Monday, July 22, 2019

summer book list ♥

I started this blog back in 2011 and i just can't believe how fast time has flown by ...
some of my first posts are about my little ponies and how my girls loved reading Amelia Bedelia ... now they are both teens and reading is still loved, but finding uplifting, beneficial and mainly just clean non-agenda pushing reading material is a little more challenging these days ♥ but with summer upon us, we're going through books like crazy & I've been scouring the interwebs for book lists and thought that it might be helpful to put our favorites up here on my blog - in hopes that maybe it's helpful to some of you & your kiddos as well.

Christy Miller series - Robin Jones Gunn

These are at the top of our list because they are our so loved in our house - the Christy Miller books you see here in this picture, are the books that were mine when i was a teenager oh... alot of years ago :) i remember reading about Todd & Christy then thinking & dreaming about what my future boyfriend/husband would be like - i cherished those books! my older daughter (who's almost 17) read them a few years ago and fell in love with them and we were able to talk together about a few topics that came up in the book (faith + relationships and what it looks like for those to work in tandem) my youngest (13) just finished reading them this past month and we became a club of three T&C die hards. 

(on a sidenote, these books are romance/relationship based - 
but all within appropriate context - in my opinion - and from a faith based perspective)
after this series, the author (Robin Jones Gunn, who has so many other books i love - she writes for grown-up's too!) added to the story with more Christy & Todd college, marriage & baby adventures that i'm linking here ♥ 

Sierra Jensen Series - Robin Jones Gunn

This is a follow up series from the Christy Miller books, she's a friend of Christy's who has her own set of adventures and also from the same author so i highly recommend!

i linked these books on my amazon favorites page here - they are a little harder to get, but still available! also check your local library, ours had some available.

The Jennie McGrady Mysteries - Patricia Rushford

my youngest is LOVING these books right now - Jennie is sort of a Christian version of Nancy Drew :) 
i read books 1-6 when i was her age, and recently discovered that there were many more books in the series that we never knew about - i had to chase these down on different thrift book sites - but a quick google search will help you find them all. (i paid a little under $40 for books 6-15 but all were available)

The Cooper Kids - Frank Peretti

by acclaimed author Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness - have you read it??)
this series is suspenseful & exciting for girls & boys both! i would say maybe for a kids on the younger side (age 8-12) but still fun for everyone - or if you read books together as a family.

Mandie Books - Lois Gladys Leppard

Mandie books are classics! mysteries to be solved & friendships to be navigated all in separate little stories - and there are so many Mandie books, if your kids love these they'll be busy for a while :) Mandie reminds me of another Nancy Drew type of character.

Grandma's Attic Series - Arleta Richardson

i love this series for younger readers (8-12 maybe?) but even reading these out loud with your kids is so fun! the BFF's in these stories are always getting into trouble then scrambling to make it right - think Anne of Green Gables and her bosom buddy Diana :)

Golden Filly Series - Lauraine Snelling

do you have a girl who loves horses? this is a darling series ♥ 
all about a girl, her horse & racing - i love these books!
these books are on the older side and no longer in print, but a quick google search will help you track them down & i believe there's a total of 10 books in the series.

The O'Malley Collection: Danger in the Shadows / The Negotiator / The Guardian / The Truth Seeker / The Protector / The Healer / The Rescuer

 The O'Malley series - Dee Henderson

my oldest is going into her senior year in high school and has just started reading this series - 
it was recommended to me by a friend, so we'll report back once we get farther, but so far it's off to a great start!

Brio Magazine - Focus on the Family

Brio magazine comes from one of my favorite faith based resources - Focus on the Family

when i am struggling as a parent to find good advice or resources on certain topics, i head right to their website/podcasts every time. i subscribed to Brio for my older daughter, but my youngest loves it just as much. (ps if your child isn't naturally drawn to reading, put reading materials of 'certain interest' to them in a cute basket somewhere in your bathroom - they'll be sure to pick it up when they're in there ;)

Devos & other books
here's a few books that we love for personal devo time, self help or just as single reads:

a little off subject, but if you're looking for books that touch/teach on the subject of sex & purity - i've personally read to & with my girls from all of these books. i know sometimes it's a tough/awkward subject to approach with your kids but it's a must! if you don't teach your them about sex and everything that comes with - you can be sure they'll hear it somewhere else and long before they probably should :( 
i was determined as a young mother to always teach my girls about marriage & sex in the context of God's beautiful design (always with age appropriate info & materials of course) since my experience growing up was a different one  ... it's so important! i can't say that enough. 

1. God's design for sex series - Stan & Brenna Jones

2. The princess and the kiss (has a work-through book too) - Jennie Bishop
3. The way home princess story - Max Lucado
4. The garden wall (i love this one!) - Jennie Bishop

now, what are YOUR family's favorites? let me know in the comments below!
i'll try to add more books to the list as time goes on and as we find/read more but for now this is a start - and i hope it's helpful to you!
much love ♥


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