• The Prairie Thief Book Review - fantasy for elementary and middle grade
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    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
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    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!
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    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…

  • Books Coming out in 2019 we are looking forward to reading
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    Books Coming Out in 2019 We Are Looking Forward To

    A couple of years ago I would take time at the beginning of each month to look ahead and see what picture books were all coming out that month that we were looking forward to reading and then wrote a blog post about it. I thought it would be fun to do that again but instead of making it a monthly post this year it will probably be quarterly-ish. That’s what today’s post is. The books on this list are all coming out at the beginning of 2019 (or may have just came out) and based on the cover (cause yes, I totally judge a book by its cover) and…

  • Our Favorite Family Read Alouds - elementary read alouds we love as a family
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    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…