• 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…

  • The Best Picture Books of 2018 - our favorite picture books published in 2018
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books Published in 2018

    I enjoy keeping track of the publication date of the picture books we read and doing a round up of the best books from each year. Earlier in 2018 I wrote two lists: a part one and then part two of our favorite 2018 picture books thus far. Then, at the beginning of the year I like to do a final round up of the ten-ish best books from the year, hence this list.     Ideally this list would be done by the beginning of January but there are always a number of books published at the end of the year that it takes a little while for my…

  • The Best Picture Books to Read in February - book about love, Valentine's and parental love
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books for February

    Wow, I can’t believe the second month of the year is almost here! At the beginning of the year I decided to create a picture book list for each month of the year, you can check out January’s here and today is February’s! Thanks to Valentine’s Day I decided to go with the theme of love for this month. I didn’t just stick with the typical Valentine books but also added in a number of books about a parent’s love for a child. This will be a continually growing list, as we read more great picture books about love I will add them to the list, so I would suggest…

  • The best fiction and non-fiction chapter books I read in 2018
    adults,  book lists

    My Favorite Books of 2018 & Books I Want to Read in 2019

    This year I am going to do something a little different and share my personal book lists over here. Previously I had been sharing them over on my other blog but this year it feels like this is where they should be. I have always been a reader but now a mother and home educator I feel even more aware of how everything I do is setting some type of example for my kids (whether it is a good or no-so-good action) and being an avid reader is an example I want to set. So far I seem to be doing pretty good with that example! Today I wanted to…

  • 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…