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Holly Smith

Several books that come to mind are in the home-schooling program I did with Noah and Kylie, Sonlight. They had wonderful breakfast tables reads, like Twenty and Ten and The Lighthouse at Tern Rock. We also read Charlotte's Web and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Their curriculum guide has a lot of wonderful books for all ages--I think they are at sonlight dot com.


May I suggest anything by Beverly Cleary and the Encyclopedia Brown books? I think you've already listed all of my other favorites.


My kids love Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech. It's a really sweet story! And what about the American Girl books? My girls LOVE those!


What ages were your girls when you started "breakfast reading?"


I was going to suggest Beverly Cleary books too. I have two boys and they love the Henry Huggins books by Cleary. We also love the Littles series by John Peterson.


Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books are my girls favorite. She has interesting cures for annoying habits:) Indian in the cupboard is the book we are currently reading.

Kay Friedenstein

So just where do you think you inherited your love of cookies...and I do not mean just eating one? That came from your mother's gene pool. Sorry.

We also read Little Pilgrim's Progress and other chapter books from the library. What a great time we had reading in the morning with you girls. It was a great way for Dad and me to start our day with you both.


In addition to all the great ones already mentioned, as a child I really loved the Pippi Longstocking books, We've also discovered The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (and he wrote many others about the same sweet animal characters). Also, The Hundred Dresses, Ginger Pye, Pinky Pye, The Moffats, (and others about the Moffats) by Eleanor Estes. We've also enjoyed some books by Beverly Cleary that I had completely missed as a child--like Mitch and Amy, Muggie Maggie, and Socks. And the list goes on and on...and on.


My girls love the "Betsy-Tacy" series by Maud Hart Lovelace. And I'm a little obsessed, too. :)

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