Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Book List Recommendations

There are some books that daddy reads aloud to us. Some of them can be gotten as books on cd at the local library. I provided a link to most, just because I'm a visual person and like to see what they look like - I am not affiliated w/ amazon, I just frequently look there for book options!

These are some family favorites:

The Narnia books by C.S. Lewis
The Ranger's Apprentice books by John Flanagan
"Derwood Inc." by Jeri Massi - our family still laughs everytime we read's really fun!
"Ella Enchanted" - Gail Carson (we would not recommend other books by this author...)

And the childrens' recommendations:


Benjamin (18 yrs. old) -The Last Jihad series by Joel Rosenberg, "John Adams" by David McCullough, "Understanding the Times" by David Noebel - actually a worldview textbook, but the older children all really enjoyed going thru the course.

Emily (17 yrs. old) - "Surprised by Joy" by C.S. Lewis, "Behold the Dawn" by K. M. Weiland, "The Shadow of the Bear", "Black as Night", Waking Rose" by Regina Doman (These are modern day fairy tales...well, retold fairy tales. My older daughters read these aloud and did some editing as they read...there is some subject matter that is too intense for family reading) , "Anne of Green Gables" series by L.M. Montgomery)

Rachel (15 yrs.old) - The Little Maid books by Alice Turner Curtis (been a favorite for years for her!), "John Adams" by David McCullough

Joshua (13 yrs.old) - "Duncan's War", "King's Arrow", "Rebel's Keep", "Guns of Thunder", Guns of the Lion", "Guns of Providence" (Faith and Freedom Trilogy), "Hostage Lands", "The Betrayal", all by Douglas Bond, G.A. Henty books - looks like there are several free download-able books for your kindle or your computer!, "Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Grace (12 yrs. old) - "The Tinker's Daughter", and "The Captive Princess" both by Wendy Lawton, "The Lacemaker and the Princess" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

James (10 yrs. old) - "The Minute Boys of Lexington" and "The Minute Boys of Bunker Hill" both by Edward Stratemeyer, "Adam of the Road" by Elizabeth Janet Gray, "The Magna Charta" by James Daughtery, "Otto of the Silver Hand" by Howard Pyle (this is a free download for your Kindle - or your computer...), "The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush" and "The Curse of the Romany Wolves" by Sally Jones Rogan

Zachary (7yrs old) - "The Princess and the Goblin" by George MacDonald, (free kindle or computer download), "The Minute Boys of Lexington" and "The Minute Boys of Bunker Hill" both by Edward Stratemeyer, "Godliness is Great Gain" author unknown, "The Seven Chinese Brothers" by Margaret Mahy, "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel", "The Little House" and "Katy and the Big Snow", by Virginia Lee Burton, "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey, "A Tale of Two Princes" by Eckart Zur Nieden, "Tale of Three Trees" by Angela Elwell Hunt, "The Battle of the Beasts" by Diz Wallis, "Dinosaurs for Kids" by Ken Ham, "Uncovering the Mysterious Woolly Mammoth"and "Life in the Great Ice Age" by Michael Oard

Megan (5 yrs old) - "The Seven Chinese Sisters" by Kathy Tucker - (Here is a link to Megan reading the first half of the book), My Fist Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Wandering May" by Mary Code

Madeline (5 yrs old) - "Little Daisy and the Swearing Class" author unknown, "Lighthouse - A Story of Remembrance" by Robert Munsch


  1. Those books sound like great...I recognized the Behold the Dawn :) Leisel and I have also been reading "The Ranger's Apprentice"...They are really interesting books!!!!

  2. Tell Zachary, "Thanks" for the recommendation on the Dinosaur books. I have the Ken Ham “dinosaur” DVDs but they are getting scratched up. I had been wondering how I was going to handle that particular subject at this particular age. I think I will order those today.

    I see you have “Little Daisy and the Swearing Class.” Do you have any of the other books from that particular book collection? I had thought about getting that collection and although I trust the Godly Principals and how VF is particular with their books, I just wasn’t sure if my Little Ones would enjoy them quite yet.

    Wow. Tell Megan, I enjoyed hearing her read! Very Expressive.

    I will probably order those "Minute Men" books as well.

  3. Carmen,
    We only have the three books in that series (Little Daisy and the Swearing Class, Wandering May, and Godliness is Great Gain). We read them aloud to our children...they are sweet. I imagine we will get more from that series. "The Minute Boys.." books were also read aloud....They are charming...the kind of books where the hero saves someone's life, is captured and tortured and escapes, hears a plot of wrongdoing and disrupts it, is caught in a tree w/ wolf at the bottom - so he grabs some branches and makes a bow and arrow and is able to shoot the wolf, and then makes it back home in time for breakfast. I watch my boys as the books are being read, and they are all over is exactly what their minds would have them do in the course of a morning...I LOVE how the books capture all the details of what my boys would think and play and imagine themselves to do in a situation....ah...sorry for the rambling....they are charming books!

  4. I bought the Dino books this morning so they are on the way!

    And, "thanks so much" for the plot line of the stories. I really need to add good hero books to our book collection. I have been in the process of building our library slowly. So, I will put these on our list for sure. It is just nice to hear that they really are as good as I thought they might be!