Our family loves books. We don’t buy a lot of toys for our kids, but we do buy a lot of books. We have books in every room of the house (although most of them are still in storage). Here are just a few of the books in the boys’ room that they enjoy reading…
Ethan’s favorites areWhere the Wild Things are, Biscuit series, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, How Do I love You, The Lorax and On the Farm. Joshua’s favorites are Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Winnie the Pooh, Freight Train, and a book about Tractors. We also LOVE the Usborne
books (you can find many of them on amazon) the board books are amazing- my boys love the Trucks book and That’s Not my Train. Another one of our favorites is Franklin Edward’s Amazing Book of Mormon Adventures
(if you haven’t read this book- it is such a cute book). And the Who’s your Hero
Book of Mormon stories are also great.
We also love these Science Vocabulary Readers that you purchase through the Scholastic book club orders. They are very inexpensive and full of fun facts for the kids.
A few other must have books are A Treasury of Children’s Literature and Fifty Famous Stories Retold (Yesterday’s Classics). A great resource for classical books to add to your library are listed by age/grade at http://www.amblesideonline.org/curriculum.shtml#years Even if you have no plans to homeschool your children you can supplement their education by exposing them to these great classical works which will immensly shape the people they become. I also have this recommended book list compiled from a Thomas Jefferson Education for children and adults.
A few great ones are available for free on kindle like A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, Beautiful Stories from Shakespear by Edith E Nesbit, and The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin.
These are just a few of the books on my night stand. Another I’m reading on kindle (available for free) is In His Steps by Charles Monroe Sheldon. It is an amazing book about a group of people who committed to living every day for a year doing as Jesus would. Very inspirational and motivational. You don’t even want to see the pile of books in my “to read” stack. Anywhere from Doctrines of Salvation to Plato’s collected works. Fortunately many of the less interesting ones (like Machiavelli’s The Prince and Dante’s Divine Comedy) are available as audio books from the library so I can “read” them the easy way…
I’m not very far in Maxwell’s book Things as They Really Are, but he is an amazing writer and each sentence of his books are packed with incredible power. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for spiritual growth (or especially if you’re not).
Just a few quotes I have read already and love are:
“Jesus’ brief stumbling while carrying the cross is a reminder as to how close to the very edge of our strength God stretches us at times“
“Satan is very apt at using any momentum he has in order to make it look as though he has already prevailed…Though he postures as a nonconformist, my, how the adversary likes his lemmings to line up and march- toward self-destruction- to the most conforming cadance caller of them all
And, on another note… if you live in Kentucky you should go check out the Easter Pageant at Southeast Christian Church in Lousiville. My husband took me there for a surprise date Thursday night and it was amazing. Live camels, horses, donkeys, etc. not to mention the angels descending from the ceiling. The show is spectacular.