How I’m logging our readalouds this year

January 16, 2014 @ 8:58 pm | Filed under: ,

Gonna try, at least.


Failed utterly last year at keeping up my Rillabooks log. Of course, it’s really a Rilla-and-Huck-and-sometimes-Wonderboy log, which makes the keeping-up all the harder.


My strategy this year is to snap a picture each day after we’ve finished reading.


One thing I like about this method is that I can track frequently requested rereads alongside newer books. It’s been fun to see a book appearing two or three days in a row as it moves into the Favorites position and then is eventually superceded by a new charmer.


I’m posting the pics on Instagram, when I remember, tagged “today’s #readalouds.”


A few remarks:

Cookie the Walker. They love this book. If I’d thought of the photo idea sooner, it would have appeared in about ten in a row. I’ll be honest: I wouldn’t have expected it to spark such an obsession—but it’s on its way to Scoopy the Steam Shovel territory, if you know what I mean. Twice now I’ve taken it back to the library, but the librarians keep shelving all my returns on the display rack, so every other time we go, Huck grabs it again.

But oh you guys, if you haven’t checked out Sophie’s Squash yet, do. It was one of our Cybils finalists—the whole darn judging panel was crazy about it. It’s delightful. Sophie adopts a butternut squash as her baby and best friend, and, well, to say people in my house can relate to that notion is an understatement.

Into the Thicklebit (Sophie’s a more devoted companion than my guy was.) 😉

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  1. sarah says:

    Ah, Thicklebit. How I miss ye.

    I miss picture books too. You are lucky to have an abundance of littlies to whom you can read them. (Sometimes I am tempted to get out the old Dr Seuss books just for my own entertainment.)

  2. Melanie B says:

    I like this idea. I don’t even try to keep track of the picture books with four kids who demand them every day.

    We read Katie and the Sunflowers for the first time today. I definitely need to hunt down Sophie’s Squash. I suspect my Sophie will adore it. She like offbeat and oddball humor. When she couldn’t find something to satisfy her at the library today I handed her the Mo Willems book from my pile and she was quite content.

  3. Carol Hampton Rasco says:

    My 2 1/2 year old grandson loves TAP THE MAGIC TREE and our family had great fun with SOPHIE’S SQUASH during the holidays as it brought forth so many stories from young and old as to their “squash.”

  4. Divina says:

    What a great idea to keep a book log this way. I just might have to do this, too. I like looking at your photos of picture books and reading the summaries (when you get a chance to write them).

    Ha! Cute Thicklebit. This past summer, my little guy called our huge garden zucchini his “baby”. You have captured something true to life.

  5. Desiree says:

    This is a great idea! I think I’ll try to do something similar. My blog is woefully neglected!