• Our Favorite Picture Books
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    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…

  • Independent Books to Read for 8-12 Year Old - Great middle grade novels
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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…

  • The Best Audiobooks for Preschool to Adult
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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…

  • The Best Picture Books Published in 2019
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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…

  • Middle Grade Winter Books - great novels to read in the winter for middle grades 5-8
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    15+ Middle Grade Books to Read in the Winter

    This last year I have gotten more into seasonal reading. Last year I shared monthly themed picture book lists here on the blog and this year I wanted to share seasonal chapter book lists. Most of the books on these lists will be what are considered “middle grade” reads which are generally for 8-12 year olds. My daughter is currently nine and she either has read or I would be okay with her reading all the books on this list. That being said, there can be a big range in ability and maturity when it comes to putting an age range from 8-12 so use your own discretion. Also, let…

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    The Best Children’s Books for December

    Here we are at the end of monthly book lists! I can’t believe how fast this year went by! For this month’s book list I wanted to stick with the reason behind this season and focus on books that prepare us for the Christmas season. I am always looking for more great Christmas books that keep Christ at the center so if you have some that aren’t on this list let me know so I can check them out! If you are looking for Advent resources you can find some here. You can also check out a similar themed list (with almost completely different books) I wrote three years ago!…