I love to see my younger children playing out stories from the books we have read together . . .
The other day the adventures of the book, Roxaboxen, came alive in our backyard as paper flags were constructed and tied to long bamboo poles. Old buckets and various rocks were then used to build forts around each flag. For several days our backyard was the land of “Roxaboxen.”
Books of Literary Beauty
I have found that when we make regular trips to the library and keep our book basket freshly stocked, I am more motivated to read to my children. And when our book basket is filled with books of literary beauty—rich language, engaging illustrations, and wholesome content—our book times are delightfully fun!
Favorite Book Lists
When choosing books for my children, I like to use book lists that I can trust for wholesome content. This saves me a good deal of time and energy.
Read-Aloud Revival Podcast
Sarah Makenzie’s Read-Aloud Revival podcast gives great recommendations of books to suit all ages of children—from young ones all the way up to teenagers. Under each podcast is a picture listing of the books discussed within the podcast episode: https://amongstlovelythings.com/podcast-series/
Read-Aloud Revival also offers a fantastic book list that is divided into categories according to reading level or listening audience: https://amongstlovelythings.com/booklist-2/
Teaching History Through Literauture
One of my favorite podcasts from Read Aloud Revival has to do with the benefits of teaching history through literature:
In our homeschool we use Truthquest guides to help us nagivate history through literature. Michelle Miller, the author of Truthquest, has written deep and profound commentary that points the student to who God is—His sovereignty—and man’s response to God throughout history. Extensive book lists that can be trusted for wholesome content follow the commentary. There are also throught-provoking questions throughout the guide that the student can answer orally or in an essay format.
Truthquest offers a series of three consecutive guides for younger students that focus on American history:
The more extensive guides are for upper elementary through highschool-age students and they cover the entire scope of history, from creation to present day.
A Heart for Reading Podcast Episode
Lastly, I leave you with a link to a podcast episode that I recently listened to and greatly enjoyed. Sally Clarkson is joined by her daughter Sarah as they discuss the deep roots and moral imagination and character that develops through books. Enjoy! http://sallyclarkson.com/podcast/2017/8/14/episode-94-a-heart-for-reading-and-music