"I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world." Louise May Alcott, Little Women
“Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Before I was a reader, I was a watcher. I feel fortunate that I was a watcher during a time when Hollywood created great, family-friendly stories worth watching.
Stories of family.
Stories of sacrificial love.
Stories of forgiveness.
Of Unconditional love.
I grew up learning the importance of family, community, and faith from the Ingalls family as they lived life on the prairie in the 1800's.
I saw the importance of intergenerational living and humility by watching the Walton family as they struggled through the Great Depression & a World War in rural Virginia.
I was taught not to sweat the small stuff and the importance of education from the Cosby family as they laughed their way through raising five kids in the inner city.
Like the saying goes, "The book is almost always better."
I discovered this to be true once I became a parent. It was then that this watcher transformed into a reader.
My kids learned to read using the My First Little House books and our first family read-alouds were (you guessed it!) the Little House on the Prairie series.
Through the years we read many books that kept central the importance of family, of sacrificial love, of selflessness, of humility.
This first week in February, I want to celebrate Family Love Stories - both those that some of us were fortunate to grow up in, and those that some of us formed after we grew up.
If you are looking for some good family love stories, you don't mind a few feels, and you could use a dose of good family vibes, you have come to the right place.
My Baker's Dozen of Book Recommendations:
Little House on the Prairie series (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Cheaper by the Dozen (Gilbreth)
Belles on their Toes (Gilbreth)
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Swiss Family Robinson (Johann David Wyss)
Sarah, Plain and Tall (Patricia MacLachlan)
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (Maria von Trapp)
Heidi (Johanna Spyri)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Kate Douglas Wiggin)
The Hiding Place (Corrie ten Boom)
If there is a book you feel should be added to the list of Family Love Stories, please share it in the comments.
And if you're feeling the book love this month, you might like my I LOVE BOOKS Charm.
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