31 Days To My Best Yes:: Day 14 What We Are Reading This Month

Yup, I’m still doing the 31 Days Writing Challenge. This challenge was started by blogger The Nester about 6 years ago. So you won’t be surprised that one of the books I’m reading this month is her book, The Nesting Place. I even did a quick review the other day here.

So, some people have told me they aren’t big readers. Some people have told me they would like to read more; but just don’t have time. I happen to be a big reader and would actually read more…… if I had more time. So, I get the whole time thing.

Here’s the thing. I love it so much and it’s so important to me. I just make the time. You make time for the things  you really want to do, right?

Reading for my own pleasure and reading to my kids is most definitely a Best Yes in my life. It always will be. Reading children’s books (not just to my kids!) is a passion of mine. That’s why it’s a monthly feature on this blog and why I think it’s perfect to include in my Writing for 31 Days Challenge. So here goes! This is what we are reading in October.

Let’s start with me, Jen:

nesting-place-bookThe Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith

Not done with this yet. Working on it and loving it. A full review is forthcoming.


scarlet_pimpernelThe Scarlet Pimpernell by Baroness Orczy

Besides it being a red flower, I don’t know much about this book. It’s our book club pick and I’m just getting started. I didn’t even read this book in high school. I’m looking forward to reading a classic, though. This one is free on Amazon if you download it to your Kindle. That’s how I’ll be reading this book.


On to Miss Lulu:

Rani_in_the_Mermaid_LagoonDisney Fairy Chapter Books- She’s read quite a few of them but,  Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon by  Lisa Papademetriou is the most recent one she’s read. These are a continuation to the Tinkerbell fairy books. Lily has started to read longer chapter books. They challenge her grade level wise (She’s in 2nd.) and the stories engage her. Win-Win.




134542e8457650dbae1f66e3bccf396aHow to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.    by Marjorie Priceman

Join a small girl and her dog as they travel the U.S.A. gathering all the ingredients to make not just the cherry pie; but the pie plate as well. My kids loved this book. It’s a fun way to sneak in a little geography lesson. I actually found How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World  first and read that for our Homeschool Group Co-op when we had Apple Day. Both books are excellent.

On to H:

514fujCweFL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

We just finished up learning about the letter S in Pre-K. I read several S themed books; but when I find a little unexpected gem, I feel that I must share it.  This book is precious. H was glued while I read. (This is no small feat!) So glad I stumbled across this one.



And let’s end with what I’m reading to both the kiddos:

We are getting back to the classics this month. I want to make sure I don’t miss reading to my kids the stories I enjoyed growing up.  We’ve been reading classic children’s read alouds this month and the kids have really enjoyed them.

51VkHrIJANL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

Remember this one? I loved thd Frances books and can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read them to my kids. For shame! Henry missed out on this read, even though he is totally Frances at bedtime!!! Lily really enjoyed it, though.


The_Story_of_FerdinandThe Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Remember this story? And the cartoon? Love them both.



51v1K7ay4YL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

First published in 1943, this is definitely a timeless tale. I really enjoyed the detailed illustrations. Stories don’t have to be in high def color and have over the top cartoon type characters to keep a kid’s attention. There is a time and place for some of those books and I do enjoy them; but I think kids need to be exposed to several types of picture book with several styles of artistry. We shouldn’t look over the old classics!

Catch up on my other 31 Days posts here.

Happy Reading,



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