We read a lot this summer; but I didn’t blog, so for the next month or so I will be posting off and on about our summer reads. Jeremy and I had a big summer reading goal with our four oldest boys. We wanted to read 120 books as a family over this summer, and we did it! The books could be any size, but there could be no repeats. We counted individual reading and family read alouds. And we obviously read aloud to the youngest two. We were all so excited to work toward this book goal. Most of our 120 books are picture books, and I won’t be sharing about them unless I feel they are important and worthwhile.
We also did a summer reading program from the local library as well, with my older boys counting the number of pages they read. J and S like to read, but a competition really lights a fire under them! They read everywhere they went…just like I used to do!
Amanda’s Book List
The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma The Reading Promise was absolutely delightful. Ozma shares the true story of a reading streak between herself and her dad. They began with a goal of him reading aloud to her every night for 100 consecutive nights. They met their goal and kept going; the Streak lasted from fourth grade until Ozma’s first day in college! Did you catch that? The dad read aloud to the daughter every single day from fourth grade until college! This book isn’t really about books or even reading aloud though. The Reading Promise is about a relationship between a man and his daughter, and the great lengths he took to keep them close.
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes The Moffats is an adorable mid-grade novel, telling the story of the day-to-day life of a family of four and their mom. I laughed hard at their adventures, and I am really looking forward to sharing this one with my kids.
Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott I have been watching Scott’s Youtube channel for quite sometime, and I could not wait to read her books. I asked for at least one of them for my birthday, and I got all three. (Thanks, honey!) While in college Scott had the opportunity to be a foreign exchange student, living in Paris with a French family. Madame Chic is the mother of that family, and her lifestyle was a huge influence on Scott. My favorite lessons were on finding simple pleasures, always using my best things, and having a ten-item wardrobe. I am in the process of making these lessons a part of my life.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt This is the story of the Tuck family who accidentally happened upon a spring of water which gave them eternal life on earth. When a little girl discovers their secret, a series of adventures ensues. I had known the name of this book for years, but I had never read it or even known what it was about. Tuck was a quick and interesting read. I really enjoyed it and will be recommending it to my sons.
Jonathan’s Book List
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate This was a reread for Jonathan. We read this book together in homeschool a few years ago, and he read it himself last summer. When our reading challenge began, he immediately chose it again. The One and Only Ivan is a mid-grade novel about a gorilla who lives in a tiny zoo inside a shopping mall. The story is based on a real gorilla who really did live in a shopping mall (and an apartment before that)! The author personifies the animals, allowing Ivan to tell us his own story of creativity and courage. I have to say that this book is one of my favorites as well. The story is so beautiful; I will openly admit that I ugly-cried while reading it the first time. You really should read this book!
8-Bit Baseball by Brandon Terrell After reading an extremely heavy novel, Jonathan switched up his reading with this extremely simple read: a graphic novel about baseball. There is nothing special about this one. He found it quick and enjoyable.
Boom, Boom Mushroom by Paul Tobin Another simple, graphic novel, Boom, Boom Mushroom is a story based on the video game Plants Vs Zombies. I cannot understand why, but my children find this book to extremely interesting and enjoy rereading it.
Samuel’s Book List
8-Bit Baseball and Boom, Boom Mushroom Sam read both of these as well. Just finishing his Little League season, Sam was quick to pick the baseball book. He then moved quickly on to one his old video game-based favorites.
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes Treasury Sam seemed to love this book. He devoured about half of the comics before moving on. I believe I mentioned in an earlier post that I was surprised by the big words and complexity of the jokes in these comics. I think the humor may have been a little beyond Sam at times, be really enjoyed it.
Lego Nexo Knights: Graduation Day by Tracey West This is an extremely simple, Lego book. While Sam is capable of some serious reading, he often chooses what is light and easy. And since this is summer reading, why shouldn’t he just enjoy it? This book appears to be a hit for most Lego enthusiasts.
Gideon’s Book List
Gideon and I read a lot of picture books (plus he was listening to our family read aloud), but again I will only share the ones on the blog that I think are super special.
Owen by Kevin Henkes Owen’s parents want him to give up his special blanket before going to school, but Owen isn’t interested. Their inventive compromise is so fun!
You’re Here for a Reason by Nancy Tillman Oh this book! The story is wonderful, and the pictures are so, so beautiful! While the book isn’t Christian, it teaches a very important lesson that each person’s life is important and impacts those around them. We read this book to all of our kids, and we plan to keep rereading it to them. Every person needs this reminder!
Family Read Aloud
Ember Rising by S.D. Smith The third book in the Green Ember series is every bit as wonderful as the first two. We are crazy about these books in our house! Have you started the Green Ember series for youself? And if not, WHY NOT?
So that was June! Have you read any of these books? Did you like/dislike them? And what have you been reading? I’d love to know!