My Booklist

  • Dear Students & Parents,

        Having grown up without a television in my home, I have been and continue to be an avid reader.  I love the "children's" books as much, if not more in many cases, as the adult books I have read.  As I add to this list, I will create further categories.  I am beginning with some of my personal favorites from both today and long ago.  These are the "tried and true" books in my life which no matter how many times I read them, I've yet to become "bored."  :)  Perhaps you will enjoy some of these books as well.

        May we all "Strive for 25" and keep on reading for our enjoyment, personal fulfillment, and growth. 

                                               :) Ms. Bethlendy

Ms. Bethlendy's Favorites...

  • A Year Down Yonder

    by Richard Peck Year Published:
    This 1999 Newbery Honor Book is a humorous, yet deep account of Mary Alice, a city girl from Chicago, who has to go live with her Grandma Dowdel in a small "hick town" due to the struggles her family face due to the Great Depression. While Mary Alice is initially a bit fearful of her Grandma Dowdel, as time goes on, Mary Alice comes to see a deeper more caring side despite a gruff exterior. It is a book that makes me laugh out loud throughout! Richard Peck is a masterful storyteller and you won't want to miss this book!!!
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  • Because of Winn Dixie

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published:
    The first of Kate DiCamillo's books in which I fell in love!!! :) Made me think, laugh, and cry. A beautiful story.
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  • Pog

    by Lyn Lee Year Published:
    Love the illustrations & words choice throughout!! Such a fun book :)!
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  • The King's Equal

    by Katherine Patterson Year Published:
    A wonderful message to young and old alike...a book that I have and can continue to read many, many times!!! ...and another great read aloud!! :)
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  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    by C.S. Lewis Year Published:
    I loved the entire series of the Chronicles of Narnia, but this first book is, and always has been, my favorite of them all!!
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  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published:
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  • The Secret Garden

    by Frances Hodgson Burnett Year Published:
    One of my favorites from childhood!!! :)
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  • The Sword in the Stone

    by T.H. White Year Published:
    I first discovered this book in A.P. English, thanks to a wonderful teacher of my own, Mr. Griesinger!! I have read this book several more times since and love it each and every time!!! (Parents, I encourage you to share this book as a read aloud with your kids.)
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  • The Tale of Despereaux

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published:
    A book that Liam and I LOVE reading!!! A great read aloud with wonderful voice and rich words.
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  • The Teacher's Funeral

    by Richard Peck Year Published:
    Another great book by Richard Peck that takes place during the early 1900s in rural Indiana.
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