our little house

when we lived in the jungle, every month or so,we’d take a dug-out canoe down the Suriname River to the end of the road.  there we’d catch a ride in the back of a semi truck headed into the capital city of Paramaribo.  we would be looking forward to taking (cold) showers, picking up our mail, sending a few emails, and raiding the Peace Corps library.  this was a hodge podge collection of all the books other volunteers had brought to the jungle, read, and then donated to the common cause.  i’d fill up a 5 gallon bucket with books and head back up river.

i’ve always read books, but it wasn’t till we lived in Tutubuka that i started to keep a list.  for the last few years, i’ve kept track of my reading life over at goodreads.  this list is a bit more high tech, but it does the job!  if you happen to be there too, i’d love to see what’s been catching your eye.

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…and we’ve also started down the delight-filled Alphabet Path.

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  • *Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris
  • *A Little House of Their Own by Celia Wilkins
  • *The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
  • *The World of Little House by Collins and Eriksson
  • *Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler
  • *Bringing Reggio Emilia Home by Louise Cadwell
  • *Laura Ingalls Wilder: a Writer’s Life by Pamela Hill
  • *Authentic Childhood: Exploring Reggio Emilia by Fraser and Gestwicki


  • *At Large and At Small by Anne Fadiman
  • *The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  • *Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Hertzberg and Francois
  • *The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamillton
  • *The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • *Very Far from Anywhere Else by Ursula LeGuin
  • *Old Town in the Green Groves by Cynthia Rylant
  • *On Tide Mill Lane by Melissa Wiley
  • *The Latehomecomer: a Hmong family memoir by Kao Kalia Yang


  • *Teach and Learning: Collaborative Exploration of the Reggio Emilia Approach by Fu, Hill, and Stremmel
  • *The Hundred Languages of Children by Edwards, Gandini, and Forman
  • *Trust the Children by Anna Kealoha
  • *A Life Worth Living: the Selected Letters of John Holt
  • *Birthing from Within by England andHorowitz
  • *Drawing from Life: the Journal as Art by Jennifer New
  • *Laboring On by Simonds, Rothman, and Norman
  • *After the Baby’s Born by Robin Lim
  • *The Vaccine Book by Bob Sears
  • *Lincoln’s Daughter by Tony Wolk
  • *March by Geraldine Brooks
  • *Angels and Ages by Adam Gopnik


  • *Celebrating the Church Year with Children by Joan Halmo
  • *A Handmade Life by WMS Coperthwaite
  • *The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg
  • *Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory
  • *New and Selected Essays by Denise Levertov
  • *Fundamentals of Homeschooling: Notes on Successful Family Living by Ann Lahrson-Fisher


  • *Dewey in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
  • *What Now? by Ann Patchett
  • *All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant
  • *How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith
  • * Eat Your Heart Out Martha: the Education Issue by Candyce
  • *The Blue Jay’s Dance by Louise Erdrich
  • *Tesserae by Denise Levertov
  • *The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand


  • *Teach Your Own by John Holt
  • *A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola
  • *Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman
  • *Sister, Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • *Design Like You Give a Damn edited by Architecture for Humanity
  • *Mama’s Milk by Michael Elsohn Ross


  • *Homeschooling Book of Answers edited by Linda Dobson
  • *Charles and Emma: the Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
  • *Illustrated Flag Handbook by Maria Costantino
  • *Hope on a Tightrope by Cornel West
  • *The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale


  • *DIY: Design It Yourself edited by Ellen Lpton
  • *Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
  • *When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  • *Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Christ’s Teaching about Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness introduced by Wendell Berry
  • *Finding Susie by Sandra Day O’Connor


  • * This Must Be the Place by Anna Winger
  • * Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • * Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber
  • * The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin
  • * Cheek by Jowl by Ursula K LeGuin
  • * Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson
  • * Doodle-stitching by Aimee Ray


  • * Naming Nature by Carol Kaesuk Yoon
  • * Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • * The Inland Whale by Theodora Kroeber
  • * The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan
  • * Abe Lincoln: the Boy who Loved Books by Kay Winters
  • * Paperwhite by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


  • *Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
  • *Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
  • *Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs
  • *The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
  • *Coop: a Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting by Michael Perry


  • *Handmade Home by Amanda Soule
  • *Letters to Jane by Hayden Carruth
  • *The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
  • *The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
  • *Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell
  • *Hallowed Be This House by Thomas Howard


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