• Our Favorite Family Read Alouds - elementary read alouds we love as a family
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    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…

  • Picture Books About Knights
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    Picture Books About Knights

    Back in the spring we spent quite a bit of time studying knights. I was reading Knights in Training and hosted an online book club about the book and then I took my kids through some knight training exercises.     I would highly recommend grabbing a copy of Knights in Training and reading through it. Prior to reading it I had no idea of the code of conduct knights had to adhere to, it’s very inspirational and all of the codes they had to follow are ones I would like my children to follow. The ten codes knights were to follow: Love God Obey Stand Against Injustice Protect the…

  • Summer Read Alouds and Audiobooks for ages 7-10
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    Nine Summer Read Alouds and Audiobooks for 7-10 Year Olds

    This is my third year sharing a list of read alouds I would like to get to during the summer. You can view the first one here and the second one here. The first two lists were more early elementary based and this one is starting to get a little older as my kids get older. Since the books on this list are read alouds the reading level can be higher than when they are reading on their own. My kids are 5 and 7 and they both listen to our books though they are more geared towards the 7 year old. This being the third year of our summer…