• Lessons Learned From Veteran Homeschoolers
    book lists,  elementary

    Chapter Books for Grade Three

    I was chatting to Raeca about books yesterday and asked her what kind of book list I should share today. (Some weeks I have tons of ideas and the next nothing comes to me.) She suggested I do a list of chapter books for grade three. While I have done a list of grade three read alouds (here and here) I realized I had not yet shared a list of independent grade three chapter books. So, we tried to remember the books Raeca read this year that she really enjoyed. All the books on this list she considers to be 4 or 5 star books.     She is at…

  • The Best Picture Books Published in 2019 (so far)
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books of 2019 (so far) – Part One

    I always have a lot of fun with these annual picture book lists. For the past few years I’ve created round ups of the best of the best at the end of the year (2018, 2017 and 2016) and I will often share a few of our favorites throughout the year as well. This is part one to our favorite picture books published in 2019. It’s early in the year yet so I know there will be a part two (and possibly a part three) yet before I share our ultimate list of 2019 favorites. If you’ve read some great picture books published this year I would love to hear…

  • book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books About Easter (That Keep Christ at the Center)

    I did not anticipate how hard this book list would be to write. There are so many Easter picture books about chicks and bunnies and chocolate but unfortunately very few about Christ . . . And He’s the reason for the celebration! Anyway, I did manage to include some books on this list some of which are top notch books in general. Some of them may not completely be Easter specific but the whole point of Jesus coming to earth led up to His death and resurrection so I’ve included a few books that are a little broader than just Easter. I am looking forward to reading these books over…

  • The Best Picture Books for April - great picture books that include all things gardening and flowers that kids will enjoy
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books for April

    To me the month of April just vibes all things flowers and gardening* so that is the theme of this month’s book list. Well, flowers and gardening and Easter and new life – I plan on having a separate Easter book list up soon because every few years it falls in March and that can just get confusing. We have a few garden plants (tomatoes, peppers and eggplant) already started indoors and the rest will need to wait until the second half of May for it to be nice enough for us to plant outside in our garden. But I know people in other places can get into their gardens…

  • 10 Great Read Aloud Novels For Grade 3 - perfect read aloud chapter books and audiobooks
    book lists,  elementary

    10 Grade Three Read Aloud Novels

    This has been a good year for read alouds in our home. We’ve re-read a few of our favorites and found some new favorites! If you’ve been here for awhile you’ll probably already know that when I say “read aloud” 90% of the time I mean “audiobook”. For us that works best, we mostly like to listen at lunch and when we are out driving. Oh, while we are on the topic of books, I took some time this week to organize the book lists on the site a bit. You can now view them by category! Check out the book lists by category: Picture Books Elementary Chapter Books Middle…

  • A great list of classics for middle school - grades 5, 6, 7 and 8!
    book lists,  middle grades

    Classic Novels for Middle School

    Middle grade books are admittedly some of my favorites to read. Both when I was in middle school and now as an adult. My only regret is that I hardly read any classics when I was in middle school. I have been remedying that problem as an adult and have read a lot of great middle grade classics over the last few years. Today’s list includes some great middle grade classics for you to read to or with your middle schoolers or suggest they read on their own. That being said, remember, middle grade books aren’t just for middle schoolers! Many upper elementary students will also enjoy these books as…