What We Read: November 2016

November has flown by! While I am really excited about the upcoming holiday season, I admit I’m feeling a tad anxious about all the busyness of this time of year. We have a new baby set to arrive in early January, so my mind is racing as I think about all that needs to be done this month.


This month we finished Term 1 of school, had a week off for exams, and then spent the last weeks of November reading Thanksgiving-related books, so my girls’ assigned books have been fewer than in September and October. Part of me feels guilty that we haven’t read more books this month, but then I have to remember, we haven’t been sequestered in our homes: we’ve been living life,  and November has been a whirlwind of activities from dental appointments to piano lessons.

And I have to remind myself that December will only be busier.

Moms, don’t feel guilty for what you aren’t accomplishing. Take stock of all you have done in a given day or week. And if there’s an area where you want to improve, start right now and just do it. I’m a classic procrastinator when it comes to things I don’t want to do like cleaning the bathtubs, but when I dig in and do it, it feels so good!

Here’s what we read in November:



The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett

This book is the last in the trilogy, and the girls have really enjoyed all three books. I guess there’s something about adventures with dragons without parental supervision that really tickles them.


The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh

I love this book. Every year when I dig out our Thanksgiving box with decorations and books, I smile when I see it. This is our 3rd year to read this classic treasure aloud during the holidays.


All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

My sister-in-law, who homeschools her 6 children and is my hero, has recommended this book multiple times, so I knew we needed to read it. Set in New York City in the early 1900s, this book is about a Jewish family with 5 girls (just like we’re about to have) and their unique lives. We are about halfway through this book but devouring it during the breakfast hour.



The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton

I’ve been wanting to read some G.K. Chesterton and the first book our local library pulled for me was The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare. I’m not sure I fully grasped this book’s message, but I was intrigued by Gabriel Syme, the main character who is a poet and police detective charged with the duty of infiltrating and spying on an anarchist group but incidentally becomes one of the council members. A very strange but thought-provoking book. I can’t wait to read some more Chesterton.


Mere Motherhood: Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes, & My Journey toward Sanctification by Cindy Rollins

If there’s one book I would recommend for a homeschool mom this year, it would be this memoir by Cindy Rollins, a mother of 9 children (8 boys, 1 girl). This book is sprinkled with humor, confessions, practical advice, and enouragement, and you can easily read it in one sitting because of Rollins’s conversational style. I highly recommend this book and will be glad to loan it to you if live near me.

Kate (Age 8)

Mom-Assigned Reads


Oh, What a Thanksgiving! by Steven Kroll


Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters

Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast by Kate Waters


Squanto & the First Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel


Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson

For Fun Reading


Books from the American Girl Beforever series — These books are historical fiction/mystery featuring an American Girl and life in her era.

Cora (Age 6)

Mom-Assigned Reads


Dick Whittington & His Cat by Marcia Brown


Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness


Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters

Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters

For-Fun Reads


Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew Book series by Carolyn Keene

Cora loves mysteries and devours any series at her reading level that she can find. This is her newest series: it’s for younger readers who may not be able to read the original Nancy Drew books just yet.

Annabeth (Age 4) & Abigail (Age 2)

Annabeth and Abigail have listened to all our Thanksgiving books. This month I see that I did not spend very much one-on-one time reading with them. Hopefully, in December I will do better.


Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag


Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert


Baby Farm Animals by Garth Williams — I love these Little Golden Books for toddlers. Williams’ illustrations are so gentle and sweet.

Moms, what have you been reading?

What books have your children enjoyed reading?


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