Momma has read … (finished)

This is a list of books I have read

…check back for reviews on most of them.

 Current 12.19.12

Special Needs:

Foster Care & Adoption


  • Busy but Balance. By Doe.  Copyright: 2001.  I think at some point all the “how to be a great Christian Mom and Housewife” books get to be the same.  I am sure finding that, the more I read.  Some are really motivational and feed your soul (Jesus Meet me in the Laundry room for one) and others are “average” (Finding your purpose as a Mom; How to Build Your home on Holy Ground. and My Hearts At Home).
  • Finding your purpose as a Mom; How to Build Your home on Holy Ground. By Otto.  Copyright:  2004  Another rather plain “so you be a want to be a Christian Mother and run your home” book.  Not bad, though I did like Hearts at Home better.  I did really like the list of family rules; each with a Bible verse for reference; I am going to copy some of them for our family
  • How to Really Love Your Child. ByCampbellMD.  copy right 1977 / 1992.  Got it off which I love.  It is a good read, not 100% positive or gentle, but still a great read.  Pretty basic.  A starting place.  The basic concept is that the child’s emotional tank must be full before a child can learn or behave (discussion of eye contact, touch, and time to fill that tank).  He points out that disciple is “teaching”  — he uses the word training, which I am opposed to due to the many So-Called Christians who use that term; and that punishment (of any sort) is only a small aspect of that teaching, and in facts discusses how punishment can be detrimental to teaching over all.  Training sadly is a word that now has a bitter taste associated with it, no matter the proper use.   I can suggest it, confident it does not “go against” any of the things I stand for.
  • Loving Each Best: A Caring Approach to Raising Siblings.  by Samalin.  Nothing new, nothing outstanding, nothing noteworthy.
  • My Hearts At Home. By Savage.  Copyright:  2007.  Short, fast read.  Not bad, but nothing really new in the “parenting and running a house” line.  But it is always good to have a little kick in the butt and a nice reminder.
  • Raising Boys. By Biddulph.  Copyright:  1997.  A short book, a fast read.  What I loved the most, was a full discussion of the difference testosterone levels in a boy child at different stages in life and how that effects them. Very helpful; basic and a nice introduction.   Other than that, it was a basic discussion of good examples and not being afraid to love a boy and allow a boy to be himself despite peer pressure.
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys.  By Kindom and Thompson.  Copyright 2000. OK it is kind of old, but I credit this book, and the many excerpts I read out loud to my husband, with nailing in homeschooling for our family.  The extensive discussion of the disadvantage boy are at in the general classroom of a public (or private) school; especially in the younger grade, really aided the final decision.    A good book, I am really glad I read it (and read so much out-loud to hubby).
  • Real Boys : Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William Pollack BTDT.  5 years ago this might have been thought provoking for me.  However, this book contained nothing new for me now, 5.5 years in to raising boys.  The book was fairly predictable – let boys be who ever they want to be, boys can cry and like pink, the involved father means a stronger better behaved son.  Again, old news.  It bothered me that the authors seemed to feel boys HAD TO HAVE a sensitive side that vas being abused.  I want my boys to be emotionally healthy but i also expect them to be husbands, father, and wariors for God; men that are not afraid to stand up, and to stand up alone if necessary.
  • The Hidden Power of a Mother’s Heart:  Lessons on Motherhood from the life of Mary. By Malmain.  AMAZING book.  It is written for all moms; however it seems to me to apply especially to moms blessed with the challenge of a special needs child.  I read it more as a special needs mom than a typical mom.  It spoke to my heart and it an amazing book.
  • The NDD BOOK: How Nutrition Deficit Disorder Affects your Child.  Sears.  Great.  The perfect book to make you feel even worse about your child’s diet.  I have enough trouble getting FOOD into Big Brother, much less the perfect / right / good foods.  Good information, but really not any different that the Family Nutrition Book; Birth though Adolescents; I’d suggest just the BIG Family book, it is a lot more useful (though contains even more guilt).
  • The WAR AGAINST BOYS: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men.  OLD, I know BUT I valuable read nonetheless — the specific research maybe OLD but the theory and the practices and the manipulation by certain “parties” that want to push an agenda is still true.  A VERY worthwhile read for any mother of sons.  Easy read, fast read.  Worth the time to keep yourself educated.
  • The wonder of Boys. 
  • Home By Choice 
  • A Mom Just Like You
  • Beyond Time Out.
  • Becoming a Chief Home Officer.  nothing impressive, i got it off so i did not loose a lot of money on it; really nothing new.
  • Grace Based Parenting: Set Your Family Free.  Tim Kimmel

Child Dev

  • The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori.
  • The Child in The Church by Maria Montessori.
  • Your Child’s Growing Mind.  A Practical Guide to Brain Development and Learning from Birth to adolescence. By Healy.  I read this one a couple of years ago, actually longer than that as I read it before Little Brother was born.  I really need to review it.

