Tag Archives: Holidays

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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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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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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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (2011)

Prior to this post, I’ve only recommended chapter books, but I wanted to mention a delightful picture book I recently discovered.  Balloons Over Broadway recounts the origin of the enormous balloon characters used in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. … Continue reading

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Dorrie, the Little Witch Series by Patricia Coombs (1962 – 1992)

“This is Dorrie.  She is a witch.  A little witch.  Her hat is always on crooked.  Sometimes her shoes are on the wrong feet.  Sometimes she has on one pink sock and one blue striped sock.  Sometimes she can’t find … Continue reading

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The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes (1960)

You probably recognize Eleanor Estes as the author of The Moffats series, Ginger Pye (Newbery Medal Winner) or The Hundred Dresses.  Ms. Estes actually wrote 20 books during her career, and The Witch Family, although not as well-known as some, … Continue reading

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