We have had a very different year than we have ever had in the past and it has taken me a little while to learn to love the year I am with. But we finally seem settled into aspects of our new routine.
That meant that this month we finally found our Morning Basket groove and have started a more consistent habit of reading together.
Our October Morning Basket continues to include a little of this and a little of that and we like the variety. Of course, I started a Morning Basket Pinterest Board so I can collect ideas. You can follow me there, or on pinterest in general, and explore new titles as well!
The titles in this month’s morning basket:
Non-Fiction Titles in our Morning Basket
13 Architects Children Should Know by Florian Heine. We have been reading about the life and works of one architect every day or two.
Through My Eyes By Ruby Bridges. I can not say enough great things about this book. The content is sad, but worthy of discussion. Excellent book!
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Paul Klee by Mike Venezia. The books in this series contain just the right amount of content for elementary school students.
Fiction Chapter Books in our October Morning Basket
Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt. I read this in middle school and wanted to read it with my kids. The family relationships in this story are realistic and heart-warming, even though they aren’t easy.
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. This is the prequel to Dicey’s Song. We listened to it on our recent trip to visit family.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Excellent book based on the true story of a gorilla who spent many years of his life in a small cage in a shopping mall.
Poetry Books in our October Morning Basket
Stardines Swim Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Carin Berger. Great combinations of animals and objects in both poetry and illustration.
Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Peter Sis. Another great combination book described in both poetry and pictures.
We read a bunch of Halloween titles and laughed our way through most of them!
Presidential Misadventures by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Daniel E. Burr. A poem for every president!
A Few Favorite Picture Books in our October Morning Basket
Science and History Books in our October Morning Basket
Outside of the October Morning Basket: What My Kids are Reading
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and illustrated by Matthew Holm. This graphic novel handles a difficult family tale of a young girl who has an older brother with an addiction. The end is open-ended and we don’t know if his recovery was successful. Excellent read. Parental discretion advised.
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald Sobol. The 9-year-old in this house is flying through this series and adores it! He retells me the mysteries to see if I can solve them.
Fable Comics by Charise Mericle Harper. Another graphic adventure. This time classic fables are retold in comic book form.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. My oldest daughter read this one for our Boomerang Book Club.
What I am Reading
Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton. Everything you hope it will be and more if you are a fan of Glennon!
The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. This is a very adult graphic novel detailing the information contained in the 9/11 Commission’s final report card. This is an excellent adaptation for clarity and understanding.
What has been in your Morning Basket?