• The Best Picture Books to Read in August - All About Weather - Fiction and Non-Fiction Picture Books Great for Kids in Elementary
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    The Best Picture Books for August

    Welcome to another monthly book list! I’ve been slowly collecting books about weather for us to study the topic so I thought it would make a great theme for August’s theme.

    We went on a little road trip last week and as we were driving home we drove through some spectacular storms and cloud formations. I often bemoan the fact that we live in flat prairie land but it sure makes it easy to see what is all going on in the sky. I captured this shot last week from my seat in the vehicle, it’s not something you would generally be able to get a good view or shot of in hilly or mountainous places:

     

    Picture Books about Weather

     

    And since I am incapable of mentioning this flat province without referencing or sharing this scene from Corner Gas, I’ll keep up my tradition and share it here. #nothingtoblockyourview

     

     

    That was a big of a rabbit trail, now on to some great weather books for the month of August!

     

    The Best Picture Books to Read in August - All About Weather - Fiction and Non-Fiction Picture Books Great for Kids in Elementary

     

    THE BEST WEATHER BOOKS FOR KIDS (AND ADULTS TOO!)

     

    Weather Forecasting

    This fun and educational picture book describes forecasters at work in a weather station as they track and gauge the constant changes in the weather.

    Will I need my umbrella? 
    Is it a good day for the beach? 
    Will school close because of snow? 

    These are the questions weather forecasters answer every day. They can tell us what the weather is doing at any time of the day or night. But how do they do it? 

    Weather Forecasting tells how. With straightforward text and colorful pictures, this behind-the-scenes look at a modern weather station answers basic questions kids ask most, and makes weather forecasting more fun and accessible than ever.

     

     

    Weather Words and What They Mean

    Everyone talks about the weather, but what does it all mean? In clear, accessible language, Gail Gibbons introduces many common terms—like moisture, air pressure, and temperature—and their definitions. 

    Simple, kid-friendly text explains the origins of fog, clouds, frost, thunderstorms, snow, fronts, hurricanes, reinforcing the explanations with clear, well-labeled drawings and diagrams. Best of all, the book features a fun list of weird weather facts!

     

    What Will the Weather Be?

    Will it be warm or cold? Should we wear shorts or pants? Shoes or rain boots? This picture book explores why the weather can be so hard to predict.

    Now rebranded with a new cover look, this classic picture book uses colorful, simple diagrams to explain meteorology in a fun, engaging way. Perfect for young readers and budding meteorologists, this bestseller is filled with rich climate vocabulary and clear explanations of everyday weather instruments like thermometers and barometers. Both text and artwork were vetted for accuracy by Dr. Sean Birkel of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.

     

     

    The Skies Above My Eyes

    Have you ever looked up and wondered what’s going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space, and back down to Earth in this richly illustrated concertina book.

    Zoom past the technology that fills our skies, from helicopters, fighter jets, weather balloons, to satellites, hang-gliders, and hot-air balloons. Discover the insects and animals that whizz through the skies, explore the layers of the atmosphere, and travel through the solar system and out to the galaxies far beyond. The follow up to The Street Beneath My Feet, which dug down to the center of the Earth, this expansive concertina book opens out to an impressive length of over 8 feet, perfect for inquisitive young minds.

    Begin your journey from the sidewalk of a busy city. Look up beyond the traffic lights, utility wires, and skyscrapers. Unfold the connected pages to reveal the incredible man-made sights that you would see 12 miles above (a weather balloon), 30 miles above (a rocket blasting a capsule into space), 62 miles above (a space plane and satellites), 250 miles above (the International Space Station), 235,000 miles above (the Moon), and through our Solar System. 

    Turn to the top of the other side to make your way beyond the Solar System to the hundreds of billions of galaxies filled with stars and planets we haven’t discovered yet. Then start your journey back down through the amazing natural wonders you would see 6,200 miles above (a comet), 55 miles above (meteoroids burning up as they enter Earth’s atmosphere), 7 miles above (a cumulonimbus cloud bringing thunder and lightning), 1 mile above (migrating storks), and down through the mountains, past trees, bats, and butterflies to finally reach the ground again—this time in a grassy clearing of a forest, where you can imagine yourself lying on your back wondering at the thought of the whole universe above your head. 

    From jet trails to comets’ tails, enjoy amazing sights as you journey through the skies.

     

    Weather Clues in the Sky: Clouds

    Look! The sky is getting cloudy. Does that mean light rain, a thunderstorm, or just an overcast day? Dylan hopes their soccer game won’t be rained out. Bel the Weather Girl helps her friends read the clues in the sky. Will it rain on game day? Stay tuned, because every day is another weather day!

