2009 Books Read

I love keeping this list. The final Books Read count for 2008 was 356. That was largely picture books, but I’m still impressed with that number.

I want to distinguish the picture books from novels and chapter books this year, but that gets really tricky. Some books straddle the line between picture book and chapter book, and not all children’s novels are simply “chapter books,” which I think of as a category of simple children’s books forĀ  next-step readers; after picture books and early readers, there are chapter books. Like Clementine, or Junie B. Jones. These are in a different league from His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman or the Harry Potter books, which are also considered children’s books. So I’m making this incredibly oversimplified, with room for interpretation.

B=Biography
C=Chapter Book/Easy Reader
CN=Children’s Novel
CNF=Children’s Nonfiction
N=Novel
NF=Other Nonfiction (Teen or Adult)
P=Picture Book

* Audio Book

UPDATE: Okay, I’m changing the format a little now that it’s April. I read an obscene amount of picture books for work, so I wanted to separate out the picture books, novels, etc. Let’s see how I like this. The categories are, as always, kind of vague. There are poetry books in the Picture Book section that are pretty lengthy, but if it’s got more pictures than words and isn’t divided into chapters I kind of stuck it under Picture Books.

Final Count for 2009: 302

Picture Books

1. It’s Winter!-Linda Glaser (P)
2. Polar Bear Night-Lauren Thompson (P)
3. Snowballs-Lois Ehlert (P)
4. No! No! Word Bird!-Jane Belk Moncure (P)
5. Snow Dude-Daniel Kirk (P)
6. Time to Sleep-Denise Fleming (P)
7. Stay Awake, Bear!-Gavin Bishop (P)
8. One Mitten-Kristine O’Connell George (P)
9. My Brother Martin-Christine King Farris (P) (B)
10. Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.-Jean Marzollo (P) (B)
11. Love, Splat-Rob Scotton (P)
12. Marveltown-Bruce McCall (P)
13. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed-Mo Willems (P)
14. Chicken Cheeks-Michael Ian Black (P)
15. One-Kathryn Otoshi (P)
16. One Boy-Laura Vaccaro Seeger (P)
17. Always in Trouble-Corinne Demas (P)
18. The Black Book of Colors-Merena Cottin (P)
19. A Visitor for Bear-Bonny Becker (P)
20. The Little Yellow Leaf-Carin Berger (P)
21. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever-Marla Frazee (P)
22. The Day Leo Said I Hate You!-Robie H. Harris (P)
23. Mail Harry to the Moon!-Robie H. Harris (P)
24. Old Bear-Kevin Henkes (P)
25. Wabi Sabi-Mark Reibstein (P)
26. Copy Me, Copycub-Richard Edwards (P)
27. Grandmother Winter-Phyllis Root (P)
28. Tacky the Penguin-Helen Lester (P)
29. Snow Day-Lynn Plourde (P)
30. The Little Cat Baby-Allan Ahlberg (P)
31. Previously-Allan Ahlberg (P)
32. Treasure Hunt-Allan Ahlberg (P)
33. Each Peach Pear Plum-Allan Ahlberg (P)
34. Runaway Dinner-Allan Ahlberg (P)
35. The Shopping Expedition-Allan Ahlberg (P)
36. The Pencil-Allan Ahlberg (P)
37. Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp-Denise Fleming (P)
38. Sheila Rae, the Brave-Kevin Henkes (P)
39. Maybe a Bear Ate It!-Robie H. Harris (P)
40. Bear’s Picture-Daniel Pinkwater (P)
41. Eric Rohmann-A Kitten Tale (P)
42. John Coltrane’s Giant Steps-Chris Raschka (P)
43. Pet Show!-Ezra Jack Keats (P)
44. Barack-Jonah Winter (P) (B)
45. If You Give a Pig a Party-Laura Numeroff (P)
46. If You Give a Pig a Pancake-Laura Numeroff (P)
47. If You Take a Mouse to School-Laura Numeroff (P)
48. If You Give a Moose a Muffin-Laura Numeroff (P)
49. Time to Say “Please”!-Mo Willems (P)
50. This Is the Dream-Diane Z. Shore (P)(CNF)
51. The Boat-Monique Felix (P)
52. The House-Monique Felix (P)
53. The Numbers-Monique Felix (P)
54.TheĀ  Alphabet-Monique Felix (P)
55. Wind-Monique Felix (P)
56. The Colors-Monique Felix (P)
57. Cluck, Cluck, Who’s There?-James Mayhew (P)
58. Humpty Dumpty and Friends in the Southwest-Esther LaMadrid (P) (CNF)
59. Into the Forest-Anthony Browne (P)
60. My Bedtime Book of Favorite Nursery Rhymes-Roger Priddy (P)(CNF)
61. Best Best Friends-Margaret Chodos-Irvine (P)
62. Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent-Lauren Child (P)
63. Superhero ABC-Bob McLeod (P)
64. Ghosts in the House!-Kazuno Kohara (P)
65. Sally Gets a Job-Stephen Huneck (P)
66. Pssst!-Adam Rex (P)
67. Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy-Jane O’Connor (P)
68. Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly-Jane O’Connor (P)
69. Click, Clack, Splish, Splash-Doreen Cronin (P)
70. You Can Be My Friend (Charlie and Lola)-Lauren Child (P)
71. I Am Really Ever Not So Well (Charlie and Lola)-Lauren Child (P)
