5 Free Reads for August with Amazon Prime

Did you know certain Audible narrations come free with your Amazon Prime membership?

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If you never seem to have time to read all the books on your list (and who does?), Prime Reading with Audible narration could be your new best friend. It’s easy to switch between reading and listening on multiple devices, so you can zip through books while driving, doing yard work or preparing dinner.

Click HERE for August’s selections.

A Free Cookbook for Cooking on a Budget

These frugal recipes look fantastic!

Sheet Pan Dinners- HERO IMAGE / Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Ali Nardi

Find the free cookbook HERE.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and essayist who recently published The New Economy Chapbook Cookbook: Volume 1, a collection of fortifying recipes for cooking on a budget that’s available for free on the internet. Its contributors are largely poets, other writers, activists—and passionate home cooks. Calvocoressi, who teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, solicited their recipes on Facebook and compiled them into a zine-like volume: casually organized, refreshingly anti-aesthetic, and filled with tender personal stories of getting by in tough times. I called her up to hear more about the project.

You can read the entire article on the Epicurious website here.

Excellent Literature List by Grade

Excellent Literature by Grade Level

Reading good, quality literature is one sure way to help your child become a better student by boosting their exposure to well-written, masterfully-crafted sentences by classic authors.  These books can also help reinforce exceptional character traits.  Talk about what the characters in the story do to be kind, or how a certain character might have acted in a better way.  Discussion, not just reading, builds better comprehension and allows for excellent analysis of behavior skills.

 

Here’s just one of many lists out there, broken down by grade level:  Charlotte Mason book list.

 

The International Children’s Digital Library

Today I came across a website devoted to putting children’s books in digital form for all to read online.  The International Children’s Digital Library has the following mission statement:

The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.

So far I’ve found books relevant to our studies of medieval history, including some of G.A. Henty’s books.

The ICDL was named one of 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians.

 

Red Rain

If  your children enjoy science fiction, you should definitely consider Aubrey Hansen’s Red Rain novella.  And if they don’t prefer this genre?  You should buy it anyway!  Aubrey is a talented young author with a passion for writing.  Her latest work, Red Rain, is fast-paced and never dull ~ full of excitement and futuristic imagination.

Click the image to go to Red Rain's website

A summary from Aubrey’s website:

Government regulations said they had no choice. 17-year-old Philadelphia must stay on Earth in the hand of complete strangers while her father is sent against his will to Mars. When a Martian leader pulls the strings at the last minute and allows her to accompany her father, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to Earth. But when a search for her deceased brother’s belongings leads her into a hallway that isn’t supposed to exist, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer – the choice between returning to Earth or destroying it.

A neat little YouTube video:

Find Red Rain at the following retailers or buy it directly from Aubrey here:

 

I hope you enjoy Red Rain as much as we did!

Seven Days in Utopia

SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA follows the story of Luke Chisolm (Lucas Black), a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour. When his first big shot turns out to be a very public disaster, Luke escapes the pressures of the game and finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas, home to eccentric rancher Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall). But Johnny’s more than meets the eye, and his profound ways of looking at life force Luke to question not only his past choices, but his direction for the future.

 

 

Based on David L. Cook’s best-selling book Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia, SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA also stars Melissa Leo, Deborah Ann Woll, Brian Geraghty, Jerry Ferrera, Joseph Lyle Taylor, KJ Choi and Kathy Baker. The film is directed by Matthew Dean Russell from a script by Cook, Rob Levine, Russell and Sandra Thrift. The film was produced by Mark G. Mathis (Brick, Precious) and Jason M. Berman (The Dry Land).