     

    Clouds

    Do you ever wake up and wonder what the weather will be? Instead of turning on the TV to find out, you can just look out your window at the clouds. How do you know what type of clouds can forecast a change of weather? Read and find out.

     

    Feel the Wind

    Have you ever felt the wind tickle your face or heard it whistle through your window? Did you know that some wind travels faster than a car? Read inside to find out more about what causes wind, and learn how to make your own weather vane!

    Have you ever felt the wind tickle your face or heard it whistle through your window? Did you know that some wind travels faster than a car?

    Air is always moving. We can’t see air moving, though we can watch it push clouds across the sky, or shake the leaves of a tree. We call moving air the wind. In this enlarged edition, find out about the wind – what causes it, how it can be used to help us, and how it affects the weather.

     

    Little Raindrop

    Have you ever wondered what happens to a raindrop when it falls from the sky? This beautifully illustrated story will capture the imaginations of children and parents alike, and offers a perfect introduction to the water cycle. 

     

    Worm Weather

    Drip,drop,
    skip and hop.

    Splish, splash,
    sidewalk dash!
    It’s worm weather! 

    Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.

     

    Come On, Rain!

    “Come on, rain!” Tess pleads to the sky as listless vines and parched plants droop in the endless heat. Up and down the block, cats pant while heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway. More than anything, Tess hopes for rain. And when it comes, she and her friends are ready for a surprising joyous celebration….

     

    If you are reading this on a rainy day, you may as well watch the movie!

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

    The tiny town of Chewandswallow was very much like any other tiny town except for its weather, which came three times a day–at breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Life for the townspeople was delicious until the miraculous food weather took a turn for the worse. The food got larger and larger, and so did the portions. The flood of huge food caused chaos, and the people feared for their lives. Something had to be done . . . before it was too late!

     

    Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll

    Did you know that lightning bolts can be over a mile long? Or that they may come from clouds that are ten miles high? Storms can be scary, but not if you know what causes them. Before the next thunderstorm, grab this book by veteran science team Franklyn Branley and True Kelley and learn what causes the flash, crash, rumble, and roll of thunderstorms!

     

     

    A Party for Clouds: Thunderstorms

    Boom! A crash of thunder follows a flash of lightning. Bel the Weather Girl and Dylan are having a slumber party, but now he’s hiding under the covers! Bel tells Dylan that thunderstorms aren’t so scary once you understand them. Will Dylan’s fear of the storm rain on their sleepover? Stay tuned, because every day is another weather day!

     

    Thunder Rose

    Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly–and boy, does she ever! But when a whirling storm on a riotous rampage threatens, has Rose finally met her match?

     

    Tornadoes!

    What in the world is a tornado? In this age of extreme weather, Gail Gibbons’ informative introduction to tornadoes answers all your questions.

    Tornadoes form when hot, humid air rises from the ground and meets with the cooler, denser air that is falling back to Earth. The two airstreams begin to swirl, pulling in more and more air to form a funnel-shaped cloud. The winds can swirl faster than 261 miles per hour! 

     

    The Sky Stirs up Trouble: Tornadoes

    Tornado siren! Bel the Weather Girl and Dylan head to the basement. Dylan is scared the house will blow away! But soon the storm passes. Some storms make tornadoes, and some don’t. Bel says she can explain why―in the kitchen. What does baking have to do with tornadoes? Stay tuned, because every day is another weather day!

     

    Hurricanes!

    Imagine a force that can toss boats around like toys, wash away bridges, and create waves as high as eighteen feet. With fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricanes can do all of these things. They can cause tremendous damage and even change the shape of a shoreline. For centuries people did not know when a hurricane was coming. But now we have new methods to predict when and where these storms will occur. Young readers will learn how hurricanes are formed, how they are named and classified, and what to do if a dangerous storm is on the way. 

     

    The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane

    Count on Ms. Frizzle to teach anything but an ordinary lesson on meteorology. Flying through the clouds in the Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle’s class experiences a hurricane-and even a tornado-firsthand. During their thrilling ride through the sky, Arnold gets lost! Will the Friz be able to save the day this time?

     

    Spinning Wind and Water: Hurricanes

    Yikes! Grandpa tells Dylan and Bel the Weather Girl that he is tracking a tropical storm. They came to Florida for fun in the sun, not to get stuck in a hurricane! Bel explains the science behind the storm. Are the weekend plans ruined? Stay tuned, because every day is another weather day!

     

    Do you know of any great weather books? I would love for you to let me know in the comments below so we can check them out!

