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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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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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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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Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (1913)

“You’re such a Pollyanna!”  So where does that phrase come from and what does it mean??  In 208 pages you’ll know the answer to both questions. Pollyanna, an orphan — of course!, is sent to live with her Aunt Polly … 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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