72. I Want to Be Much More Bigger Like You (Charlie and Lola)-Lauren Child (P)
73. Chicken & Cat-Sara Varon (P)
74. Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack-Doreen Cronin (P)
75. What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!-Barbara Kerley (P)(B)
76. Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story-Sam Lloyd (P)
77. The Umbrella-Jan Brett (P)
78. Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure-Doreen Cronin (P)
79. El dia y la noche/Day and Night-Margaret Hall (P)(CNF)
80. Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman-Marc Tyler Nobleman (B)(P)
81. Lilly’s Big Day-Kevin Henkes (P)
82. Dooby Dooby Moo-Doreen Cronin (P)
83. Giggle Giggle Quack-Doreen Cronin (P)
84. I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola)-Lauren Child (P)
85. I Am a Booger…Treat Me with Respect!-Julia Cook (CNF)(P)
86. A Weekend with Wendell-Kevin Henkes (P)
87. Wemberly Worried-Kevin Henkes (P)
88. Julius, Baby of the World-Kevin Henkes (P)
89. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse-Kevin Henkes (P)
90. Almost to Freedom-Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (CNF)(P)
91. McElligot’s Pool-Dr. Seuss (P)
92. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street-Dr. Seuss (P)
93. Reading Makes You Feel Good-Todd Parr (P)
94. The Story of Pinocchio-Katie Daynes (P)
95. Clarice Bean, Guess Who’s Babysitting?-Lauren Child (P)
96. That New Animal-Emily Jenkins (P)
97. Stinky Smelly Feet: A Love Story-Margie Palatini (P)
98. A Bad Case of Stripes-David Shannon (P)
99. 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe-Anna Grossnickle Hines (CNF)(P)
100. George Washington Carver-Tonya Bolden (B)(P)
101. At Gleason’s Gym-Ted Lewin (CNF)(P)
102. The Frog Prince, Contined-Jon Scieszka (P)
103. Hip Hop Speaks to Children-Nikki Giovanni (CNF)(P)
104. Winter Lights-Anna Grossnickle Hines (CNF)(P)
105. Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings-Douglas Florian (CNF)(P)
106. Three Little Pigs-Marie-Louise Gay (CNF)(P)
107. Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: And Other Poems-Jack Prelutsky (CNF)(P)
108. Whales-Cynthia Rylant (P)
109. Old Tom, Man of Mystery-Leigh Hobbs (P)
110. Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poems-Polly Dunbar (CNF)(P)
111. A I for Art: An Abstract Alphabet-Stephen T. Johnson (CNF)(P)
112. The Three Little Pigs-James Marshall (CNF)(P)
113. Red Riding Hood-James Marshall (CNF)(P)
114. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs-Judi Barrett (P)
115. Arthur’s Baby-Marc Brown (P)
116. Pirates, Ho!-Sarah L. Thomson (P)
117. Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale-Daniel Kirk (P)
118. Duck and Cover-Jackie Urbanovic (P)
119. Wink! The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed- JC Phillipps (P)
120. Duck! Rabbit!-Amy Krouse Rosenthal (P)
121. Mouse Was Mad-Linda Urban (P)
122. Boo-Hoo Moo-Margie Palatini (P)
123. How I Learned Geography-Uri Shulevitz (P)(CNF)
124. Blueberry Girl-Neil Gaiman (P)
125. Riddle Road-Elizabeth Spires (P)(CNF)
126. The Perfect Thanksgiving-Eileen Spinelli (P)
127. River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams-Jen Bryant (P)(CNF)
128. Harold and the Purple Crayon-Crockett Johnson (P)
129. Long Night Moon-Cynthia Rylant (P)
130. Michael Rosen’s Sad Book-Michael Rosen (P)
131. Bully-Judith Caseley (P)
132. The Spider and the Fly-Mary Howitt/Tony DiTerlizzi (P)(CNF)
133. Flat Stanley-Jeff Brown (P)
134. How Prudence Proovit Proved the Truth About Fairy Tales-Coleen Murtagh Paratpre (P)
135. Beware of the Storybook Wolves-Lauren Child (P)
136. Sleeping Ugly-Jane Yolen (P)
137. Dilly Duckling (P)-Claire Freedman
138. Sleepless Beauty (P)-Frances Minters
139. Pingo-Brandon Mull (P)
140. Wag-Patrick McDonnell (P)
141. The Wizard, The Ugly, and the Book of Shame-Pablo Bernasconi (P)
142. Mars Needs Moms!-Berkeley Breathed (P)
143. Bad Kitty-Nick Bruel (P)
144. Z Goes Home-Jon Agee (P)
145. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?-Multiple authors (P)
146. The Escape of Marvin the Ape-Caralyn and Mark Buehner (P)
147. Gator-Randy Cecil (P)
148. Duck-Randy Cecil (P)
149. Harry I Need You-Seymour Chwast (P)
150. Princess Smartypants-Babette Cole (P)
151. Willoughby and the Lion-Greg Foley (P)
152. Nutmeg-David Lucas (P)
153. The Rabbits-John Marsden & Shaun Tan (P)
154. The Curious Garden-Peter Brown (P)
155. Wonder Bear-Tao Nyeu (P)
156. Chowder-Peter Brown (P)
157. Flight of the Dodo-Peter Brown (P)
158. The Enemy: A Book About Peace-Davide ali & Serge Bloch (P)
159. Little Beauty-Anthony Browne (P)
160. I’m Your Bus-Marilyn Singer (P)
161. Kiki’s Blankie-Janie Bynum (P)
162. Coretta Scott-Ntozake Shange (P)(B)
