• Great Middle Grade Books - books to read for grade 4, grade 5 and grade 6!
    book lists,  middle grades

    14 Great Novels for Middle Grade

    A couple times a year I like to make a list of the books my kids have each been reading in the last few months. Today I’m going to share some great middle grade books. These are some that my daughter, who is in grade five, has been enjoying lately. Some of these she’s on to the second, third or fourth book in the series already but I’ll just share the info for book one since it doesn’t make sense to share about books that are later in the series. I think these books would be good for most kids from grade four through six (and up, honestly, I’m an…

  • January 2021 New Picture Book Releases - Anticipated Picture Book Releases we are excited about!
    anticipated releases,  book lists,  elementary,  picture books

    New Picture Book Releases We Want to Read: January 2021

    Last week I shared a list of middle grade books coming at in the first few months of the year and this week I thought I would share some new picture book releases that sound really good. Originally I was going to make this list include picture books that were coming out January through to March but I got started with the list and realized there were enough good sounding books to make separate monthly lists! I actually did this a few years ago and so I guess this year I am bringing back the monthly picture book releases lists. I’ve spent quite a bit of time sifting through picture…

  • Middle Grade Books Coming Out in 2021 That I'm Looking Forward to! Middle Grade Anticipated Releases for January-March - Middle Grade books coming out in January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021
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    Anticipated Middle Grade Releases in 2021: January-March

    For the first time this year I am paying attention to release dates of new books. I am blaming it on the fact that for the last year I have been in the depths of BookTube sharing about what I’ve been reading and hearing about the books everyone else is excited about. I shared on my YouTube channel about some of the books I am excited to read in the first bit of this year and I thought it would be fun to make a list of solely middle grade books that are coming out this year that I am excited about. Obviously I’ve never read any of these books…

  • Kids Reading Challenge - a month long readathon for kids - with a giveaway!
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    KIDS READING CHALLENGE & GIVEAWAY 📕 a month long reading challenge for kids with a giveaway too!

    I recently hosted a readathon and my kids wanted to get in on the fun by hosting their own month long readathon. Oh, and of course we’re doing a giveaway as well. Watch the video for the details and then read on below for how to join!       Here’s how to join the Reading Challenge #1 Go to Hey Reader and make an account #2 Join the Kids Hey Readerathon. #3 Add the books your kids want to read for each challenge. #4 During the month of November encourage your kids to read the books they picked and when they finish each book head back to Hey Reader…

  • Family Read Alouds we've read recently - middle grade books for the family
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    Family Read Alouds

    We are always reading (aka listening to) a book together as a family. I wanted to share some of our thoughts on the books we’ve been reading lately. I have all the books listed below but if you want to know what we thought of each of the books, be sure to watch the video. If you have any suggestions on books we should read soon that you’ve enjoyed, let me know!       FAMILY READ ALOUDS   BOOK SCAVENGER For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the…

  • The Best Picture Books of 2020 - so far! Great picture books to read with kids
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    The Best Picture Books of 2020 (so far)

    I feel like we are behind in our picture book reading this year. I blame it (mostly) on the fact that the libraries were closed for a few months. But now that our library is back up and running we are taking full advantage of it again. (If you are curious, you can see inside a few of the books from our library hauls here.)   These are the best picture books that have been published in 2020 that we have read so far. We’ve got a lot more that came out this year that we want to read yet so like most years I plan on doing this round…