I’ve been enjoying the wisdom of Michael Pollan via audiobook on my morning drives. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto   is a wonderful analysis of what has happened to our food system and what can be done to fix it. House of Kirk recommends this book.

Recommended by our 11-year-old: Usborne Classics Retold: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

“Ishmael is a sailer who loves the sea and never wants to be on land. He traveled as a sailer but not anymore. This is an amazing, epic, awesome book that you just have to read!!!”  ~”Star”

Recommended by our 9-year-old: Geronimo Stilton: The Secret of Cacklefur Castle by Geronimo Stilton

“It has weird parts in it, it has scary parts in it, it has happy and funny and sad as well. Geronimo Stilton gets mousenapped by Creapella and she takes him to Cacklefur Castle.” ~ “Tank”

Recommended by our 6-year-old: Pink Me Up by Charise Mericle Harper

If your household is blessed with a girly girl princess, you need this book!

Recommended by our 5-year-old: Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park.

When I asked him why he recommended this book, he said, “Just because” . We have read this book a hundred times, literally. Oh Junie B., we love your mischief. If you have never had the joy of reading a Junie B. Jones book, I highly recommend it as well. Barbara Park has managed to capture the very essence of the childhood mentality. The characters in the book remind me of several children I know. We started re-reading this book last night for his bedtime story. Here is a little snippet:

“Just then, a boy named Paulie Allen Puffer ran right to the front of the room. And he jumped up and down all over the place. “NO. WAIT! I’VE GOT IT! I’VE GOT IT!” he shouted real excited. “WE COULD GET SOME OF THOSE JUGGLERS WHO JUGGLE CHAIN SAWS!” After that, Room Nine clapped and whistled and hooted and hollered. ‘Cause who doesn’t love chain-saw jugglers? That’s what I would like to know! After we finished clapping, we looked at Mrs. Her head was on her desk. And her eyes were staring out the door. Then all of the children in Room Nine got very quiet. ‘Cause Mrs. was scaring us a little bit. Plus also we were out of party ideas.”

Recommended by our 2-year-old:  Why I Love You, God by Michelle Medlock Adams

He particularly loves the line “and ’cause You made big chocolate bars”. He rubs his tummy and says “Hmmmmmm”.


Happy Reading!


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