• adventure,  Reading aloud

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

    TMy son and I just finished reading The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom.  My daughter and I read it a few years ago and loved it.  Eddie, a maintenance worker at an amusement park, dies trying to save a little girl.  When he gets to heaven be meets the five people that affected his life.  There are five people for everyone.  Some he knew, others he had just seen in passing in his time on Earth.  But each one affected him in different ways making his life what it was. It is a very thought provoking read.  My son has been going through all the drama…

  • adventure,  love,  Reading aloud

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

    My daughter and I just finished reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I read it a few years ago after a friend recommended it. I enjoyed it, I don’t think I expected to. I usually give the kids several book choices, I was surprised that Anastasia chose this one. Rereading this book, I remembered how much I enjoyed it. Harold, recently retired and seemingly very bored in his life and marriage, receives a letter from a former work colleague/friend, Queenie Hennessy, who is dying of cancer. Instead of simply writing her back, he decides to bring the letter to her himself. And so begins the “unlikely…

  • adventure,  friendship,  Land of Oz,  love,  Reading aloud,  Wizard of Oz

    L. Frank Baum and his Wonderful Land of Oz

    When you think of The Wizard of Oz, do you think of the classic movie or the book?  I always used to think of the movie. When we first embarked on this wonderful reading journey, thanks to Alice Ozma (The Reading Promise) and her father, I had no idea there was more than just The Wizard of Oz.  After reading The Reading Promise, we learned that there are 14 books in the Land of Oz Series.  I read The Wizard of Oz to my daughter and a couple of years later to my son.  My son and I decided to continue with the series.  We have just finished all 14! …

  • love,  Reading aloud,  Valentines Day

    💖Books We Love 💖

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are going to share with you books we love.  There are A LOT, so we have narrowed it down.  We have each chosen a book that we loved reading aloud. First on the list is a book that should always be on a Valentine’s list.  Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris.  I was given this book by a librarian in Cambridge, MA.  Yeah for librarians!  I would bring my 1st grade class to the library every week, and the two librarians quickly became very good friends.  Love Among the Walnuts is a silly story about love, family, and the family you find while…

  • Reading aloud,  Telling the truth

    The Importance of Children’s Books

    I read this blog post from Parnassus Books https://parnassusmusing.net/2018/01/17/14-picture-books-kind-citizens/#more-28438  If you aren’t currently signed up to receive the “musings” from Parnassus Books, I highly suggest you do. This particlular post was about books to read with children showing them to be kind to one another.  I got to the book Love by Matt de la Pena.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I did link to the article in Time Magazine http://time.com/5093669/why-we-shouldnt-shield-children-from-darkness/.  This article is so beautiful, and so important.  Books can transport readers.  If one book, one illustration, can help a child to “feel” than it was worth it.  Often times, children do not have words to express how they…