2018-11-20

In case you needed another reason to celebrate this month, November is National Family Literacy Month, which focuses on the important role parents play in the education of their children and encourages families to read together.

To celebrate and encourage our students to continue reading at home, City Year Tulsa has compiled a Family Book List to help spark the joy of reading for the whole family!


The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo

“Harjo, a Poet and Tulsa native, offers a wonderful tale of a fortune-bringing cat on the last of her nine lives.” – Cheyenne Fletcher, City Year Tulsa Second Year AmeriCorps Member

King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently & Helen Oxenbury

“I love taking my daughters along for the adventure with Jack, Zach and Caspar as they battle dragons and beasts...and have fabulous feasts. The author's prose lends itself to the drama you hope fills your child's imagination, and of course I love to read it in a voice that drips with drama.” – Paul Davis, City Year Tulsa Executive Director

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

“I chose this book because it's nostalgic to me. I grew up reading this book with my parents and even my siblings. I personally love this novel, because for me, in my perspective- I believe its James way of coping with the situation he is in. He finds a way to mend to this issues he is facing in life, and that resonates in me due to the childhood I had and the obstacles I had to face.” – Hannah Alexander, City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps Member

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henke

“Chrysanthemum was a favorite of my boys when they first started going to school because it dealt with a couple of issues, like being different and being teased. If I'm being honest, it was probably one of their favorites because every time I said "Chrysanthemum", they giggled. The bonus of the story is that the students who teased Chrysanthemum about how different her name was, were won over... not put down.” – Carrie Jackson, City Year Tulsa Development Operations Manager

The Giver by Lois Lowry

“My step-dad would read this book to my step-sister and I when we were kids. Whenever I think of The Giver I recall a really special and cherished time with my step-dad that was real bonding time for us. Gaining a step-dad is a stressful and awkward transition, so really when he would read to my step-sister and I, it was easing that transition and giving me memories that I hold close to my heart. – Lily Williams, City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps Member

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald & Illustrated by Hilary Knight

“I loved the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books as a kid. In each story, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle had a cure for children's bad habits, so I was low-key learning to be a better person while reading each humorous book!” – Lora Boyle, City Year Tulsa Impact Manager

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“This is a very relevant and appropriate family read for our older students and families we serve. It opens their eyes to pertinent social justice issues and introduces them to a familiar voice they can read and digest.” – Amelia Heiselman, City Year Tulsa Second Year AmeriCorps Member

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

"I loved How to Eat Fried worms because the idea of it was so gross to me as a kid, and the way the author built up the anticipation of the character finally eating the worms was unbearable! Lol And then the plot twist that he actually ended up liking them and didnt care how his friends felt was a cool lesson for me as a kid." - Joi Toliver, City Year Tulsa Impact Manager

Room by Emma Donoghue

“This book immediately captured my attention because it is from the perspective of a 5 year old boy who is trapped with his mother in a shed that they call "Room". The story follows the boy's risky escape into reality and assimilation into society after being a prisoner to Room his entire life. Great read for the entire family!” – Audrianna Biggers, City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps Member

Little House on the Prairie Novel Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“I’m originally from Wisconsin, and growing up this book allowed me to make connections as to what it was like to grow up without all the modern day luxuries we have today. My mother and I would read the books and compare what the family had in the 1870s to all the things I had while growing up, knowing the one thing I definitely had in common with the characters were geographical location.” – Heather Kubicek, City Year Tulsa Impact Analytics Manager

Oh the Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss

“Dr. Seuss makes a difficult conversation about life's ups and down easier to talk about with a two year old, twenty year old, or two hunder year old. ‘Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?’” – Elizabeth Edwards, City Year Tulsa Development Director

      

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson & Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows were both very sad (so maybe a little difficult to read, but honestly, they're my favorite). They were great books that showed yes, sometimes life hits hard, but we can always appreciate the beauty of it. – Ryan Tierney, City Year Tulsa Senior AmeriCorps Member

 

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