Yes, I am a bibliophile. I am a lover of books, a collector, too, although I do not limit myself to the wonderful, hardbound volumes I adore. A while back, I realized that many little tales that delight me are never printed in the hardbound format. I’d like to out by sharing the books my children and I have read together over the past six months. Some are absolutely amazing. We try to maintain high standards, but because everyone has different expectations, please use your judgment. My wish is to find, relish, and share what will uplift. I call them Article 13 pieces; basically, uplifting, clean, noble, inspiring, praiseworthy art and media.
So, here is our list, with the hope that something will be a blessing.
Fiction- Fairy tales
Beauty Sleep- Cameron Dokey
The Night Dance- Suzanne Weyn
The World Above- Dokey
*The books above are all part of a YA series called Once Upon A Time and are wonderful retellings of some of the famous fairy tales. These are clean, creative, and I have enjoyed all but two in the series. Cameron Dokey is my favorite writer in the group, yet several of the others are very good as well. I love Dokey’s imagery!
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Pinocchio- Carlo Collodi
Jack and the Beanstalk
Beauty And The Beast-Beaumont
The Emperor’s New Clothes-Anderson
The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods- Heyer
East of the Sun and West of the Moon- Lynch
Hansel and Gretel
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 1-5- Riordan
Fablehaven books 1-5- Mull
The Candy Shop Wars- Mull *Honestly, I have to list this, as we read it, but I cannot give it a high recommendation. It gave me the creeps.
The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster *This is a wonderful story, jammed with humor, adventure, beautiful language, and life lessons.
A surfeit of similies- Norton Juster
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court- Mark Twain
The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew- Sullivan
Laddie: A True Blue Story- Porter
The Gift of the Magi- O. Henry
The Fourth Wiseman
The Old Man and The Tree- A parable
The King’s Highway-Fullmer
The Giving Tree-Silverstein *I remember reading Silverstein’s poetry as a child, but as an adult many disappoint me. This one gave us pause for great conversation.
The Little Red Hen
The Blind Men and The Elephant
The Little Engine That Could- Piper
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
Daughter of A King- Nunes
Twas The Night Before Christmas- Moore
A Christmas Bell For Anya-Stewart
Laughing All The Way- Beeson
The Littlest Angel
The Light of Christmas- Evans
A Night Without Darkness- Robinson
A Christmas Dress for Ellen- Monson
Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus and The First Christmas- Wilder
When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem- Brickey
Financial Literacy & Character-building
The Science of Getting Rich- Wattles
The Richest Man in Babylon- George S. Clason
The Gettysburg Address-Lincoln, speech
Give me liberty or give me death-Henry, speech
Declaration of Independence- Jefferson, et al.
The Man With the Hoe-Markham, a poem
The majesty of calmness- William George Jordan