Tag Archives: Family

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (1962)

If you only know Astrid Lindgren’s beloved Pippi Longstocking books, then you’ve got a treasure trove of other books to explore!  She wrote dozens of books and more than 60 have been translated into English.  One of her best-known is … Continue reading

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Blue Willow by Doris Gates (1940)

Janey’s family used to own a home and land in Texas, but then the Great Depression descended on the country and they, like so many, lost everything.  Father is now an itinerant farm worker moving the family frequently as he … Continue reading

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My Favorite Early Chapter Books: Oliver and Amanda Pig series by Jean Van Leeuwen (1979 – 2008)

These 20 early reader chapter books about Oliver and Amanda Pig are my very favorite!  I discovered them by chance at our tiny Wisconsin library in 1988, and have been reading them to my children — and now grandchildren — … Continue reading

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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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Another Christmas Family Read Aloud!

I grew up watching The Waltons on television — me and every other person in the United States from 1972 – 1981.  Possibly you’ve watched the re-runs.  The show was based on the book Spencer’s Mountain by Earl Hamner, Jr. published in … 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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