I’ve also found several Web sites that are helpful in the reading aloud department.  Another guest I had in chat was Valerie Jacobsen.  She is the Web mistress for the site, www.valerieslivingbooks.com.  She is also a plethora of information.  In addition, she has a yahoo groups e-list called “bookroom” that is quite informative and loaded with information.  

Another great site is http://hometown.aol.com/BeeME1/bookstore.html.  This is a list of twaddle-free books by reading level. 

It would be impossible for me to list every book site available to home schoolers.  I know I would forget many and feel badly about that.  I will add one more site though, http://www.classicalhomeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html. This is a site with a classical emphasis that lists 1,000 books.   

In our house we have a little stuffed duck that we lovingly refer to as “Fluffy Twaddle.”  He is our book mascot and helps protect our family from allowing fluffy twaddle into our library.  I would like to encourage you to read books to your children that are neither fluffy, nor twaddly. 

In addition to devoting herself to her husband and the eight children she home schools, Terri also enjoys writing and speaking to offer encouragement to women in an effervescent, humorous way. Visit her Web site at www.ignitethefire.com or e-mail her at terri@ignitethefire.com.