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National Library Week: What We're Reading

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This photo really reminds me of the wonderful kid's TV show "Reading Rainbow", of which I was an avid watcher (and yes, I can still sing the song!). Since this week is National Library Week, I thought I'd give you a little update as to what the people in our house are all reading. To see full photo & copy-right credit, click on individual books.
I just finished this book yesterday and it really deserves a post all on it's own...maybe even a three-part series! This book was fascinating and right up my educational theory alley. The truth about gender differences is scientific, and though this book was written within the past 7 years, it is still relatively 'new' information. The premise of the book is this: children are different, innately, due to their sex (male/female) and learn, hear, see, think, communicate, and respond differently because of their gender. Thus, if any of us are ever in the situation where we have to deal with the opposite sex (though aimed at teachers and parents), it's worthwhile to read this book. More on that one later....
I've been reading a lot about and from Edith Schaeffer lately, and I am really enjoying this book. Stefan is reading it along with me, though I've left him in the dust by about 100+ pages. This non-fiction is the telling of how they become missionaries (sort of?) in Switzerland and started a community called L'Abri (French for "Shelter") in the Swiss Alps. It is quite an amazing story so far.
Here is Anikka's current book she wants to read all the time: The Jesus Storybook Bible. For anyone who wants to teach their children (recommended 3+, but she likes it at 2) the main bible stories, this is actually a really, really well done child's bible. The stories are written well for the age group, the pictures and really cool, and there is always a whisper of the Redeemer Jesus Christ at the end of each story, really tying the Bible together for little ones. She is always asking to read it, though she can't often sit still for the whole story, it is one I recommend for many of my family and friends' kids.
Stefan is currently listening (after reading C.S. Lewis's novel, "The Screwtape Letters") "Screwtape" which is an audio rendition/play that aired on the radio awhile back and he's borrowing from a friend. He is really enjoying it, and hey, a reason why men love audio books...well...you'll have to read that top book, Why Gender Matters, to understand why! :)
Onto Lukka's reading material, he kind of always has about 10 things he wants to read on a daily basis, but I've included two of his new favorites. Things People Do is an Usborne book (yes, we LOVE Usborne) and was one I found on a discount rack at the home school convention I went to a few weekends ago. I knew it was one I had in mind for supplementing next year's curriculum, so I bought it and we've thoroughly enjoyed it so far. It's quite a busy story, so unless the child is super interested, I'd say it's probably 4/5+. Each spread in the book is about another 'job' that people around the village of Banilla have, and it explains their job and the jobs of their co-workers in detail, with lots of pictures (i.e. police man, hotel manager, news reporter).
For finishing a great school year I wanted to reward Lukka in some way and got him a subscription to Click magazine, from Carus Publishing. He has loved this magazine, and has asked to read it many times. It's science and nature focused, though I have to be honest, I love to read Ladybug (a sister magazine from the same publisher about literature, songs, and poetry) more, but I highly encourage this magazine for young boys. These magazines are also internet linked. It's like National Geographic without all the ads!
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What are YOU reading this week?


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