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These are books from our “On Our Shelves Sunday” Posts

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

The book I have chosen to highlight this week should come as no surprise to you:


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Caroll

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Yesterday I showed you my Alice-inspired creation. Tomorrow I will share what my daughter came up with!

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

We have this next book in one of my all time favorite series, on our shelves this week:


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by JK Rowling

My youngest (Falafel) read the first book without me! She just couldn’t help herself. She was sucked into it (not literally, of course) and just didn’t stop reading until it was done. She finished it in three days. She asked if she could move on to the next one, and I said she could, only if she passed the reading comprehension test at school for it.

She got 19 out of 20 correct. *sigh*. I was truly hoping to share this one with her. I love these books so much that it would have been nice to read them again with a brand new perspective. She told me that we could still read them together, but she would read them by herself first.

I’ll take it.

What is one of your favorite series that your kids are now reading?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, on our shelves,  we have a book that I read a long time ago with The Bee :


Dragon Rider

by Cornelia Funke

What a wonderful tale of magic and adventure. I am actually trying to convince my Warrior Cat obsessed child that she will love this book. I mean, talking dragons?! Brownies?! Talking rats?! Good stuff right there. *sigh* Wish me luck!

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Today we have a book on our shelves that Falafel chose from school as her Cinderella story:


The Golden Sandal

A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story

by Rebecca Hickox

Her class read Cinderella stories from around the globe, and then this week they celebrated by creating their own costumes based on the Cinderella they chose. There were even boy versions of the story. It was wonderful to see her creativity with this. I didn’t help her (teacher’s rules), so I was off the hook for a last minute sewn costume. Instead she made the dress the fish gives Maha (Cinderella) in the book by using a piece of white fabric, cutting a hole for her neck, and wrapping a scrap around her waist to hold it together. She also put a piece of white fabric on her head and tied it on. She looked great!


Her teacher supplied the crowns. This was an interesting assignment. I had no idea there were so many versions of Cinderella!

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, Falafel and I are starting an old favorite of mine that really needs no introduction:


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by JK Rowling

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be reading this series with our youngest. I LOVE these books so very much (having read them first with our older daughter some years ago), and to be reading them with a fresh set of eyes and ears will bring new perspective, and with that a whole new love for them for both of us! Woohooo! Here we goooooooooo! Accio Book!

Have you read this series with your kids?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, my Falafel is reading something other than a Warrior book *gasp* I know.


Nuts to You

by Lynne Rae Perkins

Honestly, I cannot tell you what this book is about. I am just thrilled my girl is reading something other than the Warrior books (over and over again). Ha!

You can also always find comics and graphic novels (Big Nate, The Smurfs, TinTin, Garfield, FoxTrot, Calvin and Hobbes, Smile, Sisters, Archie, Amelia Rules, etc) on our shelves, along with assorted Manga for the teen (which apparently, I pronounce all wrong).

I do love their love of books.

How about your kids? What do they love reading most?

On-Our-Shelves: Happy Mother’s Day!


To all of you incredible Mamas, Moms, Mothers, Ma’s, Mommies, and Mums:

Happy Mother’s Day.

I hope you spend it surrounded by those you love, doing whatever it is your heart desires.

Here is one of my all time favorite picture books that I used to read to my girls when they were wee ones. It just happens to be about a Mama and her baby:

Where’s My Hug? (Don’t You Feel Well, Sam?)


What are your favorite Mama/child books?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, we are FINALLY on the last book in the series:


Smells Like Pirates

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If you have been around this blog for a while, you may know that I love Suzanne Selfors books (like this, this, this, and this). She happens to be a local Author, and we have read so many of her wonderful stories. You may also know that I am such a sloooooow reader. So whenever reading to my youngest, she usually goes on ahead and finishes the book before we get to read it together.


I am finally about halfway through this one, and can’t wait to finish. I made her promise not to tell me how it ends.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is #7 in the series:


The Guardians of Ga’Hoole

The Hatchling

by Kathryn Lasky

My girl is ripping through these quickly. She said that she still prefers The Warrior Cats, but this fulfills her need to read anthropomorphic epic adventure stories. She has even listened to a few of the audio books.

Unfortunately, there aren’t as many books in this series. Any suggestions once she is finished?

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

In honor of yesterday’s HUGE news, today we have a book all for me on our shelves:


Stuffed Animals

From concept to conception

by Abigail Patner Glassenberg

I have got the stuftie bug! This book is fantastic. I have already found a ram that I want to try out. I love learning new things. And there is ALWAYS something to learn.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?