Monday, August 31, 2009

{ Book List }

We have been reading up a storm around here. Toting home stacks of of books at a time. One of the highlights of the summer in particular for Annabelle was getting to go to Pajama Story-time and also participating in the summer reading program, which we completed last week and turned in our reading list and returned home grinning, with her prize of a 68 piece art set, in hand and the promise of a free pretzels and pizza. And I am happily making plans to start home school pre-school after Labor Day Weekend. I will be (loosely) using this curriculum. I am going to put very little pressure/expectations on either Annabelle or myself. We are just going to have fun and learn together, as we have only now with a tad bit more intentionality. And I think she could use the added activities in her day and I am going to appreciate a little more structured schedule. Really more than anything in the coming school year my heart and focus for Annabelle is to keep praying for her that Jesus will make her heart tender towards Himself and others and to continue telling her about Him and how amazing His love is, and most of all to better visibly model that love day to day, as her Mommy.

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So I thought I'd share with you our list of favorite books from the summer.
They are the following:

A definite family favorite around here. Our bedtime routine includes reading out of the The Jesus Storybook Bible. We are on our second time through with Annabelle and plan to continue rereading it to her and Jack for years to come. I love the wording and way in which Sally Lloyd Jones portrays the Bible, as the greatest Love story of all time. As the title states, " Every story whispers his name." Breathtaking in it's beauty and simplicity. Here's an excerpt from the introduction:
The Story and the Song
Introduction from Psalm 19 and Hebrews 1

The Heavens are singing
about how great God is;
and the skies are shouting it out,
" See what God has made!"
Day after day...night after night...
They are speaking to us.

Psalm 19:1-2 ( paraphrase )

God wrote, " I love you " - he wrote it in the sky and on the earth, and under the sea. He wrote his message everywhere! Because God created everything in his world to reflect Him like a mirror - to show us what he is like, to help us know him, to make our hearts sing.
The way a kitten chases her tail. The way red poppies grow wild. The way dolphins swim. And God put it into words, too, and wrote it in a book called " the Bible."

I have been on the look-out for the perfect age appropriate Bible for Annabelle. My search has ended here. Could not recommend this more highly and might also add that I love reading it for myself.

- Our Nest
- The Apple Pie that Papa Baked
- The Gardener ( As Annabelle would tell you, " my Mommy loves this book ")
- Tweedle Dee Dee
- Whopper Cake (our favorite part about this silly book is the dedication. Karma Wilson, the truly wonderful author is also friends with David's family. " To Hildi ( who is the precious mother of my husband and beloved Mor Mor to Annabelle and Jack ), who has been known to deviate from a recipe or two, but always cooks with love"
- Mortimer's First Garden, ( whis is lovingly dedicated to David's Dad who was, an amazing gardener )
- Mr. Murry and Thumbkin
- Tumble Me Tumbily
- All In a Day
- Hello Twins
-Once Upon a Time, the End...Asleep in 60 seconds
( David's most favorite children's book. He laughed so hard the first time he read it I thought he might fall off the couch. It's hysterical. He was still reading it to Annabelle and chuckling over it two, three, four weeks later.)
- On Our Way Home
- The Little Green Island

Now we are so curious to know what you are reading?


Secondstreetdesigns said...

i have to say - the Jesus Storybook Bible is our absolute favorite! We read it over and over again! And as an adult I still feel that every time I lear something fresh about Him.

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

We have just been reading everything. Lilla loves to go over and over and over books. I am trying to teach her number/letter recognition so there have been a whole lot of number/letter books in our house this summer. Dr. Suess books are also always a favorite of hers and anything Sandra Boynton. We've been reading out of bible storybooks too, and she likes that and has tons of questions as we go through them. Lots of fun!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Ohh!! I so sgree about the Jesus Story Book Bible!! I love it. Can I even admit that when I read one of the stories I had to stop because I got all choked up?? The way God's love is portrayed really is beautiful.

I too had been searching for age an age appropriate Bible and had tried a few that were okay, but just okay. When we found this one I was so pleased!

I love your list and now have an itching to take my boysees out to the library. Thanks for sharing!

Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

Sounds like such a sweet summer you all have been having! No better way than with books either! I have never heard of the Jesus Story book Bible, but after reading those few excerpts I'm going to have to hunt that one down, it sounds beautiful!!
We too are diving into a very flexible homeschooling curriculum with no's a nerve wrecking feeling for me, but I know that the excitement of learning is always there
Good luck to you all with school I know you will be the best teacher,Chelle!
Loves to you all!!

Connie said...

How can this be? It seems like yesterday I was excitedly poring over book lists for you and your brother! Longing for the time you live close enough so that I can do my share of reading to little Miss A.
Love every day,

Lisa said...

I remember loving our trips to the library as a little girl - and I cannot wait to take our children and teach them the art of a good book!

If only I found the time to indulge in one myself these days...
Something other then What to Ecpect or The joys of Nursing....

Cottage Mommy said...

I'm going to have to find the Jesus Storybook Bible as well. We have a few different children's Bibles for Eli and we have never bought one for Addison but I haven't loved any of them. Where did you find it? Do you think I would be able to find it at a Christian book store?

Favorite stories around here are usually the made up variety...Greg always puts the kiddos to bed and reads them stories. He was out of town last night and I put them to bed. The request was one book story and one made up story like Daddy always does. Made up stories are so hard! They stretch my creativity!

Chelle said...

Wendy- More than once tears have welled up in my eyes while reading the Jesus Storybook Bible. It is a precious rendition of the Word.

Courtney- You can get the Jesus Storybook Bible from Amazon for a really good price. Look for the link in this post. We do made-up stories around here at bedtime as well. So fun!

Cottage Mommy said...

I took advantage of an errand without the kids today and stopped by a local Christian bookstore...found it! The only copy and I can't wait to crack it open and read to the kids!

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