Saturday, September 1, 2012

Summer Reading Reviews

This summer LP and I participated in our local library's summer reading program and since it is now September, I decided it'd be a good time to share our favorite books of the summer!

LP's Favorite Read - Bed Hogs by Kelly DiPucchio

This cute book is a story about a little pig from Sooey, South Dakota who is just trying get some sleep but the rest of his family (snoring Papa, dancing Mama, smelly feet sister "Miss USDA" Rose, drooling sister Flo, and giggling big brother blue-ribbon Ed) are being bed hogs.  As Little Runt says himself, "I'm squished!  I'm squashed!  I'm buried in this heap!  You're hoggin' up my space in bed.  I'll never get to sleep!"  Besides the cute story, there are beautiful illustrations to go with.  This is a fun bed time read for kids age toddler through early elementary school.

Bed Hogs has found a spot on LP's book shelf
My Favorite Read - Sacred Acre by Mark Tabb with the Ed Thomas family

This is a book about the life and legacy of Ed Thomas, a football coach and teacher from Parkersburg, Iowa.  Ed Thomas is known by many as a great football coach, but after reading this book, you'll think of him as a great husband, father, christian, mentor and leader.  This book gives you a closer look at Ed's courage after an F-5 tornado struck the town he lived, taught and coached in, as well as the power of faith, love and forgiveness after Ed was murdered by a former football player just a little over a year after the tornado.  It also lets you see how he lived and passed on his motto of "Faith. Family. Football."  I recommend this book for anyone who likes biographies, likes football, likes small-town life or who likes inspirational books.

Sacred Acre made it to the top of the stack on my bedside table this summer
If you've never heard of Ed Thomas, here is a video that ESPN made when Ed Thomas's family received the 2010 ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.  I highly recommend you watch it:

What is your favorite book you've read recently?  Or do you have any books that you think are "must reads" that you'd like to share?  Be sure to comment below and pass along your book list!


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