• Books Coming out in 2019 we are looking forward to reading
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  picture books

    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
    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…