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At The Homeschool Village this week, they’re talking about favorite books.  I thought it would be fun to ask my kids what they’d recommend and why.

Megan, age 8, said she’d recommend new favorite, The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop.  Megan says that it’s a good book and interesting because God gave the princess her first kiss.  Then, she save it to give to her husband.  This book also has a workbook to go with it which you can use to spend time each week talking to your daughter about purity and related topics.  We have the workbook, but haven’t started working through it yet.

Josh, age 10, had trouble coming up with a favorite.  He’s not much of a book guy, but I asked him to think about books that he enjoyed a few years ago that might recommend to his younger boy cousins.  He named Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton because it’s a book with stuff boys like, such as digging holes and trucks and stuff.  I love this book because it’s the first one that Josh ever willing sat through.  He was more of a “wander around and play Lego’s and do other stuff while you read” kind of guy, but he always really enjoyed Mike Mulligan.

Brianna’s, age 15, favorite book probably won’t come as a surprise to those of you who read my blog regularly.  It’s Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer.  Brianna says that Twilight is just the right mix of love story and fantasy.  Of course, you probably know that I share her obsession.  I love that Twilight has given us a common interest.  I’ve never had anybody with whom to really share the love of a particular book.  It’s cool to be able to share Twilight-related inside jokes with Brianna.  Twilight has even encouraged Brianna to read more classic literature, such as Romeo and Juliet.  We enjoyed Twilight so much that I even wrote a unit study based on it.

Note: I would recommend the Twilight series for high school age kids and up.  Use your own judgment, but I would encourage parents to read the books themselves before allowing a younger child to read them.

What are some of your kids’ favorite books?

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. My daughter loves Mike Mulligan! It was part of our Five-in-a-Row program a few weeks ago, and we still talk about Mike Mulligan and Mary Ann.

    I just found "The Monster at the End of This Book" at our local used book store. I HAD to get it; I think it's funny! I read it to my daughter the other night and she enjoyed it, too!

  2. Another great "Christian" Princess book is "The Princess and the Three Knights" by Karen Kingsbury.

    "Where the Wild Things Are" has always been my favorite.

  3. If we ever manage to have a girl, Princess Kiss is definitely on the list. Being that we have boys, we don't currently own a copy. But I've read through it a few times and love it!

    Great picks!

  4. @ Posh Totty — A boy might like it okay. I haven't read it to my son, so I can't give you an actual boy's opinion, but there is a book for boys by the same author called The Squire and the Scroll. Josh (10) really enjoyed that one.

  5. I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read any of those, but Twilight is definitely on my list! I Wanna Iguana sounds cute too 🙂

  6. My daughter has been invited to a young girl's devotion and they will be using The Princess Kiss. I am so excited about that! I will have to remember Mik Mulligan…sounds like so much fun…I think both of my boys will enjoy it! I love your blog and following you! You are truly an inspiration!

  7. Hi, Princess & the Kiss I have heard great things about – my best friend has this book & loves it. I will have to borrow it from her. Stopping by to visit you from the Homeschool Village. I love your blog, I have been a follower for awhile. Enjoy the rest of your week! <>< 🙂

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