New Easy Readers in the Library: September, 2016

Posted by Sherry on 9/13/2016 in Easy Readers, General |

I’m going to start posting here about the books that I acquire for my library. For those of you who don’t know I have a private subscription library in my home, mostly for homeschoolers, although others who are interested in quality books are welcome to visit or to join. I have a lot of older […]


The Big Book of Animals of the World by Ole Könnecke

Posted by Sherry on 5/5/2016 in Around the World, Easy Readers |

This large board book groups pictures of animal by continent or part of the world, beginning with the Arctic and continuing on to North America (Canada), Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, North America (Southwestern USA), and finally, under the ocean surface. The Last page spread has a map of the world with continents labeled […]


What’s New in My Library?

I have a private, subscription library in my home—sort of a school library for literature lovers and homeschoolers. It gives me an excuse to purchase and rescue those treasures of books that I find in the thrift store or at the garage sale. I bought lots of books this week, first at the Books Bloom […]


Christmas in Ohio (?), c.1994

Posted by Sherry on 12/10/2014 in 1994, Children's Fiction, Easy Readers, General |

From Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake by Cynthia Rylant. “Mr. Putter loved to give Christmas presents. He started thinking about Christmas presents in July. He liked to think of what he could give to the grocer and to the librarian, and to the postman. Mr. Putter also had to think of what he […]


Cybils 2013 Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books

Posted by Sherry on 10/5/2013 in 2013, Early Chapter Books, Easy Readers, General |

I served on the judging panel for this Cybils category two years ago, and I was introduced to some wonderful books and authors for the 8 and under crowd. Here are a few 2013 nomination suggestions for this category: Odd Duck by Cecil Castllucci. Friendship, weirdness, and ducks. NOMINATED as a Graphic Novel. All About […]


12/12/12: Themes of My Life

These are the twelve themes or ideas or motifs that God has placed in my heart, and consequently the 12 Big Ideas that appear most often here on Semicolon. 1. Books. I have a houseful of books I read lots and lots of books, probably over 100 per year. I love books; I live inside […]


Russell Hoban, author, b.1925, d.2011

Posted by Sherry on 12/16/2011 in Easy Readers, General, Picture Book Preschool |

Author Russell Hoban died Tuesday, December 13th in hospital in London. Hoban is best known as the author of the Frances books: Bread and Jam for Frances, Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, A Bargain for Frances. We use Frances-isms in our house all the time. Being careful isn’t nice; being friends is […]


Giving Books: Mystery Series for Young Readers

The Milo and Jazz Mysteries by Lewis B. Montgomery. The Case of the Stinky Socks. The Case of the Poisoned Pig. The Case of the Haunted Haunted House. The Case of the Amazing Zelda. The Case of the July 4th Jinx. The Case of the Missing Moose. The Case of the Purple Pool. I read […]


Sunday Salon: Books Read in November, 2011

Posted by Sherry on 12/4/2011 in Booklists, Early Chapter Books, Easy Readers, General, Sunday Salon |

Easy Readers for Cybils: Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. Cybils nominee: Early Chapter Books. Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke. Cybils nominee: Early Chapter Books. No. 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke. Cybils nominee: Early Chapter Books. Tugg and Teeny: Jungle Surprises by J. Patrick Lewis. Cybils nominee: Early Chapter Books. Almost Zero: A Dyamonde […]


Elephant, Piggie, and Mo Willems

Posted by Sherry on 11/17/2011 in Cybil Awards, Easy Readers, General |

Cybils nominees: Easy Readers. Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems. Nominated by Sarah at Page in Training. I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems. Nominated by Becky of Becky’s Reviews and Young Readers. Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems. Nominated by Danielle Smith at There’s a Book. What is there to say […]

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