So, one thing you should know about me is that I have 3 boys, and they keep me super busy! When I’m not hanging out with them, I’m reading books (or writing my own!). This year I wanted to read a bunch, but didn’t get to as many as I would have liked to.

What’s great about my boys is that they love when I read books TO them – this way we all get a chance to enjoy a lot of new books, as well as some classic books (including some of the great books I read when I was their age).

Here are just a few of the books I read to them in 2016:

BEEZUS AND RAMONA and RAMONA THE PEST by Beverly Cleary – Ms. Cleary turned 100 years old (!) back in April and she still remains one of the greatest writer of books for kids out there. These are two books I remember fondly from when I was about 8 or 9. Nice to say, they’re still hilarious and a lot of fun to read. The boys loved them, too.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON by Cressida Cowell – We all saw the movie when it came out, but didn’t know there was an entire series (13 books and counting!) of books that were also drawn by the author. Hiccup and Toothless’ very first adventure was a total treat, full of hair-raising adventures and lots and lots of dragons.

DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS by Mo Willems (he never disappoints!), AGATHA by Anna Pignataro, THE GRUFFALO by Julia Donaldson with pictures by Axel Scheffler, and HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ by Tad Hills were a few of the standout Picture Books that the boys and I enjoyed this year.

Books We Plan to Read in 2017:

2 books we’re already halfway through and plan to finish soon:

THE BOY WHO LOST HIS FACE by Louis Sachar (one of my fave authors of all time)

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum – follow the yellow brick road!

I can’t wait to read more books on my own, and with my boys. If you’re interested in seeing some of the books I’ve read over the years, and the ones I’m currently reading, please check out my Goodreads page, as well as my newest book site, LibraryThing. If you’re a member of either one of them, definitely send me a Friend Request. I’d love to see what you’re reading, as well!