The letter L was easy for us to come up with a bundle of titles. And we sure do like them all. These are some of our favorite stories so coming up with this list was not hard at all.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
This is just my favorite fiction series ever. I have loved the writing of Louisa May Alcott since I was a middle schooler myself and my girls have fallen in love with her writings, as well. We shared both of these stories and a couple more as read alouds and it hooked the girls.
Little Women is the first book in the series (actually her first two combined, depending on how your edition was printed). It focuses on the March family and the four sisters, young women really, who are growing up amid the Civil War. We don’t see much of the war itself but the effects of it are felt upon the family. Marmee is bringing the girls up to be strong, virtuous women who are proud to be wives and mothers and willing to work hard and with pride at all they do. The escapades of the girls is hilarious amid the heartbreak and hardness of life. The stories will take you on a roller-coaster that you will thoroughly enjoy.
Little Men is the next book and picks up with Jo and the Professor (now her husband) running a school for boys. Jo has grown up quite a bit and has grown into her role as wife and confidant to little boys, since she had much of their spirit as a child herself. These antics are even more fun to read than the sisters’ were, if that is possible. A great read that will show little boys and girls how to grow up to be fine men and women with a respect for their fellow man and all creatures. Jo’s Boys follows this one and the story continues on.
Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
I wrote a post on this book a while back because this is just the most imaginative, fun story to read. It was a read aloud and I originally picked it up because of the author. This was such a wonderful book! Highly recommend this story and the trip it will take you on to another world. The adventure? Well you’ll have to read it! This is a Don’t Miss!
Synopsis – Three siblings – Ben, Tom, and Lindy – meet the very unusual Professor Savant who becomes convinced that they are just the children who are capable of making the trip to the elusive Whangdoodleland. In order to make the trip and be able to meet the Whangdoodle, the children have to learn to see and understand things in a completely different way than they ever have before. Once they successfully make the trip, they meet amazing creatures and see unbelievable things. Can they find the perseverance and strength needed to meet the Whangdoodle? And what happens if they succeed?
Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Summer arrives and with it Joey and his sister Mary Alice leave the comfort of Chicago and go south to visit Grandma Dowdel. Thinking it is going to be the longest summer ever, the two get quite the surprise when the arrive in this little town in Illinois to find that Grandma Dowdel is NOT your typical grandmother. Grandma gets them into and out of situations that the normal young man can’t even comprehend, let alone the fact that Grandma is running the show. Joey and Mary Alice find that sleepy little towns are generally not and Grandma Dowdel is lots of fun. They end up having the time of their life over the next few summers.
We did this story as a read-aloud. Again, we stumbled across it. But it is H-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s! We loved it and there is enough mischief in it to please any young man, as well. We have since read a number of other Richard Peck books and have not yet been disappointed. A great author to read.
Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Kelly
This story comes highly recommended by Miss L. I have not read it but it sounds interesting so I may be going to pull it off her shelf to read.
Life is not easy in the Philippines but it gets worse when their father moves Soledad and her little sister Ming to Louisiana. Their mother and sister died back in the Philippines so when their father abandons them with their stepmother, misery threatens to overcome these young girls. But Soledad protects her little sister and they immerse themselves in the stories that Soledad tells. When Ming begins to believe that the fictional aunt from the story will rescue them, what should Soledad do? The story of hope and perseverance amid heartbreak is one that many will relate to.
I do hope you try some of these. They are all wonderful stories and some titles that I often tell others they should read. Great books, all of them.
My previous posts in the series:
A – All-of-a-Kind Family and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
B – Ballet Shoes and A Bear Called Paddington
C – Counting by 7s and Cheaper By The Dozen
D – Door In The Wall & D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
E – The Endless Steppe & Ella Enchanted
F – Family Tree & Fog Magic
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary