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

    Our 12 Favorite Family Read Alouds from 2018

    Here’s my first list of our favorite books form 2018! Soon I’ll share my favorite reads as well as our favorite picture books, but today it’s the chapter books. If you’ve read any of my chapter book lists in the past you’ll know that I have struggled with reading chapter books aloud in the past and while I wouldn’t say that I am great at it now I would say I improved by leaps and bounds this last year. It turns out I now know the secret to getting better at reading chapter books aloud: practice. No real surprise there. If you have struggled with with reading aloud in the past, one my…

  • 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…

  • Eight Middle Grade Novels - even adults will love! Middle grade novels for grades 3 and up
    book lists,  middle grades

    Eight Middle Grade Novel Recommendations

    I have been really into middle grade novels in the last few years. At first I was embarrassed about it, I’m in my thirties after all, but then I just decided to roll with it and I’ve come to learn that I am not alone in my love for middle grade novels! There is so much I love about middle grade novels, I plan on making that a separate post in the future so keep any eye out for that. Anyway, I did make a list nearly two years ago with another eight middle grade novels I thought adults would love, today’s list actually does have a little overlap and there…

  • Middle grade books set during World War II
    book lists,  history,  middle grades

    16 Gripping World War II Books for the Middle Years (Grades 4-8)

    I have been on a big World War II reading kick in my own life lately. History never interested me when I was younger but these days it seems like I can’t get enough! I’ve found that I really enjoy reading about history through historical fiction books (and some really good non-fiction ones too). While am also reading some grown up books about WWII, a number of the books I’m reading have been in the middle years range. Some of the WWII books I’ve been reading lately (mid-grade and otherwise):   The following list includes about 50% of books I have read and the other 50% is on my to-read…

  • 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…