Friday, January 13, 2023

Books Shared with My Kids

Reading was something we shared with our kids from their very early age.

We read the bible to them. I told bible stories, and we shared acting them out with enthusiasm. “Jonah was gobbled up by a big fish. What was it like in the fish’s belly?”

The kids would answer, “Icky,” “Stinky,” “Slimy.”

We shared so many books with them, and they started reading for themselves early on.

Some favorites I remember reading to the kids were The Little House Books, the Chronicles of Narnia, Magic Tree House books, Boxcar Children, To Kill a Mocking bird.

Now that they’re grown, I love it when they share a book with me, suggesting I read it because they loved it.

More than a dozen years ago, Rebecca told me about the O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson. I’ve read this series multiple times, and I will continue to. I’ve read as many other books by Dee Henderson as I can find, and she has been a wonderful mentor for my own writing.

The road back to you: an enneagram journey to self-discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.

Benjamin suggested this book to me. It’s a fun, easy to understand look at the enneagram, a Christian system with hundreds of years of history that looks at personality types.

The authors suggest that understanding ourselves and others better can help us be the person God created us to be. It helps us find grace for ourselves and others. I’ve also heard this system recommended for writers to use to make their characters more believable. The book is written with humor and compassion.

Rebecca and Sarah both talked with me about reading The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. They warned me of its rating—a little sex, lots of cussing. But I feel so good that my girls considered me worthy of them recommending the book anyway. A story of a sixteen-year-old Black girl who watches her childhood friend be killed by a police officer. An incredible story of the love of her family, her friends, and showing her come to understand and accept her own identity.

From Caleb: What happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline.

This is a gripping story of suspense and quick surprising action. friendship and family bring the main characters through horror.

Caleb loves to read intense, heart-stopping suspense stories, and I love talking with him about what he’s reading. 


  1. Thanks for the recommendations! I've read some of the same books to my children - loved their faces as they discovered the stories and then read them for themselves!! What fun!! :)

  2. Sharon Connell here. It's great that you read to the kids. Get them started early. I'm sure they'll read to theirs too. You can learn so much, no matter what you read.

  3. Kathy Cretsinger here. My granddaughter has asked for books for her baby instead of cards at her baby shower. I've seen this before, and I always give Christopher Robin. I can't think of the name of the book, but Winnie the Poo. I love this book. For you, have you read any of Steven James' books? He's a good suspense writer. Not romance, just suspense. His first books were named after chess pieces, the Pawn, the Bishop, Queen, and so forth. I took me a couple of weeks to read one book. So suspenseful.
    Enjoy books.

    1. Thank you. Books are very enjoyable to me, too, of many genre.

    2. Kathy C, one of my daughter's favorite Winnie the Pooh books was Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! One time we were in the doctor's office waiting room and that book was siting on a table. We sat there and read it out loud together. We were laughing about it because she was already a teen-ager!

  4. Kathy, thank you for the book recommendations! I think it is so neat that your children share their favorite books with you!

    1. Yes, Patti, it is a delight. I love that picture of you and your daughter in the doctor's office.:)