Yikes! It's been a long time since I shared some of the books my kids have been into lately. In fact, Sam has had a birthday since the last installment -- he's EIGHT now! Anyway, here's what they've been reading lately:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien -- we gave him this for his birthday, and he read the whole thing that same day. And then read it again the next day. I think that by now, he's read it seven or eight times. I'm so happy! I'm also super tempted to start him on The Fellowship of the Ring, but I'm making myself wait until he's ten for that, as I think right now he would get overwhelmed.
Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner by Rush Limbaugh and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh -- the latest in a series about a time-travelling horse named Liberty who takes people back into America's past to learn about our forefathers. I haven't read any of them myself, but Sam laughs and laughs over them.
The Caboose Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner -- one of the original Boxcar Children mysteries. By now, there are more than a hundred in the series, but the first nineteen are the originals, and those are the only ones I will buy. I've been picking them up at library book sales and thrift stores for years now, and have almost all of them. I do let Sam read the others from the library, but I won't buy them because they're not nearly as good.
Sarah (5) and Tootie (3)
Hide and Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick, illustrated by C. F. Payne -- a cute book about a daddy mouse trying to get his little mouse to go to bed. My kids like to pretend they are mice, so that made this especially enjoyable for them. I like Frederick's "Mother-Daughter Book Club" series, so I got a kick out of this being written by the same author.
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss -- my favorite story here is "Too Many Daves," a very short story of a mother who foolishly named all 23 of her sons "Dave" and now wishes she hadn't. My kids love "The Sneetches," which is actually a lesson in tolerance and the fact that a person's appearance is irrelevant.
The Napping House by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood -- a whimsical tale of a napping house, where everyone is sleeping, at least until a wakeful flea causes some mischief. I really like Audrey Wood's books -- her The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear is another of our favorites, and so are Alphabet Rescue and Alphabet Adventure.