Raising Readers

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads a lively discussion about all things literary. There is mutiny afoot when Greta limits the number of favorite books each of the ladies gets to share during the podcast (so there are more listed in the show notes!). We also tell stories of when we all fell in love with reading, and how we make reading a priority for our children. This episode is full of fun and inspiration.


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Show Notes

Greta Eskridge:
Read Aloud Revival episode #42, where Greta got to talk about some of her favorite books.

Some favorite books for Greta and her family:
The Yearling
Chronicles of Narnia
Little Britches series
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Caddie Woodlawn
My Side of the Mountain
Books by Patricia St. John
Time of Wonder
Honey for a Childs Heart
Honey for a Woman’s Heart

Favorite places to find book recommendations for kids:
Ambleside Online free read list for each grade
Read Aloud Revival Podcast

Jen Dees:
Some favorite books for Jen and her family:
Future Men by Douglas Wilson
At the Edge of the Village: Musings of a Missionary Wife by Lisa Leidenfrost
Chosen By God by R C Sproul
Pride and Prejudice
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Great Gatsby
The Yearling
The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings
Little House in the Prairie
Little Britches
Little Women
White Fang
Robinson Crusoe

Jennifer Naraki:
Favorite books for Jennifer and her family:
Swiss Family Robinson
Thoughts for Young Men

Kristin Rogers:
Read Aloud Revival Podcast Episode #43

Favorite books for Kristin and her family:

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Chronicles of Narnia
Happy Hollister Series
Life of Fredrick Douglas
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael
Jane Austen Novels 

Favorite places to find book recommendations for the kids:
Asking Friends!
Ambleside Online Booklists

Brianne Buskey:
Favorite places to find used books:
Abe Books

Rachel Reeves:
Favorite books for Rachel and her family:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Grace Unknown
Anything by Robert McCloskey but especially One Morning in Maine and Blueberries for Sal
The Chronicles of Narnia
A Cricket in Times Square

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  1. Definitely adding some of these books to my list…thanks for the recommendations! And y’all reminded me of when I was in about 3rd grade, riding in my mom’s car after coming home from the bookstore…by the time we got home, I finished reading the books we purchased…that’s when my mom decided it was time for a library card! 😉

    Enjoying the episodes, ladies!

  2. Loved loved loved this and cannot wait to attack these lists lol. I feel like I’m running out of time with reading and my daughter is in Kindergarten Ha!! So many great reads. Look forward to hearing more of these! Great job ladies!

  3. I am loving your podcasts ladies!! To a new homeschooling mama these are like gold! At one time during your conversation I heard one of you mention choosing books that are not necessarily politically correct and liking that and a few of you agreed. I was just wondering what this looks like in real life…with out typing a novel…my older will be in 1st grade next year…in a curriculum I was looking at were the courage of Sarah Nobel and the matchlock gun…both of these don’t shed the best most positive light on native Americans…I love using books as conversation starters but is 1st grade to early to start this conversation? Neither of these books would see the light of day in public school currently but they are recommended reading in ambleside and beautiful feet books…I just worry there are no classics offering a counterpoint to the view being presented. Ok I typed a novel despite not wanting to. I hope this makes sense. Thank you for all of your wisdom and insight in these podcasts and the laughs! Cheers! 😉

    1. Thank you so so much! And I totally share your concern. Personally, I
      somewhat edit as I read aloud (instead of saying “the red man” I will say
      “American Indian.” Sometimes I even skip over sections when my kids are
      small. And we have conversations about how the American Indians were not
      perfect and the European settlers were not perfect. I don’t go into a ton
      of detail when they are little, but they see in the Ambleside books how
      both sides were kind at times, and both sides were cruel at times. I hope
      that help! i’m sure there is no perfect solution, but I love that my kids
      get to read/hear books where kids go fishing and hunting, and where prayer
      is mentioned as a normal part of life, and I even like them being exposed
      little by little through books to the idea that men are sometimes cruel.
      Old books are great in this way!

      Jen Dees

  4. Thanks Jen for your qick response. I guess I will have to pre-read/read ahead to make sure I know where to edit…but that totally sounds doable. I don’t want them missing out on books for a few little things. Thanks again!

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