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Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
It’s that time again – another edition of Best Books of the Month. The time when we help each other find new titles that the kids (or the mamas and the papas!) might love.
If you missed last month’s recommendations and would like to take a look, you can find that post here.
Here are the books we’ve been loving in our home recently:
* Moments that Matter: Real Life Photography Techniques for Capturing the Joy and Wonder of Childhood by Farrah Braniff
This book came across my path right when I had been wishing for a resource to teach me how to take better photos. I have a basic Canon Rebel DSLR and I know it can do more than I know how to do with it. I’ve been wanting to get it off auto mode more often, and this down to earth guide has been super helpful!
A beautiful, inspiring read for Christians who believe they have more to offer and give the world. You’re right – life art is your medium each and every day.
I’m a big fan of Holley’s encouraging style of writing. If you have a dream but aren’t sure how to pursue it, this 40 day devotional can help you get started.
An adventurous read for the 8-10 crowd; also makes a good read-aloud for ages 6 and up. Find my full review here. (Also: My kids are thrilled that the second book in the series will be coming out later this month!)
These fictionalized biographies make US history come alive for readers in the 8-12 age range. Jonathan (9) has been enjoying these lately and eagerly filling me in on all the details.
Also check out this page that divides these titles up based on chronological order–awesome!
Now on to the titles your family enjoyed this month! All of these received 4 or 5 stars from those who recommended them on Facebook.
I’ve loosely organized these based on age range, but bear in mind that readiness varies from family to family and child to child. So take a good look at the descriptions to decide what belongs on your bookshelf.
- Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
- A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (We love the illustrations in this one!)
- If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House by Jane O’Connor
- I’m a Frog (An Elephant & Piggie book) by Mo Willems
- The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley
- Water Dance by Thomas Locker
- Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” by Michael O. Tunnell
- How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
- In Grandma’s Attic Series by Arleta Richardson
- Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan
- The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien
- My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
- The Twig Stories trilogy by Jo Marshall
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
- Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- The Warrior Series by Erin Hunter
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
12 and up
- Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth
- A Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
- The Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
- The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
- Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
- Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
- Redwall by Brian Jacques
For even more teen book recommendations, check out this helpful Facebook thread!
For the mamas & papas
- Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
- Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring by Andi Ashworth
- The Search for Significance by Robert McGee
- Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne (one of my favorites!)
US readers – looking for Thanksgiving books?
If you’re looking for picture books on Thanksgiving, I shared some of my favorites in this post a few years ago. Enjoy!
“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”
~ Anna Quindlen
Now it’s time to share your favorites! What have you and yours read in the past month that you love?