A library of the best books we have found as friends and family that we want to share with you
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston, paintings by Robert Duncan
Amber on the Mountain has such wonderful, warm, peaceful paintings as the illustrations that it is a visual treat as well as inspiring. Amber doesn't know how to read and lives up in the mountains where there is no school. A young girl, Anna, comes to live temporarily near her and takes on the challenge of teaching her to read. "Daddy says you can do almost anything you fix your mind on," Anna tells Amber. As their friendship grows, so does Amber's ability to read. This story is a great example of perseverance and service to peers. You also can find many extension activities available online for this story.
Around 1994, my friend, Sara, and I started a book club with this same title. The name comes from the verse of scripture that reads, "...Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith." With 7 children under the age of 18, my life feels too full for book clubs right now. But I still love books and have always wanted to read only the best. Many of you want the same for you and for your children. This blog is for you! I have invited some of my dear family and friends to join with me in finding and sharing the books we claim to be "the best."
How "Out of the Best Books" Works
Keeping in mind that the purpose of this blog is not to review every book we have read, but rather to highlight the very best ones: those books that edify, that inspire you to be better in some way. These books easily fall into the description given by Paul and reiterated by Joseph Smith, Jr.: "honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men" (Article of Faith 13). Invited authors add books or comment on books that have already been added. Comments might include: why you loved this book, a favorite quote from this book, what you thought made this book great, or possibly flags you might raise about a part that concerned you or might concern others, respecting the depth and diversity of feeling towards various subject matter.
Beehive Books (A Utah library award)
Children's Chapter Book
Children's Picture Book
Christian/LDS (Latter-Day Saint)
Family Science (Babies, Childbirth, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy)
The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ
Did you know?
A late starter with books, [Robert Frost] was fourteen before he began to read on his own, for his mother had always read to him....He wrote his first poem in his fifteenth year.
Louis Untermeyer, The Road Not Taken: A selection of Robert Frost's poems. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1971
The age range in which a child learns to read is so broad, that we can always continue to practice patience with a child who does not learn quickly and foster a nurturing atmosphere for enjoying books.
I have a dream
One of my dreams is to create a website that has wonderful, illustrated children's stories on it that children anywhere in the world can access and read for FREE.
Already, you can go to The Friend magazine online and to Google Booksto read complete books and magazines for free!
Do you have a suggestion, question or comment? Email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
The grandpa held the jar of honey so that all the family could see, then dipped a ladle into it and drizzled honey on the cover of a small book.
The little girl had just turned five.
"Stand up, little one," he cooed. "I did this for your mother, your uncles, your older brother, and now you!"
Then he handed the book to her. "Taste!"
She dipped her finger into the honey and put it into her mouth.
"What is that taste?" the grandma asked.
The little girl answered, "Sweet!"
Then all of the family said in a single voice, "Yes, and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey, you have to chase it through the pages of a book!"
The little girl knew that the promise to read was at last hers. Soon she was going to learn to read.