What better day than Reformation Day (Oct 31st) for us to begin the Renaissance and Reformation in our History jaunt! Kaira is reading, Luther the Leader as I type this entry. We talked about the past custom of selling indulgences, and will be doing a coloring sheet to place Martin Luther on our timeline later. (Usually we don’t do much of a Reformation day, but it did seem fitting that our history study would coincide with the date of Luther’s historic theses. )
I won’t write a blurb on each of the many books on our coffee table, but will highlight a few of my favorites:
Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew;
Like the others in this series, this is a fun, cute book and an imaginative introduction to the artist through the mind of a fictional little girl, Katie.
Ink on His Fingers by Louise A. Vernon
Enter into the world of Johann Guttenberg! This fictionalized account from the perspective of a young apprentice is captivatingly done, and will interest a wide range of ages. (I enjoyed previewing it immensely!)
Starry Messenger; Galileo Galilei by Peter Sis
Informative and delightfully illustrated.
Bard of Avon The Story of William Shakespeare by Dianne Stanley and Peter Vennema
Wonderful, full page illustrations and great background information give a nice sweep of the culture around Shakespeare. Very appropriate to give sense of Shakespearian time and place to children.
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb
Beautiful book. I usually abhor abridged stories, but these are well done.
Unless I only have a handful of books that will stack nicely on the coffee table, I put them in a basket to keep things accessible, yet tidy. Today I was just about to photograph the new selections when Kendra realized there were new books to be had! I have to photograph quickly before the books wander off with eager readers.
We were planning a rare “popcorn and movie” treat tonight. I think I might pull out our Nest Video on Galileo.