• Our Favorite Picture Books - The Best Picture Books for Toddlers, Preschoolers and School Aged Children
    BOOK LISTS,  BOOKS

    Our Favorite Picture Books – Part One

    I was inspired by Julie from The Kreke Family on YouTube to do a video sharing our favorite picture books since she has been sharing videos all this month in response to the homeschool challenge I have been hosting over on Instagram. As I went through the house and grabbed our favorites I realized we really don’t own that many of our favorite picture books, so this is going to be part one and in the future, when we can have access to the library again, I will do a part two and maybe three, four and five as well! I have done tons of picture book lists on the…

  • Our Elementary Summer Read Aloud Book List
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    Our Elementary Summer Read Aloud Book List

    For the last few years I have been creating a list of read aloud ideas for our summers (I don’t know why I haven’t been doing this for the winters as well, I need to start this). I like to share our summer book list here because 1) others may enjoy it and 2) if I don’t save it here I may lose it. Unlike most of my book lists I create we haven’t read all the books on the list so I cannot guarantee they will be spectacular but I have either heard good things about them and/or have read some good reviews so I hope they will mostly…

  • January Reading Wrap Up
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    Books for Kids Who Like Harry Potter or Aren’t Quite Ready to Read It

    I feel like the Harry Potter series is one where kids fall into one of two categories: either they love it or they aren’t allowed to read it. I’m not here to tell you whether or not you should allow your kids to ready Harry Potter but if you have a fantasy reader in your home I’m betting they’ll love some of the books on this list. That being said, I’m reading the Harry Potter series for the first time myself and plan on sharing a “Should Christian’s Let Their Kids Read Harry Potter” post in the future after I read the last book, so stay tuned if you are…

  • BOOK LISTS,  BOOKS,  ELEMENTARY

    10 Independent Reads for 8-12 Year Olds

    My fourth grader loves to read but goes through spurts where she reads a ton and then weeks where she doesn’t read much. I pretty much do the same so I totally understand. Lately she has been reading a ton of books so I thought I would share some of her recent favorites. She can read quite above her grade level (as you’ll see at the end of this list) but she also likes to pick up some age appropriate books to breeze through as well. Many of the books on this list are the first books in a series, in those cases my daughter has either continued on with…

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    12 Novels for Grade One

    My son is in grade one this year, when my daughter was this age she was reading novels, he’s not quite there yet but that hasn’t stopped him from taking in a lot of novels this year thanks to audiobooks. I asked him to tell him his favorite audiobooks he has listened to this year and he came up with this list! He’s got quite the sense of humor so there are a lot of silly books on this list. I have made a couple of other lists of novels for grade one over the years, you can also check those out: + Grade One Read Aloud Novels + More…

  • BOOK LISTS,  ELEMENTARY,  PICTURE BOOKS

    The Best Picture Books Published in 2019

    I love taking time to notice the year a book is published and I am noticing such a great trend in picture books. 2019 was a good year for picture books. I’ll admit, we didn’t read as many published in 2019 books at the end of the year but there were so many great ones at the beginning of the year that those were most of my favorites anyway. Curious about our favorites from years past? You can check them out here: * The Best Picture Books Published in 2018 * The Best Picture Books Published in 2017 * The Best Picture Books Published in 2016   If you have…