Trivium Pursuit

Contest Time!!

Win a set of six children’s picturebooks by Johannah Stanford.

Tell us in the comments section here what your favorite read-aloud book was this summer. On Tuesday or Wednesday I’ll pick a winner.

66 Responses to “Contest Time!!”

  1. Mae Says:

    This Dear Bought Land, by Jean Lee Latham

    We also just finished Pollyanna, which we enjoyed thoroughly!

  2. Heather Says:

    Our favorite read-aloud book this summer is Teddy’s Button. We highly recommend it!
    I’ll take this opportunity to thank you for all the help you have been to us…through your books and website. You have been a tremendous influence on us and an example for us to follow. I sincerely thank you and pray the Lord will continue to bless you all.
    Heather

  3. Jeniver Says:

    Our favorite readaloud this summer was Andrew Lang’s Blue Fairy Book’s Beauty and the Beast. (this is what my children said their favorite was.)

  4. KJohnson Says:

    Our favorite book to read-aloud was Prince Caspian. We are huge C.S. Lewis fans and have read his Narnia books over and over again. This year, my kids read it to themselves before seeing the movie Prince Caspian. We had fun reading it aloud and discussing what we loved and didn’t love so much about the movie in comparison to the original story.

  5. Kelly Says:

    We love the Milly Molly Mandy series, great short stories to be enjoyed by all in the family.
    God bless you all!
    Kelly

  6. Kelli Yanez Says:

    My twins love “My Mommy My Teacher” but… I must have read “Blueberries for Sal” about 150 times to my 5 yo twins Rebekah and Rachel. Thank you for this opportunity to win these wonderful books. May God continue to bless you and your home.

  7. Amy Says:

    Oh boy. Here in S.America the school year starts in March and runs through December… so which summer? :) We actually school year round because of ministry, so I’ll just pick our favorites that we’ve read lately. We have several. The boys loved Men of Iron, Children of the New Forest, and we all really liked A Little Princess.

    Our favorite though, was, Little Britches: My Father and I were Ranchers. Oh we really did love this story! We now want to read the whole series.

    Amy
    Trujillo, Peru

    PS. Don’t worry I have a US address! :) In case I win

  8. Roberta Says:

    Treasures of the Snow by Patricia M. St. John. We are finishing the final chapters of this touching story of forgiveness.
    Thank you~
    Roberta

  9. Shelly Says:

    My little boys are very interested in weather right now. So according to the boys it would be: Tornado Alert!

  10. RTroobnick Says:

    Our favorite read aloud has been “Beowulf” as translated by Seamus Heaney. My 10 year old yearned for it for two months after his friend (another 10 year old!) told him about it. I finally ordered it for him from Amazon and he read it aloud to me!

  11. Cassandra Says:

    Our favorite read aloud was “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. My eldest kept saying, “Read another chapter, Mom, please?”

    I love hearing that!

    Thank you for the oppurtunity to win these books and for your wonderfully informative e-mails!

    God Bless,
    Cassandra

  12. Sonja Knight Says:

    We loved “The Coral Island” and its sequel “The Gorilla Hunters”. They are the kind of books that are hard to stop at the end of the chapter. Some bedtimes got a little late as we just couldn’t wait to find out what happened!

  13. Cynthia Says:

    My three old and I have read over 200 books for the library reading club this summer, but the book she keeps asking for the most is her “Bible storybook for toddlers”. I believe she could tell the stories to me by now.

  14. Sarah Says:

    Our favorite read-aloud this summer is “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.” It is full of excitement and adventure and uses wonderful “big” words we have to go look up in the dictionary. I don’t think I would have found it had it not been for your helpful booklet “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.” Thank you for all of your excellent help in educating our family.

  15. Carrie Klayum Says:

    Our favorite read aloud book this summer was The Wheel on the School by Meindert Dejong. My kids are 5 and 7 and it took us the entire summer to get through the book – but we all loved it!

  16. Dianna Mattos Says:

    Without a doubt, our sons favorite read aloud this spring/summer was Treasure Island! Our oldest boys, 10 and 9, loved it. They celebrated our story with lots of art “projects” and drawings. It was my favorite read aloud because it has helped me to better identify good literature. It is, without a doubt, the best written book I have ever read (sad, I know, at my age). But, better late than never.

  17. Gwen Says:

    We read through “Summer with the Moody’s.” It is part of a wonderful series of books published by titu2.com. Godly, uplifting, encouraging, and fun! We love them all!

