Summer = Lots of free time to READ! We have been reading at the pool, in the living room, and in the backyard. And thankfully, all of my kids LOVE picture books. (And so do I! What’s not to love?!) Let me share with you a few of our favorites.
I had to think about how to entitle this post, because our “favorite” books seem to constantly be changing. So, currently, these are our favorite picture books. We seem to keep returning to these during these long summer days. Filled with beautiful pictures, great characters, and lyrical word, there are some pretty charming and wonderful books on our current list.
1.The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
This is a delightful story about how aunts and uncles and cousins all travel in one big station wagon from Virginia. They fill the house with laughter, hugs, and fun!
2. All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
The words and paintings in this book are truly beautiful. MacLachlan tells about all of the Eli’s favorite places on the farm that he experiences with his mama, papa, and grandparents. This one’s a tearjerker, especially for someone like me who grew up on a special family farm. Please read this book; you’ll fall in love.
3. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Alice, the main character, makes a promise to her grandfather to “make the world a better place.” She travels the world and lives by the sea, but she remembers her promise. How will she keep her word?
4. The Bear That Heard Crying by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and Helen Kinsey
This is a true story about Mary Whitcher, a little girl who was lost in the woods in June 1783. You won’t believe how she is kept alive and found. Riveting!
5. A New Coat For Anna by Harriet Ziefert
Anna needs a new coat, but the WWII has just ended and there is no money to be found. Her mother starts bargaining with the local sheep farmer, weaver, and tailor. This is based on a true story, and it is warm and hopeful. Plus, children learn the process of how a piece of wool clothing is made.
P.S. We’ve been reading this book, and then yesterday on our visit to Living History Farms, we saw a pioneer carding and spinning the wool from the sheep. What providential timing!
What good books have you been reading lately? We are always looking for good ideas!
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