Category Archives: Parenting

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1933)

  If you’ve ever wanted to live on acres of land where you had a lovely house and grew most of your own food, this book is for you!  Although Farmer Boy is usually listed as part of the Little … Continue reading

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All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor (1951 – 1978)

There’s something to be said for a book that makes you wish you’d been part of a poor immigrant family living in New York’s upper east side on the eve of World War I.  Sydney Taylor’s time-honored classic does just … Continue reading

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5 Christmas Read Aloud Books for Families

December is a magical time to read aloud to your family — whether you’re gathered around the lit tree, sitting on the floor while they’re snuggled in their warm beds, or possibly traveling down the freeway to visit relatives.   If … Continue reading

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Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (1948)

The book Cheaper by the Dozen (which is nothing like the 2003 Steve Martin film of the same name, thank goodness) tells the hilarious — and inspiring — true story of the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth family. Frank Gilbreth was … Continue reading

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The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (1982)

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease is where my love of reading to my children all began.  I stumbled upon this wonderful book in our tiny Wisconsin library back in 1986.  Our oldest daughter was little and I was looking … Continue reading

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