The following is by editor Kara Fleck.
With all of our talk about reading this week, I thought it might be fun to share with you what books my kids and I have been enjoying. Now that the holidays are over, we’ve savoring the slower pace of evenings and weekends. It is the time of year for cocoa, cookies, and curling up beside the fireplace with a few good books.
Our favorites so far this winter …
I’m not sure that Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kidshas made it back to the bookshelf for months. This book has been living on our kitchen counter. Rae is a contributor to Simple Kids, and if you’ve been reading for long, then you know that my oldest daughter is an especially big fans of her books.
Cooking together is a favorite family activity and lately we’ve been making Rae’s snickerdoodles, sponge cake, pancakes, and I do believe that rice pudding may have to be on the menu sometime this weekend. Rae has recipes for all seasons, but we’ve been focusing on comfort foods and warmth during these Winter months and her recipes have been perfect.
Our whole family has been enjoying the Little House on the Prairie series. We’re using these books as our bedtime reading with my oldest. Eyes were wide when Laura, Mary, Baby Carrie, Ma, and Pa were in a cabin with only a sheet on the door between the family and a wolf pack. Every day Jillian tells me what a good dog Jack is and we have discussions comparing her childhood with Laura’s.
I loved the Little House series myself as a child, so I’m doubly enjoying my child learning to love the same stories. My husband never read the books growing up, and it has been neat to watch him fall in love with them as well.
Jillian, my oldest, is also going through a nature and animal books phase, and has been spending some time with An Egg Is Quietby Dianna Hutts Aston, pouring over the illustrations and marveling at the great variety of eggs and creature there are. I think that A Seed is Sleepy by the same author is going on our list next.
This week, over on my personal blog, Rockin’ Granola, I shared a couple of other book titles the kids and I have been enjoying lately.
Are you looking for a neat way to keep track of the books your family reads? Jolanthe of Homeschool Creations has free printable book report forms and reading logs. A blank book or journal dedicated to keeping track of your family’s reading lists might be fun, too.
What about your family? What are you reading right now?
Do you keep a record of what books you read? What are you reading with your kids right now? What books are you discovering, or rediscovering, together?