Monday, September 2, 2013

What We're Reading

I've got a handful of half-finished posts that I'm hoping to get to soon, but meanwhile: another quick share of What We're Reading on this long weekend.

Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies (almost finished!) and Anthony Esolen's Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (both on loan from dear Angela)
Charlotte Mason's Home Education series (always!)
Lots of pre-reading for my school-aged kids (right now, Melissa Wiley's The Prairie Thief)

With the children:
L'Engle's The Door in the Wall, on audiobook (kids were super excited to finish this one up on Friday--we all loved it)
Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, also on audiobook (on the second chapter, and the kids are captivated so far)
Margaret Sidney's Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (still working on this one--my daughter begs and begs for me to read more each day but our "quiet time" is pretty limited)

Gianna, age 6:
Lovelace's Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
The Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales by The Brothers Grimm
Lang's The Violet Fairy Book (she had a fit of giggles over "Jesper Who Herded the Hares" last week!)
Streatfield's Ballet Shoes

Vincent, age 7:
Spyri's Chel (a little-known book by the author of Heidi--highly recommend!)
The Burgess Seashore Book (perpetual re-read for him)
Steele's The Perilous Road (another re-read that has inspired much imaginative play with him as a captain of "the Rebs")

To the littles:
Little House on the Prairie picture book series (read by Daddy--one of the our deviations from my original-texts-only rule!)
The Eloise Wilkin Treasury and anything-and-everything Madeline (4yo Cate's current favorites)
Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? and Gene Zion's The Plant Sitter (3yo Xavier's current favorites)
Museum ABC and Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1yo Bridget's current favorites)

And we always seem to have plenty of books arriving in the mail...
The Child at Mass and Seven Wonder Gifts by Rev. George Dennerle (love those old Catholic books!)
Clare Walker Leslie's Drawn to Nature
A stack of Vision and Windeatt books (to add to our saints-for-kids collection)
Mona Brookes' Drawing with Older Children and Teens

Hope all of you starting school this week are having a splendid beginning to your new year!

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