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Animals –what’s not to love about them? With this list you will meet mischievous, clever, kind, and silly animals that help every child grow in their understanding and maturity. Enjoy a quiet ride in the car with an audiobook, a wonderful family movie night, and some quiet reading time with your kids with these great books! As a family, we’ve enjoyed every one of these recommendations and hope that you do too!
Reading aloud never gets old!
Enjoy some audio books while you eat lunch, paint the house, garden, or drive.
The Trumpet of the Swan
Written and Narrated by E.B. White
A story of a swan that learns to play the trumpet, make friends, and explore the world.
The Penderwick Series
Written and Narrated by E.B. White
Written by Jeanne Birdsall, Narrated by Susan Denaker
Four mischievous sisters and their studious father embark on a unique summer vacation, renting a cottage in the backyard of a stodgy rich lady and an adventure-loving boy.
The Inheritance Cycle
Written by Chrstopher Paolini, Narrated by Gerard Doyle
Set in the fictional world of Alagaësia, the novels focus on the adventures of a teenage boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they struggle to overthrow the evil king Galbatorix.
Family Movie Night
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
The adventures of a family stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island. The adventures continue as they build a huge treehouse, explore the island, make friends with the animals, rescue an unfortunate young woman, and ultimately scare away barbaric pirates.
An Irish town storyteller uses faith and imagination to help two siblings come to terms with a parent's death. Wonderfully inspiring!
The Blue Bird (1940)
A naughty little girl (Shirley Temple) dreams that she and her brothers are sent by a fairy to find the bluebird of happiness.
A beautiful story!
A hilarious movie about robbers protecting the true infant king, while romance and danger flourish!
Ages 11 and up
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Disguising themselves as women, two murder witnesses join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida as things heat up.
Ages 14 and up
No better way to spend free time than with a book!
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By Suzy Kline: A 3rd grader, Harry's life is a series of adventures, mishaps, and revenge. Nonstop fun!
By Robert Kimmel Smith: Henry Green, a young boy who loves chocolage. In this story, his love for chocolate gets him into some trouble, and he learns some important life lessons along the way.
By Carolyn Haywood: Carolyn Haywood authored 47 children's books, mainly under the "Eddie" and "Betsy" titles. (cont. under Betsy Series)
(cont. from Eddie Series) By Carolyn Haywood: Full of wholesome child appropriate fun, these books are lovely for emergent readers and for read aloud time.
By Beverly Cleary: Henry's dad has promised to take him salmon finshing on one condition - he has to keep his dog Ribsy out of trouble for two months. That's not easy to do, especially when Ramona Quimby gets involved.
By Beverly Cleary: Another fun adventure in the life of Henry!
By Noel Streatfield: Noel Streatfield, an English author, was known for her children's books, including the "shoes" books, which are actually not a series. Ballet Shoes is the story of three adopted orphans brought to 1930s London as babies by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew (otherwise known as Gum). THe girls have a comfortable life until the family begins to run out of money. All the books are equally charming.
By M. DeJong: The novel is set in the Netherlands. 6-year-old Davie waits a long time for his pet, a black rabbit he calls Shadrach. When the rabbit finally comes, every day seems miraculous. But one day Shadrach runs away.
By John D. Fitzgerald: When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day. Whether it's saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg-leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top... and line his pockets in the process.