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Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
Sometimes the hardest part of choosing books for myself or my kids is the process of sifting through the thousands of choices available. But I find I’m much more likely to pick up a certain title if someone I know recommends it.
Maybe we can help each other with the book selection process. I’m introducing a new series today, and if you find it helpful we can do it on a monthly-ish basis.
Here’s how it works:
I’ll share a few of the titles we’ve enjoyed in our family this month, and I’ll ask you via social media what books you loved. Then I’ll compile the results into a handy list for you to bookmark and come back to when you’re in need of a good title.
I’m not usually one for fantasy, but this recommendation from my friend Rachel DeMille had me hooked from the start! Awesome family read-aloud for the 12 and up crowd. Can’t wait to check out the rest in the series.
Maintaining calm in the midst of motherhood overwhelm? Yes, please.
I now rank this title as one of my top educational reads. A well-researched reminder about the importance of play in learning.
The original story is laugh-out-loud funny, with so many life lessons thrown in for good measure. For the 8-12 range (due to violence, you know–puppet violence!)
Beautiful picture book about one of our favorite characters in history–Helen Keller. These illustrations and text had me choked up in parts. For ages 6-10.
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. (By the way, have you liked our Facebook page? It’s a jamming and encouraging space–love the interaction there.)
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’s right for your bookshelf.
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
- Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
- Gratitude Soup by Olivia Rosewood
- Old Mother West Wind by Thorton Burgess
- Mitchell’s License by Hallie Durand
- Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen Taylor (A simplified version of the original)
- The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
- The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (The first of a series–these look good!)
- Wonder by R.J Palacio
- Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking!)
- Rascal by Sterling North
- A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
- The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney
- The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
- The Ark, The Reed, & The Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote
- From Anna by Jean Little
- Pony Pals series by Jeanne Betancourt
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
- The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan
12 and up
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard
- Shadows & Secrets by Chautona Havig
- Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
- Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
- The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy
Can’t get enough?
Need even more recommendations? You can find the entire Facebook thread here. Enjoy!
How about you? Have any incredible titles to add? Leave them in the comments below, along with a recommended age range!
Originally published Sept 30, 2013