One way I pay homage to that half of a double major I got in English is to constantly be looking up and reading books.
I find such comfort in turning to books. Ian and I have been known to read a few parenting books when things get rough. I so love searching for books for each stages of life for my chidren. Now that my girls are growing and can both read on their own it's a whole new world of book searching. I can search all I want but it's what they like that they are drawn to. I'm still finding some winner, some new personal favorite too. I thought I'd share because there is SO MUCH out there.
The Woman in Cabin 10 - this caught my eye at the bookshop so I snagged it. It's a great page turner, thrilling, an escape. All the things I like in a good get me back into reading book.
The Baker's Secret - I love historical fiction about WWII and this one didn't disappoint. I like that it was from the perspective of a young incredibly resilient woman. The characters were memorable and the plot was original.
Delicious - I LOVED this book. If I could live another life it would be the main character's of this book. Living in NYC, working for a food magazine. BUT! There's a dark secret. Wonderful characters, touching, picturesque. Loved it.
The Kitchen House-I'm pretty sure I found this one at the thrift shop. Another historical fiction that gripped me. The characters drew me in and the story was so sad and profound. It's rare I get through a book this long these days! It was worth it!
Keepers - I got this from the library and ended up buying it because I wanted to make everything in it. It's geared towards people who cook for their families every night. Bing! So good.
The Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet- I bought this at the end of the year (of course!) but was so inspired by the simple ideas it has. The kids were getting so bored of sandwiches (and I of making them). This has some really fresh great ideas. (the biggest hit at the end of the year were the ham and cheese puff pastry wheels and make your own parfaits)
Knitbot Essentials - I got this book for my birthday and am SO excited to have a book of things to knit for me! I want to make everything!
Martha Stewarts Craft Book for Kids - Ainsley grabbed this from the library and it's fantastic. Fresh hands on ideas that kids can make on their own. Great easy things like popsicle stick villages and experiments.
Great Things To Do Outside - I mentioned this one on facebook. I love that this kids can use it on their own easily and the ideas are so accessible and realistic for tired parents to execute in the summer.
The Who Was/Is Series - Louise is slowly working her way through all of these. We started with Sacajawea, then Beatrix Potter and Julia Child and Helen Keller and Abraham Lincoln. Now she has Andy Warhol and Anne Frank (which we may wait on!). She gets 2 or 3 at the library each time. Great informative age appropriate biographies.
The Magical Animal Adoption Agency - One of our favorite series. The girls (and I) hope they write more!
Illustrated Harry Potters - I cheated and read them book 3 two even though they are coming out with the illustrated version this fall. I LOVE them so much and since I don't have my own copies anymore this has been a nice way to rebuild my collection.
The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet Series) - We are only on book 1 but I know we'll be reading the lot. An older series about a family of 4 children living in a Brownstone in New York right before WWII. They realize they never have enough allowance money to do anything they want to do so they decide to combine their money each week and do one big awesome thing all together. As a direct result of this book Ainsley and Louise did just that to buy a shared Kitty toy that you can feed and walk. I can't wait to read the rest.
Half Magic - a classic I read to the girls a while ago. They loved it!
Wellie Wishers Books - Another new favorite of Louise's. These books are perfect for her age and the pictures and stories are cute.
Irene Haas - one of my FAVORITE authors and illustrators. Her stories are so sweet and whimsical. Too bad so many are out of print. I'm glad our library has some.
10 Little Ninjas - The kids new favorite bedtime book. A cute twist on 5 little monkey jumping on the bed.
5 Minute Stories - We started with the comic book superheroes and Star Wars and now have the Pixar and the Snuggle stories. They are great before bed and to take on trips and the kids love them. Win win win.
You Read to Me, I'll Read To You- Ainsley still loves reading these with me. Such a clever idea by the author to have a book meant to be read with someone else. The girls have both loved these for reading aloud together.
The Barefoot Book of Faeries - Ainsley is still very much a believer of Fairies and this book is so perfect for her age. It talks about the history of fairies in literature and gives some great background and sweet stories.
Patricia Polacco - I doubt the girls will every truly grow out of picture books (I never have!) thanks in large part to this author and illustrator. Her longer beautifully illustrated books are so perfect for this middle elementary age. Many are about tough topics, written about carefully and accessibly for children.
26 Fairmont Avenue - This is an autobiographical series by Tomie DePaola about his childhood. It's one of the girls favorites and we've read almost all of them. We can read one in one sitting if we give ourselves the time and they love anything by Mr. DePaola.
I'll add more or make another post when I have enough new books. I'm sure I'm missing lots but this feels like a good start. Yay books!