• 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…

  • Great Picture Book Biographies - a great way for kids to learn history
    book lists,  elementary,  history,  picture books

    19 Picture Book Biography Stories

    It’s never too early to introduce kids to biographies. I love the increase of the number of biographical picture books in the last number of years. It’s not even just the number, it’s the quality as well. Even I have learned a lot about history thanks to some well written picture books. In this list I’ve included mostly books we have read but there are also a few I’ve heard really good things about that I want to check out. I’m sure there will be a part two to this list because I can already guarantee I’ve forgotten some really good ones. If I’ve missed a great biographical picture book you…

  • Book Lists for Kids Broken Down By Grade
    book lists,  elementary,  high school,  middle grades

    Book Lists Broken Down By Grade!

    I have been writing book lists here on this site for over three years now and it’s about time I had a place where you could come and see the lists broken down by grade! I’ll do my best to keep this list updates, so feel free to pin this page and check back regularly. (Now, next up on my to do list is to create a page listing every single book list on this site, wish me luck!) Oh, also, I hope to have a book list extravaganza here on the blog real soon where I share a book list a day for a week or two, if you…

  • 12 Great Chapter Books for Grade Two - novels that can be read independently or as read alouds
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary

    12 Great Chapter Books for Grade Two

    This year my son is in grade two, so I wanted to create a list of books for him to read this year. He is at the point where he is just starting to read easy chapter books but I know at this rate he’ll really increase his reading ability this next year. So, I wanted to create a list of books for grade two that would have some diversity. There are definitely some easy to read books on here as well as some that are a bit harder. Oh, and because I know my son I’ve also included some funny books, because those are his favorite.     12…

  • Family Read Aloud Books we want to read together as a family this year
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    12 Books on Our List for Family Read Alouds This Year

    With a new school year approaching I wanted to compile a list of books for family read alouds. For us the term family read aloud mostly means family audiobooks since we still mostly just listen to a book together as a family at meal times. But, I think some of the books on my list for this year don’t have audiobooks, so maybe this will be the year that I finally learn how to read chapter books aloud (if you have tips, let me know! I think my biggest problem is that I am reading ahead in my head way further than where my voice is). We’ve actually gotten a head start…

  • Classic Novels for Elementary Kids
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    20 of the Best Classic Read Aloud Novels for Elementary Kids

    Three years ago I created a list of 40 classic read aloud novels for kids. I did a lot of research before making that list and compiled what I thought were 40 great books. The only thing was, I hadn’t read all of the books myself. For a number of them I was going off of suggestions from a number of different people. And it turns out my taste is a little different than others. For this list I have include twenty classic novels I have read (most of these I have read aloud to my kids or we have listened to them on audio) and these are books we…