Books for the Whole Family

Our throats were all sore.

We were too sick to play.

So we sat in the house

All that cold, cold wet day.

On days when the whole family is stuck at home with colds or the flu, tempers can fray if there’s nothing to do.  Recently my household was in this position and no one could muster up the concentration required to play a decent board game and agreeing on one TV show or DVD for the five of us was out of the question.  Then a very wise 7-year old suggested we play library:  we shuffled over to our bookshelves, each chose a book while the 7-year old acted as librarian, and we cuddled up on the sofa to read our books.  Success!

Being housebound with whatever you’ve caught that is going around can be trying, so may I suggest some books from our children’s collection that are suitable for adult entertainment.  Even if you don’t have wee ones at home, these books are not only for kids:


I Want My Hat BackI Want my Hat Back, by Jon Klassen (in the Picture Book collection)

A slow-witted brown bear has lost his red hat.  He’s asking the animals if they’ve seen it.  Rabbit protests too much, but will bear cop on?


WildwoodWildwood and Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy (in the Children’s Fiction collection)

I have to confess, I picked this book up solely because of who it was written by:  I love the Decembrists.  While there is much to please a Decembrists fan in this series, the books work just as well if you have never heard their music.  In the first book, 12-year old Prue is left in charge of her baby brother.  He gets carried off by a murder of crows to the Impassable Wilderness in the heart of Portland.  (As a side note:  Decembrists fans might also enjoy Odds Bodkin’s beautifully illustrated retelling of The Crane Wife – found in our 398 section.)

The ApothecaryThe Apothecary, by Maile Meloy (in the Children’s Fiction collection)

While you’re picking up the Wildwood series, you might as well grab the book just to the right of them.  It was written by Colin Meloy’s big sis (and fabulous adult fiction author) Maile Meloy.  Set in London during the Cold War, two teens team up to discover the secrets of a sacred book, The Pharmacopoeia, and rescue a kidnapped father.

The Red PyramidThe Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire and The Serpent’s Shadow, by Rick Riordan (in the Children’s Fiction collection)

Riordan famously brought new life to Greek mythology with his Percy Jackson series.  Now he’s taking on ancient Egypt.  Siblings Sadie and Carter Kane have been living apart since the death of their mother.  Their Egyptologist father brings them together again for a trip to the British Museum, where he proceeds to blow up the Rosetta Stone.  Told in alternating perspectives from Sadie and Carter’s points of view, The Kane Chronicles are full of touching moments of sibling rivalry – and non-stop action.



I know it is wet

And your noses are runny.

But these books will

Help you have fun – some are funny.

Oh, and Happy First-Ever Family Day this Monday!


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