  18. Roxanne Says:

    Our favorite was Over Sea, Under Stone by Cooper–and then we just had to read the rest of the books in the series!

  19. Mrs. Pear Says:

    We started big truths for little kids each night, and our daughter is doing very well learning the westminster catechism for kids! After less than a month, our daughter can consistently answer the first 6 questions correctly, in any order, and this is impressive as we do it at bed time!

    We have also been reading the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary which is a sentimental favorite around here as we remember reading it when we were kids!

  20. Becca Says:

    We have been listening to “Swiss Family Robinson” with the kids every night. It’s my favorite that we’ve read this summer. I don’t know about the kids, but I know for my husband, Darin, and me, listening to how Father parents his boys has been encouraging. Always need that! :-)

  21. Stefanie Says:

    We have been thoroughly enjoying daily readings from the Bible. We have also enjoyed Little Britches by Ralph Moody

  22. Rebecca B Says:

    We read so many good books this summer, it is hard to pick a favorite! One of the books we read finished up the Moody series by Sarah Maxwell. The kids and I absolutely loved this series – all four of them were great! We also are still working on The Railway Children by E. Nesbit. Reading aloud is one of our favorite ways to spend time together!

  23. Janee' Says:

    We have read quite a few books this summer. Our favorites have been: Rascal, Star of light by Patricia St. John, and The Little Princess. We thoroughly enjoy reading around here, we devour books. We really enjoyed our “My Mommy, My Teacher” book as well, what a great look into homeschool life.

  24. Carrington Says:

    I’m Carrington and I’m 9 years old. I’m writing about Old Yeller, our family’s favorite book we read aloud this summer. I love adventure and this is a great book for it! The dog saved his family many times –(Mama is editing out some of what Carrington wrote in order not to spoil the ending!!)– We learned from this story that somethings you have to do, even though you don’t want to. I recommend it to anyone who has not read the book. Thank you

  25. Sophia Wise Says:

    Our favorite story this summer has been ‘Five Children and It” by E. Nesbit. We also enjoyed ‘Baby Island’ and ‘The Wilderking Trilogy’.
    thank you

  26. Lady Why Says:

    My favorite read aloud this summer was Understood Betsy! It’s an old favorite and I was happy to revisit it again with my seven year old. A first time for her but one of many for me. Isn’t it fun to see an old favorite through fresh seeing-it-for-the-first-time eyes?!

  27. Michelle Says:

    We listened to Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles series together this summer and loved it.

  28. Shannon Says:

    We have really enjoyed Booth Tarkington’s ‘Penrod’, which we discovered through ‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle’. Thanks for such great suggestions!

  29. Jatina Says:

    Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery! :)

  30. Rachael Moriarty Says:

    On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    My girls request it every time we get into the car as a family. My husband even “sneaked” the first 50 pages of the book on his own because he couldn’t wait.

  31. Rhonda Says:

    We really enjoyed Pinnochio and the Railway Children. Our favorite though is Journey to the Center of The Earth which we are still reading. I decided to read it before we go see the movie, and I heard Laurie mention it on one of the audio seminars. She said that a 5 year old was able to listen and attend to Jules Verne. I was was really reading it more for my 8yo son. However, it is our 5 and 6 year old daughters that ask for it first every night!

  32. Robin C Says:

    Our favorite has been “Treasure Island”.

  33. Melissa Says:

    Duncan and Dolores, my daughter couldn’t hear it enough!

  34. Liz J Says:

    Among the read alouds we enjoyed the most this summer were Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Sarah Plain and Tall.

  35. Carola Basaj Says:

    Our favorite read-aloud this summer was “The second Mrs. Giaconda” about Leonardo da Vinci, which led to a thousand little rabbit trails! Even the 4-year old liked Salai’s mischief. We also listened to “Little Women” and fell in love with the sweet family!

  36. Anna Says:

    We really enjoyed the first 4 books of the Chronicles of Narnia, with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe being the favorite among the children, followed by The Horse and His Boy. We didn’t read it this summer, but our Ava’s favorite read-aloud is ‘The House at Pooh Corner.’

  37. Crystal Says:

    We have so enjoyed reading the Little House series this summer. We’re on book 4, and the babies,(5,4,2,4 months) hate for me to put it down. We love the Ingalls/Wilder family, and aren’t sure what we’ll do when they’re gone!

