Once upon a time, on an ordinary, rainy afternoon, the minds of two children sailed away on a not-so-very ordinary adventure. The lively adventure that only comes to those who read. Any morning, afternoon, or night can grow into exciting day if you take the time to open a book and paint a picture between the lines of exciting text. Below I have made a few lists of books I or someone else in my family has thoroughly enjoyed. There is a list for each age group and if you are interested in a certain book, click on the title and the link will bring you to a page with more information. Many if not all of these treasures can be hunted for and borrowed at your local fortress of literture (or library lol).
Books for Children of a Young Age (This is a list of books that my younger sister has especially enjoyed)
Soup Day is a delightful but simple book about one girl’s soup day from start to finish. My sister read it in story-time once months ago and she hasn’t stopped reading it since. She doesn’t know how to read, but since everyone in the family has read it to her trillions of times, she knows every word and can sit down and “read” it for herself. There is something homey about this book. Children thrive on routine, and the simple delight in this book with make this your children’s or siblings’ favorite book as well. The illustrations are creative and fun. They make me hungry for the warmth soup can bring, any time of the day.
This book demonstrates a quiet, simple life, which children love. Once again, my sister has this book memorized! She “reads” it to me! Her favorite lines from the book: “the bunnies bathed with daisy soap in silver bunny tubs, then wrapped in fluffy towels for mother bunny rubs”…”…the bunnies found a bungalow a cozy bunny home. They live there still, they always will, they made it all their own.” This book is cozy and sweet and perfectly demonstrates a simple, family life full of the simple pleasures that are the most important after all.
A warm book full of beautiful poems written by the famous Robert Louis Stevenson. The pictures, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, are full of imagination and color. This is a breathtaking book which will introduce your youngest children to the wonderful world of poetry. Every night, I would read these poems as my little sister drifted off to sleep. This book contains some of the most well-known poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson, including The Swing, My Shadow, Bed in Summer, The Land of Counterpane, and many others. The poems included in this book seem to be endless.
- “The Valentine Foxes” by Clyde Watson
Every year on Valentines Day, my mom borrows this book from the library. This is a cute book, illustrating the joys (and frustrations) of day-to-day life. The story is about a family of foxes preparing for Valentines Day. The young foxes get carried away as they glue hearts and paper to everything in the dining room. When mother fox is too busy with baby fox, the young foxes lend a helping hand and decide to make the special valentine cake themselves. Not only is this a wonderful little story, there is a mouth-watering recipe for the foxes’ valentine cake in the back of the book. Our family has made it a few times and we all agree that it is our favorite. I encourage you to borrow this book from your local library next Valentines Day or any day of the year!
This book, full to the brim with music, has always been a favorite of mine since I was a young child. The story includes a CD of musical accompaniment that goes along with the book. The story will introduce your children to every type of music imaginable! From classical, jazz, or blues, to opera, bluegrass, or country, the music is delightful and very beautiful. I strongly recommend this book to anyone!
A List of Books for Older Children (This is a list of books that I have especially enjoyed)
My friend recommended this book to me and I eagerly read it shortly after. It is an amazing true story about two young sisters and their journey of faith. The girls are captured by indians and taken far away from their families to indian camps. Their home is destroyed, their father murdered, and they are even separated, but they hold on to their faith during the hardest time of their life. This book is exciting and attention-gripping. It also demonstrates a faith in God that can never be broken. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.
- “The Elsie Dinsmore Series,” by Martha Finley
Once I began this wonderful series of books, I couldn’t put them down. They portray such an inward beauty in the main character, Elsie Dinsmore. The books begin during Elsie’s girlhood years and end in Elsie’s last years of life. The first two books are my favorite, but I enjoyed all of them with equal pleasure. If you or your daughters have never read this series, I plead with you to do so now. You will cherish these books once you have read them. Elsie’s strong moral character and unwavering love for the Bible and her Father is heaven are a perfect example to young girls of all ages. Girls will be inspired by Elsie’s will to never displease her heavenly father in any possible way, no matter what persecution and rejection she must endure. This is what makes a truly beautiful person, inside and out.
- “Letters From Rifka,” by Karen Hesse
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