Education / Schooling

  • 100 Years of Children’s Books in America.   I loved this book.  The author’s opinions about the social history of the different decades clearly bent liberal in the discussion of the later decades; but the lists of notable books by decade more than made up for it.   I added to my personal “to read” list for both me and the boys.  Great reference book.
  • Books that Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Moral Values Through Stories. By Kilpatrick.  Copyright:  1994.  I love books like this.  Love them.  The first part is a discussion of using books, stories, and the discussion of them to impart onto our children a world view.  The 2nd part of the book is a list of books, by type and by age, of quality books AND a discussion of each book!  Such a wonderful resource to reference for years to come.  I already have a list of books I want for the boys out of it.
  • Coloring Outside the Lines: Raising a smarter child by breaking all the rules.  by Schank.   I was not really impressed.  His ‘breaking the rules’ was to do what any and all parents do — e.g. get a child private lessons in something they excel at but don’t take at school, or only ‘expecting’ a C in a class a child is really struggling in.  Common Sense to me.  Also he was way too end directed; that is he feels a child / teen does not need to study anything they do not like if it is not going to apply to their adult life.  I have a big issues with that 1. no one really knows what their adult life is going to be at 15 or 18.  Secondly education is for the sake of education.  I don’t care if my sons end up driving big rigs for the rest of their lives, they are studying the Great Authors and reading Shakespeare!!
  • Don’t Tell the Grown-Ups: Why Kids Love the Books They Do
  • For Reading Outloud.
  • Great Books about things Kids Love.  By Odean.  Copyright:  2001.  Another reference book, children’s books age 3 to 14, by topic and age; short by decent description of the books.
  • Home Spun Schools by TheMoores
  • Homeschooling from a Biblical worldview.   See full my full thoughts here.
  • Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit.  not much of a read, not all that inspiring and nothing new.
  • Honey for a Child’s Heart. By Hunt.  Copyright 2002.  OK on the surface this is just another book about reading out loud, and then a list of books.  However, this one is amazing.  Hunt does a great job of really talking about making reading as a family (aloud and silently) a family connection.  Maintain that tie once the children are older, and how books read together can define a family and shape it.  The book list at the back is also wonderful the descriptions are brief but the books are listed by award won (Coretta Scott King for example).  Very inspiring.
  • How To Get your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning. By Barnier.  awesome book.  TOO SHORT, less than 100 pages of actual meat.  Nothing new, but it was nice.  First she is very encouraging: you know your child and you have to educate your child in a way that works.  Secondly she supports the use of labels for disorders not to be an excuse but to be a truth”.  She used the example of being short, she is short that is the fact it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have to put stuff away on top shelves it means she needs to know that she has to learn ways to compensate for herself.  A child with SPD or ADHD is not excused from expectations, but must find a new way to meet them and the true label allows them not to compare, and find themselves lacking to peers without challenges.  3rd she talks about how this child is a gift from God.  Not only to us now, but that the special challenges your child has now — will in some way be a necessary temperament for them to complete the call God has for them.   This is a good reality check.  Whatever it is that is a challenge to them, and us, now, will be an assess later if we teach them to view it and use it as such.  What a responsibility!!  Next she talks about avoiding too much time with people who do not understand your child.  She talks about how a person who doesn’t know better may think and SAY that your child’s behavior or reactions or habits are due to poor parenting.  She notes how draining that can be and suggest you are careful of this drain.  Finally she goes though many many ideas / suggestions for the distractible learner — bean bag toss while yelling out answers to quizzes, or putting answers on the floor and having the child jump from “right answer to right answer”.  I am glad I read it, but also glad I did not spend the only and got it on ILL.
  • Magic Kingdoms. By Higgins.  Copyright 1992.  I loved this book.  Loved it.  It is a discussion of classic children’s literature (think Pete Pan and Phoo and The Secret garden and so on) and what they say “between the lines” about growing up.  It was an enlightening book, not only about the classics but also the field of children’s literature and very motivating to share these classics (a few I have not read) with my children.  Loved it.
  • MisEducation Pre-Schoolers At Risk. By David Elkind.  copyright 1987.  Old, i know.  🙂  a good solid read, not too long and not too “clogged with Studies”.  A good review of Piaget and his stages relevance to education, and especially how pushing a child too soon into and older stage of learning can be determinable to the child.  Just more encouragement for letting a child be a child and not rushing them into academics or any other aspect of “growing up”.  I also have his book The Hurried Child.  That one actually came before MisEducation, oops.
  • Raising Lifelong Learners: A parent’s Guide. by Calkins.  I did not like this one.  Which made me sad as i read it because i had heard it highly suggested by other homeschooling moms.  I read it, only because i am like that and don’t finish a book (Moby Dick may still hold the title as the only not finished.  shhhhhhhh to my younger friends who might read this, I did not say that).  The style is stiff and preachy.  She also take on this approach that seems to imply HER way is the only way and she THOUGHT of all this (encouraging children to love learning) and also that all children will fail if their parents are not just like her.  No really NEW and GREAT suggestions either, just more of the same.  I did not like this one and would not suggest anyone read it.
  • Read to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read  See Blog post here for full details. 
  • Reading Magic: why reading alive to our Children will Change their lives forever. By Fox.  Copyright:  2001.  The end of the book, talking about teaching children to read (basically 100% sight word work) at a young age is questionable.  But, the first part of the book about reading aloud is great.
  • Smart Moves.  Hannaford.
  • Talkers, Watchers, and Doers: Unlocking Your Child’s Unique Learning Style (School Savvy Kids)
  • The Christian Home School by Harris
  • The How and why of Home Schooling. Ballmann.  copyright 1987.  Basic. Easy to read.  Nothing new at this point; but a good start.  I have been reading about homeschooling so long now, even though as of now neither boy is old enough for mandate attendance, that I did not find anything outstanding in this book.  I am also sure there are many newer books, covering newer stats that are as good, and more current.  Nevertheless, it was worth the time to read it, since it was a short fast read.
  • The Writing Road To Reading.



