• Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day
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    The Best Pirate Books – Picture Books & Non-Fiction

    We’ve been learning all about pirates for the last week in preparation for Talk Like a Pirate Day and of course I had to share a pirate book list! This list includes a bit of everything, picture books, chapter books, fiction and non-fiction. If you are interested in continuing to learn about pirates you can check out a list of the resources we used for our pirate unit study here.     We did everything from drawing pirates to creating pirate names, to watching videos about why they actual wore eye patches and of course: reading pirate themed books! Check out the pirate mini unit study resources. Now, on to the…

  • The Best Picture Books to Read in August - All About Weather - Fiction and Non-Fiction Picture Books Great for Kids in Elementary
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    The Best Picture Books for August

    Welcome to another monthly book list! I’ve been slowly collecting books about weather for us to study the topic so I thought it would make a great theme for August’s theme. We went on a little road trip last week and as we were driving home we drove through some spectacular storms and cloud formations. I often bemoan the fact that we live in flat prairie land but it sure makes it easy to see what is all going on in the sky. I captured this shot last week from my seat in the vehicle, it’s not something you would generally be able to get a good view or shot…

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    The Best Books for July

    This month I decided to go with a bugs and insects theme for the monthly book list! We are observing bugs all spring, summer and fall long but since I’m currently wrapping up my nature resource month over on Instagram (you can view the links to all the resources here), I was feeling extra nature-y and thought this would be a good theme for this month’s book list. The only problem about this list is that it could have been much, much, much longer. I may come back and add more books to it over time but I wanted to start out with some of our favorites and as we…

  • pond and water books
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    The Best Picture Books for June

    Today I have another monthly picture book to share. We are on to June which means the year is nearly half over! For this month’s list I decided to mainly go with a water theme. Since the weather has warmed up here we’ve been spending a lot of time at a local pond looking to see what kind of animals we can find. We’ve found lots of birds, feathers, lots of bugs, including this awesome water beetle:     If you are looking for some great books to guide you on your water adventures, read on! Plus a couple of oddball summer books that I had to include because they…

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    The Best Picture Books About Easter (That Keep Christ at the Center)

    I did not anticipate how hard this book list would be to write. There are so many Easter picture books about chicks and bunnies and chocolate but unfortunately very few about Christ . . . And He’s the reason for the celebration! Anyway, I did manage to include some books on this list some of which are top notch books in general. Some of them may not completely be Easter specific but the whole point of Jesus coming to earth led up to His death and resurrection so I’ve included a few books that are a little broader than just Easter. I am looking forward to reading these books over…

  • Science can be for girls! Check out this list of science picture books that feature girls and women.
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    The Best Picture Books About Girls and Science

    Science has been a bit topic in our house lately and if you know us at all any time we are interested in a topic that means attempting to read all the books on that topic. Science has been no exception. We’ve been attempting to read all the books. On a semi-related note, Raeca noticed that a lot of the girls science books we’ve been reading the girls either have a pet dog or cat and a tree house. Of course it made her want both. Well, now we’ve got the kitten but I think the tree house will just continue to be a dream.     Lately there has been…