Monday, January 05, 2015

New Year, New Reading Lists

Hello friends!

Well, it's a New Year and while I've eschewed resolutions the past few years, I do find this time to be a good one for taking stock of my reading and I want to hear from you! As you look back over the past year, what books stood out to you? Which titles did your children enjoy most? Which ones were failures? What about in your personal reading - any standouts?

I'm going to be compiling a list of my favorites and would love to include some of yours! And there will be a giveaway - so be sure to comment below so that we can put together an amazing list.

I cannot wait to check out your suggestions!

Happy reading,


  1. Their Name is Today by Johann Christoph Arnold and Life's Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese by Ellie Marandette. So far my favorite reads with the kids are: The Explorations of Pere Marquette by Kjelgaard, Sing Down the Moon by O'Dell, and our all time favorite is still Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by M Henry. My oldest is enjoying the ancient Egypt series from Rick Riorden. AS a family our new favorite series is from Chuck Black (The Kingdom series and the Knights of Arrethtrae series)

  2. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes; This Dear Bought Land by Jean Lee Latham; Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham; The Story of Eli Whitney by Jean Lee you see a theme here ;-) A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy are just a few that come to mind. I have an abundance of book reviews on our blog...


  3. I just read "When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II" by Molly Guptill Manning. I recommend it. I know you guys at Beautiful Feet Books would appreciate it! My girls are only 3 and 5, but we come across so many wonderful picture books all the time. Too many to mention! I just read them "Miss Rumphius" (from the Teaching Character Through Literature pack) for the first time this morning. They really liked it (and so did I).

    1. Thank you for mentioning this book-' When Books Went to War.' A doorway just opened for me. It reminds me of the 'the Book Thief', which I watched last winter, but is so much more. I look forward to reading and sharing with friends and family in some New Years gift giving- warm regards.

  4. Hi! What a fun thing to do (share books we love)!

    The Little Britches Series by Ralph Moody has really stood out to us. My husband was reading the bio on Mr. Moody in our vintage copy of Man of the House, and he was really intrigued! We got to talking about the series, and how wonderful of a role model young Ralph, a.k.a. Litle Britches is to children. Ralph, and his siblings, pulled together and helped support the household income in so many creative ways. It was a very different lifestyle back then, but that doesn't mean that children today couldn't show the same love and loyalty towards their family in a desperate time of need.

    We also loved Sod House Winter (They Came From Series) by Clara Ingram Judson! Again, another wonderful role model it does what he can to help the family make ends meet. We look forward to collecting others in this series!

    Another book we just finished (we do all of these as family read alouds) was A Cry From Egypt by Hope Auer. WOW!!! It's historical fiction that takes place during the time of the Israelites being slaves in Egypt...and during the plagues put upon the pharaoh and Egyptians by God. A must read for ALL!!! We look forward to starting the sequel in the series called A Stand at Sinai.

    For me personally, I've gleaned a lot from Marilyn Howshall and her writings. She can be found at Anything she writes is amazing, from the heart, and filled with Christ's love!

    When we started learning about American History from the very beginning, America Begins by Dalgliesh was a huge hit with my son. Beautiful pictures!!!

    And lastly, my son absolutely loves Tree in the Trail by Holling. Gorgeous illustrations and captivating stories!!! We look forward to reading the rest of his books, and perhaps following along in your Geography guide that accompanies the books. :)