This is how the reading program has been going at our house:
“Quick, we’re going to the library! She’s got to fill in one more circle to get her prize!” “I’ll read to her while she’s putting her shoes on!”
And I’m going to be so happy when the charts are filled in and we can just read for fun again! ? Here’s some of the books we’ve been loving recently:
My kids have enjoyed reading these picture book biographies and requested that I put all of them on hold – the library has quite a few of them, from Sacagewea to Harriet Tubman to Daniel Boone.
My 8-year-old has been enjoying the American Sisters series of books by Laurie Laylor.
Socks for Supper brings back fond memories for me as I remember reading it growing up, and I was so happy to find it at Goodwill a couple of months ago. This charming story about a poor husband and wife who trade socks for milk and cheese has become a favorite of my kids. Unfortunately, the library doesn’t have it and used copies are kind of pricey on Amazon, but if you see it at a thrift store, it’s totally worth buying! (And for those moms looking for short picture books that are still enjoyable to read, this is a great one!)
I just started reading Betsy-Tacy again to my girls, and I just love this sweet series. The first few books remind me of what it’s like to be a little girl again, and of the wonderful friendship I’ve had with my friend Tammy, for as long as Betsy and Tacy were friends. Each chapter is it’s own little story, so it’s a great book to read a chapter at time.
(I decided to buy this book because it’s one we’ll read over and over again, and I bought a used library binding edition on Amazon. It’s the first time I’ve bought a library binding, but it’s supposed to be more durable which we can definitely use around here – I can’t believe how flimsy even some of the hardbacks are these days!)
Queen of the Falls tells the story of a woman how went over Niagara Falls in a barrel as a publicity stunt, hoping for fame and fortune. It’s an exciting and also somewhat sad story, as the woman succeeds in going over but doesn’t receive all she dreamed about.
PPLD has all of the above books that I’ve mentioned, except for Socks for Supper! For more ideas (especially picture books), check out my book list page, where I also have a few of the resources that I use to find good books.
For the list of summer reading programs in our area, go here.
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