• How Much Do the Books Our Kids Read Matter? - Screening chapter books as a Christian parent
    book reviews,  books

    Do the Books Our Kids Read Matter?

    I have been thinking about this ^ a lot in the last week, if you receive my bookish newsletter each week you’ll already know that from last week’s email. Part of this has a lot to do with the fact that Raeca is really into the fantasy genre and it’s something I know almost nothing about since it’s never been my genre. I have become slightly more knowledgeable in the last couple of years but just a little. I know that many books, especially those in the fantasy and fairy tale genres can be so great for sharing the Gospel story, where good conquers evil, but there are also many…

  • The Intentional Reading Book List - book suggestions and recommendations for the best books for babies, preschoolers, elementary, middle school, high school and beyond. Plus, receive the bookish newsletter with more recommendations and book extension activities
    adults,  book lists,  books,  elementary,  high school,  middle grades,  picture books

    Introducing: The Intentional Reading Book List & A Bookish Newsletter

    I have always been an avid reader, from sneaking books into the bathroom to read as a pre-teen and early teenager to putting off grown up responsibilities as an adults (*cough* doing the dishes *cough*). My to-read list is incredibly long but thankfully I have always believed that there are way too many good books in the world to spend time reading less-than-stellar books, so I stop those books and go on to the next good book. In case you are in need of some top notch book recommendations, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve recently created my Intentional Reading Book List – over 70 book recommendations that include…

  • House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery middle grade book review
    book reviews,  books,  reviews

    House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery – Book Review

    I came across House of Dreams, a biography on L. M. Montgomery a few weeks ago via someone on BookTube and I knew I needed to read it. As a Canadian I am embarrassed to admit that the only Lucy Maud Montgomery book I’ve actually finished is the first book in the Anne of Green Gables series. Just prior to seeing this book I had decided to try to read all of L. M. Montgomery’s books by the end of 2019. Of course, that was before I knew how many she had written but I’m still going to give it a try.     OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: Eight…

  • Our Favorite Family Read Alouds - elementary read alouds we love as a family
    book lists,  books,  elementary

    First Family Read Alouds

    I thought I would do something different with today’s book list and bring it to you in video format. I’ve really been enjoying video lately, mostly because it is something different and because it challenges me creatively.     I decided to make a video sharing my top recommendations on where you should start when it comes to family read alouds. This is hands down one of the most common questions I get asked so it seemed like the best first book list video to make. A note about book list and book videos: I plan on doing a number of middle grade book lists, reviews and recommendations in the…

  • Get the most out of your library with these tricks and save yourself thousands each year
    books,  real homeschool stories

    Ten Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Library – and Saving You Thousands

    We use the library a lot. Like a LOT, A LOT. So much so that they usually give us our own shelf for our holds. #jobsecurity #yourwelcomelibrarians       We have an awesome library system where we live, I used to take it for granted and then I started sharing some of our library hauls over on Instagram (I usually share them on my personal account @anintentionallife.me but you can also follow me at the Intentional Homeschooling account @intentionalhomeschooling), our library allows us to have 100 books out and 100 holds per card! I know some people on Instagram have told me before that they have a limit of 22 or…

  • Summer Read Alouds and Audiobooks for ages 7-10
    book lists,  books,  elementary,  middle grades

    Nine Summer Read Alouds and Audiobooks for 7-10 Year Olds

    This is my third year sharing a list of read alouds I would like to get to during the summer. You can view the first one here and the second one here. The first two lists were more early elementary based and this one is starting to get a little older as my kids get older. Since the books on this list are read alouds the reading level can be higher than when they are reading on their own. My kids are 5 and 7 and they both listen to our books though they are more geared towards the 7 year old. This being the third year of our summer…