Book Talk Tuesdays

Book talks are a wonderful way to share quality books with others! Follow me on Instagram for Book Talk Tuesdays. Each week, I will provide brief summaries on a variety of books and explain who I think would enjoy that particular text! This page provides links to all the books and audio books discussed.

See a comprehensive list of our recommended books here.

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This Week’s Book Talks

November 5, 2019 – Farm Books

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life

As part of an incredibly beautifully illustrated set by Julia Rothman, Farm Anatomy educates and inspires about farm life. From barn shapes to chicken varieties to soil description, this book is a wonderful resource for farm newbies and aficionados alike!

Little Golden Book Collection: Farm Tales

My children ask to read this anthology over and over and over. With nine stories including our favorites: The Jolly Barnyard, The Animals of Farmer Jones, and Mrs. Mooley, this book is a great collection for little farm-lovers.

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter

A delightful account of how a farm prepares for winter. Gorgeously illustrated and peaceful in nature, this book that has a place in your Living Books Library.

Book Talks by Category

books for babes

Counting with Barefoot Critters – 9/3/19 – Our favorite counting book. This and Tegan White’s Adventures with Barefoot Critters have a special place in our hearts! With whimsical drawings of sweet characters, counting has never been more fun.

Eating the Alphabet – 8/20/19 – A beautifully illustrated alphabet book that will teach your children a variety of fruits and vegetables and may just inspire them to try them!

Haiku Baby10/8/19 – A sweet collection of nature-inspired haikus for the littlest poets. We like the Haiku Night one, too!

Little Blue Truck – 8/13/19 – One of our most well-loved books. A story of friendship and kindness, this book introduces animal sounds, has a lovely rhythm and rhyme, and will want to be read over and over again.

Little Cub – 9/10/19 – An orphaned cub and a grumpy old bear are both lonely until they find each other. A sweet little story that will warm your heart!

Mama Loves you So – 7/30/19 – A sweet board book to read while snuggling your babe. With pleasing similes and charming illustrations, it will delight both you and your child.

The Mixed-Up Chameleon – 10/15/19 – When a chameleon longs to be like everyone else, he discovers that it’s best to be just who he is. Your child will pick up on the message through this silly story by Eric Carle.

For more suggestions see: living books for babes

books for young ones

Counting with Barefoot Critters – 9/3/19 – Our favorite counting book. This and Tegan White’s Adventures with Barefoot Critters have a special place in our hearts! With whimsical drawings of sweet characters, counting has never been more fun.

Farm Tales – 11/5/19 – My children ask to read this Little Golden Books anthology over and over and over. With nine stories including our favorites: The Jolly Barnyard, The Animals of Farmer Jones, and Mrs. Mooley, this book is a great collection for little farm-lovers.

Frog and Toad Together – 10/22/19 – Both I and my kids love the adventures of Frog and Toad. These two iconic characters encounter and conquer challenges in a way that is amazingly both accessible for children and intriguing for adults. A wonderful read aloud for the whole family!

The Gift of the Tree – 9/24/19 – This little treasure explains the lifecycle of a tree in story form. The illustrations are gorgeous, the language is rigorous, the story engaging.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin – 10/29/19 – One of my kids’ favorites, this cause-and-effect book will charm young readers. Of all the characters in the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series, Moose is the one we love best!

In Our Backyard Garden – 10/8/19 – A collection of poems inspired by the author’s childhood. A celebration of family, this book will make you want to write poems about your own special family memories!

The Little House – 8/13/19 – This sweet picture book is the story of a house who has watched her homeland change from gorgeous countryside to busy city. This classic is available as a board book or an unabridged hard cover.

Miss Suzy – 9/10/19 – Miss Suzy is a squirrel content to live a a simple life. When trouble arises, she must find a way to adapt. This story testifies to the power of kindness.

Mother Goose, ill. Scott Gustafson – 7/30/19 – A beautiful mother goose collection for young readers. It will captivate children with its full-page illustrations and sing-song nursery rhymes.

Nature: Storyworlds – 8/6/19 – A wordless book with large, active pictures of nature, this book means to inspire the reader to tell the story of what is happening.

Ox-Cart Man – 10/29/19 – With lovely illustrations from Barbara Cooney, the story of the ox-cart man and his family takes you back to a different time when people made their own candles, raised their own food, and worked together to provide for the family’s needs.

Press Here 8/20/19 – This interactive book is engaging for young children and will help them develop the skills of listening to and following instructions.

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever – 8/27/19 – This book is filled with dozens of sweet scenes that keep our kids entertained while driving. When read aloud, this text will greatly broaden your little one’s vocabulary!

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter – 11/5/19 – A delightful account of how a farm prepares for winter. Gorgeously illustrated and peaceful in nature, this book that has a place in your Living Books Library.

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt – 9/17/19 – A sweet, simple book that will inspire you and your little ones to go on a leaf hunt of your own.

Where the Wild Things Are – 10/15/19 – A brilliant classic that subtly addresses children’s big, negative feelings with an assurance that everything will be ok.

For more suggestions see: living books for young ones

books for middle ages

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – 8/6/19 – This Newberry award winner is the story of the Logan family, living in racist Mississippi during the time of Jim Crow. This book is written for middle-aged readers, but it is distressing at times, and may not be best for more sensitive readers until they are older.

books for adolescents

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – 8/27/19 – A modern classic that addresses friendship, courage, and choosing right over wrong. Also available as a magnificent audiobook; Jim Dale brings even more magic to this modern classic (available as physical CD’s or through Audible).