  38. Kellie Parish Says:

    Peace and grace in our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Greetings,

    Marshalls (10 yrs.) and Mitchells (9 yrs.) favorite read-aloud summer book was Little Men by Lois Alcott. My favorite, (37 yrs.) was From Dark to Dawn by Elizabeth Charles. However, I realy did enjoy Little Men too. Mairette (5 yrs.) and Lucas (4 yrs.) could not decide. They seem to lean toward Louis Agassiz Pied Piper of Science, likely bacause it is our latest.

    KP

  39. Darcy Says:

    Our fave for the summer was MOODY’s Mary Emma & Company, book four of his collection which begins with Little Britches. The listeners consisted of six children ages 13 down to 1 all listening in their own unique style: some wriggling, some staring, some coloring, but the pay-off was the belly laughs coming from Mr. #3 child! When he offers audible reactions to a book, one knows it’s a winner!

  40. Kellie Says:

    Greetings Laurie,

    Regarding Daniel, my husband and I just read his post. You had asked how one would reply. Johnny, my husband and I discussed it a bit. Johnny posts comments and anwers questions on a secular message board called Glamis Dunes frequently. His experience is such that he would respond with questions for Daniel to answer. Usually, he says, this is a person who was a “former Christian” and is has now moved onto “higher learning”, they are just throwing out questions to keep you busy so you are not doing as much contructive work for the Lord. However, to make sure of this, he would ask some probing questions not necessarily answering the questions he has asked already. If he then seemed sincere the dialog would continue.

    KP

  41. Anje DeGraaf Says:

    For the younger 2 (seven and eight) it was The Journeyman by E Yates, for the older 2 (12 and 14) it was Mr. Pipes comes to America by D. Bond. Where did the summer go?

  42. Laura Says:

    We really enjoyed reading the entire Anne of Green Gables series this summer.

    We’re starting on The Chronicles of Narnia this week.

  43. Michele Says:

    Hello!
    My daughter’s favorite this summer (she’s 6) would be “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

    She enjoyed reading it so much with her daddy and then talked Mama into reading it to her again. It was not only fun to read but actually filled with many life’s lessons and led to some excellent character development discussions. (self-control, responsibility of parents to train their children properly, rewards for obedience and respect)

    We asked her cousins to read it before they came for her birthday party, and as a reward we surprised them and let them all watch the video (old version) together. They had a ball singing the Oompa Loompa songs all weekend. Yet they all agreed once again that the “book is always better”.

    Thanks and God bless!

  44. Wendy Popovic Says:

    On this side of the world we have just finished winter. Our favourite read aloud book for this last season was, ‘Condor of the Andes’ the missionary story of Wally Herron, an Australian missionary to Bolivia. All our children (2 1/2 to 15) all enjoyed it.

  45. Lillian Tay Says:

    We have been reading Percy the Park Keeper, A Classic Treasury by Nick Butterworth, and we love it! The illustrations are just lovely!
    Another book we like is The Helen Oxenbury Nursery Collection, and once again the illustrations are wonderful, and the selection of nursery rhymes is great!

  46. Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family Says:

    We have been reading the Mandie series of stories, currently on book #3, of the first five titles compiled into one volume.

    I was disappointed to find so much youthful romance within the pages – 12 year olds becoming engaged without parental input? Jealousy on all sides :(.

    So I edit as I read. Despite this drawback, my 5 year old is narrating like she never has before to anyone who will listen and becomes quite caught up in the suspense!

  47. Deb Says:

    We have absolutely loved The Innocence and Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton. What joy to still be reading aloud together even in my son’s senior year!!! :0)

  48. Jill Courser Says:

    Our boys are ages 6, 4, and 1. We love reading the original Winnie the Pooh series. God Bless!

  49. wendy Says:

    Have you switched on a light today? Well this worked all due to the discoveries related to the work of Michael Farraday. We read MICHAEL FARRADY – SPIRITUAL DYNAMO by Derick Bingham and loved it while learning lots.(Winter here in South Africa, but our favourite read of late,amongst many!)

  50. rachel Says:

    We (my sons 6 and 4)really enjoyed reading ELKAN
    by John and Kathy Eytchison this summer. I helped the Bible come to life and not be just stories to them. We also enjoyed reading through serveral “The Millers” books by Mildred A. Martin

  51. Veronica Says:

    Each child has a different favorite: 3yog-Good as New, 2yob-Joseph had a Little Overcoat, 8yog-anything!, 6yob-The Biggest Bear. For chapter books we read Burgess Bird Book and Owls in the Family this summer as we made bird notebooks for summer study! We added a few other bird story books and learned while “off” for summer break!!

