We are a secular family, but I believe it’s important for my daughter to know biblical stories because so much of Western culture is built on them. We are plodding through 101 Read-Aloud Bible Stories by Joan C Verniero and Smarty is absolutely fascinated by this book. In fact, she doesn’t want me to read anything else to her and just begs for more stories every night. I wouldn’t recommend this book to kids younger than 5 or 6, since each story is pretty long, there are very few pictures, and the language is pretty advanced causing my daughter to interrupt every minute since she is literally hanging on and digesting every single word from this book.
Smarty loved Emma Dilemma by Kristine O’Connell George so much that she announced it her new most favorite book and insisted on reading it aloud to me (she usually doesn’t like to do that at all, since this slows her down). This book is wonderful in telling the story of love and woe from an older sibling’s point of view. Illustrations by Nancy Carpenter are delightful and add charm to the story. The range for the book is pretty wide, younger children might enjoy illustrations, older kids will appreciate the story itself told through a collection of poems.