June 17, 2024

Favorite Books 2020-2021 – Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

EEEK! Welcome to my world of busy and the fact that I thought I posted this in 2021. Imagine my surprise I was preparing my 2021-2022 favorites lists (also super behind schedule) to discover this one never went public.

Here it is

Over a year-let’s be honest, nearly two years- late

ALL books listed definitely still make me happy. I sometimes have the urge to revisit the Little House books with the kids. The boys love to reread The Wild Robot, The One and Only Ivan, and Harry Potter. Those were our comfort blanket books, and I will always remember them fondly. I’ll make sure to post this past school year’s favorites in the next few weeks.

Pinky swear.

(Imagine me saying this in 2021…) I did something a few days ago that I’ve never done before (and I’m so glad that I did it). I took the time to go through our Homeschool Reading Log, pulled all the books from our shelves that we read this past school year, and took this photo (also, WOW! my kids have changed and grown A LOT since I took this photo)…

And that’s just the titles we still own!

We read over THIRTY ONE chapter books together. I think back about the beginning of our homeschool journey and the fact that we most definitely would not have accomplished reading that stack of books two or even three years ago, and it makes me extremely proud.

Many of our favorites are saved here, in my Amazon storefront. After I publish this, I’m going to make sure it’s up to date with all of our favorites in one spot. Without further ado, here is our list in it’s entirety:

Who Was? books were new to us this year. I want to say we started with What Was the Titanic? and then ventured into Who Was Stan Lee? and soon, my kiddos were hooked. For the most part, I let them choose the topics and people we read about each week. Typically we’d complete one Who Was? book in about a week’s time. The last three titles on our biography list are longer books and took us longer than the typical two weeks.

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?
What Was the Titanic?
Who Was Dr. Seuss?
Who Is J.K. Rowling?
Who Was Walt Disney?
Who Was Davy Crockett?
Who Is Stan Lee?
What is The Constitution?
Who Was Daniel Boone?
What is Nintendo?
What Was the San Francisco Earthquake?
The Story of Fred Rogers

Daniel Boone by Janet & Geoff Benge
Laura Ingalls Wilder by Janet & Geoff Benge
Davy Crockett by Janet & Geoff Benge

When your mom is obsessed with Harry Potter, you can bet that you’ll be reading the books and watching the movies perhaps way before anyone else your own age. Fortunately my kids love this magical world and wait in anticipation each year for an owl to arrive with their letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. I’m still waiting for mine to show up…

A few years ago, my oldest received this boxed set.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

How many of our favorites made the cut for you? Which book or books listed would love to read next?

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