I don’t often post what books we’re reading. I always love a good book recommendation, so I thought I would share our current reading list for both the boys and for myself!
Reading-Aloud to the Boys
We read a lot of books throughout the course of a week, but both of the boys really enjoy reading the same books over and over again. Here are just a few that they have been enjoying:
We bought Big Brother a set of the Imagination Station books for his birthday. They are similar to the Magic Treehouse series (which Big Brother also loves) with an added Christian element featuring the beloved characters of Adventures in Odyssey (which I listened to until I was in high school!). I normally read a chapter or two at lunch time to keep the boys focused on eating and planted in their seats. Little Brother isn’t old enough for them, but he seems to enjoy listening nonetheless.
Tacky the Penguin is one of the boys’s favorite books. Needless to say, we read it over and over again!
I normally can’t stand books based on popular characters (find out why here), but this book is an exception. Angry Birds Playground Animals was given to our boys from a family friend and it is actually quite wonderful. The book starts off with the Angry Birds and Pigs fighting and the Pigs steal the Angry Birds’s eggs. They travel to all the different habitats around the world to try to find their eggs (meeting several different animals in each habitat in the process). The book is done in conjunction with National Geographic Kids, so the facts about the animals are credible and the storyline keeps the children engaged. It’s a thick book, so you won’t be able to read it all in one sitting.
The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village is a modern-day kid-friendly parable that has become a family favorite. It also happens to be written by Francis Chan, one of my favorite authors and speakers.
What if Everybody Did That? new book that we just received in the mail yesterday. My husband doesn’t think it is that great of a book, but I think it is a good way to introduce children to the need for rules and cause-and-effect for our actions.
The Priest with Dirty Clothes is another kid-friendly parable that just arrived yesterday (my husband is getting ready to ban me from ordering books on Amazon). :) It is a great story, but probably better for school-aged children. Big Brother sat through it and enjoyed it, but it was much too long for Little Brother.
Books for ME
Here is what I am currently reading:
A couple months ago, I asked my Facebook readers for some book suggestions for myself. I like clean books that are encouraging, so it was a tall order. One reader suggested The O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson. I already read the prequel and really liked it, so now I am on Book #1, The Negotiator. I love these books because they are suspense (which means I can’t read them right before going to bed…I am a weenie) but they are also Christian-based (so they are clean with good morals).
My friend Rachel let me borrow her copy of Sparkly Green Earrings and IT. IS. A. HOOT. Seriously. I’m less than halfway through (and I just started it yesterday) and have already laughed out loud several times. It is simultaneously hilarious and encouraging in my role as Christian wife and mother. If you’re a mom…read it.
I took a break from Desperate for a while (for no other reason than I got busy and forgot about it), but I picked it back up again. It is wonderfully relatable and refreshing…also a must for moms, but for a different reason than the book I just mentioned. :)
What are YOU and your children currently reading???
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