Today is National Reading Across America Day and I love books! I love that opening a book can take your mind to new places. I love that reading allows you to learn and grow. I love the smell of a book when you open it. I just love books!
If you have a child in your home, set them on your lap and show them the glorious places a book can take them. We spend so much time in front of screens and those screens show us what someone else’s imagination has come up with but it is so important to show a child what their own imagination can do. Teach them that in a book they can be an astronaut finding new life on mysterious planets, a princess awaiting her true love, a brave explorer entering uncharted territory, fly into the future, or go back in history.
So in honor of the holiday, here is a list of books that I love. Pick one of these up or go to the library and find something new to read.
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (well anything by Shel Silverstein actually)
- The Cat in The Hat by Dr Suess (also anything by the great Dr Suess!)
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket
- The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
- Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- Charlotte’s Web by EB White
For Preteens & Teens:
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
- The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor
- The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
- The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
- The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
- The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- A Million Little Pieces & My Friend Leonard by James Frey
- Easy by Emma Gold
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larrson
- The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
- The Odyssey by Homer
- Lovely Bones – Alice Seebold (Also Happy is wonderful by this author too)
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Other Authors/ Series to check out:
- Dean Koontz
- William Shakespeare
- Jodi Picoult
- Lisa Gardner
- Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch series
- Stephen King
- Agatha Christie
- Jenny Lawson
- Greg Iles – The Penn Cage series
- Terry Brooks (The Hubs favorite) – The Shannara series
- Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles
And the lists could go on and on and on! I am sure as soon as I publish this post I will think of some that make me crazy that I didn’t mention them. What’s your favorite book? What book brings back memories of you as a child or of you with your child(ren) as they were growing up?
Peanut Butter Balls (perfect snack while reading)
3/4 cup natural peanut butter with honey
3/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 bag mini dark or bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup dried cherries chopped
1 cup puffed rice cereal – gluten free if possible
1 cup + 3 tbsp Udi’s gluten free granola – flavor Au Natural
3 tbsp sesame seeds
optional additional ingredients:
flax seeds, chia seeds, dried coconut, chopped dried apricot, chopped dried apples, raisins, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts – mix and match away!
Mix all ingredients except the sesame seeds and excess granola (this is your coating).
Mix 3 tbsp of sesame seeds and 3 tbsp of granola on a flat plate (you could also add coconut or finely chopped seeds/nuts to this coating mixture)
Dampen hands with cooking spray, coconut oil, or water
Roll into walnut sized balls.
Roll balls into coating mixture.
Store in airtight container.
Makes about 30-36 balls