• The Best Picture Books for April - great picture books that include all things gardening and flowers that kids will enjoy
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books for April

    To me the month of April just vibes all things flowers and gardening* so that is the theme of this month’s book list. Well, flowers and gardening and Easter and new life – I plan on having a separate Easter book list up soon because every few years it falls in March and that can just get confusing. We have a few garden plants (tomatoes, peppers and eggplant) already started indoors and the rest will need to wait until the second half of May for it to be nice enough for us to plant outside in our garden. But I know people in other places can get into their gardens…

  • 10 Great Read Aloud Novels For Grade 3 - perfect read aloud chapter books and audiobooks
    book lists,  elementary

    10 Grade Three Read Aloud Novels

    This has been a good year for read alouds in our home. We’ve re-read a few of our favorites and found some new favorites! If you’ve been here for awhile you’ll probably already know that when I say “read aloud” 90% of the time I mean “audiobook”. For us that works best, we mostly like to listen at lunch and when we are out driving. Oh, while we are on the topic of books, I took some time this week to organize the book lists on the site a bit. You can now view them by category! Check out the book lists by category: Picture Books Elementary Chapter Books Middle…

  • A great list of classics for middle school - grades 5, 6, 7 and 8!
    book lists,  middle grades

    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…

  • The Best Picture Books to Read in March - picture books about St. Patrick's Day, the coming of spring and more!
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books for March

    Month three of the year is almost upon us so it’s time for another monthly book list – this time it’s the March picture book list! Overall March can be a pretty great month – the weather starts warming up and you’ve got St. Patrick’s Day and spring and every few years Easter is even thrown in at the end of the month. The book list is mostly spring-ish themed though I did add in a few St. Patrick’s Day books (you can find a full list of them here though if you are looking for more) oh, and remember, March 14th is Pi Day (3.14) so I’ve got a…

  • The Books I Read in January - a reading wrap of the all the books I read this month, including the best and the worst
    adults,  book lists

    January Reading Wrap Up

    Here’s a bonus book list for you this week – my January reading wrap up! January was a good reading month for me, I read eleven books from a variety of genres. I read 2/28 books from my list of books I want to read in 2019, decent but I’m going to have to step it up a bit to reach my goal for the year. At the beginning of January I came across some really good book channels on YouTube and I think that will also influence some of the books I read this year, three of the books from this list were thanks to some of those channels.…

  • 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…