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enid blyton's christmas stories

Today we’ve got a rainy and sullen sky out and we’ve been reading Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories.  What is everyone’s favorite book by her?  I didn’t grow up reading Enid Blyton (only discovered her work when I got older) and am looking to buy more of her stories for Avery and Nate.   And happy first day of winter, all.

Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories was published by Hachette.


a little house christmas treasury

We’re reading stories from A Little House Christmas Treasury this week.  Does anyone have any favorite Little House moments to share?  Published by HarperCollins.


a merry christmas and other christmas stories

A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories | Avery and Augustine

Sharing Louisa May Alcott’s A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories in honor of her birthday this week.  Does anyone else like to watch Little Women around this time of the year?  I try to watch it at least once during the month of December.

“A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her 'little women' to the timeless 'What Love Can Do,' wherein the residents of a boarding house come together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls. Wildly popular at the time of their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters demanding sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s family and experiences in the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, these stories have the authentic texture and detail of Christmas in nineteenth-century America, while their emphasis on generosity and charity make them timeless embodiments of the Christmas spirit.”

Be sure to check out what is sharing for this week's #classicchapterbooks.


milly-molly-mandy's autumn

A throwback to simpler times.  Introducing Avery to Milly-Molly-Mandy, a girl growing up in a small English village, and some of her autumn goings-on—helping her mother make “lots of pots of pumpkin-and-ginger jam,” watching everything go aflame for Guy Fawkes Day, celebrating the blacksmith’s wedding and anxiously waiting to see what her mysterious plant will turn out to be.  This is one to read aloud at bedtime with a cup of warm tea in hand.  Written by Joyce Lankester Brisley, the first set of Milly-Molly-Mandy stories was published in 1928.

I came across this recipe for chocolate and ginger cake inspired by the book on the most charming blog about food in books, The Little Library Café (@bakingfiction).  Kate is also writing a cookbook with recipes inspired by literature (one of my favorite kinds of books), due out in fall 2017.

Also, be sure to check out what is sharing for #classicchapterbooks today.  Milly-Molly-Mandy’s Autumn was published by Macmillan Children’s Books.


in defense of read-aloud

Been meaning to share this for a while.  If you read The Read-Aloud Handbook, loved it and were inspired by it, this should be next up on your list.

Dr. Steven Layne is Professor of Literacy Education at Judson University, a literacy consultant and was a teacher in public education for fifteen years.  In his book In Defense of Read-Aloud, Dr. Layne presents the art of the read-aloud.  He talks through the how, the when and the why of reading aloud to children and the increasing body of research supporting it.

“Leading researchers in the field of literacy provide positions statements; authors of professional books share insights on books they have loved; leaders of the largest literacy organizations in the United States write about their favorite read-alouds; award-winning authors of children’s and young adults books (Katherine Paterson, Andrew Clements, and Lois Lowry, to name a few) share the powerful behind-the-scenes stories of their greatest books; and real classroom teachers and librarians speak about books that have ‘lit up’ their classrooms and libraries around the world.”

“Amidst the clanging noise of today’s technology, Steven Layne offers here a clear clarion call on behalf of reading to children.  It is insightful, reasoned, entertaining (rare in the field), and carefully researched for those who might doubt the urgent need for something that doesn’t need a Wi-Fi hot spot.  It should be on every teacher’s must-read list.” — Jim Trelease, author, The Read-Aloud Handbook

Published by Stenhouse Publishers.