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – 8/6/19 – This Newberry award winner is the story of the Logan family, living in racist Mississippi during the time of Jim Crow. This book is written for middle-aged readers, but it is distressing at times, and may not be best for more sensitive readers until they are older.

books for learning

Counting with Barefoot Critters – 9/3/19 – Our favorite counting book. This and Tegan White’s Adventures with Barefoot Critters have a special place in our hearts! With whimsical drawings of sweet characters, counting has never been more fun.

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life – 11/5/19 – As part of an incredibly beautifully illustrated set by Julia Rothman, Farm Anatomy educates and inspires about farm life. From barn shapes to chicken varieties to soil description, this book is a wonderful resource for farm newbies and aficionados alike!

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World – 9/3/19 – One of our favorite reference books! With delightful illustrations, this informative text will educate you and your child on everything from birds to trees to the formation of snowflakes to the phases of the moon.

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups – 9/17/19 – Not only will this book give you and your kids basic information about trees, from how leaves change to why we need trees for our environment, but it includes beautifully illustrated pages on a variety of specific trees.

books for adults

Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry – 10/8/19 – A collection of short poems to enjoy in small tastes or all at once, Braided Creek is a conversation between friends. Poets Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser have created a little treasure filled with humor, wisdom, and sentimentalities.

My Name Is Asher Lev – 9/10/19 – Author Chaim Potok, best known for his novel The Chosen, tells the weighty story of Asher Lev, a Hasidic Jew with an amazing affinity for art. While it is called “a gift” by some, it is foolishness to his father, and his mother is caught in the middle. Written with passion and vulnerability, this text will move you and make you think.

Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems: Volume Two – 8/27/19 – Filled with mindful reflections on creation and life, Mary Oliver’s work will inspire you to wonder and remind you to rejoice.

Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self – 10/15/19 – Are you feeling weary, overwhelmed, discontent? This book by Christian therapist Chuck DeGroat addresses the problems that stem out of perfectionism, busyness, shame, and insecurity with a solution: wholeheartedness. Faith-based, scientifically backed, and enhanced with poetry and wisdom, this book is a balm for the weary soul.

books for parents

Attachments: Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do – 8/6/19 – In this book, two Christian psychologists introduce attachment theory, the four types of attachments, and go into all the implications of knowing and understanding attachment. We recommend it to everyone all the time.

The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life 9/3/19 – A wonderful, down-to-earth, advice-filled guide for homeschooling parents. Julie Bogart will encourage, make you laugh, and inspire you to make changes that will, indeed, make learning more magical.

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids – 10/29/19 – A simple, to the point parenting book chock fill of wonderful parenting from the Happiest People on Earth. This book, particularly its discussion on hygge, has deeply impacted my parenting!

Honey for a Child’s Heart– 7/30/19 – A wonderful resource for parents. Not only will this text inspire you to read regularly with your children, but it provides a series of recommended book lists to get you started.

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature – 9/17/19 – The title of this book perfectly summarizes what it will teach you. Scott D. Samson gives thorough information both on the whys and hows of caring about nature. With tons of tips on how to be a Nature Mentor, he will equip you, as the parent, to help your child fall in love with nature.

Mere Motherhood: Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Toward Sanctification – 8/13/19 – This is the memoir of Cindy Rollins, homeschooling mother of nine. It is humble and insightful and a true encouragement to any mom, whether she chooses to home educate or not.

The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being – 8/20/19 – Inspired by the teaching of Dr. Maria Montessori, this incredibly practical guide will equip you with parenting tips that will raise your child to be, as the title states, a curious and responsible human being. With a beautiful design, insightful information, and a wealth of wisdom, this book is a must have for any parent of toddlers!

Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family 10/1/19 – The only Christian parenting book I recommend. Paul David Tripp has put together a really helpful resource for parents seeking to raise children to love Christ that is rooted in the gospel. It’s all grace, folks.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting – 9/24/19 – An incredible book that will help you to navigate through common parenting struggles in a peaceful way. The book is divided into three sections: Regulating Yourself, Fostering Connecting, and Coaching, Not Controlling. Each is rich with explanations, examples, and advice. A must-read.

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids 10/22/19 – With an open and conversational tone, Mackenzie shares both research and her own experience with reading aloud in a way that inspire you to read aloud to your own family as often as you can! At the end is an incredible book list, a resource to treasure and carry with you.

See more suggestions see: books for parents

audiobooks

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – 8/27/19 – Jim Dale brings even more magic to this modern classic. Available as physical CD’s or through Audible, the Harry Potter audiobooks are marvelous.

Little House in the Big Woods 10/22/19 – This classic, narrated by Cherry Jones, is a delight. It was our first introduction to the Little House books, and we love how the audiobook brings the story to life. Perfect for the car ride or to play at home during chores, this audiobook is one to keep coming back to.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – 8/6/19 – This text is powerful, and the audio book, presented by Lynne Thigpen, will draw you right in. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry is the story of the Logan family, living in racist Mississippi during the time of Jim Crow.

faith-based books for kids

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name – 10/1/19 – A beautiful compilation of biblical stories that point the reader to Jesus. Our favorite Bible book for children.

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing – 10/1/19 – From the team that brought the Jesus Storybook Bible, this book is a collection of thoughts and anecdotes that speak on biblical truths, God’s character, and how loved we are by Him.

seasonal books – autumn

Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic – 9/24/19 – This unique alphabet book is a celebration of autumn! Each page offers an acrostic poem about various things including: acorn, barn, corn, dark, earth. A joy to read!

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter – 11/5/19 – A delightful account of how a farm prepares for winter. Gorgeously illustrated and peaceful in nature, this book that has a place in your Living Books Library.

Be sure to check out more of our recommended books on our book lists page!

See, too, my post: 7 Tips for Building a Living Books Library