• 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…

  • Classic Picture Books that are still good today - a list of classic picture books that have stood the test of time
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    14 Classic Picture Books That Have Stood The Test of Time

    There are some picture books that have just proven themselves over and over again. Of course, everyone has a slightly different opinion on which books are actually good classic picture books. Truthfully, my kids even have different opinions than me (if they had made this list Curious George would have been included). When trying to decide the criteria for what made a picture book a classic I decided to go will anything published in 1986 (the year of my birth) or before that. I think that makes me a classic in this definition. That’s one way to feel old. Next week I plan on coming back with a list of what…

  • Great Picture Book Biographies - a great way for kids to learn history
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    19 Picture Book Biography Stories

    It’s never too early to introduce kids to biographies. I love the increase of the number of biographical picture books in the last number of years. It’s not even just the number, it’s the quality as well. Even I have learned a lot about history thanks to some well written picture books. In this list I’ve included mostly books we have read but there are also a few I’ve heard really good things about that I want to check out. I’m sure there will be a part two to this list because I can already guarantee I’ve forgotten some really good ones. If I’ve missed a great biographical picture book you…

  • The Best Picture Books About Nature
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    13 of the Best Nature Picture Books

    I love the power of a good picture book. Great words and beautiful illustrations can be so much more powerful than a lot of words. There are so many excellent picture books about nature out there and today I wanted to share some of our favorites with you!     If you like this list you may also like: 10 of the Best Living Books About Nature The Best Books About Bugs & Insects Picture Books About Ponds & Frogs Great Picture Books About Gardens & Flowers The Best Picture Books About Weather   13 of the Best Nature Picture Books   You know those books that you feel the…

  • Our Favorite Picture Books
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    Our Favorite Picture Books – Part One

    I was inspired by Julie from The Kreke Family on YouTube to do a video sharing our favorite picture books since she has been sharing videos all this month in response to the homeschool challenge I have been hosting over on Instagram. As I went through the house and grabbed our favorites I realized we really don’t own that many of our favorite picture books, so this is going to be part one and in the future, when we can have access to the library again, I will do a part two and maybe three, four and five as well! I have done tons of picture book lists on the…

  • The Best Picture Books Published in 2019
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    The Best Picture Books Published in 2019

    I love taking time to notice the year a book is published and I am noticing such a great trend in picture books. 2019 was a good year for picture books. I’ll admit, we didn’t read as many published in 2019 books at the end of the year but there were so many great ones at the beginning of the year that those were most of my favorites anyway. Curious about our favorites from years past? You can check them out here: * The Best Picture Books Published in 2018 * The Best Picture Books Published in 2017 * The Best Picture Books Published in 2016   If you have…