Monthly Archives: March 2013

Bubba’s Decision

Bubba and I are almost a week into our journey, and we have already read more than 50 books together… Well, that’s not exactly accurate.  I guess I should take a step back and say that Bubba has decided that reading only library books is NOT an option. He made this decision pretty clear earlier in the week – after we had only read about 5 books!

I think he was beginning to have some withdrawal symptoms from not hearing is favorite stories!  It was like he was on his own little mission – a mission to listen to a book that HE picked out!  In this case, it was The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I tried to read him a new library book, but he would push the book away and shove HIS book into my chest to get me to read it to him.  After trying a couple times to get him interested in the library book, I finally gave up and read Bubba his book.

Of course, this opened the floodgate and we are now reading his favorite books along with our library books each day!  I think I’ve counted 8 readings of both The Very Hungry Caterpillar and My Precious Little Bear, 5 readings of The Snowy Day, 7 readings of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, 3 or 4 readings of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, and 5 readings of Melissa Everett’s Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.

A stack of some of Bubba's favorite books

A stack of some of Bubba’s favorite books

Luckily, I’ve been on break and I’ve been able to read to him as much as he wants.  Next week I go back to work, so we’ll have to wait and see how many library (and “Bubba Favorite”) books we can get through when teaching takes up the majority of my day!


Filed under Great Books, Lots of Laughs, Reading the Library, Updates

How Many Books Will We Read?

First of all, thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in our little project and offered words of encouragement!  we greatly appreciate your support!

I recently had someone ask me how many picture books there are in the library that Bubba and I are using… So today when he and I went to pick up another stack of books, I did some estimating.  Each shelf has approximately 100 picture books, and I counted 26 shelves of fictional picture books.  That means there are approximately 2,600 fictional picture books in our library.  Obviously, there are many more shelves of non-fiction in our library, but lets just use these numbers for right now.


If we break these numbers down a bit further, it gets really interesting!  I read on Christie Wright Wild’s blog that the average picture book has about 1,000 words, so we will be reading about 2.6 million words.  If I read at a pace of 120 words per minute, it will take us approximately 21,700 minutes or about 362 hours to read all the fiction books in our library.

My best guess is that we will read anywhere between 6 to 8 books a day (on average), so if we take the smaller number (reading just 6 books a day), it will take us about 433 days to get through the entire fiction section.

If you divide the time we’ll spend reading by the number of days it should take to get through the fiction section, we would average about 50 minutes of reading together per day.

Of course, even a slight adjustment in the number of books in the library or the number of words I read per minute can drastically change the time it will take us to complete our mission.  However, if all these numbers stayed accurate, we would finish the fiction section in late May 2014… Which would give us plenty of time to start the non-fiction picture book section!


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How it All Began…

Before my son was even born, my wife and I started collecting books to read to him.  We bought all the classics we could find – books like Curious George, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Corduroy, Stone Soup, Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, tons of Dr. Seuss books, and way to many more to name them all!

By the time Michael Jr. was born in September 2011, we had already filled an entire bookshelf (and bought a second for the overflow).  We realized quickly that we had very few toys for our little guy, but we were confident we had plenty of books!

Fast-forward a year and a half…  Michael Jr. (A.K.A. Bubba) is almost 18 months old and loves his books!  When my wife is getting ready for work in the morning, he sits in his crib with a stack of board books and quietly flips through them page by page.  He spends most of his weekdays at my parent’s house, and he absolutely loves to sit in his grandma’s lap and listen to her read.  When I bring him home after work, he runs to his pile of books, picks one out, brings it back to me, sits in my lap, and won’t leave until I’ve read it to him.  Once I’ve read it, he gets up, picks out another book, and repeats the process until we’ve read every book in the pile.


Needless to say, I couldn’t be happier with his love of books!  Well, that’s not entirely true.  All those books my wife and I bought before he was born are now being read a 3rd, 4th or 5th time (or in the case of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, it’s probably close to the 95th time).  I love reading to Bubba, but I’m getting tired of reading the same books over and over.

Luckily, there is a great little branch library just two blocks from our home!  I’ve used this library from time to time to get books for my classroom or to take Bubba to “Story Time,” but if I’m being completely honest, I haven’t really taken full advantage of this library since we moved to the neighborhood three years ago.  All that is about to change, though.

The reason I’ve started this blog is because I’ve decided that Bubba and I are going to read EVERY picture book in the entire library.  I’m not sure how long it will take (or if it can even be done), but that’s my goal – my mission.

As Bubba and I set out on this journey, I will write all about our experiences.  I’ll keep a list of all the book titles & authors that we read, and I’ll even comment on how both Michaels like each book.  I’ll also try to add some pictures and videos whenever possible to keep things interesting (for whoever decides to join us on our journey).

In the end though, this blog is really about sharing a unique experience with my son.  Some day, we will hopefully be able to look back on this experience and say: “Remember when we read EVERY picture book in that library?!”


Filed under Reading the Library, Special Stuff