• Easy Chapter Books for Kids - great beginner chapter books for early readers
    book lists,  elementary

    EARLY READER CHAPTER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS – great novels for beginner chapter books

    Today I am collaborating with Abby from Bear Hill Family to share some early reader chapter books with you! My second child is in/just getting out of the early reader chapter book stage so I wanted to share some books that have been favorites of my kids over the years. If you have some great early reader chapter book recommendations I would love to hear them!       EARLY READER CHAPTER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS   Flat Stanley When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick! Amazing things begin…

  • Family Read Alouds for our Homeschool Year 2021-2022
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    FAMILY READ ALOUDS: 13 books we want to read in our homeschool in the 2021-2022 school year

    We love a good read aloud in our family and today I am sharing thirteen (not twelve like I said in the video) books we want to read aloud (aka listen to) in the next school year. Now, when I say read alouds what I actually mean is listen tos because I am terrible at reading aloud so we usually listen to our book together as a family while we eat our meals. We use an amazing Bluetooth speaker, we’ve had it for years and only have to charge it about twice a year. Here’s an updated version of our Bluetooth speaker.  My plan is for us to pick and…

  • 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…

  • January 2021 New Picture Book Releases - Anticipated Picture Book Releases we are excited about!
    anticipated releases,  book lists,  elementary,  picture books

    New Picture Book Releases We Want to Read: January 2021

    Last week I shared a list of middle grade books coming at in the first few months of the year and this week I thought I would share some new picture book releases that sound really good. Originally I was going to make this list include picture books that were coming out January through to March but I got started with the list and realized there were enough good sounding books to make separate monthly lists! I actually did this a few years ago and so I guess this year I am bringing back the monthly picture book releases lists. I’ve spent quite a bit of time sifting through picture…

  • Family Read Alouds we've read recently - middle grade books for the family
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    Family Read Alouds

    We are always reading (aka listening to) a book together as a family. I wanted to share some of our thoughts on the books we’ve been reading lately. I have all the books listed below but if you want to know what we thought of each of the books, be sure to watch the video. If you have any suggestions on books we should read soon that you’ve enjoyed, let me know!       FAMILY READ ALOUDS   BOOK SCAVENGER For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the…