ReadersMagnet Review recommends these five fantastic reads for homeschooler kids this month.
The Adventures of Cammy Lambie by Mara-Lee Stricker
The Adventures of Cammy Lambie in The Place of the Big Blue Sky is a collection of stories for Homeschoolers by Mara-lee Stricker. Published in 2015, The Adventures of Cammy Lambie is a heartwarming book introducing kids to God, Jesus Christ, and our beautiful Christian faith. The main character is a lamb named Cammy who has a twin brother Sammy. They are always under the watchful but caring Mother Ewe and Granny Lambie. Mother Ewe is a subtle representation of Jesus, who always looks after His followers. The Adventures of Cammy will certainly interest children about God and why we worship Him with beautiful illustrations and simple narratives. Children will also learn about the unconditional love that parents have for their children.
The Fallacy Detective by Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn
For almost twenty years, Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn’s classic book The Fallacy Detective has been teaching logical fallacies and introducing children to the world of logical thinking. The book is designed for readers twelve years old and above. It features Cartoon and comic illustrations (characters like Peanuts, Dilbert, and Calvin and Hobbes are also in the book) with funny examples while teaching kids how to spot a fallacy or an error in logic or thinking. The book contains thinking exercises with an answer key that children can review all over again. This portable tool is very reader-friendly, written in a style that is easy to absorb and entertaining. The Fallacy Detective by Hand and Nathaniel Bluedorn is an educational book that homeschoolers will surely enjoy.
Hanna, Homeschooler by Suki Wessling
Suki Wessling is a College English teacher who also writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In the past, she has worked as a small press publisher, graphic designer, and journalist. In 2016, Wessling released Hanna, Homeschooler, a children’s illustrated chapter that features a seven-year-old girl who just moved to a new town. Hanna, whose home used to be in the mountains, moved in with her grandmother. Being a new girl in a new place, she has to make new friends, especially with her new homeschooling cooperative children. She also has to learn how to live with her grandma while her Dad is attending college. Hanna, Homeschooler is a book for children who are facing the challenges and uniqueness of being homeschooled. With fabulous illustrations by Megan Trever Ryan, children will indeed have an enjoyable read.
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Building Our House is a 2013 children’s illustrated book by Jonathan Bean. It is designed for readers three to six years old. The story is told by a young girl whose family moves to the country and builds their own house from scratch. The family is temporarily sheltered on a “small home on wheels” in a field. Building Our House introduces kids to the concept of family, the basic unit in any society. It encourages the kids to learn and appreciate the idea of helping each other in the family. For those who want to introduce their kids to basic household chores and carpentry and tools, Building Our House is a remarkable book, with illustrations by Jonathan Bean himself.
1, 2, 3, to the Zoo by Eric Carle
Eric Carle is known for his children’s illustrated books. He has been a part of preschool education for many decades via his books that feature animal characters and various topics. One of his classic works is the illustrated math book for toddlers 1, 2, 3, to the Zoo. It was published more than fifty years ago, in 1968. 1, 2, 3, to the Zoo is a great read-aloud tool for introducing toddlers and kids to the world of numbers. Kids will learn about numbers and counting, which is an important skill to learn. 1, 2, 3, to the Zoo by Eric Carle is a classical math book for toddlers and homeschoolers.