We’ve been reading a TON lately, mostly due to Big Brother’s desire to fill up his Summer Reading Sheet from our local library. For every 10 minutes a child reads (or is read to), he/she gets to color in one star. Once they fill up their star sheet (with 50 stars on it), they get a free book! Needless to say, my voice is getting a little hoarse. :)
I thought it would be fun to share each of our favorite books from the week!
Big Brother’s Pick: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Big Brother thinks this book is hilarious. I am personally not that big of a fan…it’s written in the form of a diary, therefore it doesn’t have much of a plot. Much of the humor is above his head, but he insists on reading this book again and again! :)
Little Brother’s Pick: Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
This is a well-loved book in our house. Both of our boys have loved reading this book from the time they were babies. The rhyme and natural rhythm of this book makes you want to tap your toys while reading! Sandra Boynton is one of my favorite authors of board books for babies and toddlers and this is one of our favorites of all her books (second perhaps only to Moo, Baa, La, La, La). :)
My Pick for Kids: Ronnie Wilson’s Gift by Francis Chan
The author of the book Crazy Love, the most profound and inspiring book I’ve ever read, now writes children’s books as well! We already had the Big Red Tractor (which is GREAT) and we just got Ronnie Wilson’s Gift. We absolutely love it! The story is about a boy named Ronnie who is so touched by Jesus’ gift to us that he wants to give something back to Jesus. He decides he wants to give him his most loved possession: an autographed baseball glove. The only problem is, he can’t find a way to get his gift to Heaven! While busy trying to solve his problem, Ronnie takes time to show kindness to three people he comes across (food to a homeless man, time playing with a neighbor child, and giving a balloon to a little girl who lost hers). Later, he has a dream where Jesus tells him “thank you” for the gifts. At the end of the book, Chan quotes Matthew 25:40: ”I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers or mine, you did for me.” This book is the PERFECT opportunity to share with your child about how their kindness and generosity affects others and honors God!!!
My Pick for Moms: Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Earlier in the week, I asked those on my Facebook page if they had any fiction book recommendations. One reader left a suggestion for this book: Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen. The title immediately grabbed my attention, so I quickly put it on hold at our local library. I picked it up and finished it in LESS THAN A DAY! I loved it! It’s a story about a young girl who grows up in a tiny town in Georgia back in the late 60s to early 70s. Catherine Grace, the protagonist of our story who also happens to be the preacher’s daughter, can’t wait to get out of town and start fulfilling her dreams. Up until her 18th birthday, she spends every Saturday licking a dilly bar on top of a picnic table at the Dairy Queen, dreaming of her getaway. The day she turns 18, she sets off for her new adventure, only to realize that she never really can run away from “home”. A tragedy helps her, and everyone else in town, to realize that everyone has a story, is flawed, and needs the grace and forgiveness of God and others. It’s a lighthearted read with a great message and lots of southern drama! There are a few naughty words sprinkled here and there, but it is still a very wholesome read.
What are some of your favorite books you’ve read lately, for kids and adults alike???