• The Best Chapter Books for Grade 4 - 12 novels for middle school
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    12 of the Best Chapter Books for Grade Four

    Back in my short lived school teaching career I always thought grade four was the best age. Kids are still young enough where they liked school but old enough they caught on to sarcasm. It was like the sweet spot as far as ages go. Well, now my oldest is officially done grade four and I have to say, it was a great year! Since we added fostering into the mix this year things looked a lot different than I imagined they would, but one thing stayed the same: she read (and listened to) a lot of books. I asked her to share her favorite books from the year and…

  • The Best Chapter Books for Boys - Great Novels for Elementary Boys - funny and serious novels for boys
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    Chapter Books for Boys – Novels Boys (& Girls!) Will Love! a combination of funny and serious books

    Today I am sharing some of the best chapter books for boys (in my opinion). Ephraim loves these novels so they are kid approved too! These novels are perfect for boys but most girls will enjoy them as well! This video is a collaboration with Challice from Sodbuster Living, please head over to her YouTube channel, subscribe and check out her videos.     If you want to see more book lists for boys in the future, let me know!     The Best Chapter Books for Boys   Charlotte’s Web Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…