• 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…

  • 10 Good Middle Grade Historical Fiction Novels for Kids
    book lists,  middle grades

    10 Historical Fiction Middle Grade Books

    A good historical fiction book makes me want to learn more about the time period and topic it covers. I love how great middle grade is at this. Even as an adult I enjoy a lot of middle grade historical fiction books. This list includes some good historical fiction middle grade books. Also, I purposefully did not include any of the books I already included in my round up of WWII historical fiction that I have on this list here. What are some of your favorite historical fiction middle grade books?     10 Historical Fiction Middle Grade Books The Great Trouble Eel has troubles of his own: As an…

  • 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…

  • Middle Grade Books that Adults will Love - and Kids too!
    book lists,  middle grades

    10 More Middle Grade Novels Even Adults Will Love

    I really enjoy a well written middle grade book. I do think there are some middle grade books that just appeal to middle graders, some that just appeal to adults and then those in the sweet spot that both categories enjoy. The books in this list fall in that sweet spot. I have read and enjoyed each of these and my kids have enjoyed all the ones on this list they’ve read and I’m pretty sure they’ll enjoy the ones they haven’t yet. A few years ago I wrote a post sharing eight middle grade books that I really enjoy as an adult and now today I’ve got ten more!…

  • Great Chapter Books for Grade Five - novels for independent reads and read alouds for grade 5
    book lists,  middle grades

    17 Great Chapter Books for Grade Five

    One thing I love to do for our school year planning is create a list of books that I think will be good for my kids for that school year. This year my daughter is going into grade five! Where did the time go? This list of books includes some books she wants to read on her own, some I think she would enjoy and a few that we will be reading aloud (or listening to on audio) as a family. Her favorite genre is fantasy by far so this list is pretty fantasy heavy. I plan on making a master list/page here soon that has all the grade level book…

  • Family Read Aloud Books we want to read together as a family this year
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    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…