I set the goal of reading aloud at least 12 books to my children this year. I’m excited to share what we have read so far. Having the goal of 12 books (and at least 1 a month) has been great for me. If the end of a month is coming, and I’m not done reading a book, we work extra to get it all in. I love seeing what others are reading and thought you might enjoy what we have read as well.
Here’s what we have read so far this year (not all pictured):
- Soldier Fritz and The Enemies He Fought: A Story of the Reformation is a story of a boy during Martin Luther’s time. He and his mother get a copy of a Bible, and it changes their lives. I actually reviewed this book, and the publisher let me give away a copy a few months ago. You can read the full review here.
- Ginger Pye is the story of the Pye family and their dog Ginger. There’s a great deal of suspense when Ginger ends up missing (for more than 6 months), but it was not too scary to put down or troubling to the kids. The suspense did keep us moving forward in our reading. When we finished this book, my 6 year old suggested with make “funny pages” about the story. In the book, the two children make these comic strips often, and it turned out to be a fun little project to review the plot of the story.
- Twenty and Ten is about children in France during World War II. It’s a great story to introduce my children to the courage people had in hiding Jews without being too overwhelming for them. I did make the mistake to read this book just before bed so I wouldn’t suggest that.
- Snow Treasure is a book my mother-in-law remembered reading as a child and bought for us. We really enjoyed the bravery of the children with the Nazi soldiers invading Norway. I loved the work ethic of the children as they took care of the nation’s gold. Elijah and Ruthie wrote a little paragraph about how Peter was brave after we finished this book.
- The Chimney Sweep’s Ransom is a Trailblazer book (Christian historical fiction) that I have on my Kindle. When I shared about using a kindle with my children, I mentioned this series. I enjoyed doing a read aloud from my Kindle since it is so much easier to keep your place in the book and look up words that are unfamiliar. This particular book is about a poor mining family in Northern England during the 18th century. The family has contact with John Wesley and the Methodist Society as they help the main character pay “the ransom” for his younger brother Pip. We enjoyed seeing what life was like for a poor family in this time period, and my children are really glad that they don’t have to work in a mine starting at age 5. My dad’s father worked in a factory by age 8 so this book led to some good discussions.
- Rainbow Garden is a book I remember from my childhood. Growing up, I had most of Patricia St. John’s books, and my mom bought them for me as an adult after having children. All of her books include characters wrestling with sin and give great illustrations about salvation. This book follows a very selfish girl who is sent to live in the country with a family that she doesn’t know. I don’t want to give away the story, but I love that there is a bit of suspense in this book with the robbery involved. God used it to bring the main character to repentance and to create some plot twists.
- George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans is a biography about a man with an amazing faith. I could barely read parts of this without getting choked up or teary-eyed. I love that he just trusted God to provide for his ministry so that others could see God’s faithfulness. The story of the 300 orphans sitting down to breakfast with no food on the table and him thanking God for the food he would provide was probably my favorite. My children and I really enjoyed this book and seeing how he worked for the Lord until he no longer had breath.
- Dolphin Adventure:: A True Story is a short book about a man’s experience with a wounded baby dolphin. I read this book years ago to my big children as one of their first chapter book read alouds and decided to read it again to my little boys. Just like the first time, we didn’t manage to even wait a whole day to finish but read it in one sitting.
- Five True Dog Stories is another short read aloud that my bigger children already heard. Since there are five different stories, Ruth and I took turns reading the chapters to the little boys. We finished this one in one sitting too. I particularly like that the stories are not all in the same country or time period.
- The Whipping Boy is a smaller chapter book about a prince and his whipping boy. The prince decides to run away and take the whipping boy with him. Their adventures are very exciting, and the prince grows up. My kids really enjoyed this book and thought the concept of having a whipping boy was such a silly idea. This book gives a small glimpse into the Middle Ages and what life was like then.
Now, I just need to go pick out our next book to read. Any suggestions?
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