• 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…

  • Summer Read Alouds and Audiobooks for ages 7-10
    book lists,  books,  elementary,  middle grades

    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…

  • 50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  picture books

    50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child

    I’ve been going through our picture books the last few weeks and doing the unthinkable: setting some aside to get rid of. It’s like I’ve got two sides when it comes to this: my minimalist side and my bibliophile side. I want to get rid of everything but I want to keep the books. So, I’ve come to a decision to at least get rid of the picture books that aren’t our favorites. I know a great picture book can be enjoyed by all ages but as my children get older I feel like we have less need to keep so many picture books. Especially with our weekly library hauls,…

  • The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids - great for poetry tea time.
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  poetry

    The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids

    Since April is Poetry Month I wanted to share a list of our favorite poetry books. I’ve actually already shared some of our all-time favorite poetry books so I thought I would great a list with a twist: our favorite funny poetry books. My kids love poetry, maybe it is because they are young yet, but I personally think the reason they love poetry is because of how we approach it, reading poems is usually done during poetry tea time. Except for us it’s more like poetry-hot-chocolate-and-cupcake time. I mean, what kid wouldn’t love that?! (Here’s more information on our relaxed poetry tea time.) I think this approach is brilliant (and I can…

  • Living Books for Composer Study: Antonio Vivaldi
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  music,  picture books

    Composer Study with Living Books: Antonio Vivaldi

    I’ve learned over the past few years the benefit of  reading living books and I am making a real effort this year to add as many living books into our days as possible. Composer study and artist study are not something that are generally taught in the regular school system but hang around homeschoolers for a little while and chances are you will hear about them soon enough! Composer and artist study could be really overwhelming for kids but teaching them with living books makes it so easy, both to teach and for the kids to understand. Who doesn’t love listening to stories about the lives of people in the past?…