Convention season has come to an end for us. We had a wonderful time at all the conventions we attended this year! The last one was ICHE in Illinois, and it was a wonderful way to end the season for us. We met so many wonderful people there and had an amazing time of ministry. I hope many of you were there! If not, we'll just have to meet up next time...
As I was speaking at ICHE, I revealed that I have been working on a book list to release. I am still working away on that list. It's interesting, I thought it would just be a matter of making a big list of book titles and authors, but it has become much more than that! I am enjoying going through the lists of books that our family has read, and many great memories of cuddling up with my (now) older children when they were little to share a great book. I remember those early days of beginning to select books with much fear and trepidation as I wanted to make sure I was getting excellent books - the RIGHT books - for my children. It took me some time before I began to trust my judgement, and I often looked to others' lists of suggested books to make all my selections. These days, I still consult great book lists, but I have gained confidence through my more than 15 years of experience in selecting books.
Since I am still working on the complete list, I thought I'd share a portion of the list with you. One of the things I've done in compiliing this list is to ask all our family members what their own favorite books are. Each family member has enjoyed remembering great books they have read. As they spend time thinking, remembering, looking back at records of what they have read, they are being pulled back to the great stories we have shared. Since our oldest son is currently reading one of his favorite stories to our family during our read aloud time in the evenings, I thought I'd share his list of favorite books. As soon as I have the complete booklist ready for release, YOU will be the first to know! For now, I present you with the following titles:
Narnia series by CS Lewis
Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien
Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack
5 Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder
Viking Quest by Lois Walfrid Johnson
Viking Tales by Jennie Hall
Leif the Lucky by the D’Aulaires
I hope you will look some of these titles up at your local library and find a gem or two you can just enjoy this summer with your children! Have you already read one or more of these titles? Did you enjoy them? Leave a comment below and let us know!