Spring Break is winding down and we have been so blessed with fantastic weather! Until now. Lol. So, feeling the cold and the rain coming on, today we headed to the Green branch of the Akeon-Summit County Public Library. My intention was to stock up on materials for the boys, then get something for me. Well, I didn’t quite make it over to the “adult” section, but that was a-okay. I have come to realize that most of what I need is in the children’s dept. anyway! Ha ha. It’s true though. I would love to read all sorts of biographies etc., but with my schedule it would take months to get through a 300 page dossier of Charlemagne, but I can finish in one sitting with the kids version! That is one great secret I’ve picked up during our loyal library visits.
Anyway, we tried to cover a good variety of topics that the boys are interested in. We got a great book on Michelangelo, “Why?” by Tomie DePaola (which explains WWII to children), “Escape” which tells the life story of Harry Houdini, and of course we had to get some outdoor nature guides! Lol. The “Field & Forest Handy Book” by Daniel Beard is pretty neat but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under 7 or 8. No surprise, the one the boys wanted to crack open right away was “Conquerors” and boy did that deliver! It has the coolest tidbits and illustrations and covers everyone from Rameses II to Alexander the Great, Atilla the Hun, Genghis Khan and all of the big names of terror (yikes).
The one I am really excited to tell you about though is called “Take me Back: A Trip Through History from the Stone Age to the Digital Age”. I am buying this book! The way it’s laid out is so creative and fun and fascinating at the same time. A great reference guide to have on hand for all age levels! Amazon, here I come.
Anyway, next week is “National Library Week”. Please support your local library and the great ways they support, educate, and enrich our communities! You can go to www.akronlibrary.org for some great information.
It also turns out they have lectures available from The Teaching Company. YEAH! I’m almost done with “St. Francis of Assisi” and the librarian just ordered “From Jesus to Constantine” for me. Looks like I’ll be annoying Jim with the random info I pick up for a long time to come. Wohoo!:)
You may be interested in some of the children's resources at answersbookstore.com which is from the Answers in Genesis website. It has information on the history of the world, dinosaurs, etc. but all using the Bible to back up it's theories. So interesting!
Brooke – you have to read "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. The book is a fiction book set in Jackson, MS in the 1960s. You won't be able to put it down, especially with your love history. Here is a link to read some comments about the book (don't have to be logged into facebook to look at the page):
Have a good week!
Brooke Taylor says
Thank you for the wonderful book suggestions! I have actually never been to the Answers in Gensis website until today, thank you for the tip!
Also, is the Kathryn Stockett book a novel? It looks fascinating, I will have to learn more about it.
Yes, The Help is a novel. I think that you will enjoy it! It would be a great read for a summer vacation.
Wow, the Answers in Genesis is a great website!