Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Question for the Readers: Book Recommendations

Hello Friends!

Today I am looking for something from you.  Book recommendations!

First, I'm looking for a new read-aloud for my 3 year old.  We finished two classic Winnie the Pooh books about a month ago and he LOVED them.  Then we started Alice in Wonderland, but just doesn't seem to do well listening to it.  I'm big on twaddle free books and am also looking for a chapter book, so if you have any favorites, pretty please let me know!

Second, I am thinking ahead to Christmas and am looking for a good children's book telling of the real-life St. Nicholas.  We are still sorting out how we are going to do Christmas in our family, but I know I would like to have a good resource to tell the kids who all the Santa hype is based on.  I'm looking for something factual, but still presented in a fun way for the kids.  If you know of any, please comment!  And if you are a real-life friend who lives nearby, I'd love to take a look if you'd let me =)

Happy Reading!


  1. My kids really enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie books, even my 3 year old boy! We have also read "The Borrowers" series.

  2. Dusty, thank you for your recommendation! We have the Little House series, but I didn't know if a little boy would find interest in it. I'm glad to know that yous did. I'll have to get mine out and give them a try!

  3. We read so much around here that it's hard to pick just a few books but here are some of my favorites from over the years...
    1.) Anything by Patricia St. John (I can't even pick a favorite from the stack of her books that I have here).
    2.)The Seeker's Great Adventure series by Dian Layton (the kids have even reread these on their own.)
    3.) The Boxcar Children books are sweet but we didn't go too far in the series. They are still a classic series.
    4.)The Joy Berry books that help children understand abstract character issues and be better in that area. Some of the books are on: Being Bossy, Being Bullied, Being Careless, Being Mean, Being Messy, Being Selfish. Anyway, there are a ton of them and they really help the child understand and know better how to handle themselves and others.
    5.) Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. I read it when I was a kid and read my favorite poems to my kids. Now we refer to some of the characters in the poems when someone is acting like them; it's kindof fun. Some of my favorite poems are: Love, Warning, Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out, Smart, Hug O' War. It's a really fun book.
    6.) I just have to mention The Christian Mother Goose Book of Nursery Rhymes by Marjorie Ainsborough Decker. I love how Humpty gets fixed by Jesus and her Twinkle Twinkle Little Star version. They are all so precious, unlike the odd and yucky feeling most Mother Goose stories leave you with.
    7.) Ok just one more. The Math Start books by Stuart J. Murphy. They introduce preliminary math skills without the child even knowing they are learning.
    Well, Happy Reading! It's just so much fun.

  4. Jen, thank you for all your suggestions! Thanks for suggesting Patricia St. John. I've never heard of her, but I looked up her name on a "1000 good books" list I like to reference and it was all over it! Do you think any of them are more suited for younger kids or are they all written with the style?

    I really want to cultivate a love of reading in my children (and find the love that I lost somewhere along the road) and I know having good books to go to will help!

  5. Hmmm... after looking at the ones I have, I think a lot will go over his head. They are beautiful stories but he'll get more out of them if you wait a couple of years. I cried reading each of them. The kids think I'm silly but she's such a beautiful writer. I think the Seeker books are perfect for his age though. I can't say enough about them! I called the publisher and asked them to beg her to write more.

    It does seem the current system of education steals the love of reading and learning. If you want to restir up your love for reading I'd love to recommend Francine River's The Mark of the Lion series and anything by Lynn Austin (especially her Kings series).

    Well, I'll have to check out "1000 good books lists" and see what else I can add to our library!

  6. Thanks Jen! Lots for me go look into. I can't remember if I linked to the 1000 good books list that I use, but this is it if you are interested http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/v2/index.php?page=440 You have to click around to the different age levels and then sometimes arrow over to see the next books alphabetically.


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