{Guest Post} Favorite Books of the School Year ~ Laci

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Laci is one of my homeschool mom friends from Texas. She homeschools her 3 little girls and is relatively new to homeschooling. She is part of an amazing co-op that puts on amazing dramas and has awesome projects. I’m a little jealous of her co-op and her wonderful co-op friends. I so wish we lived closer!

Here is her booklist of favorite books!

At this stage in our homeschool journey, I am working hard to instill a love of reading in our girls. Our current favorites are not literary genius or classics, but they are fun! 
1. Giraffes Cant Dance, By Giles Andreae – This book has been a favorite for quite some time. Its a super fun story about Gerald the Giraffe and his dancing struggles. I love this book because it gives us an opportunity to talk about how we treat those around us. It also teaches the importance of not giving up and of self-confidence. 
2. Quaky Cat, By Diana Noonan and Gavin Bishop – My oldest daughter came home with this book from a book fair several years ago, and we are still reading it! I love that this book is based on an actual event. It describes the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand from a cats perspective. This book handles a horrible physical disaster in such a gentle way. We also used this book as a supplement to our science lesson on earthquakes this year. 
3. The Book with No Pictures, By BJ Novak – This book is quite ridiculous, and my girls simply love it! They read it over and over again. The giggles are endless!
4. Press Here, By Herve Tullet – The girls love this interactive book that gets them moving and shaking. Warning: The book NEVER ends!
5. “Stand Back,” SaidThe Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”, By Patricia Thomas – This book is hilarious. The girls love the anticipation in waiting for the big sneeze.
6. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, By Betty McDonald – Does this count as a classic?
7. The Secret Garden, By Frances Hodgson Burnett – I loved this book as a child and am thrilled that the girls enjoyed it as well.
8. This book just ate my dog!, By Richard Byrne – Yet another interactive book that keeps them interested and laughing.
9. The Rip Squeak Series, By Susan Yost-Filgate – The many adventures of Rip Squeak and his friends keep my girls engaged. We also enjoy the beautiful illustrations.

10. The Magic Tree HouseSeries, By Mary Pope-Osborne – Who doesnt love these books? I always enjoy sneaking in a history or science lesson whenever I have a chance. My first grader, in particular, cant wait to see where Jack and Annie are off to next!

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