• MARCH HOMESCHOOL LIBRARY HAUL - a variety of books we've recently checked out from the library
    books,  library haul

    MARCH HOMESCHOOL LIBRARY HAUL 📚 a variety of books we’ve recently checked out from the library

    I always have fun sharing the books we got out from the library. Here’s a recent stack of books we’ve check out!       BOOKS MENTIONED The Great Cake Mystery Case Closed – The Mystery in the Mansion Thirty Days Has September – Cool Ways to Remember Stuff Cool Flexagon Art Jambo Means Hello – Swahili Alphabet Book Curious Lists For Kids – Human Body Stormy Seas – Stories of Young Boat Refugees Hip Hop Speaks to Children The Dark Ages and the Vikings  

  • 12 of the best middle grade books being released in 2021 from March through to June
    anticipated releases,  book lists,  middle grades

    12 of the Best Middle Grade Releases 2021: March – June

    There are so many good sounding books coming out this year! I keep thinking I’ve heard of them all when new ones are announced. There are lots of middle grade books being released from March through to June but these are ones that I’ve heard about and are currently on my radar. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means. I shared a list of books coming out from January through to March already. And then I saw more March releases so I have added them to this list. Are there some middle grade books you know of coming out in the next few months that sound good? Let me know so…

  • why we started using GATHER ROUND: some initial thoughts & mini review + what we plan on doing next
    curriculum,  reviews

    why we started using GATHER ROUND: some initial thoughts & mini review + what we plan on doing next

    Well, it’s been a few months since I shared a video. I am excited to finally be back with another one! If you get my newsletter you’ll already know that we decided to give the Gather ‘Round curriculum a try – a big change from our normal unschooling ways – and today I want to share some of our initial thoughts with Gather ‘Round and where we plan on going from here.     why we started using GATHER ROUND: some initial thoughts & mini review + what we plan on doing next     Here are some links and resources I shared in the video: Gather ‘Round My Newsletter…

  • New Picture Books Released March 2021 - great new picture book releases
    anticipated releases,  book lists,  picture books

    New Picture Book Releases We Want to Read: March 2021

    March is another great month for new picture book releases! I have enjoyed making these monthly lists again this year. In case you missed it, you can see the picture books I have been excited to read with my kids from previous months: New Picture Book Releases We Want to Read: January 2021 New Picture Book Releases We Want to Read: February 2021 And if you have kids that read middle grade (or are an adult that reads middle grade, I am!) here are some new releases for middle grade books as well. If you know of any good books being published this year I would love it if you…

  • The Best Picture Books of 2020 - the best picture books for kids published in 2020
    book lists,  elementary,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books Published in 2020

    It’s time for one of my favorite book lists of the year: The Best Picture Books Published in 2020! Well, okay, this is my first time every writing this particular post but I’ve made lists for the past number of years and it’s a fun annual one to write. In case you are curious, here are are favorites from previous years: The Best Picture Books of 2016 The Best Picture Books of 2017 The Best Picture Books of 2018 The Best Picture Books of 2019     I also like to do a mid-year version of this post, here’s The Best Picture Books of 2020 (so far) from a few…

  • 2021 New Picture Book Releases - great sounding picture books that are being released February 2021
    anticipated releases,  book lists,  elementary,  picture books

    New Picture Book Releases We Want to Read: February 2021

    I’m excited to share a list of books that are coming out in February that sound really good! In case you missed it, I recently shared a post that had January’s new picture book releases as well as middle grade novels that are being released in the first few months of 2021. Once again, I’ve spent quite a bit of time sifting through picture books that are being released and I think I’ve found some really good winners! Obviously, I haven’t actually been able to read these books yet so I can’t promise they are going to be amazing but I hope so. I hope to read as many of…