April Twitterature: Children’s Edition

Twitterature with Modern Mrs. Darcy

While March marked the height of my monthly book consumption for 2014 (and pretty much the last four years), April has been quite the opposite.

After reading the final book in the Harry Potter series and starting How the Irish Saved Civilization, my literary efforts took a nosedive.

Partly due to sickness, partly to out of town guests, and partly to spending spare time fiddling with a wonky blog, I can only say that I’ve completed some great children’s books this month.

And that’s ok.

I’m hopeful that after fully recovering from whatever virus is still lingering, I’ll be back at my books to read in 2014-ish. (The “ish” takes the pressure off :)).

What I’ve Read This Month

Harry Potter Book 7

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

When I heard it took J.K Rowling seven years to map out the whole series and write the first Potter book, I thought: crazy!  After reading the last book and seeing how intricately they were all woven together, I’m not surprised.

It was a redemptive and satisfying end to the series.

(Fun fact: Apparently Rowling is a huge Jane Austen fan and regards Emma as one of the best written mysteries–in that the clues were there all along, but the reader doesn’t put them together until the end. And then everything makes perfect sense).

Kid’s Corner

(Written for children, enjoyed by all ages)

Audrey Bunny

Audrey Bunny by Angie Smith

Such a precious story of a bunny who tries to hide her imperfections from her owner, then realizes it was the imperfections that make her special and chosen.

It had added depth for me because I knew the real-life story it was inspired by, but the tender message and beautiful illustrations make it easy for anyone to enjoy. Bun immediately asked for a re-read.

(Bonus: Breezy Brookshire, the illustrator,, has her own Etsy shop with some beautiful watercolor prints. I picked up this one for our own little storyteller’s recent birthday).

Poppy's Babies

Poppy’s Babies by Jill Barklem

I’m a sucker for anything Brambly Hedge, so I use all birthdays and holidays as excuses to buy more books to add to our collection.

While I didn’t love The Secret Staircase as much as I’d hoped, Poppy’s Babies is one of my new favorites. Maybe because I can so identify with the main character, an exhausted new mom (albeit a mouse-mom).

In any case, it’s a sweet story with fantastic illustrations of the mice homes along Brambly Hedge. My top fantasy places to live: Narnia, Middle-Earth, or Brambly Hedge. In case you were wondering.

moses the kitten

Moses the Kitten/Bonny’s Big Day by James Herriot

After reading All Creatures Great and Small last summer, I became a fast Herriot fan. I was recently and happily surprised to find he’d also done children’s books.

The ones I’ve read so far seem to be adaptations of chapters in his adult books, so I enjoyed the familiarity. Some of the phrases (Yorkshire-farmer slang?) don’t register with my four-year old, but that doesn’t stop her from sitting wide-eyed and eager for more about “Bonny the horsie.”

Easter story

The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith

Beautiful, beautiful illustrations. Simple, scripture-honoring story from the perspective of the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. A winner for Easter and year-round.

What have you been reading lately? (With or without the kids :))

And, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy to check out what other lovely people are reading!

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About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, having dinner guests, and elevenses. She is not afraid to lead a one woman crusade against the rampant misuse of the apostrophe. She is afraid to adopt kittens before the baby turns three.

  • Jen E @ mommablogsalot.com

    I didn’t end up finishing much this month either – okay fine, I finished nothing. But not without a lot of effort! I never knew that about JK. Rowling – very interesting! Love Jane Austen!

  • @hollandsays

    The only book that has made me cry, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Not at the end, but within the book, I just broke down. The story, probably the end of the series that I had loved, and it was something that I had shared with my son all made me a wreck.

  • Anne Bogel

    JK Rowling is a huge Austen fan? I had NO idea. Tell me more?

    • Ha, my source is somewhat random. I was given a kid-lit version of a J.K. Rowling biography and read it in one sitting. 🙂

      Not too much more to tell: Emma is her favorite character and Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, was apparently named after Mrs. Norris from Mansfield Park.

      (And I think the source of the quote about Emma being “the most skillfully managed mystery I’ve ever read” is the Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature).

  • I love all of these children’s book recommendations! I’ve just added a few to my children’s wish list 🙂

  • All those kids books look so cute! I’ve been looking for a cute Easter book for my little guy’s Easter basket.

  • I loved the Brambley Hedge books when I was younger and had completely forgotten the name! Thanks for the reminder-I can’t wait to read these with my littles. Oh, and for the record-I’ve never been able to decide between a Hobbit Hole and Mr. Tumnus’s house in Narnia 🙂

  • Christy Staats

    I just started rereading Harry Potter this week. It’s something I have been planning on doing since about halfway through the series (re. about ten years ago!) By the time I got to book 7 it had been so long since I read 1-3 I had forgotten a lot of details.

    I PLOWED through book one as fast as the first time I read it. Why did I wait 14 years to reread it. SUCH an amazing book. I might need to have a whole series reread every other year or something. 🙂

  • Yet another reason to love JK Rowling, an Austen fan. =) I didn’t know about Poppy’s Babies- I love those books, possibly more then my girls. 😉 And I’m with you on your top fantasy places to live.

    • No kidding on Rowling, go get Poppy’s Babies (I actually cried–?!), and yay for fantasy abodes. 🙂

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