Earlier this week I shared 3 booklists for my 3rd grader, which is a compilation of living books my oldest will be reading through this school year. I truly enjoy seeing what people read and getting book recommendations for myself and my girls, so I thought I’d share with you the books we read in September.
We have read-aloud times throughout the day, but breakfast is consistently the best time for us. Last month, we read 2 books together exclusively during that 30 minute window, so if you’re looking for a captivated audience to read to, meal time is the perfect time!
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
We all instantly fell in love with Pooh and Piglet and their hilarious escapades– Pooh getting stuck in Rabbit’s house, Eeyore losing his tail, Piglet meeting a Heffalump. I laughed out loud even when my girls didn’t catch the humor, yet each one had a favorite character and even the toddler longingly asks for “Pooh” every morning. Plus, Shepherd’s illustrations are just delightful!
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A homeschool mom recommended this book and its accompanying volumes, and once upon a time we tried to read it…and just couldn’t get into it. So, last month, I dug it out and tried again. This time my girls were so enraptured that Winnie-the-Pooh got put on hold for 4 days while we read it. Yes, we read it in 4 days! It’s the story of Elmer Elevator and his quest to rescue an enslaved baby dragon from an island of wild animals. A truly cute story with amazing illustrations! I can’t wait for the next two books in the series to arrive in the mail.
I usually have a minimum of 4 books going at once and aim to read for at least 5 minutes in each book per day. I try to have 1 fiction book among 4-5 non-fiction texts at a time and like a variety of subjects. Let’s call this MY “living” Charlotte Mason education.
Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter
After falling in love with A Girl of the Limberlost, I immediately snagged this book at my local used bookstore when I saw a vintage copy. Porter’s books are romantic and the paragon of everything “true, lovely and beautiful,” inspiring readers to make time to commune with nature and long for simpler times.
The Reading Promise: My Father & the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
This book came highly recommended by various people, including Sarah Mackenzie and my sister-in-law. It’s about a single dad’s promise to read aloud every day to his young daughter — a promise that is kept until she goes off to college–and the joys and challenges involved. I love the premise but felt it dragged on at times.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
At the beginning of the year, I created a personal reading challenge, which I hope to share at year’s end. One category on my list is “A book that intimidates me.” For some reason Rebecca was just such a book for me. I had tried to read it a number of times only to give up. But this time I dug in and kept going, and let’s just say that it’s a nail-biter! This would be a perfect Halloween read if you’re looking for suspense and intrigue.
Kate (Age 7.5, Grade 3)
I don’t know if it’s the fact that I assigned these books to her or that they are more difficult to read than what she’s accustomed to, but Kate was not keen on The Hundred Dresses. She enjoyed Betsy-Tacy and The Saturdays but could not get interested in their sequels. Maybe we will try again later.
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
A to Z Mysteries (series) by Ron Roy
Cora (Age 5.5, Grade 1)
Cora enjoyed Saint George and Bulla’s novella but wasn’t thrilled about the Magic School Bus book. If you can find Clyde Robert Bulla books, then I highly recommend them for young readers, especially the historical fiction.
Saint George & the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
Insect Invaders (Magic School Bus Chapter Book) by Anne Capeci
The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Annabeth (Age 4, Preschool)
Daisy-Head Mayzie by Dr. Seuss
Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
Abigail (Age 2)
Baby Animals by Garth Williams
Have you and your children read any good books lately? Are there any you would like to share with a fellow reader?