November Book Recommendations for Family Reading

For Ages 3-5:

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

  • Summary: Join Bear and his woodland friends as they gather for a delightful feast, each contributing something unique to share.
  • Why it's Good: This heartwarming tale emphasizes the spirit of gratitude and the joy of giving, making it a perfect match for our theme.
  • Suggested Family Activity: Plan a mini potluck with family or friends. Have each family member contribute a dish to the feast, just like Bear's friends in the story.

For Ages 6-8:

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

  • Summary: Ride along with CJ and his Nana as they journey through their vibrant city, discovering beauty and positivity in unexpected places.
  • Why it's Good: This story encourages children to find beauty and wonder in everyday life, promoting a grateful and open-hearted perspective.
  • Suggested Family Activity: Go on a family outing in your local area and explore new places together. Encourage your kids to share what they found beautiful or special about the trip, just like CJ and Nana do.

For Ages 9-11:

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

  • Summary: Join Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, as they embark on a summer adventure filled with entrepreneurship, rivalry, and ultimately, connection and understanding.
  • Why it's Good: This novel teaches children about cooperation, empathy, and the power of turning challenges into opportunities, aligning with our theme.
  • Suggested Family Activity: Host a lemonade stand together and discuss the importance of teamwork and understanding as you work toward a common goal.

For Ages 12-15:

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

  • Summary: Enter the world of Ivan, a silverback gorilla, as he reflects on his life in captivity and his journey toward hope, friendship, and freedom.
  • Why it's Good: This poignant story encourages older children to reflect on empathy, the value of friendship, and the strength that comes from understanding and supporting each other.
  • Suggested Family Activity: Watch the film adaptation of "The One and Only Ivan" and have a family discussion about the themes of empathy and connection in the story.

These books are perfect for fostering gratitude, connection, and positivity within your family. Enjoy these heartwarming tales together! But wait!

Adults Read Too!!

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

  • Summary: Gretchen Rubin takes readers on her year-long journey to discover what makes people happy and how to incorporate more joy into daily life. This engaging and uplifting book is filled with practical advice and real-life insights.
  • Why it's Good: It's a delightful exploration of positive psychology, offering relatable experiences and simple strategies to increase happiness.

The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World by Leon Logothetis

  • Summary: Leon Logothetis, known as "The Kindness Guy," embarks on a remarkable journey around the globe, relying solely on the kindness of strangers. This heartwarming narrative illustrates the incredible impact of human connection and generosity.
  • Why it's Good: It's an inspiring reminder of the power of human connection, kindness, and gratitude. This book encourages readers to focus on the positive impact they can have on others and the world.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Summary: While "The Secret Garden" is often considered a children's classic, its themes of renewal, connection, and the transformative power of nature make it a wonderful read for adults as well. Follow Mary Lennox as she discovers a hidden, neglected garden and the profound changes it brings to her life.
  • Why it's Good: This timeless story invites readers to explore the idea of finding hidden beauty and positivity in life's challenges. The book's themes of personal growth, rejuvenation, and the healing power of nature can provide a sense of comfort and inspiration.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

  • Summary: Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, weaves together science, Indigenous wisdom, and personal anecdotes to explore the deep connections between humans and the natural world.
  • Why it's Good: This book is a beautiful exploration of the interconnectedness of all living things, fostering gratitude for the world around us and emphasizing the importance of reciprocity and stewardship of the Earth.