While I love reading aloud, my two girls do far more reading without me these days. Sometimes the girls get so engrossed in their books, I have to surgically remove their noses from the pages in order to get help with laundry or dinner!
So what books are so incredibly riveting to my 7- and 10-year-old bookworms? Well, my youngest likes to read and re-read series of books, such as the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald, the Imagination Station series from Focus on the Family, the Adventures in the Kingdom series by Dian Layton, The Cul-De-Sac Kids series by Beverly Lewis, and nearly anything by Beverly Cleary. She recently finished Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse by Ursula Moray Williams, and together we are reading The Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I also should note that she loved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz so much she insisted we read it together as a family this summer, even though I have a terrible fear of winged monkeys. We finished the book a few weeks ago, and thankfully my life is almost entirely free of those frightful creatures!
Lately my oldest is adoring the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery and The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. The Borrowers series by Mary Norton, In Grandma’s Attic series by Arleta Richardson, and children’s fantasy books by Edith Nesbit are also among her recent favorites. In addition to reading fiction, reading biographies on various missionaries and famous Americans is another of her favorite genres.