Josh posted today about all of the books that he's read in 2015, and shared a bit about a few that were his favorites. Inspired by that, I asked the girls if they wanted to do a similar post on my blog of their favorite books, and they were very excited to share them! Maybe it will inspire some other young readers!
Every day after lunch our kids have 2 hours of rest time during which they can read or nap in their beds. This is a both a big reason a) why we love and b) how we survive homeschooling! This introvert mama needs some quiet time! Thanks to this, the girls have both become voracious readers, and we have found ourselves wearing out the local library and used book stores in order to keep them in books.
To say that reading is an emphasis in our home would be an understatement. On top of rest time, every morning the girls get up and read their Bibles (Haylee reads a chapter from the actual Bible and Taylah reads a Bible story) and then narrate to us what they read when they are finished. And every night at bedtime we read a more advanced book to them for about 10-15 minutes. Josh and I take turns reading every other night, and this has been a great way to expose them to literature that is above their reading level, as well as enjoy some fun fiction ourselves. I'm currently reading through the Harry Potter series for the first time and really loving it. You might think that they would get tired of reading so much, but in their play time they often fight over which one of them gets to read to their brothers!
So having said all of that, the following bits were transcribed by me exactly as was dictated by the girls with just a little bit of direction on my part. Taylah is newly 6 and Haylee is almost 8. I've color coded Taylah's part in purple and Haylee's part in red to hopefully help distinguish between them.
Also, I really don't recommend Junie B. Jones books (Junie's grammar is atrocious and I feel like it teaches them to talk and write incorrectly, and we also wind up explaining a lot of Junie's mispronunciations that confuse the girls), but they've been gifted a couple of them, so we have them anyway. I just felt the need to add that disclaimer!
Hi, my name is Taylah Hutchens. I am 6 years old, and these are my favorite books.
My favorite book is The Little Drummer Boy by Dandi Daley Mackall. I like this book because I like when they see Jesus.
My next favorite book is The Black Star of Kingston by S.D. Smith. Daddy is reading it out-loud to us at bedtime. I like that book because I like when Fleck and Massie go to look for Gavin.
My third favorite book is Fables for Children by Aesop [No link, we got this for $1 at Target but there are lots of editions of this]. I like it because it has short chapters. My favorite chapter is The Fox and the Stork, because I like to hear when the fox played a trick on the stork. He thought that the stork was going to enjoy its dinner, but it didn’t because he played a trick.
My fourth favorite book is Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park. I like when Junie B. gets cards for Valentine’s Day
My last favorite book is The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. I like it because someone gets zapped with the magic finger.
If you want some books, you can go to the library.
Hi, my name is Haylee Hutchens. I am 7 years old. These are my favorite books this year.
One of my favorite books is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Mama read it out-loud to me at night time, and then I read it by myself all over again. I like that book. It’s funny because Hagrid talks funny.
Another of my favorite books is Baker’s Dozen: Charlotte’s Magic Star by Suzanne Weyn. It’s sad in some of it, and happy, and exciting. When you stop at one chapter, you just want to read on, cause you like it.
And another of my favorite books is Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I like it because it’s a fun book. My favorite part was where Laura had a corncob doll and they played in the attic in the winter with their dolls, because I thought it was cool how they played it with pumpkins and the vegetables.
And another is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I love his books. He is a great author, and you will love his books. Mr. Wonka is funny, and Charlie is funny, too. Mr. Wonka won’t let anyone ask questions, because he says there’s no time for questions, and Charlie is funny because he’s the one who always tries to ask questions.
My very favorite book that I read this year is Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi [This is another $1 abridged copy from Target]. He’s funny because he runs away and every time he lies, his nose gets longer, and that’s funny. It’s my very favorite because he’s a puppet, and he turns into a real boy when he decides to obey. I learned from reading it that you’re not supposed to lie and run away.
You’ll love those books!