• Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

    Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

    Caddie Woodlawn was one of those books that had to be read two chapters at a time before bed because the slightest pause was met with multiple cries of, “Oh please, Mom! Please! Just a little bit more!” I kept going for my sake as much as theirs! This book…

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  • Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling

    Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling

    I’m not sure if there’s a more delightful way to learn about the geography of the Great Lakes and the surrounding area, than with Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancey Holling! The story begins with a young boy who places his wood carving of an Indian in a canoe into a stream…

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  • The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Hoberman

    The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Hoberman

    This book was a fun one! The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman was suggested to me a few times and it did not disappoint! Flipping through the pages, I knew they would be drawn in by the hilarious story and accompanying illustrations set to catchy rhyme (the artist,…

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  • Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

    Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

    Owls In the Family by Farley Mowat was one of the books we enjoyed reading over a Winter break. If you have outdoor-loving, animal-hoarding, adventure-pursuing kids, this humorous account of boyish fun will only serve to deepen their interests (or spark it, if it’s not already there! ) A fun…

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  • Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula

    Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula

    If I could only suggest one church history book to read aloud to your kids this year, it would be Trial and Triumph. In this well-researched, well-written living book, Richard Hannula has brought to life forty-six heroes of the faith. Beginning with Polycarp in the Early Church, and ending with…

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  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Elijah of Buxton is the first free born black child, the son of two freed slaves, who escaped to Buxton, Ontario, a little settlement just North of the US-Canada border. Elijah is a likeable character and a typical 11 year old boy in his often humorous adventures and antics. In…

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  • Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp

    Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp

    Of all the biographies my parents read to us as kids, Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp is probably the one I loved most, so I recently bought it for our own kids. I think it resonated with me because Isobel grew up in a Canadian,…

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  • Journey Through the Night by Anne De Vries

    Journey Through the Night by Anne De Vries

    My husband bought our family copy of Journey Through the Night shortly after our first son was born. He had such fond memories of reading it himself as a kid, and wanted to pass along this piece of our Dutch heritage when the time was right. This work of historical…

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  • A Better Ending by Doreen Tamminga

    A Better Ending by Doreen Tamminga

    Sometimes, when things get hectic (while dinner is cooking and everyone is tired and hungry, for example, or when it’s raining and there’s “nothing to do”), I find reading a short story generally puts everyone back in a good mood (including myself) and changes the atmosphere of the house for…

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  • Created for Work by Bob Schultz

    Created for Work by Bob Schultz

    “Free” Healthcare. “Free” Education. “Free” Housing. “Free” Childcare. “Free” Money. We are raising our kids in a society that conditions us to expect good things for free from an institution that does not create any of the income it redistributes. By the same token, hard work is hardly incentivized when…

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  • Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling

    Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling

    The kids unanimously agreed that after Paddle-To-The-Sea, Tree in the Trail was their next favorite Holling C. Holling geography book, followed by Seabird, and Minn of the Mississippi (we didn’t care so much for the last one, but looking forward to Pagoo next!) Tree in the Trail explores the history…

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  • Spurgeon Stories for Children by Tony Hutter

    Spurgeon Stories for Children by Tony Hutter

    Tony Hutter’s 5-book series, Spurgeon Stories For Children, is a family favorite! We bought them a few years ago to read with our older kids, and I just pulled them out again so our younger ones don’t miss out on this excellent introduction to the ‘Prince of Preachers,’ Charles Haddon…

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Fill your Morning Basket.


What is a Living Book?


When your children plead, “just one more chapter!” and you find yourself complying for your sake as much as theirs, you may just be reading a living book!

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What is a Morning Basket?


A Morning Basket is not really about mornings, or baskets, but having a set time of day to read living books to your children.

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