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For any of you who receive my monthly newsletter, you know we are a family that loves to read. Each month I send out a “book pick” from each family member. We’ve now compiled those book picks here, as an easy reference tool. Below you will find this month’s picks, and all the old selections can be found on the Book Picks tab or by clicking here.

There’s lots to explore on the rest of the website too—essays I’ve written about faith, family, and disability, links to interviews and articles, videos and endorsements of my books, Small Talk and A Good and Perfect Gift, and news about upcoming speaking events.
Thanks for visiting!

 

Penny (Age 9, 4th Grade)

Photo Credit: Phil Dutton

Photo Credit: Phil Dutton

 
December 2015

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg

I love it. It’s my favorite book because Claudia and Jamie run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And they get to visit Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler in Farmington.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

William (Age 7, 2nd Grade)

Photo Credit: Phil Dutton

Photo Credit: Phil Dutton

 
December 2015

Crenshaw
by Katherine Applegate

I really like it because it’s about an imaginary friend named Crenshaw and a boy, Jackson. His family has a lot of money worries so at times in his life, his family has had to live in their van. But it all turns out fine. Crenshaw helps him.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marilee (Age 4)

Photo Credit: Phil Dutton

Photo Credit: Phil Dutton

 
December 2015

Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson

I love that everything he draws becomes true. And that Harold, even though he drew a frightening dragon, it scares him.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Amy Julia

Photo Credit: Phil Dutton

Photo Credit: Phil Dutton


December 2015

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson

I feel like I could almost write my own version of this book now that I’m in charge of the Christmas pageant at our church. Some highlights include Penny, who is playing Mary, asking if she needs to hide the baby Jesus under her gown while she walks down the aisle so she can be pregnant with him, and the kid who was unwilling to participate until I told him he could be the innkeeper and have the line “Go away!” to Mary and Joseph. Great reading for the whole family in a very short, endearing story.
 
 
 

Peter

William and Peter

William and Peter

 
December 2015

God With Us
by Greg Pennoyer

This book includes a devotional reflection for each day of Advent, surrounded by beautiful artwork and information about the various church feast days throughout this time of year. Amy Julia and I have been using it as a guide through this season for years.