Final Friday Family Faves: July 2015 Edition

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What do our favorite books all have in common this month? They’re all children’s books. Yes, even my husband made his choice from the children’s bookshelf this July!

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Hunter (Daddy) loves Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Deluxe Hardcover Classic (Puffin Classics). He’s enjoyed reading it nightly with the children and discovering the original tales behind many Disney Classic movies.

Leslie’s winner is The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall. We listened to the audio version read by Susan Denaker, and I cannot rave enough about what a wonderful reader she is. Each character has unique voicing, which brings the book to life. The author’s use of metaphor stirs the imagination in a remarkable fashion. She is one of the most vivid writers I have read. Birdsall has motivated me to use even more description in my own writing. Even though this story featured four female protagonists, my son hung on every word. This is the second book in the series. We’ve already started listening to the first and can’t wait to hear them all!


Archie (7.5) ranked 100 Deadliest Things on the Planet as his favorite, making this the second month in a row a nonfiction book by Anna Claybourne claims top honors from my son. This book includes facts about animals, plants, weather events, and more! Information is presented in a compelling yet not gruesome or overly dramatic way.

Grace (6) was crazy about Grace (American Girl Today) by Mary Cassanova. We read the book aloud then watched the movie together. While the movie is cute, the book is definitely better. My Grace was enamored with protagonist Grace Thomas’ can-do spirit. It helps that they share the same hobby – baking! My only complaint is that Grace acted more grown up than any nine-year-old I’ve ever met.

Grant (15 months) is enamored with any bath book. He turns the pages carefully then chucks the whole thing across the room as hard as he can and repeats the process many times. I’m just thankful the soft covers and pages don’t cause any damage to the furniture or innocent bystanders.


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About Forever Joyful

I am a devoted wife, mother of three great kids and, most importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ. I love long summer days, photography and stealing quiet moments for writing.
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4 Responses to Final Friday Family Faves: July 2015 Edition

  1. Dawn says:

    I like your choices in books. I think all of the American girl doll stories are older than nine. They all seem more like 12 or 13 to me. My 11 year old daughter adores the books and dolls.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  2. Claire says:

    Great choices! I’m always on the look out for new books to introduce to my children!


  3. We’ve got a 7-year old reader too. It’s been hard for us to find books she’s excited about reading (not baby) but yet at her level too. She’d really like the one on the things animals you mentioned.

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