Basking In It: Strive for an Understanding Heart


One Small Fact (John Williams from The Book Thief)


Hoodwinked (2005; Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close) – PG – This clever, funny, and fast-paced animated retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood illustrates the complexities of misunderstandings and seeing things from different points of view.

Just Mercy (2019; Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx)

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Roman Holiday (1953; Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn)

Saving Mr. Banks (2013; Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks) – PG13

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief (2013; Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) – PG13

The Good Master by Kate Seredy – This is a beautiful story of a wild young motherless girl who is sent to her uncle’s house in the country (in Hungary, just before World War I) in the hopes that he can bring her around.  A great family read-aloud.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

The Philadelphia Story (1940; Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant)

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery – This charming chapter book makes a great read-aloud for the family (ages 10 +). A British family hosts a young rebel prisoner of war during the American Revolution.

The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy – This historical-fiction sequel to The Good Master is set in Europe during World War I. It tells of the struggles of life at home during the war as well as some very moving accounts of the front lines (including the World War I Christmas Truce). A great read-aloud for the family.

Twelve Angry Men (1957; Henry Fonda, Jack Warden) – A murder-trail jury grapples with life and death in this intense and intelligent story.

The Wrong Man (1956; Alfred Hitchcock)