Category Archives: Family Films

3 Books by 1992 Teacher of the Year, Rafe Esquith (2003 – 2009) + a Documentary (2005)

I read these books a few years ago and think of them everyday!  Whether you’re a supportive parent or a homeschooler, there are many, many insights and inspirations here.  Don’t miss the documentary The Hobart Shakespeareans! There Are No Shortcuts … Continue reading

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The Big Red Series by Jim Kjelgaard (1945 – 1953)

If your children enjoy animal stories or adventure stories — or both! — they’ll love Jim Kjelgaard’s novels.  Between 1941 – 1969, Jim Kjelgaard wrote more than 40 children’s novels filled with heroic animals who know to tell their own … Continue reading

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (1870)

If you enjoyed Journey to the Center of the Earth, then here’s another classic by the “father of science fiction”! What massive and powerful sea creature is wreaking havoc on the world’s shipping industry? Three men venture out on the … Continue reading

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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000)

Kate DiCamillo is one of only six authors to win the Newbery Medal TWICE.  Although her very popular book, Because of Winn-Dixie, didn’t win the Medal, it is a Newbery Honor Book and well worth reading! Opal and her father … Continue reading

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (1938)

Mr. Popper is a poor housepainter — and a dreamer.  While painting the many small kitchens in the town where he lives, he dreams of visiting the South and North Pole.  His wife and children encourage his interest in the … Continue reading

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

As you probably know, a new film version of A Wrinkle in Time is coming to theaters March 9, 2018.  There’s still time to read the book before the movie comes out!  From the look of the movie trailers, they’ve … Continue reading

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Thomas the Tank Engine by Reverend Wilbert Awdry (1946)

Do you have a Thomas the Train enthusiast in your house?  Both of my boys were big fans and we read many of the little books, watched the films and owned lots of the toy train cars.  Several of my … Continue reading

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