Oh goodness, the kids read all day long. And the longer the book, the better. Honestly, they read a LOT of reference books... But here are some that they love right now that NORMAL kids would also like!
Princess Peepers Picks a Pet
We checked this out last year (and the original, Princess Peepers) and the kids all loved it! It's a fun, cute read - Princess Peepers is an out-of-the-ordinary princess who gets into some pretty amusing trouble. One thing I like about it is that it's a picture book that's actually enjoyable to read, from a parent's perspective - the words flow nicely and there's a fair amount of alliteration, which I get a kick out of!
The Paper Bag Princess
I need to buy our own copy of this one - we renewed the last one for three months, and a month later I checked it out again... Not your typical obnoxious princess story, in this one the princess Elizabeth outsmarts the dragon to save the prince! But not in an obnoxious "GIRL POWER and here is my AGENDA" way, but in a "Hey look, princesses don't have to be morons!" way. She and Cimorene would totally be friends.
The Mother of the Little Flower: Zelie Martin
A while back, there were all those articles going around about how St. Therese was actually rather a handful as a child, and I thought, "Well... Maybe it's time to read up on her parents (who will be canonized in October!) and see how they dealt with her?" (Michele shared recently about them here)
There aren't a ton of married saints, and this was a fairly short and manageable read with lots of "Wow! YES!" quotes that I highlighted. Also a few "Huh? Seriously?" quotes... Like when she was dying and kept talking about how they prayed for a miracle, but if God didn't heal her it must mean she was useless on Earth. I'm gonna blame translation there... She can't have been THAT dour!
Anyway, definitely recommended!
I love Brandon Mull's books. Have you read the Fablehaven series? It's incredible. The Beyonders series wasn't quite as good, but still very good. And I'm really enjoying this latest series - I finished the first book and can't wait to get started on the next one! I don't read a lot of male authors, but he's one that I'd group in with my favorite young adult fantasy authors - Patricia Wrede, Dianna Wynne Jones, Robin McKinley, etc... He's definitely one whose books give me the same sort of feel as theirs.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
When I posted my bread recipe last month, Sarah recommended I check this book out from the library and it's FASCINATING! I'm still just making regular old bread, but I'm definitely going to be trying some of the other recipes soon. I just really like reading about the science behind it!
The Railway Children (free on kindle! But we have this edition and it's so lovely, definitely worth spending money on)
We've almost finished this as our most recent read aloud and I'm so excited to read ALL the E. Nesbit! Truly, one of my all-time favorite authors. This is different from her usual books, since there's no magic anywhere (which makes my sister dislike it, but she's just plain wrong!) but she just writes children SO well!
What are you reading these days? Check out Jessica's blog for more recommendations!
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