Our family of 7 has temporarily moved into my dad’s house until our new house is completed. It’s been stressful and tough to manage the move, incorporating our large family into my dad’s household while not feeling like we’re taking over and remaining on top of the kid’s school (distance learning).
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So in the midst of this chaos, I wanted to try and impart some normalcy into our current state. Our entire household is packed up and in storage, including our library of books so I went on the hunt on Amazon for some fun new books to start reading together.
My dad has this fabulous Reading Room with a warm electric fireplace and comfy pub style chairs and I thought this would be the perfect spot for our new Family Reading Nights. I’ve gathered some info on the books on our current list with hopes of inspiring your own family reading! Scroll down to shop our picks!
- Where The Red Fern Grows
Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.
Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.
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- The Secret Lake
When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbor’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through?
Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound, and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake.
Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods?
Stella and Tom soon discover that they have traveled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present.
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Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.
At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire—and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.
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My children range in age from 3.5 to 14 years old and trying to find books that we will all enjoy is a bit of a challenge but I find that when we take turns being the reader, it makes everything more fun!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FAMILY READING NIGHT BOOKS?