     

    The Best Picture Books About Weather - Fiction and Non-Fiction Picture Books Great for Kids in Elementary

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    A Nature Giveaway You’re Not Going to Want to Miss

    All month I have been sharing some of my favorite nature resources over on Instagram and this week things are coming to an end, but not without a little fun.

    There is a big giveaway going on where one lucky winner will come away with shop gift certificates, a nature journal, This Is My Classroom tee and one of my favorite nature journaling books, Watercolor With Me: In the Forest.

    The giveaway is over at the end of the day on Friday, June 28th, so be sure to come over and enter now!

    I teamed up with some great shops to bring this giveaway to you and I’m excited to give one lucky winner an awesome collection of nature items.

    ENTER THE NATURE GIVEAWAY

     

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    The Best Books for July

    This month I decided to go with a bugs and insects theme for the monthly book list!

    We are observing bugs all spring, summer and fall long but since I’m currently wrapping up my nature resource month over on Instagram (you can view the links to all the resources here), I was feeling extra nature-y and thought this would be a good theme for this month’s book list.

    The only problem about this list is that it could have been much, much, much longer. I may come back and add more books to it over time but I wanted to start out with some of our favorites and as we get new favorites on the topic I’ll add them in.

     

    Nature Study Resources - A Butterfly is Patient

     

    Normally for my monthly book lists the books on the list are picture books, and while I do have some strictly picture books on this list (a couple), they are more the informative picture book this time.

    There are some excellent authors and illustrators creating these books and I think you’ll be able to tell some of my favorites because I feature more than just one of their books.

    If you have a favorite book about bugs and insects let me know, we would love to check them out!

     

    The Best Picture Books for July - The Best Picture Books About Bugs and Insects

     

    The Best Books for July About Bugs and Insects

     

    We love Usborne books and this one is no exception!

    Usborne Big Book of Bugs

    A skin-crawling introduction to the world’s biggest bugs, from gigantic spiders as big as a dinner plate, to butterflies larger than dogs Find out about the biggest swarms and colonies, the deadliest insects and the bugs with the best camouflage. Huge fold-out pages with life-size illustrations show children just how big the bugs really are.

     

    This book has the same name as the one above but I would definitely suggest taking a look at both – they are both great.

    The Big Book of Bugs

    From moths and beetles to worms and spiders, the world is crawling with fascinating bugs. The Big Book of Bugs is the first fact-filled book for children to explore the vast array of creepy-crawlies that share our Earth.

    In the first pages, children learn that bugs live nearly everywhere on the planet and gain tips on how to become a young bug spotter. As the book continues, the scenic compositions on each page are dedicated to key groups of bugs, including beetles, moths, butterflies, bees, snails, crickets, grasshoppers, worms, and spiders. Some spreads approach the world of bugs thematically, such as bugs that come out at night, baby bugs, and life cycles, how bugs hide and show off, and how some bugs love to live in your home. 

     

    One of my favorite books from one of my favorite book series’, this one is a must.

    A Butterfly is Patient

    A gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. An incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder, from the tiny Arian Small Blue to the grand Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing.

     

    This is from the same series as A Butterfly is Patient and is just as beautiful.

    A Beetle is Shy

    The award-winning duo of Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long team up again, this time creating a gorgeous look at the fascinating world of beetles. From flea beetles to bombardier beetles, an incredible variety of these beloved bugs are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design.

     

    I’ve used this book as a reader for both of my kids, it’s a cute story that is easy for those just starting to read.

    A Fly Went By

    A fly is followed by a menagerie of characters in this humorous cumulative tale edited by Dr. Seuss. When a young boy sees a frantic fly buzzing past, he asks where the fly is headed—and with that, a chase begins. The fly and the frog, the cat and the dog, the pig and the cow, the fox and the hunter . . . who is causing all the fuss? 

     

    It’s a classic so I needed to include it here. I can actually remember the first time I heard this book read aloud, it was in my elementary school library . . .

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Watch as the very hungry caterpillar eats his way through the week – and the food!

     

    Um, Gail Gibbons may have a few books on this list, obviously she’s doing something right.

    Ladybugs

    When you think of a ladybug, you might picture a little red beetle with seven black spots on its back—but did you know there are thousands of types of ladybugs, spread across the world?

    Follow a ladybug through the four stages of its development from egg to adult, and learn about its behavior and habitat—plus, how little ladybugs help protect crops by eating harmful insects.  Bright illustrations and an easy-to-read text make this ideal for young readers studying the natural world.

     

    Spiders

    Spiders help us by eating insects that are harmful to people and crops. From baby spiderlings to large tarantulas, here is information about ballooning, molting, and how different spiders build their webs. Spiders have been on earth since before the first dinosaurs. About 30,000 kinds of these creatures are known to be living, and more are still being discovered.

