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  Assembled here are books we have enjoyed reading aloud to our girls. As time permits I will add brief comments about each book.  
  Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by Donald B. Johnson (Illustrator). A charming re-telling of the life of Henery David Thoreau. Emily loves this book!  

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling. What can I say. If you haven't heard of this book, you must be a muggle living in an alternate universe. If so, run, don't walk to your nearest book store and grab a copy. (Better yet, click the link above and order a copy from

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. The sequal to Sorcerer's Stone. If you've read Stone, you'll find your way to this volume.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre (Illustrator). The third volume in the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) by J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre (Illustrator). We found this installment disappointing. What makes the first three books charming is that Harry prevails because of his wit, and the help of his friends. Harry gets too much help in this book for my taste. This book would have benefited from a rowdy edit. At half the heft, it would make a more engaging read. Maybe.


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The 'Little House' series by Laura Engles Wielder

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. Great on video, too!

Stewart Little by E.B. White

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


Books about Fun Things to Do

  Snowmen : Snow Creatures, Crafts, and Other Winter Projects by Frankie Frankeny (Photographer), Peter Cole (Photographer), Leslie Jonath (Photographer), franki Frankeny (Photographer). Ok, ok, what can I say, this book is full of so many cool winter project ideas that you'll park yourself next to the weather radio praying for snow ... in July! Get it, you'll love it!  

Dog Books

No, no, not dog stories, but books on training that puppy you know you just have to have.

  Mother Knows Best : The Natural Way to Train Your Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin, Stephen Lennard (Illustrator).  

21 Days to a Trained Dog by Dick. Maller (Contributor), Jeffrey Feinman (Contributor).


Guide to Obedience Training : Housebreaking, Training, Behavior, Problem-Solving, and Correction by Dan, Jr Gentile

  101 Uses for a Golden Retriever : Photography by Denver Bryan by Denver Bryan (Photographer), Bryan Denver (Photographer).

Family Music

Here's a number of albums that our family enjoys. Many of these albums might be labeled 'folk'. I think of them as fun.


Trout Fishing In America

  John McCutcheon  

John McCutcheon's Four Seasons: Autumnsongs


John McCutcheon's Four Seasons: Wintersongs John McCutcheon


Some Episcopal Resources


Songs of Faith & Praise : Shaped Hymnal by Alton H. Howard

Introduction to the Episcopal Church by Joseph B. Bernardin

Welcome to the Episcopal Church : An Introduction to Its History, Faith, and Worship by Christopher L. Webber, Frank T., III Griswold

A Child's Guide to the Holy Eucharist, Rite II by Sarah Horton, Cecilia M. Murdoch (Illustrator)

Jesus by A. N. Wilson


The Complete Training Course for Altar Guilds by B. Don Taylor

A User's Guide to the Book of Common Prayer : Morning Prayer I and II and Holy Baptism by Christopher L. Webber

Parenting in the Pew : Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship by Robbie Castleman



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