  • Adam and His Kin.  Not nearly as good as i hoped.  a fiction / account based on the Old Testament (not a novel) but not really that good either.
  • Dragon Keepers Chronicles (5 books) by Donika Paul.  Christian dragons and questing.  I loved all 5 books and am sad to be done with the set.
  • The Virgin Blue.  Color me unimpressed.
  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch.  Oprah’s Book Club.  Totally unimpressed.  I remember why I don’t read “contemporary adult / women’s fiction”  blahhhhhh really glad I didn’t waste my money on this, wasted some time — for which I feel guilty — but it was sitting here.
  • Dragon’s Keep.
  • True Grit
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
  • Water for Elephants
  • High Five — i requested HOT SIX from the Lib tonight; I HATE reading books out of order.  High Five was on the self here (vacation rental) and then 7,8 and 10 here too — I am willing to “deal with” starting on FIVE (I don’t like it, i’ll have to go back)but I am not going to randomly skip books …

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / NONFICTION:  I am ‘going back’ and reading award winning young adult fiction that i have never read before.  This is turning out to be a fantastic ‘break’ and tons of fun.  The reading is, for me, fast and easy and thus very much a mini vacation.




8 responses to “Momma has read … (finished)

  1. Pammie K

    You’ve read a lot more than that! Especially about kids and development! Just havent had time to post it I imagine.

    • Ah yes, the WHOLE bookself is in need a long OT stint for my husband — so i have quiet bight to get it fleshed out. My Homeschool Shelf has a lot to be added to it — my ‘what i have read” needs a ton of work and my “waiting to be be read” stack needs work too.

      ahhhhhhhhhhh a work in progress 🙂

  2. Pammie K

    I love Raising Boys Too! Same reason’s as you. I was glad when you shared it with me because it really helped me to understand my boy and his behavior. and thus be a little less upset and alot more understanding of him! Now if my husband would only have read it!

  3. Pammie K

    Wow yopu still never cease to amaze me with your well read self! I think I need to read a few of the books you mentioned. Can I borrow them? maybe that’s too hard. Well if so no biggie. I’ll order from Amazon. How to Really Love your Child and Raising Life Long Learners are the two I am most interested in right now. Although there are several others you mention that I am iterested in for the future.

    You’ve put alot of work into the blog! good for you! Thanks for the info!

    • tell me the ones you desire — i have a gift book to send you too — so i can ship a small box of books in the few weeks — the 2 named here you can keep … I’ll plan on shipping this week — tell me if there are others you want …..or tell me if you need more stuff … I HEART you

  4. Crystal

    Wow you read a lot. I am jealous.

    • naw I just update infrequently. LOL I am trying to read more — i can’t expect the boys to love to read if they never see me read for the love of it. read young adult fiction, you fly though it and feel very successful

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