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Our Current Read-Alouds ~ The Underland Chronicles

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For the past few weeks the kids and I have been reading together a lot. A LOT. There have been some stretches where we will read a few hours. Or we’ll grab a short snippet of time here and there ~ where ever we can!

A series that has had us all captivated is The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins {moms with older kids may recognize her name from the Hunger Games book}. We borrowed the first book from the library and after 1/3 of the book I went ahead and purchased all of the books to keep on our shelf {Amazon had a lovely 4-for-3 deal!}.

Gregor and the Prophecy of the Bane

Currently we’re reading Gregor and the Prophecy of the Bane. Two of the kids have been sneaking the book off to read ahead. We’re just about ready to wrap it up and I’ll be honest and tell you that even I am enjoying it. Even though there are rats and cockroaches and bats. Big, giant creatures that live under our world {shudder}.

A little over a week ago we lost power for the evening and we all snuggled up under blankets in the living room with a lantern and read together. That night {and the fun} is burned in my mind and just makes me smile when I remember the kids all laughing at what was happening in the story and their cries to start the next book immediately as we finished the story.

I love that the kids are so excited to be read to, want to race ahead to read the next book, and are SITTING STILL and really listening!! Typically, I have a hard time staying awake {even when I am the reader}, but this has infused some caffeine into me as well. I’m having fun using different voices for characters, helping the kids catch the subtle humor when a line is delivered correctly ~ so many little things!

What have been some of your favorite books to read along as a family? We’re going to need more when we finish up these books! :)



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  1. Hi! Thanks for sharing your experiences! We do the same in our house. The series that has us captivated right now is The Door Within. We also are borrowing through our county library, but I am sure they can be purchased online. The premise is actually Christian and finding salvation, and it is set within a mirror realm to our Earth that is full of knights and armor, fighting, dragons and cool swords! Both my DS and DD love the books. There are three altogether. We hope you try them out and keep the comments coming. We love finding new books to read!!!

    • I’ll have to check those out as well. Sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with the various books we’re all reading! :)

  2. What fun!! Tim and I loved The Hunger Games!! I will have to store this in my head for later.  We are reading Winnie the Pooh currently…then up after that is The Mouse and the Motorcycle :-)

  3. My kids are loving the Harry Potter books.  Though, we’ll probably stop after Book 3 for a few years to let the kids get older and catch up to the maturity level the books require.
    I’m looking forward to reading them: Percy Jackson books, and Narnia books.

    • Narnia books were a HUGE hit in our house. We have then on audio book as well from Focus on the Family and they are fabulous!!

    • I’ve got those as well, and they are wonderful! I think we’re slowly but surely collecting all of the Focus on the Family audio stuff.

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  4. We love the old-fashioned Betsy-Tacy series!

  5. Thanks for sharing! I’ve never heard of these books, though definitely the author. My kids are too young for them right now…my four year old and I have enjoyed My Father’s Dragon trilogy, Charlotte’s Web (of course), Cobble Street Cousins, and will start Milly-Molly-Mandy soon. 

    • We love the My Father’s Dragon trilogy. We read those about a year and a half ago together. Much fun!! I’ll have to look at some of the other ones too!

  6. Heather Gross says

    My boys are fairly young–4 and 6 (well, and 1, but he misses most of our story time)–and we just finished reading Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. They loved it so much that we quickly got Henry and Beezus from the library and finished it in a couple days. They’re eager to get Henry and the Paper Route and some others that are out there as well. :) 

  7. I’m enjoying reading Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series with my kids. Wholesome reading about creative and resourceful kids with a great imagination. Great sibling interaction as well. Adventure with a bit of mystery.

  8. Another fun series is the Orphelines by Natalie Savage Carlson. Takes place in France.

  9. Shannon Schultz says

    I can’t tell you how excited I am that you “reviewed” these books!  They have been on my Amazon wish list until I could research them better – I have 4 kids two  teens and two younger (6 & 2).  I read The Hunger Games with the two older and we loved them!  I thought the 6 year old might like this series!  By the sounds of it he’ll LOVE them!  I’m ordering tonight!  I am currently reading Homer Price with the six year old, reading whatever the 2 year old brings to me and trying to find something of interest for the older two.  Thanks for the insight!

    • We just finished the second book tonight, so I know the kids will be whipping out the third one for us to read soon. I forgot to order the 5th one, but I’m thinking I’m going to hide it so that NOBODY knows what happens in it until we all read it together!! :)

  10. My husband and I both enjoyed The Hunger Games, so I’ve been curious to read her other books. I will definitely have to read this series myself…and possibly to my kids when they get older.

  11. My kiddo isn’t old enough for it yet, but I bet your group would enjoy the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson if you haven’t already read it.

  12. Not a series…The Wheel on the School. My kids loved it.  About a group of children trying to bring the birds back to their town….you could add other books and  make it a Earth Day series?? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wheel_on_the_School

  13. Stephanie says

    I just finished reading the Underland Chronicles. I was surprised at how violent and dark the series was, especially Books 4 and 5 (not going to mention specifics as I don’t want to spoil any plot lines). I would love to hear how you have addressed some of the heavier topics in these books with your children.

  14. Don N Bridget Cyrus says

    My son loves the Ranger’s Apprentice Series which leads into the Brotherband Series. This is the secondtime through the series because he liked it so much. These books are great for young teenage readers *Warning- some violence.

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