163. The Planet Hunter: The Story of What Happened to Pluto-Elizabeth Rusch (P)(CNF)
164. Seen Art?-Jon Scieszka (P)
165. The Book That Jack Wrote-Jon Scieszka (P)
166. Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit-Kadir Nelson (P)(CNF)
167. Emily’s Balloon-Komako Sakai (P)
168. Are You Ready to Go Outside?-Mo Willems (P)
169. Watch Me Throw the Ball!-Mo Willems (P)
170. Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude-Jonah Winter (P)(B)
171. Chester’s Way-Kevin Henkes (P)
172. Johnny Appleseed: My Story-David L. Harrison (P)(B)
173. Strong to the Hoop-John Coy (P)
174. The Wolves in the Walls-Neil Gaiman (P)
175. Chicken Little-Rebecca Emberley (P)
176. The Wizard-Jack Prelutsky (P)(CNF)
177. All in a Day-Cynthia Rylant (P)
178. Leaves-David Ezra Stein (P)
179. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella-Paul Fleischman (P)(CNF)
180. Tsunami!-Kimiko Kajikawa (P)(CNF)
181. Cake Girl-David Lucas (P)
182. Jeremy Draws a Monster-Peter McCarty (P)
183. Little Gorilla-Ruth Bornstein (P)
184. Blueberries for Sal-Robert McClosky (P)
185. Abuela-Arthur Dorros (P)
186. Dog Blue-Polly Dunbar (P)
187. Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers-Laura Numeroff (P)
188. If I Were a Lion-Sarah Weeks (P)
189. Little Cloud-Eric Carle (P)
190. Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine-Evaline Ness (P)
191. Cowboy and Octopus-Jon Scieszka (P)
192. Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night-Anne Rockwell (P)
193. Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins-Dianne Ochiltree (P)
194. We’re Rabbits!-Lisa Westberg Peters (P)
195. Moses Goes to School-Isaac Millman (P)
196. Sheep Trick or Treat-Nancy E. Shaw (P)
197. The Witches’ Supermarket-Susan Meddaugh (P)
198. Trick or Treat Countdown-Patricia Hubbard (P)
199. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything-Linda Williams (P)
200. Polo and Lily-Regis Faller (P)
201. The House That Drac Built-Judy Sierra (P)
202. Bamboo and Friends: The Flower’s Busy Day-Felicia Law (P)
203. Bamboo and Friends: The Tree-Felicia Law (P)
204. One Day in the Jungle-Colin West (P)
205. Picnic Pandemonium-Christina M. Butler (P)
206. The Jungle Baseball Game-Tom Paxton (P)
207. Help Dress Priscilla-Dick Punnett (P)
208. Julius-Syd Hoff (P)
209. Counting Coconuts/Contando Cocos-Wendi J. Silvano (P)
210. Tree Frog Hears a Sound-Rebecca Johnson (P)
211. All About Turkeys-Jim Arnosky (CNF)(P)
212. Hey, Al-Arthur Yorinks (P)
213. Bittle-Patricia & Emily MacLachlan (P)
214. George and Martha-James Marshall (P)
215. The Cut Ups-James Marshall (P)
216. Hansel and Gretel-James Marshall (CNF)(P)
217. Fox on Stage-James Marshall (P)
218. Goldilocks and the Three Bears-James Marshall (P)
219. Turkey Pox-Laurie Halse Anderson (P)
220. The Firefighters Thanksgiving-Maribeth Boelts (P)
221. The Thanksgiving Door-Debby Atwell (P)
222. Stellaluna-Janell Cannon (P)
223. The Great Kapok Tree-Lynne Cherry (P)
224. The Hallo-Weiner-Dav Pilkey (P)
225. The Fourth Little Pig-Teresa Celsi (P)
226. Duck and Goose-Tad Hills (P)
227. Duck, Duck, Goose-Tad Hills (P)
228. Beautiful Blackbird-Ashley Bryan (P)
229. Constance and Tiny-Pierre le Gall (P)
230. Danny and the Dinosaur-Syd Hoff (P)
231. Kids Go!-They Might Be Giants (P)
232. Otis-Loren Long (P)
233. The Christmas Sweater-Glenn Beck (P)
234. The Mitten-Jan Brett (P)
235. Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas-Jane O’Connor (P)
236. Merry Christmas, Splat-Rob Scotton (P)
237. Secret Santa-Fernleigh Books (P)
238. Elephants Cannot Dance!-Mo Willems (P)
239. Paddington Bear and the Christmas Surprise-Michael Bond (P)
240. Pigs on the Move: Fun with Math and Travel-Amy Axelrod (P)
241. The Adventures of Snowwoman-V. Suteev (P)
242. Best Bear-Emma Dodd (P)
243. Miss Nelson Is Back-Harry Allard (P)
244. Goodnight, Lulu-Paulette Bogan (P)
245. “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly” Said the Sloth-Eric Carle (P)
246. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf-Lois Ehlert (P)
247. Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On-Lois Ehlert (P)
248. Pumpkin Eye-Denise Fleming (P)
249. Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog-Mini Grey (P)
250. Dinotrux-Chris Gall (P)
251. In the Small, Small Pond-Denise Fleming (P)
252. The Wheels on the Bus-Maryann Kovalski (P)
253. Silent Night-Sandy Turner (P)
254. The Gingerbread Boy-Richard Egielski (P)
255. Carl’s Christmas-Alexandra Day (P)
256. Looking Down-Steve Jenkins (P)
257. My People-Langston Hughes (CNF)(P)
258. The Negro Speaks of Rivers-Langston Hughes (CNF)(P)
259. A Very Brave Witch-Alison McGhee (P)
260. Someday-Alison McGhee (P)

