In my favorite poem by Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay, he reminds us that like the seasons of nature, life is one season melting into another, and quickly fading away. This is my attempt to document each season in my life and my family.

Lit Babies

Filed under: Abby Jo,Elijah,Hailey,Kids,Kyra,Logan,Owen,Reading — Rachel at 1:02 pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Anyone that knows me knows I love to read. I love books–all sorts of books. Since having children, I’ve wanted to pass down my bookish nature, and, so far, it’s been an overwhelming success. My three older children enjoy reading, and do it for fun on their own. They are all good readers. Owen, in particular, has tested in the 99th percentile for reading at school, and that gives me great pleasure. The three youngest kids aren’t yet reading fluently enough to comfortably read a chapter book on their own, but they are getting there.


I’m a big believer in reading aloud to kids above their reading level, and, since Matt and I got married, that’s become our nightly tradition. I also don’t believe in censoring books (with few exceptions), and will allow the kids to read most anything they want after a certain age. My intent in reading to them is to give them a taste of good writing and good literature and a love of a well-told story, so when they are choosing their own books they will have a more discriminating literary palate.

Chronicles of Narnia


Before bedtime, we gather in the girls’ bedroom, and I read to Matt and the four littlest ones. We started out reading the Pippi Longstocking books, then Robinson Crusoe, and now The Chronicles of Narnia. We have read all of the Chronicles except for The Magician’s Nephew, which we are reading now. Since Owen and Abby are with their dad every other week, when we have just Hailey and Logan at home, we read something different to them. We are currently reading The Series of Unfortunate Events. We are on Book the 2nd, The Reptile Room, right now.

If you have any book recommendations, I’d love to hear them. Leave your suggestions in the comments section!


Comment by Amber Imperius

August 5, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

I love the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Set in late 1800s-early 1900s, authentic stories of childhood and friendship. Follows the characters from age 5 through marriage in their early 20s, but at no time is inappropriate for children to read. It’s out of print, but reasonably easy to track down.

Favorites from classroom read alouds: Boxcar children, Junie b. Jones, gooney bird Greene, the Joey pigza series (i wouldn’t read this one to kids under 3rd grade though, it has some really heavy themes but is an amazing first hand perspective about growing up with ADHD in a dysfunctional family).

Comment by Rachel

August 5, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

Thanks for the recommendations, Amber! We have lots of Boxcar Children and Junie B. Jones books. I, personally, don’t like Junie B. Her grammar is atrocious, and I can’t stand reading it! Matt sometimes reads those to Hailey, though. He doesn’t mind the bad grammar. 🙂

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