The various accounts of what I liked to read as a child are both funny and a bit fascinating. At age five I carried around a small thick French novel. Pure words, nary the picture. The fact that I was a small child reading such a book was not the issue. The issue, to the elders around me, was that it was purely in French. A language, I think, unknown to me.
We were living in parts of Africa at the time and I would sit by the window and sound out the French words. I remember clearly that while I understood a few of the words, the jest of the story remained escaped me. My mother was a French teacher at a local school at the time.
But I loved the book. I carried it everywhere. I still remember it today almost 40 years later (I’m dating myself). And through the years my big sister would pass on what she thought was a good book while I would usually reject it in favor of my comics.
It was about at the age of 12 when my sister finally passed on her Janet Oke series that my mother had purchased that I finally found a niche of which I really loved. Historical Fiction. I devoured the whole Love Come’s Softly Series and then the Seasons of the Heart Series before I moved on to the Canadian West Series.
It was well after college and a few years before I got married that I finally read….get this…Pride and Prejudice. I know gasp! And all. Half of my schooling was overseas where these were not books that we read in school so that’s my excuse. Needless to say once I found Jane Austen I was all over that. Even reading some of her unpublished work on line and the works of her inspiration Francis Burney (if you don’t mind 900 page books and love Jane Austen you will love these too).
These are books that I’m sure my daughter will love. At 8 she just this past school year truly discovered reading for fun. She reads books faster than we can check them out of the library and she is very specific about what she likes to read. Story books about animal and she’s also big on Pioneer Stories or “The Olden Days” as she calls them.
Sweet Peanut is signed up for two reading programs each summer. The one at our local library and the one through our homeschool curriculum provider Bob Jones University Press.
BJU Press also offers a wonderful resource. A reading list for schoolage children. You can pick it up here. There is a part one and a part two. You navigate to your child’s reading grade level and see the great books with a quick synopsis there.
Here are some of her favorites that we’ve picked up this past year.Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Town Mouse, Country Mouse
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