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Joyful Thinking in June 2020 Summer Fun!

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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!

Audio Books

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. 

Image by Robert Ruggiero
Image by Tai's Captures

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.

Image by Zoltan Tasi

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.

Image by Tom Winckels
Image by Joshua Sortino

Behind the

Waterfall (1995)

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!

Image by John King
Medieval Castle

The Court

Jester (1955)

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

Image by Jens Thekkeveettil

Reading Time

No better way to spend free time than with a book!

Select "Show More" to view all books for grades 1-12

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