• 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!…

  • The Best Picture Books to Read in November - picture books about snow, hibernation and the arctic
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    The Best Picture Books for November

    Wow, the year is almost over already! I can’t believe we’re already on to the November picture book list! Most November picture book lists floating around on the internet include a large number of Thanksgiving books but I knew I wanted to make this list different, not that I am anti-Thanksgiving, but because as a Canadian we celebrate the holiday at the beginning of October. If you are looking for a list of Thanksgiving picture books you can find that here. So, this list will include a list of some introduction to winter books. For the record, I know that winter doesn’t technically start until halfway through December but we’ve…

  • The Best Book Lists (Picture Books and Chapter Books) from Intentional Homeschooling
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    The Best Books – A Guide to the Best Book Lists

    If you’ve been around here for any length of time you’ll have noticed that I share a few book lists (the understatement of the year). I thought it would make sense to create a place to share some of the best and most popular of the book lists so that’s what this space is! This is by no means an exhaustive collection of all the book lists on this site, I also have many book lists by grade, monthly book lists, seasonal book lists, our monthly reading wrap up and a lot more. You can see all the lists here. I will keep this list updated and share the best…

  • The Best Picture Books Published in 2019 - so far - part two
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    The Best Picture Books of 2019 – Part Two

    Every year I like to make picture books of the best books published that year. I take my job very seriously and read a ton of picture books. Many of them do not make these lists. Some times it surprises me what actually gets published, there are some truly terrible picture books out there! But there are also some great ones! Earlier this year I made a part one to some of our favorite picture books published this year and today I am sharing part two! If you have some favorite picture books that have been published in 2019 that I haven’t shared on either list, let me know, I’ll…