Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What We Are Reading Now

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I am reading this to Patrick again.  We both love this book.  
Set in the 1700's a little boy (13), is left to guard the family cabin, while his father ventures back to their hometown and brings back his mother.  THIRTEEN!  He befriends a Native American boy and his tribe, but counts the days until his family returns.  Imagine that?  That is exactly what I want Patrick to do-to imagine that!

I know Blaire is a modern day American Girl but this book is sort of painful and trite.  I guess my love for a historical tale is too strong to embrace all the LOL, texting, and drama.  Almost finished.  

This is up next, just a little bit at a time.

Do you have any good suggestions for a captivating book I could read to both Patrick (12) and Janey (7) at the same time before bed?


I am reading this and it's excellent.  A group of Mennonite women meet in secret to the discuss the rapes in the night that they are told to have happened by demons.  They find they are being drugged and attacked by a group of men in their community, and decide whether they should leave the community or go.

27 comments :

  1. Any good ideas to read to both a 7 year old boy and 3 year old girl before bed?

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  2. Sarah, I really wish you would do a post on books for boys. All ages! My son is aging out of picture books and I really want him to continue loving to read.

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    1. I have a huge list of books for boys (and girls) that were gathered by Rachel Balducci's instagram followers. Here's the link: http://martinfamilymoments.blogspot.com/p/everything-written-by-rosamunde-pilcher.html

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    2. Thank you! I'll definitely have a look.

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  3. Forgot to add, we really love "The Secret of Green Knowe" books. They would be good for a boy or a girl.

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  4. The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie has tons of suggestions for every age group. Such a great book!

    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler

    Magyk By Angie Sage

    Bed-Knob and Broomstick

    The Chronicles of Narnia

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  5. I'll second the Chronicles of Narnia, though it might be over Janey's head a little (my 9-year-old loved them, my 7-year-old wasn't super interested). Have you read James Barry's Peter Pan? That is so fun and charming. We read Rabbit Hill this fall and my kids all loved it (ages 12, 10, 7, 4). So many good books out there!

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  6. Sarah, have you tried the Land of Stories yet? That might work for both - my 12 year old boy loved them!

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  7. We are currently reading Cheaper by the Dozen, and enjoying it immensely!

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  8. Have you done Summer of the Monkeys? One of my boys' all-time favorites. Same author as Where the Red Fern Grows. I love that book!

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    1. Summer of the Monkeys is my VERY FAVORITE read aloud!

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  9. My 8 year old boy and I just finished Mr. Popper's Penguins. It was very good and we both really enjoyed it. When we were finished, we watched the movie with Jim Carey and discussed the differences...one of the main one is that the movie is based on Mr. Popper's son from the book, which made for an interesting perspective.

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  10. The House of Sixty Fathers would be an exciting read aloud. We also liked No Children, No Pets.

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  11. I am reading aloud Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. It is wonderful and my two boys are really enjoying the story. I just finished Marilla of Green Gables. A wonderful look at what Marilla and Matthew were like before Anne. Made me smile when I finished the story.

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  12. I am a big fan of Beverly Cleary books, Ramona is the best.

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  13. We've homeschooled for many years and have used the Amblesideonline.org for several subjects, including literature. We have deeply loved many of the books we found there. I would recommend anything from Years 1-4. One really nice feature is that many are free either as ebooks or audiobooks.
    Some really great history books are those by H.A. Guerber, (reprints by Christine Miller) also free online.

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  14. Have you read 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith? It's charming and good for both boys and girls.

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  15. Deliver Us From Normal
    by Kate Klise

    Airborn
    by Kenneth Oppel
    (Boy and Girl "heroes")

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  16. Have you read May B. by Caroline Starr Rose? It's a story of the same kind of perseverance as Sign of the Beaver but with a pioneer girl as the protagonist. Also, Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. Another strong, gritty, wonderful child-centered tale, set in a group of small islands off Cape Cod.

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  17. A newer series all my kids love and I love, too is The Vanderbeekers by Karina Yan Glaser. It starts with The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. We all enjoyed it! I have a 10-year-old girl, 8-year-old boy, 5-year-old girl, and 2-year-old girl (who "listens" with the others =)). Others they all have loved include Half Magic, The Secret Garden, Narnia books, and Caddie Woodlawn.

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  18. The Vanderbeerks of 141st Street is really good! My children all liked it, and I did, as well!

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  19. My kids liked The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. Also Mr. Popper's Penguins and The Good Master by Kate Seredy.

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  20. I 2nd the Vanderbeeker books, three total, 4th coming out in September. Kids listen to them really well too.

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  21. oh! Read The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong. Such a sweet, funny book.

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  22. The Book of Three series by Lloyd Alexander

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