue Park
Seesaw Girl – Linda Sue Park
Kitefighters – Linda Sue Park

June – Newbery Award Winners
The Westing Game – by Ellen Raskin
Everything on a Waffle - by Polly Horvath
Crispin – by Avi
Lily’s Crossing – by Patricia Reilly Giff
A View from Saturday – by E.L. Konigsburg

July – Historical Fictions
The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 – by Christopher Paul Curtis
Amelia’s War – by Ann Rinaldi
True North – by Kathryn Lasky
Charlotte’s Rose – by A.E. Cannon
The Upstairs Room – by Johanna Reiss

August – Book Being Made into Movies
The Bad Beginning – by Lemony Snicket
Freaky Friday – by Mary Rogers
Holes - by Louis Sachar
Ella Enchanted – by Gail Carson Levine
Cheaper by the Dozen – by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Freak the Mighty – by Rodman Philbrick

September – Jerry Spinelli Author Study
Maniac Magee - by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl – by Jerry Spinelli
The Library Card - by Jerry Spinelli
Crash – by Jerry Spinelli
Wringer – by Jerry Spinelli

October – Early Readers
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus -by BarbaraPark
Frindle -by Andrew Clements
Arthur, For the Very First Time - by Patricia MacLachlan
Judy Moody -by Megan McDonald
Sideways Stories from Wayside School -by Louis Sachar
Knights of the Kitchen Table- Time Warp Trio Series – by Jon Scieszka
The Hundred Dresses - by Eleanor Estes
Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days - by Stephen Manes
Mick Harte Was Here - by Barbara Park
Adventures of the Bailey School Kids -by Debbie Dadey(Pick any one of your choice)
Magic Treehouse Series - by Mary Pope Osborne (Pick anyone of your choice)

November – Sharon Creech Author Study
Walk Two Moons - by Sharon Creech
Love that Dog – by Sharon Creech
Ruby Holler – by Sharon Creech
Chasing Redbird – by Sharon Creech
The Wanderer – by Sharon Creech
Grandma Torrelli’s Soup- by Sharon Creech

December- Christmas Picture Books
The Polar Express - by Chris Van Allsburg
Christmas Oranges - retold by Linda Bethers
The Littlest Angel -by Charles Tazewell
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies -by Laura Numeroff
Gingerbread Baby - by Jan Brett
The Legend of the Candy Cane - by Lori Walburg
The Tale of the Three Trees - retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
The Christmas Candle -by Richard Paul Evans
Shoemaker Martin – by Brigitte Hanhart and Michael Hale
Cajun Night Before Christmas - by Howard Trosclair
The Crippled Lamb - by Max Lucado
Auntie Claus - by Elise Primavera
The Trees of the Dancing Goats - by Patricia Polocco
Olive the Other Reindeer - by Vivian Walsh
The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza -by David Shannon

January – None (We had a dinner and shared our favorites)

February – Mysteries
The View from the Cherry Tree – by Willo Davis Roberts
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Theif – by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Dollhouse Murderers – by Betty Ren Wright
Regarding the Fountain – by Kate Klise
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective – by Donald J. Sobol
Secret of the Red Gate Farm – by Carolyn Keene

March – Selections From Our Favorites in January
Nory Ryan’s Song – by Patricia Reilly Giff
Pictures of Hollis Woods – by Patricia Reilly Giff
Uncle Jed’s Barbershop – by Margaree King Mitchell
Goodnight, Mr. Tom – by Michelle Magorian
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons – by Barbara Cohen
Make Lemonade – by Virginia E. Wolff

April – Novels in Verse
Out of the Dust – by Karen Hesse
Witness – by Karen Hesse
Aleutian Sparrow – by Karen Hesse
Carver: A Life in Poems – by Marilyn Nelson
Locomotion – by Jaqueline Woodson
Bronx Masquerade – by Nikki Grimes

May - Biographies (Women in History)
Wilma Unlimited - by Kathleen Krull
Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker - by Katrhyn Lasky
The Heroine of the Titanic - by Joan W. Blos
When Marian Sang - by Pam Munoz Ryan
Good Queen Bess - by Diane Stanley
Eleanor - by Barbara Cooney
Minty - by Alan Schroeder
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa - by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Kate Shelley: Bound for Legacy - by Robert D. San Souci
Emily - by Michael Bedard
America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle - by David A. Adler
Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon - by Jeannine Atkins
Through My Eyes - by Ruby Bridges
Rabble Rousers: 20 Women Who Made a Difference - by Cheryl Harness
Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought) - by Kathleen Krull
You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? - by Jean Fritz

June - Fairytales
The Tale of Despereaux - by Kate DiCamillo
Briar Rose - by Jane Yolen
The Frog Princess - by E. D. Baker
Goose Chase - by Patrice Kindl
East - by Edith Pattou
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast - by Robin McKinley

July - Futuristic Societies
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue - by Lois Lowry
Among the Hidden - by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Imposters - by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Betrayed - by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Barons - by Margaret Peterson Haddix

August - E.L. Konigsburg Author Study
Throwing Shadows - by E.L. Konigsburg
The Second Mrs. Giaconda - by E.L. Konigsburg
Silent to the Bone - by E.L. Konigsburg
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place - by E.L. Konigsburg
Up From Jericho Tel - by E.L. Konigsburg

September - New Books by Authors we have Read
Messenger - by Lois Lowry
Among the Brave - by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Heartbeat - by Sharon Creech
Maggie’s Door - by Patricia Reilly Giff
One of the following:
Milkweed - by Jerry Spinelli
Canning Season - by Polly Horvath
Regarding the Sink: Where, oh Where, Did Waters Go? - by Kate Klise
Never Mind!: A Twin Novel - by Avi and Rachel Vail

October - Picture Book Art Study
Everyone shared info about a different illustrator

November - Historical Fiction, Prairie Books
Sarah, Plain and Tall - by Patricia MacLaughlin
Skylark (sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall) - by Patricia MacLaughlin
Prairie Songs - by Pam Conrad
Little House on the Prairie - by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caddie Woodlawn - by Carol Ryrie Brink
Charlotte’s Rose - by A.E. Cannon
All the Places to Love - by Patricia MacLaughlin (picture book)
Bluestem - by Frances Arrington
Caleb’s Song - by Patricia MacLaughlin
More Perfect than the Moon - by Patricia Maclaughlin

December - Robin McKinley Author Study
The Hero and the Crown - by Robin McKinley
The Blue Sword - by Robin McKinley

January - Author Autobiographies
How Angel Peterson Got His Name - by Gary Paulsen
Knots in my Yo-yo String - by Jerry Spinelli
Looking Back - by Lois Lowry

February - Avi Author Study
Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel - by Avi
Poppy - by Avi
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - by Avi
The Man Who Was Poe - by Avi
Romeo and Juliet -- Together (and Alive!) at Last - by Avi

March - Realistic Fiction
Olive's Ocean - by Kevin Henkes
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town - by Kimberly Willis Holt
Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
Flipped - by Wendelin Van Drannen
Hoot - by Carl Hiaasen


Welcome to the Children's Literature Book Club! We're just starting to experiment with website ideas so this site may be temporary. We'll keep you posted.

Book club basics:
The Children's Literature Book Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. We want everyone to have a say in what we are reading so about every six months we get together and brainstorm a list of potential topics, and then we vote on topics for the next six months or so. Then a different person volunteers to host each month and selects books accordingly. Originally we decided to have between four to seven books each month, but that changes depending on the month and the topic. The list of books is handed out a book club a month ahead of time and now they will be posted here.

Enjoy Reading!