• The Best Book Lists (Picture Books and Chapter Books) from Intentional Homeschooling
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  picture books

    The Best Books – A Guide to the Best Book Lists

    If you’ve been around here for any length of time you’ll have noticed that I share a few book lists (the understatement of the year). I thought it would make sense to create a place to share some of the best and most popular of the book lists so that’s what this space is! This is by no means an exhaustive collection of all the book lists on this site, I also have many book lists by grade, monthly book lists, seasonal book lists, our monthly reading wrap up and a lot more. You can see all the lists here (and our monthly wrap ups here). I will keep this…

  • Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  picture books

    The Best Pirate Books – Picture Books & Non-Fiction

    We’ve been learning all about pirates for the last week in preparation for Talk Like a Pirate Day and of course I had to share a pirate book list! This list includes a bit of everything, picture books, chapter books, fiction and non-fiction. If you are interested in continuing to learn about pirates you can check out a list of the resources we used for our pirate unit study here.     We did everything from drawing pirates to creating pirate names, to watching videos about why they actual wore eye patches and of course: reading pirate themed books! Check out the pirate mini unit study resources. Now, on to the…

  • The Prairie Thief Book Review - fantasy for elementary and middle grade
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    Fantasy Book Recommendations For Elementary and Middle Grades

    I was not a fantasy reader as a child and boy, do I ever feel like I missed out! I wasn’t even a fantasy reader as an adult until recently! I spent the last few years reading some elementary and middle grade fantasy to proof read for my kids and it really hasn’t been until this last year or so that I’ve started to get into older fantasy and I am really enjoying the books! I love that fantasy gives the characters purpose (some version of fighting the darkness) and isn’t so woe-is-me like other books can tend to get (obviously I’m generalizing here). My daughter has been a huge…

  • Independent Books for Fourth Graders to Read
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    17 Independent Reads for Grade 4

    Every year I like to create a list of independent reads for my daughter (and will do the same for my son once he is reading on his own). She never reads every book on the list but I enjoy making it nonetheless. My main goal of the independent reading list is to push her out of her comfort zone. She can read harder books but can easily get into the rut of re-reading all the Geronimo Stilton books. I give her separate reading time during our official school portion of the day to read her current book off of my list so she also has other time to read…

  • The Best Audiobooks for Preschool to Adult
    adults,  audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary,  high school,  middle grades

    The Best Audiobooks For Preschool – Adult

    We listen to a lot of audiobooks in our home. I’ve admitted before that this is mainly because I am not great at reading chapter books aloud, and also because I like a fairly quite lunch time. I’ve written a whole list of tips and tricks from when we use audiobooks to how we get most of ours for free, you can check that out here. I can’t believe I haven’t compiled a master list of our favorite audiobooks yet, sheesh, it’s about time! I’ve done my best to break the list up into age categories, but every kid will be different. I also tried to put the best of…

  • A great list of classics for middle school - grades 5, 6, 7 and 8!
    book lists,  middle grades

    Classic Novels for Middle School

    Middle grade books are admittedly some of my favorites to read. Both when I was in middle school and now as an adult. My only regret is that I hardly read any classics when I was in middle school. I have been remedying that problem as an adult and have read a lot of great middle grade classics over the last few years. Today’s list includes some great middle grade classics for you to read to or with your middle schoolers or suggest they read on their own. That being said, remember, middle grade books aren’t just for middle schoolers! Many upper elementary students will also enjoy these books as…