• Family Read Aloud Books we want to read together as a family this year
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    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…

  • Classic Novels for Elementary Kids
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    20 of the Best Classic Read Aloud Novels for Elementary Kids

    Three years ago I created a list of 40 classic read aloud novels for kids. I did a lot of research before making that list and compiled what I thought were 40 great books. The only thing was, I hadn’t read all of the books myself. For a number of them I was going off of suggestions from a number of different people. And it turns out my taste is a little different than others. For this list I have include twenty classic novels I have read (most of these I have read aloud to my kids or we have listened to them on audio) and these are books we…

  • Great Chapter Books for Girls - read aloud novels and audiobooks for girls from preschool until grade four
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    Chapter Books for Girls – Novels Girls (& Boys!) Will Love!

    I recently shared a book list that included 18 great chapter books for boys and today I wanted to come and share some good chapter books for girls! Honestly, I think both genders would like all the books on both lists but I mostly tried to keep the books on the girls list to have female main characters and the books on the boys list mostly have male main characters. The books on this list are great from preschool up to grade four, I’ve tried to list them so the books at the beginning of the list are for the younger kids and then as the list goes on they…

  • A list of 12 novels that are great for read alouds or read alones for kids in and around grade 4. These are chapter books my daughter read in grade four and loved!
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    12 of the Best Chapter Books for Grade Four

    Back in my short lived school teaching career I always thought grade four was the best age. Kids are still young enough where they liked school but old enough they caught on to sarcasm. It was like the sweet spot as far as ages go. Well, now my oldest is officially done grade four and I have to say, it was a great year! Since we added fostering into the mix this year things looked a lot different than I imagined they would, but one thing stayed the same: she read (and listened to) a lot of books. I asked her to share her favorite books from the year and…

  • The Best Chapter Books for Boys - Great Novels for Elementary Boys - funny and serious novels for boys
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    Chapter Books for Boys – Novels Boys (& Girls!) Will Love! a combination of funny and serious books

    Today I am sharing some of the best chapter books for boys (in my opinion). Ephraim loves these novels so they are kid approved too! These novels are perfect for boys but most girls will enjoy them as well!     If you want to see more book lists for boys in the future, let me know!     The Best Chapter Books for Boys   Charlotte’s Web Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern,…

  • Independent Books to Read for 8-12 Year Old - Great middle grade novels
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    10 Independent Reads for 8-12 Year Olds

    My fourth grader loves to read but goes through spurts where she reads a ton and then weeks where she doesn’t read much. I pretty much do the same so I totally understand. Lately she has been reading a ton of books so I thought I would share some of her recent favorites. She can read quite above her grade level (as you’ll see at the end of this list) but she also likes to pick up some age appropriate books to breeze through as well. Many of the books on this list are the first books in a series, in those cases my daughter has either continued on with…