Weekly Reads + Your Favorite Children’s Books {6/3/13}

Weekly Reads

We took last week off from the Weekly Reads post because of the holiday, but I’m glad to be back and sharing my weekly reads with you! I’m still reading fewer books than at the beginning of the year, but happy to be back in some kind of rhythm. As I mentioned in my homeschool curriculum post last week, we’re also reprioritizing read-aloud time, and I’ve really been enjoying that time with the girls, so I’m sharing the books we’re reading together as well!

Head here to see Katie’s post for this week. We also want to know what you’re reading! Add your blog post to the linky below or leave a comment with your favorite reads from this week.

This Week’s Reads

UnMarketing

UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. by Scott Stratten
I love Scott Stratten’s commonsense, no nonsense style, and I enjoyed reading his first book, Unmarketing, as much the second time through as I did the first time! Not only is it funny and full of anecdotes, but Scott’s approach to business — always putting relationships with customers first — just makes sense to me, and I found myself reenergized to do just that after reading it through again.

{Read my full review from the first time I read it here.}

Candle in the Darkness

Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
I didn’t intentionally pick this book up to reread it, but I realized a couple chapters in that I had read it at some point…oops. That said, I enjoyed the writing and story — about a girl who finds herself torn between her southern family and upbringing and her abolitionist beliefs during the Civil War — so much that I kept on reading anyway. I’d highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys historical southern fiction!

Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame

Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Enchanted Attic) by L.L. Samson
I’m actually prereading this one for our oldest since I was unfamiliar with the author or the series, and it’s really a fun book. Written from a narrator’s point of view, it includes parenthetical definitions for some of the larger words as well as italicized insights into the writing process and making of a good story, which I think she’ll enjoy as much as the story itself.

The only thing I dislike so far is that the main characters — twins named Ophelia and Linus — are both 14, and so there is more “noticing the opposite sex” than I would necessarily like, but none of it is inappropriate or more than they see in a typical Disney show.

I love that there is a whole series of these exploring the classics, and I’m looking forward to adding them all to our collection!

With the Girls

The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook

The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook
This is such a cute story, and when I committed to rereading some of our favorites to our two little girls, I knew this one had to be at the top. Set in the early 20th century, each chapter tells of an adventure that Milly-Molly-Mandy (full name: Millicent Margaret Amanda) takes with her friends and family. It is charming and quaint, and the girls ask me to read a chapter or two every night!

The Berenstain Bears' Big Books of Science and Nature

The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature
We’ve also been reading the Berenstain’s Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature, a fun rhyming story that includes a seasonal almanac as well as facts about animals, plants and more. This holds everybody’s attention (even our busy three-year-old’s), and the pictures are a lot of fun as well!

The Usborne Flip-Flap Body Book

The Usborne Flip-Flap Body Book
I pulled this one out this week specifically to read the section about baby’s to our three-year-old. With factual information presented through colorful illustrations and flaps to open on every page, it’s really the perfect introduction to the way the human body works for little ones!

And our big girls have been making their way through a few books on their own. Our 7-year-old is getting more fluent every day, but she’s still a pretty slow reader who takes a few weeks to get through a full-length chapter book (although her enthusiasm more than makes up for the lack of speed!), while our 8-year-old has reached the “fly through a chapter book instead of playing” stage, which I love:

Peyton (8):

Dylan (7):

A Question for You

When I was little, I absolutely loved Memily, one of the books from the Serendipity series. Now, however, my favorite children’s books are anything by Robert McCloskey, whose illustrations are just as charming as the stories themselves.

What are your favorite children’s books? Have you loved them since childhood or have they become new favorites in your adult years?

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Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.