Thursday, February 18, 2016

Book Wars

We love reading to the girls. It has been fun to progress (with the older ones) from picture books to chapter books. The Sonlight Curriculum we use for school has us reading about a chapter a day from a book (in addition to what we read for Science, History, etc). We usually like the books so much that we read more than a chapter a day. For example, A Little Princess was supposed to be read over four weeks according to the curriculum, and we read it in under a week.

Outside of school stuff, we have other books we love to read. We are going through the Ramona series again. We just read the latest books in both the Imagination Station and Magic Tree House series. Andrew has a couple of series he likes to read to the girls too. They recently finished their second read-through of the Dark Sea of Darkness series and have gone through The Chronicles of Narnia twice as well.

While at the library a few weeks ago, I noticed some Star Wars books. Because Star Wars has been everywhere over the last several months, the girls have been curious. But since a lot of Disney villains still give them nightmares, we decided Darth Vader in the movies might be too much (we would rather sleep than be woken up by scared children!). The books, however, have been a really fun way to introduce the girls to Jedis, Leia, the dark side, Yoda, etc, without the visual intensity.

What is the problem with all of this reading? Andrew and I have to fight over who gets to read what to the girls! Luckily, they are really capable of being wrapped up in many different storylines at once, and their appetite for listening is insatiable.


Top row are books we recently read for school. Bottom row is the first two Star Wars books. Andrew is almost done reading the third one to the girls. 


Here they are learning that Darth Vader is Luke's father. It was priceless to watch their faces as it was revealed.

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Anne Dalzell said...

We recommend the Taran series by Lloyd Alexander and the Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper. You would particularly like Madeleine L'Engel's books beginning with A Wrinkle in Time. I'm sure you would all enjoy Willow by Wayland Drew. And don't forget Lord of the Rings. We began reading that to the boys when Raymond was six and they have enjoyed it ever since. Hope this gives you some additional ideas.

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