     

    Monarch Butterfly

    Follow the transformation from a tiny white egg laid on a leaf to a brilliantly colored butterfly in this kid-friendly introduction to metamorphosis.  With detailed, bright watercolors, Gail Gibbons illustrates the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, stage by stage, as it grows, changes, and takes flight. 

     

    The Honey Makers

    Ever wondered how a jar of honey is made?

    Thousands of bees visit more than one million flowers to gather the nectar that goes into a one-pound jar of honey. Every page in this picture book reveals how these remarkable insects work together to create this amazing food.

     

    This book is large and beautiful. It’s got a ton of information and is a real eye-catcher.

    Bees: A Honeyed History

    One part science, one part cultural history, and countless parts fascination, Bees celebrates the important role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages. From Athena to Alexander the Great and from Egypt to Ethiopia, Bees explores different methods of beekeeping and uncovers the debt that humans owe this vital species. With beautifully accessible illustrations depicting everything from bee anatomy to the essentials of honey making, readers will be captivated by the endless wonders of this seemingly small speck of the animal kingdom.

     

    This book taught ME so much about bees!

    The Bee Book

    DK’s The Bee Book is a wonderful introduction to the humble honeybee: nature’s hardest worker, and much more than just a provider of honey! Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and–most importantly–responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat! Find out how bees talk to one another, what it takes to become a queen bee, what the life of a worker bee is like, and more. The contents include bee anatomy, types of bee, hives, colonies, pollination, making honey, and more. Discover just how much they matter, why they are declining, and what you can do to help!

     

    Hey Little Ant

    What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish?

     

    Yucky Worms

    Who would want to be friends with a wiggly, slimy worm? You can’t even tell which end is which! But there’s more to these lowly creatures than meets the eye. Kids are invited to find out where worms live, see how they move, and understand why gardeners consider them friends with the help of this humorous and informative look at an unappreciated — and fascinating — creature.

     

    The best picture books and informative books about bugs and insects for kids

     

    Okay, any suggestions for other bug and insect books we should check out? Let me know in the comments!

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    The Best Nature Study Resources

    For the month of June I am sharing a variety of the best nature books and resources over on Instagram.

    Because Instagram doesn’t allow links in posts I am also going to keep a running list of the resources I share here.

    If you have some great nature resources to share I would love for you to join in throughout the month over on Instagram, just use the hashtag: #homeschoolingwithnature and tag me (@intentionalhomeschooling) so I can see and share your posts!

    You can also go ahead and pin this post so you can come back and access it at a later date.

     

    A List of the Best Resources for Nature Study

     

    To see the resources first follow along on Instagram and then check back here throughout the month as I update the list!

     

    NATURE STUDY BOOKS

     

    Dianna Aston nature picture books: A Seed is SleepyA Rock is LivelyAn Egg is QuietA Nest is NoisyA Beetle is ShyA Butterfly is Patient

    Nature Study Resources - Nature Books - A Butterfly is Patient

     

    The Burgess Bird Book (AmazonLibrivox)

    Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola (I’ve also heard good things about the sequel, Lessons at Blackberry Inn but haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy.

    The Best Nature Resources - Great for Nature Study - Pocketful of Pinecones

     

    Nature Anatomy – we like to use this book for it’s information and as a reference when drawing. My only complaint is that it’s not longer! Calli over at Sparrows and Lily’s has created a year long nature study schedule using this book as a spine that I am considering following for this upcoming school year.

    Great Nature Study Resources - Nature Anatomy

     

    The Handbook of Nature Study – I’ll admit at first I didn’t know how to use this book and got instantly overwhelmed but I feel like reading Pocketful of Pinecones made me excited and more comfortable with using this book. You can also check out this post on how to use the book.

     

    Watercolor With Me – In the Forest – this book is such a great resource for learning to watercolor forest animals and items! There are 50 items that include step-by-step instructions.

    Great Nature Study Resources - Learning to Watercolor

     

    The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady & The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady – these are both nature journals by Edith Holden that she kept in 1905 and 1906 and are incredibly inspiring!

    Great Nature Study Resources - Nature Journal - The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

     

    Usborne Outdoor Book – If you are looking for some inspiration for some fun outdoor nature activities this is a great book.

    It contains all sorts of ideas for: exploring ponds, rivers and seas, discovering wildlife, investigating the woods, setting up camp, being out in all weather and exploring at night.

    The drawings are great and if you have kids who are less than enthusiastic about being outside I would suggest letting them flip through and finding a few ideas that interest them.

    Great Nature Study Resources - Nature Journal - Usborne Outdoor Book 

    The Be a Nature Detective series is so fun and educational, I can’t decide which one is my favorite!