  52. Joy Says:

    Misty of Chincoteague!

    joyinktm-at-yahoo.com

  53. Jennifer Velarde Says:

    Our favorite summer read-a-loud has been Ned and the Block House by Edward S. Ellis and our favorite Father and Mother read aloud has been Teaching the Trivium.

    The Velarde Family

  54. abrianna Says:

    Our favorite read aloud this summer were the Beatrix Potter Tales.

  55. Tami Marietta Says:

    Our favorite book that we read this summer was The Scarlet Pimpernel.

  56. Angie Says:

    Our favorite read aloud this summer was “Caddie Woodlawn.” All of my kids really enjoyed hearing about the adventures of Caddie and her brothers.

  57. Carol Triebold Says:

    To my twin daughters (recently turned age 9) I (Mom) read aloud “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, however, I never said the word “magic” but instead quickly and creatively made up words that glorified God (Yahweh) as the source of healing and beauty. One of my daughters is reading aloud the “The Boxcar Children” series by Warner to me (and the whole family) and the other daughter reads aloud Beverly Lewis’s “Girls Only (GO!)” series beginning with “Dreams on Ice”. I also read “It’s a Jungle Out There!” by Ron Snell (a true missionary story) to the whole family.

  58. Elissa Kroeger Says:

    Our favorite read-aloud this summer was. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. I do not really like mysteries, none of my children seemed excited at first and Holmes’ personality really rubs me the wrong way. By the time we were finished, we HAD to find a Complete Sherlock Holmes book and read the rest!! Now we actually get all the Sherlock Holmes allusions in the Jonathan Park CD’s!! It was an extremely rewarding reading experience.

  59. Tanya Franco Says:

    My favorite read aloud this summer was “No Promises in the Wind” by Irene Hunt. It is set during the Great Depression in America and follows a 15yr old boy and his little brother as they leave home and try to make it on their own. It gave the kids a good picture of the life and people during this time but what I loved was the deeper theme of forgiveness in the story. Namely, that we all wrong others and desperately want for them to forgive us, in light of this we must learn to have mercy and forgive others when they wrong us. I also liked that the story made a point that just because we have certain “sins” in our nature, we cannot use this as an excuse to continue in them but must fight to overcome them and change. Of course we know this can only truly happen through Christ, but still great Biblical themes hidden in otherwise “secular” literature. And don’t the children more readily digest these truths when they are set in great stories?

  60. Holly Says:

    Both of my kids loved listening to Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang earlier this summer. My five year old daughter’s current favorite is A Pocket Full of Kisses, while my eight year old son is enjoying being introduced to the Chronicles of Narnia.

  61. Pamela Faye Says:

    We studied the Dutch reformation and I read my children the G.A. Henty novel By Pike and Dyke. The girls said they loved listening to to this which really surpised me. I’m so glad I took your recommendation from TTT to start these prestonspeed.com books with our family.

  62. Linda Bailey Says:

    Our favorite read aloud this summer was Little Lord Faunterloy. Very touching and heartwarming, the story demonstrated how kindness can melt and change a cruel, hardened heart.

  63. Lynne Sullivan Says:

    Our favorite read aloud this summer is “To Have and To Hold” by Mary Johnston. It is set in Colonial Jamestown and includes all the elements of a great story. The hero is such a wonderful example of Christian manhood!! Be sure and read the revised version published by Vision Forum. I liked it so much I read ahead and finished it on my own (I normally would never do that)! Full of adventure- villains, sword fights, pirates, Indians, and more! Written in the 1800’s, it is full of beautiful language. Not to be missed!

  64. Janet Langford Says:

    We have read and thoroughly enjoyed, The Coral Island by Ballantyne. Our plan for this year is to read it’s sequel (I cannot rememeber the title right now) and Water Babies.

  65. Kellie Says:

    My daughters are 4 and 2 and this summer we read The Girls and Boys Book of Etiquette by Barbara Hazen. We had so much fun practicing how to be polite and my girls are remembering and using etiquette. They even catch my husband and I not being polite and remind us too!!!

  66. Ann Calabro Says:

    We read Thornton Burgess “Tales of Mother West Wind” stories this summer. I love that they are short enough to read at bedtime, and that they each lead into the next story by recapping what happened in the previous story. I read them when I was a child, and now, my son loves them too!

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