Books We Have Been Reading

Dear Reader,

It has been a  while since I have posted anything on the books we have been reading or listening to.

We are preparing for  a big trip so I have stocked up on audiobooks from the library. I couldn’t find many long ones that looked good that we havent’ heard. And even among the shorter ones there are many we have heard before. But the younger kids don’t usually remember them well so I glad they will get a chance to hear them again. Here are some we have listened to recently or plan to listen to soon:

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic

Mary Poppins

Charlotte’s Web

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

I also want to reread the Little House on the Prairie books with my younger daughter. In her own reading she was been going through the Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Rylant. These are charming little books. But i like her Lighthouse Family series even better. Wonderful reading for younger girls.

My younger son is not much farther advanced in his reading. Too many books for boys this age (7 going on 8) are just horrible, either with occult type things (we do not actually mind all magic in books; it is more about how it is approached) or they are just in the gross-out genre. Some of the best we have found for him are the Dick King-Smith books and the Thornton Burgess books along the line of “Mrs. Peter Rabbit” and “Billy the Mink.” (We have also read his Animal Book and Bird Book but they are not easy reading for beginners.) The chapters in the Burgess books are a great length for a reluctant 7yo boy.

The older kids can be tougher. My older son has been reading lots of books by Lloyd Alexander which I like. My older daughter has been reading the Gilda Jones series which is okay, but far from fine literature. She went through a lot of the Anne of Green Gables books too.

In read alouds, we just finished a shorter book “Robbut” by Robert Lawson in which a dissatisfied rabbit tries out different tails. I look forward to reading more by him. We are currently reading “Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter” by Astrid Lindggren, the author of the Pippi Longstocking books. It too is a wonderful find.

That’s it for us. What are you reading these days?



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