We Were Tired of Living in a House

“We were tired of living in a house

so we packed a bag with

sweaters and socks and scarves

and mittens and woolen caps.

And we moved into a tree…”

What’s the Story?

We Were Tired of Living in a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen and illustrated by Doris Burn tells the story of four children who (spoilers!) are tired of living in a house.


And their parents seem a little tired of it, too.


So, they pack their bags and go for an adventure. Each place they stop is delightful, fun, and, ultimately, not the right fit. Eventually, they find their way back home where they are happily reunited with their parents. 

Why is it Great?

The message is clear: children are meant to be unleashed, untamed, and make messes – but at the end of the day, there’s no place like home.


Liesal Moak Skorpen’s rhymes are absolutely delightful. However, you must get this book with the original art by Doris Burn. Between the two of them, this book is an experience like no other and it demands to be retold again and again.

We Were Tired of Living in a House captures the heart of being a child and sets it free for us all to enjoy. This book will make you relive the freedom, joy, and (mis)adventure of childhood.

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