Welcome to the first Family Reading List of 2017!
Winter weather has us staying indoors, so we’ve had more time to explore the bookshelf. Each month I’ll share with you some of the books that the kids have been enjoying.
Anaya’s Reading List (3.5 years old)
Anaya desperately wants a little brother or sister. Since this isn’t going to happen (sorry little lady!), she self-medicates with reading about having younger siblings. Little Big Girl is about a girl who is little, but loves to have BIG adventures. When a younger brother comes along, Matisse discovers that maybe she’s actually.. big!
This book is super sweet, and is perfect for a little sibling with an even littler sibling on the way :).
Others to try out:
I am too absolutely small for school
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color
Welcome to the Family Reading List!
Each month I’ll be sharing a list of recommended books for kids. This carefully curated list will come straight from our bookshelves and will answer the question I get asked all the time- What are my kids reading and loving? I’ll not only feature one book from each kid’s list per month, but I’ll also give a short list of other books we highly recommend. Some of these books will be ones the kids read on their own. Others will be ones we listen to in the car or read aloud at night before bed.
I’m circling the kids into this series of fun monthly posts, and they’re already excited about sharing their recommendations. Who knows, they may even show up in some video recommendations in the future!
And of course, please feel free to leave book recommendations in the comments! We often find our next books to read through the recommendations of other families.
For many readers, summer is the time to put a dent in the reading list. The pace of life is a bit slower, and who doesn’t love the opportunity to sit on the beach or lay in a hammock, enjoying the beautiful weather while taking in a good book?
This summer wasn’t really like that for me. I spent most of my days inside working. And my weekends were spent out and about with the family sans books.
Weirdly enough, TV-watching played a big part in my night-time routine, crowding out my normal reading rhythm. Between American Ninja Warrior, the Olympics, and re-watching Gilmore Girls, I found myself not having energy to read more than a chapter before lights out each night. BUT. But. but. In spite of Netflix trying to ruin my life, I did manage to get through a few books that I highly recommend.
Evicted is a book that our city is reading and discussing this fall; author Matthew Desmond is an alum of the UW. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I picked this one up, but it didn’t take me long to get hooked into the stories of Scott and Arleen and several other families whose lives have been deeply affected by the ever-present reality of eviction. Desmond is a master storyteller- he helps readers to see the heartbreaking and surprisingly complex situations that many of these families who have been evicted have gone through. I don’t think I’ll ever think about poverty and housing the same. My recommendation, if you pick up this book, be sure to read through the About This Project portion at the end. Reading about how Matthew did the research, and also his ideas for helping to solve the housing crisis in America, is well worth the read.
As we head into spring, our book lists continue to grow. Warm weather doesn’t mean less reading, it just means reading in different places (i.e. on a blanket on the sideline of a soccer game or under a big shady tree!) Here’s what we’re reading this month!
My Reading List
In his new book, Peter Enns explores what goes wrong when our need to “know the right things” is placed in the center of our faith experience, and he encourages readers to consider that the pursuit of right doctrine and right views might be distracting them from the very person they are supposed to be trusting in. I’m over halfway through and this book is excellent, written in Peter’s typical thoughtful, clever, and down to earth way. I’ll be writing a full review on this by the end of the month, so stay tuned!
For the past few months, I’ve been using this post each month to talk about what the kids are reading individually and what (if anything) we’re reading together. Because I’m no longer at home during the day, I have less of a pulse on all the books the kids are totally loving. I get to read with them the best of the best, so I’ll still share those here :).
I also decided to add my own books this month! As always, let me know what books you and your family are loving– we love recommendations.
My Reading List
This book should be required reading for all of us that “believe ourselves to be white” (if you want to know what that means, read the book ;)). Coates writes a letter to his son, sharing his experiences as a black man growing up in America. It’s both sobering and interesting. I learned a lot; I need to be reminded of his experience on a regular basis because it is very much not my daily life. I loved his thoughts about how the idea of race is more fabricated than most of us think.
December flew by and I had no time to share our favorite fascinating books! Here it is, nearing the middle of January, and I’m FINALLY sitting down to finish this post.
The kids took a 2 week reading hiatus last month– Christmas was filled with a lot of non-reading fun like playing with cousins and overdosing themselves on screen time. Now that we’re back from all of the holiday festivities and almost into the full-swing of school, their reading appetite has increased!
Sometimes even the most avid readers need some time to miss reading. 😉
November was a good month for us in finding book for the kids that they LOVE. Anaya has been getting to the age where she knows which books she loves, which books she doesn’t, and there is nothing we can do to influence her opinions. I love this growth in her reading skills, even if I don’t always love reading her strange books :).
Here are the books we’re reading this month!
Leaves and Acorns and Fall- Oh my!
October is a month where we never ever run out of good books to read. We love to read about autumn and Halloween and forest creatures… it’s just wonderful!!
This month started out really rough in the reading department. Ever have those weeks where every children’s book you pick out falls flat? Yech. We started and stopped several chapter books and it seemed like every picture book we read together immediately went into the “ready to take back to the library” bag.
Out of sheer desperation, I requested a gaggle of books from the library, in hopes of finding a few gems. We totally hit the jackpot.
Because we love to read around here and I really enjoy finding interesting books for the kids, I thought that I’d share a few of the books that each of them are reading (and liking) each month. Currently we’re not in the middle of any read alouds, but once the school year starts, we’ll be back into the swing of things and I’ll start including family books on the list too.