Monday, October 21, 2013

So Many Books, So Little Time ~ 4 ~ The Children's Page

Just because I haven't done a book post since April doesn't mean I haven't been reading:-)  I have, and since I had so many books to share I thought I would do this post on some of the children's books I've enjoyed.

Elizabeth loves to read and I like to pre read the books I give her.  I don't read each and every book I give, but I have been reading more lately just because I love to read children's literature.  I've always agreed with this quote from my favorite C.S. Lewis. 

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” 

Here are a few I've read.

These finish off the series of the Penderwick sisters for now.  I hear there will be 2 more titles in the series.  This is such a fun series about a family of sisters.  Elizabeth loved the first one and I know she will like these as well.  If you are looking for strong female characters these books are for you. 

These next 2 books were ones I saved from my girls.  I think I may have read them years ago, but decided to reread them.  

I am going to give Elizabeth Peppermints in the Parlor now.  It's an old fashioned mystery with lots of quirky characters.

This book was wonderful, but for a little older child.  It's about WW2 in England and a little abused boy who is sent to the countryside to escape the London bombings.  
Sweet, sweet story.

A fun book about the hunger of the children of a remote Alaska village to learn and of the teacher they loved. 

Another World War 2 book, this one set in France and it is about a small school hiding some Jewish children.  It's a short book and very good.

Elizabeth loved this sweet old fashioned book and I did too.  There are a few others in the series and I know we also read The Middle Moffat. 

This is supposed to be J. K. Rowlings favorite children's book.  It is an adult author that I really enjoy.

Another book from my girls' past.

Elizabeth likes many different series of children's books.  When your child  or grandchild is a voracious reader, series are your best friend!   Her mom has started her on many different series, but I have started her on a few of my old favorites.
 The first 2 are favorites from my era.

She really likes The Happy Hollisters.  There are about 40 books in the series and I have found lots of them in second hand stores "up north."  
{That's what we call the area our cabin is in ~ northern Wisconsin}  
The rest I bought on ebay.  I think I am missing 1 or 2.

This series was a favorite of my girls and she likes it a lot too, but as she is in 3rd grade now, we are steering her to more challenging books.
If you have a child just starting chapter books these are great ones for boys and girls.  

I use many sources for finding children's books.  I remember many books from my childhood, or from my girls'.  Of course now you can find all kinds of book ideas on pinterest too.  And then I use several books about books that have great suggestions.

My favorite is:  

I also use 

This is just a small sampling of the books I have for Elizabeth.  I haven't even touched on all of the picture books I have for the boys!  I'll save that for another day.

We love to read!

How 'bout you?

I am joining the GRAND Social over at Grandma's Briefs.


The Martys said...

Wow....that is quite the list. I need to read some of those before my kiddos start to read more and ones that I can read to Emma. I know I can always count on you for great recommendations.

TLEB said...

Elizabeth will be so happy to get some new books! I'm grateful you are so good at finding her new ones!!

Rettabug said...

I'm bookmarking this post so next time Ms. C. visits, she can tell me which one, if any, of these books she has read. I'll be sure to check out the others to enjoy with her.
Thanks for the recommendations!

Kc W said...

I am definitely adding some of these books to my Christmas list for our granddaughter. She comes from a long line of book readers and all readers know you can never have to many books! Thanks for sharing! Just stopping by from the GRAND Social, hope you get a chance to do the same. (The Borrowers was one of my favorites - HAVE to add that to the list!)

Barb said...

Stopping in today from the Grand Social and thank you, thank you so much for these titles. I read to my children and had tons of books around the house when they were little - but most of these I've never read or had. Your picture of the Bobsey Twins brought back memories - those and the Nancy Drew Mysteries were the stuff of many an afternoon for me as a kid. What a valuable list this is!

Kaye Swain said...

What a great list. I'll have to try some of those. My local grandsons love the Boxcar Children. I used to read them out loud to them. Now they prefer listening on my iPhone. I'm happy either way :) I'd forgotten the Moffats and the Hollisters. Thanks for the great reminder. Have a GRAND week!

Joy said...

Sue, what a wonderful list! And I love the C.S. Lewis quote- hadn't read that one, but it makes SO much sense! I am a reader, my girls were/are readers, and now I hope to help my grandchildren love books, too. They're still babies, but I've read several books to them already. The first book I read my grandson was The Phantom Tollbooth.

I, too, will bookmark this list to have as the kids get older- thanks!

Visiting from the Grand Social,

Love, Joy