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Laci is one of my homeschool mom friends from Texas. She homeschools her 3 little girls and is relatively new to homeschooling. She is part of an amazing co-op that puts on amazing dramas and has awesome projects. I'm a little jealous of her co-op and her wonderful co-op friends. I so wish we lived closer!
Here is her booklist of favorite books!
At this stage in our homeschool journey, I am working hard to instill a love of reading in our girls. Our current favorites are not literary genius or classics, but they are fun!
1. Giraffes Can’t Dance, By Giles Andreae - This book has been a favorite for quite some time. It’s a super fun story about Gerald the Giraffe and his dancing struggles. I love this book because it gives us an opportunity to talk about how we treat those around us. It also teaches the importance of not giving up and of self-confidence.
2. Quaky Cat, By Diana Noonan and Gavin Bishop - My oldest daughter came home with this book from a book fair several years ago, and we are still reading it! I love that this book is based on an actual event. It describes the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand from a cat’s perspective. This book handles a horrible physical disaster in such a gentle way. We also used this book as a supplement to our science lesson on earthquakes this year.
3. The Book with No Pictures, By BJ Novak - This book is quite ridiculous, and my girls simply love it! They read it over and over again. The giggles are endless!
4. Press Here, By Herve Tullet - The girls love this interactive book that gets them moving and shaking. Warning: The book NEVER ends!
5. “Stand Back,” SaidThe Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”, By Patricia Thomas - This book is hilarious. The girls love the anticipation in waiting for the big sneeze.
6. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, By Betty McDonald - Does this count as a classic?
7. The Secret Garden, By Frances Hodgson Burnett - I loved this book as a child and am thrilled that the girls enjoyed it as well.
8. This book just ate my dog!, By Richard Byrne - Yet another interactive book that keeps them interested and laughing.
9. The Rip Squeak Series, By Susan Yost-Filgate - The many adventures of Rip Squeak and his friends keep my girls engaged. We also enjoy the beautiful illustrations.
10. The Magic Tree HouseSeries, By Mary Pope-Osborne - Who doesn’t love these books? I always enjoy sneaking in a history or science lesson whenever I have a chance. My first grader, in particular, can’t wait to see where Jack and Annie are off to next!