Friday, March 25, 2011

Books for Girls (and boys, too!)

Our library hides the good books.  Maybe not on purpose, but the books are hidden nonetheless.  Walter the Farting Dog is front and center on the shelf, but Angus Lost is no where to be seen.

And so, if you want a good book, you have to know what it is called and actively seek it out.

Here is a small sampling of some of our favorite authors and books.  (These are primarily chapter books.) 

  • The Moffets (series)- Eleanor Estes
  • All of a Kind Family (series) - Sidney Taylor  A Jewish family living in New York prior to WWI.  Great way to introduce Jewish holidays in a story format as the book details how the family celebrates.
  • Happy Little Family (series) - Rebecca Caudill  I just found out that this book is one book in the "Fairchild Family Story" series.  Caudill also wrote "The Best-Loved Doll" which is one of my favorite picture books for little girls.
  • Flat Stanley (series) - Jeff Brown 
  • Mr. Popper's Penquins
  • Homer Price - Robert Mccloskey  Look for more books by this author, too!
  • Understood Betsy - Dorothy Fisher
  • Captive Treasure - Milly Howard (BJU Press)
  • Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling
  • The Miller Family series  These are not available from the library so I have linked them.  My girls love them and teach character qualities from a Biblical perspective.  My good friend, Kris Hage, wrote a workbook that goes with the series.
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination - Beverly Cleary (I wouldn't recommend all of her books but this one is good.)
  • Patricia St. John
  • Alice Dalgliesh
  • Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Lois Walfrid Johnson A Minnesota author.  Series include Viking Quest and Adventures in the Northwoods.
  • Francis Hodgson Burnett 
Beyond Five in a Row 
Paula's Archives - History Books
Paula's Archives - Science
1000 Good Book List

I rarely agree with everything that an author writes.  For example, the Miller series (which we love!) listed  above is written and published by Mennonites.  The stories in the books have spurned great discussions regarding some of our different beliefs.  I encourage you to keep an open dialogue with your children about what they are reading.

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