• Ten funny chapter books that will have kids laughing out loud. Great novels kids will love, especially the boys.
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    Ten Funny Chapter Books That Will Have Kids Laughing Out Loud

    In the last few months I’ve been realizing how much more Ephraim enjoys chapter books when they are funny. For that reason I’ve been trying to add more funny chapter books into our rotation and alternating them with the more serious ones. There are some writers that just have that knack for writing silly chapter books, the more out there the better it seems sometimes. I actually had a few more books to add to this list, I’ll have to make a part two soon! What are some of the funniest chapter books you have read? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments!     TEN…

  • The Intentional Reading Book List - book suggestions and recommendations for the best books for babies, preschoolers, elementary, middle school, high school and beyond. Plus, receive the bookish newsletter with more recommendations and book extension activities
    adults,  book lists,  books,  elementary,  high school,  middle grades,  picture books

    Introducing: The Intentional Reading Book List & A Bookish Newsletter

    I have always been an avid reader, from sneaking books into the bathroom to read as a pre-teen and early teenager to putting off grown up responsibilities as an adults (*cough* doing the dishes *cough*). My to-read list is incredibly long but thankfully I have always believed that there are way too many good books in the world to spend time reading less-than-stellar books, so I stop those books and go on to the next good book. In case you are in need of some top notch book recommendations, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve recently created my Intentional Reading Book List – over 70 book recommendations that include…

  • Our Favorite Family Read Alouds - elementary read alouds we love as a family
    book lists,  books,  elementary

    First Family Read Alouds

    I thought I would do something different with today’s book list and bring it to you in video format. I’ve really been enjoying video lately, mostly because it is something different and because it challenges me creatively.     I decided to make a video sharing my top recommendations on where you should start when it comes to family read alouds. This is hands down one of the most common questions I get asked so it seemed like the best first book list video to make. A note about book list and book videos: I plan on doing a number of middle grade book lists, reviews and recommendations in the…

  • Bird Literature Guide - a literature unit study on birds using The Burgess Bird Book for Children
    book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books,  science

    The Best Picture & Chapter About Birds Books

    Today’s book list is all about birds! We have been studying birds as we read along with The Burgess Bird Book for Children so this is the perfect book list for this season. I’ve created a bird literature guide to go along with The Burgess Bird Book, those who are on my weekly newsletter list got it emailed to them for free, but if you missed it you can still grab it in the shop for just $5. I love learning through literature, which may be fairly evident by all the book posts I have here!     OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: The Ten Best Living Books About Nature…

  • The Ten Best Living Books About Nature - beautiful and inspiring science books about nature
    book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books,  science

    The Ten Best Living Books About Nature

    I’ve admitted time and time again that science is not my strongest subject. BUT over the last two years I have really started to enjoy nature study, I can’t identify a single tree to save my life but I am learning lots (apparently just not about trees). While I grew up on a farm with lots of space to explore I usually preferred to be indoors reading books and that is still my natural tendency. While we do venture out for nature walks on a regular basis we do a lot more reading about nature, especially as the temperatures start to get colder. It may only be September but I…

  • Our Favorite Family Read Alouds - elementary read alouds we love as a family
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    Eleven Chapter Books with Positive Female Characters for Young Girls

    In the last year or two I’ve really been paying attention to the type of books we have been reading as I’ve been focusing a lot on making sure I am raising children with good character. Books with inspiring, courageous and positive characters are becoming more and more important to me. As parents we are given this gift of these tiny humans that come with their own personalities, all of which need some shaping, some a little more than others.     There are many books that I weed out or refuse to read aloud to my children. I don’t want to read books with whiny characters because whining is…