This post contains affiliate links.  Each of the girls is now about 1/4 through her literature-based curriculum, so that means that our fast and furious pace of reading children’s literature continues.  Like last month, we read six books in September, three of which made our “best” book list!

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {September 2021}

The Best Book(s)

We had three favorite books in September:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables is a classic, so I’m embarrassed to admit that I never read it before I read it to Cuddle Bug this month!  Young Anne is adopted by unmarried siblings–Matthew and Marilla.  She soon fits right into their small town.  This book follows Anne through her teenage years.  Although I felt it could be a bit shorter, we both really enjoyed this book.

Anne of Green Gables is 371 pages long.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Have you ever heard of Journey to the River Sea?  I hadn’t, but, wow, what a phenomenal book!  This story is about Maia, a young orphan in an English boarding school.  Her benefactor finds that she has distant relatives in Brazil, so Maia moves there.  Her relatives, the Carters, only took in Maia for the monthly stipend they were given.  Despite their dislike of Maia, Maia goes on to have an enjoyable life in Brazil with many adventures thanks to her tutor, Miss Minton, as well as her new-found friends, Finn and Clovis.

Journey to the River Sea has 298 pages.

Lottie Moon by Janet & Geoff Benge

Lottie Moon by Janet & Geoff Benge

Cuddle Bug and I have read several Christian Heroes: Then & Now books by Janet & Geoff Benge, and Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China was one of our favorites.  I love strong women, especially in the late 1800s and early 1900s when women were given so few freedoms.  Read my full review of Lottie Moon that I wrote in another blog post.

Lottie Moon has 201 pages.

Other Books We Read

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

I am beginning to see that we had an orphan theme this month!  Pollyanna is about a young girl whose missionary parents died.  She is now living with her aunt.  Pollyanna has a sunny outlook on life and sees the positive in everything.  Soon, she has some of the town’s grumpiest residents looking on the bright side.

Pollyanna is 210 pages long.

Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost

Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets (second behind Donald Hall), so I was glad Cuddle Bug’s curriculum included Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost.  This books separates Frost’s poems by season and includes watercolor paintings and a brief explanation of each poem.

Poetry for Young People: Rober Frost is 47 pages long.

Hudson Taylor by Janet & Geoff Benge

Hudson Taylor by Janet & Geoff Benge

Hudson Taylor was our second Christian Heroes: Then and Now book that we read, but this one didn’t captivate our attention as much as Lottie Moon.  Read the full review I wrote of Hudson Taylor in a separate blog post.

Hudson Taylor is 204 pages long.

SEPTEMBER STATS:

Books read: 6

# of pages read: 1331

Audios listened to: 0

# of hours listened: 0

2021 STATS:

Books read in 2021: 37

Audios listened to in 2021: 2

Total books read or listened to in 2021: 39

Total pages read:  7,778

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