We have been focusing on increasing our read aloud time and had some extra travel time in which we were able to listen to some great books on audio. I wanted to share some of the books we have been enjoying over the last couple of months to hopefully help you find new books for your home.
As a family we have enjoyed the Father Brown Reader. This series of mysteries based on the Father Brown Mysteries by G. K. Chesterton was a hit with the whole family. Each one of the four included stories is a short twenty to thirty minute read and the children kept asking for more. I am probably going to order the second one in the series for another family read aloud and the original works for my oldest son to read independently.
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I have enjoyed reading the Boxcar Children Early Reader set with my five-year-old. They brought back fond memories of reading the original series as a child. Make sure to check back for the full review in about a week.
We have also been enjoying reading the Tuttle Twins series. There is so much powerful information about the economy, the government, and capitalism wrapped up in these fun and enjoyable stories. While they are designed for elementary aged children, even my middle school children don’t mind listening to them and they always learn a thing or two.
We have listened to a variety of audio books over the last few months but the two that stick out the most in my mind are Heroes of History: Alan Shepard and The First Fowler (Green Ember Series). We listened to Heroes of History: Alan Shepard before and after our trip to Kennedy Space Center. While this certainly made it a special and applicable book, I think we would have enjoyed it whenever we listened. Everyone learned something new and my five-year-old has been listening to other books and asking numerous questions about the space program and his ‘favorite astronaut, Alan Shepard’ in the weeks since we have been home.
The First Fowler is a shorter book (under two hours on audio) in the Green Ember Series. We have enjoyed all of the book in this series by S.D. Smith and this one is no exception. It is a well written and engaging story of adventure and heroism all wrapped up in a tale of rabbits and wolves. We love seeing what happens with our favorite characters and can’t wait until the next book, Ember’s End, is released in April. Though we are all a little sad because the next one is the last one in the series and we don’t want it to end. If you listen to The First Fowler, listen out for a character that reminds you of one of the characters in Adventures in Odyssey. We found that one of the new characters reminded us of one of our favorite Adventure in Odyssey characters and it was a fun connection.
We have been really enjoying our reading (and listening) time over the last couple of months. I would love to hear what books you are enjoying to get some more ideas for us this spring!
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