Restocking the Basket

This week brought about a restocking of the read aloud basket. We have a lovely variety of books to enjoy for the next few weeks. The hardest part is trying to decide when to read each one.

Here’s what is in our basket this week:

  • The Dragons of Blueland -This is the third book of the My Father’s Dragon trilogy from Ruth Stiles Gannett.  At our most recent library trip, I spied it on the shelf and had plans for Hannah to enjoy it on her own. However, she asked for me to please read it aloud. I’m not sure why but I have enjoyed these books better the second time around.
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting – This book was my planned read aloud to share with Lydia and Hannah. The older children enjoyed it several years ago. I was saddened that I accidentally requested an “adaptation for young readers” instead of the complete book. Thankfully I found it free for Kindle so we will continue until the correct hard copy comes from the library. Lydia and Hannah are looking forward to this one! An exciting adventure with talking animals; how can you not enjoy that?
  • The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict -from the Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart.  We enjoyed the Benedict Society series but had not read this one about the young Nicholas Benedict. We happened upon it a couple of weeks ago at the library and quickly tossed it in the bag. This one is slow going as we can only read it with Eddie is home to join us. Only a few chapters in and it is intriguing.
  • Mary Emma and Company – by Ralph Moody. This is next up in the Little Britches Series. We have borrowed this one from a friend and it has been sitting in my room for weeks driving the children crazy. I told them there was no way I could add in another read aloud until some were finished! The Moody family has moved to Boston and they face many new challenges. This is one series that I highly recommend. Great family reading!
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein. Very slow going.  It just keeps getting bumped down the list. By me. I really need to decide if I’m going to continue. All of the older ones have read it on their own; I am reading it by request and the desire just isn’t there.

And finally….Everard – Book Two of the Not-So-Fairy Tales by Chautona Havig. We loved the first book Princess Paisley and my children literally stalked Mrs. Havig website, Just the Write Escape, to keep track of the printing of Everard. My older ones read it as soon as it was available on Kindle. We won a print copy and I finally started reading it aloud today. Humorous, witty, engaging, adventurous……love these books!

Then, of course, to keep the littlest ones happy we have a stack of picture books.  I’ll share those on another day.

I’d love to hear what you have in your reading basket? Have you restocked it with some great summer reading? Need a few suggestions? Check out my list of books for boys (and girls). They make great read alouds, too!

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