Easy Readers/Chapter Books
1. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa-Erica Silverman (C)
2. Daniel’s Mystery Egg-G. Brian Karas (C)
3. Pinky Dinky Doo: Think Pink!-Jim Jinkins (C)
4. Fancy Nancy at the Museum-Jane O’Connor (C)
5. Cake Cake Cake Pie-Sally Kalher Phillips (C)
6. Marvin One Too Many-Katherine Paterson (C)
7. I Was a Third Grade Spy-Mary Jane Auch (C)
8. The Adventures of Captain Underpants-Dav Pilkey (CN)
9. The Parakeet Girl-Marilyn Sadler (C)
10. Fancy Nancy: The Show Must Go On-Jane O’Connor (C)
11. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)-Mary Pope Osborne (CN)
12. The Best Fall of All-Laura Godwin (C)

Children/YA
1. *The Underneath-Kathi Appelt (CN)
2. *The Amber Spyglass-Phillip Pullman (N)
3. After Tupac and D Foster-Jacqueline Woodson (N)
4. *The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks-E. Lockhart (N)
5. *Savvy-Ingrid Law (CN)
6. *Looking for Alaska-John Green (N)
7. *The Graveyard Book-Neil Gaiman (CN)
8. *Eclipse-Stephanie Meyer (N)
9. *Coraline-Neil Gaiman (CN)
10. *Suite Scarlett-Maureen Johnson (N)
11. *Breaking Dawn-Stephanie Meyer (N)
12. The Surrender Tree-Margarita Engle (CNF)
13. Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5: The Last Olympian-Rick Riordan (CN)
14. The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins (N)
15. 39 Clues Book 1: The Maze of Bones-Rick Riordan (CN)
16. The Magician’s Elephant-Kate DiCamillo (CN)

Grownup Books
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain-Garth Stein (N)
2. *The Reader-Bernhard Schlink (N)
3. *The Woods-Harlan Coben (N)
4. *As You Do-Richard Hammond (NF)
5.*On the Edge-Richard Hammond (NF)
6. Wire in the Blood-Val McDermid (N)
7. Eat, Pray, Love-Elizabeth Gilbert (NF)
8. *The Time Traveler’s Wife-Audrey Niffenegger (N)
9. *Invisible Monsters-Chuck Palahniuk (N)
10. *The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency-Alexander McCall Smith (N)
11. *Phantom Prey-John Sandford (N)
12. *The Lost Symbol-Dan Brown (N)
13. *Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (N)
14. *The Tourist-Olen Steinhauer (N)