You Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine


When I visit friends, one of my favorite activities is to browse their bookshelves. I never know when or if I will discover my next great read. I also decorate with books. If you visit in March, my Irish literature collection is spread throughout the house. So here’s a quick glimpse of some favorites from my own bookshelf. Have a look; I’m sure you will find something here to read to your kids, for children’s summer reading, or a gem for yourself 🙂 Happy Reading!

Picture Books:

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson (This lovely story is based on a line from Thoreau’s Walden)
Sara Dippity by Maggie Murphy (Shameless plug)
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Easy Readers:

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Series by Erica Silverman
The Henry and Mudge Series by Cynthia Rylant

First Books:

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman (Touching story about the creation of a community garden)
Little Black, A Pony by Walter Farley
Stuart Little by E.B. White

For the Boys:

Rascal by Sterling North
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

For the Girls:

Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery
Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Great Series for All:

Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Shelf of Irish Love:

Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure by Robert D. San Souci (Who says girls can’t be heroes too?)
Jamie O’Rourke Series by Tomie dePaola
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
Born Fighting by James Webb
Ullysses by James Joyce

For Older Kids:

The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo by Lieut.-Col J. H. Patterson (This is a short pamphlet available through the Field Museum in Chicago. These unique and at times frightening events form the basis for the movie, The Ghost and the Darkness.)

A Reason for Living by George Roche (A collection of short stories, written by my father, sharing adventures of life in the Colorado Mountains)

For the Adults:

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (This one is for the ladies: Scottish History, Time Travel, and Romance. WARNING: The end of book one is, well,…bizarre. Please do yourself a favor and commit to at least reading through book two.)

In Search of the Pearl of Great Price by Tessa Schlesinger (This is the story of my dear friend, Dr. Febes Tan Facey. Her life story is one worth reading)

Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning by Gary Eberle (What is Sacred Time and why do we need it?)

Shakespeare & Company by Sylvia Beach (The post WWI bookstore hangout for Joyce, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Pound, Lawrence, and Stein on the Left Bank in Paris)

Wild at Heart by John Elderedge (All fathers should read this book and pass it on to their sons)

The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin (“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Why is this classification important?)

Father Joe by Tony Hendra


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