    Be a Wilderness Detective

    Be a Beach Detective

    Be a Night Detective

    Be a Pond Detective

    Be a City Nature Detective

    The Best Nature Study Resources - Be a Nature Detective

     

    If you need more inspiration for nature journaling, here are three more great books:

    The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

    Drawn to Nature: Through the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie

    Keeping a Nature Journal

    The Best Nature Study Resources - Nature Journaling books

     

    Kids’ Guide to God’s Creation 

    It Couldn’t Just Happen

    The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God

    The Case for a Creator for Kids

    The Best Nature Study Resources - Creation based books

     

    We have gotten the One Small Square Backyard book out from the library a number of times but it wasn’t until recently that I realized there are a lot more books in this series, like, The Night Sky, Woods, Tropical Rain Forest, Swamp, Seashore and more! You can check out all of the books in the series here.

    The Best Nature Study Resources - One Small Square Books

     

    The Lost Words – this is a gorgeous book with beautiful illustrations and inspiring poetry.

    The Best Nature Study Resources - The Lost Words

    More coming soon!

     

    NATURE STUDY RESOURCES

     

    Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards

    Great Nature Study Resources - Backyard Birding Flashcards

     

    Nature Journal & Adventure Log by Twig & Moth (we got these in previous Intentional Bundle sales)

    Great Nature Study Resources - Our Nature Journals and Adventure Log

     

    Exploring Nature With Children – A year-long nature curriculum with four weekly themes for each month of the year and each theme includes a book list, a nature walk activity, corresponding pages in the Handbook of Nature Study, a poem, a piece of art AND extension activities.

    Great Nature Study Resources - Exploring Nature with Children

     

    If you are going for nature walks or hikes and good backpack is a must! I like to keep my backpack filled with our normal nature walk supplies which mostly includes: local field guides, a magnifying glass (and binoculars if we had them!) and my nature journal and supplies (the kids usually do theirs when we get home). Other supplies including more books, snacks, water, etc, get added depending on where we are going/how long we’re going for.

    Great Nature Study Resources - Nature Bag

     

    This is My Classroom Tee – I designed this shirt a few months ago and you can now order your own, it’s the perfect attire for the nature lover out there.

    The World is My Classroom - Homeschool Tee and Apparel

     

    We like to use Art for Kids Hub for drawing tutorials, sometimes they are more cartoony than realistic but I think it’s a great way to learn.

    For nature study purposes I would suggest look at these sections: animals, bugs, flowers, spring, summer, autumn and winter

    The Best Nature Study Resources - Art for Kids Hub

     

    SUGGESTED BY OTHER HOMESCHOOL PARENTS

    Coming soon!

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    For the Mama Who Thinks She Could Never Homeschool Because She Can’t Teach *Insert Subject Here*

    When we made the official decision to homeschool I felt fairly confident about my ability to teach every subject except science (well, I was a little leery about math too, but I already covered that).

    While science wasn’t necessarily a subject I struggled with in school it was definitely a subject I wasn’t very interested in.

    I had thought that my husband, who enjoyed science so much more than I, would take over the teaching of that subject, and while he does some sciencey stuff with the kids, the truth is, he has a full time job and doesn’t always have as much time to do the fun experiments with the kids as he would like.

     

     

    A few weeks ago I started using the weekly record pages I made to go with the Intentional Homeschooling Mini Planner and do you know what I have been noticing?

    Most of the things we have been doing in our homeschool fall under science.

    I’m sure this isn’t always the case, I know for sure there are some weeks where we will be more heavy on other subjects but I have been very surprised to realize how much we do when it comes to science.

     

    For the Mama Who Things She Could Never Homeschool Because She Can't Teach *Insert Subject Here*

     

    In the past few weeks we’ve:

    Watched a season of Mythbusters.

    Taken apart a laminator.

    Watched a few episode of Mighty Machines.

    Started seeds indoors for our garden.

    Watched videos about how seeds turn into plants.

    Gone to the zoo.

    Asked a lot of questions about animals and the human body.

    And more!

    Even Raeca’s independent reads have been science related:

     

    For the Mama Who Things She Could Never Homeschool Because She Can't Teach *Insert Subject Here*

     

    I don’t think I would have had this realization had I not been keeping track of our week by subject.

    One of the reasons women tell me that keeps them from homeschooling is because they could never teach *insert their trouble subject here*, the subject isn’t the same for every woman though science is often one of the top subjects that is brought up. (I actually asked this question on Instagram. And while math was definitely #1, science and reading were pretty much tied for #2.)

     

    For the Mama Who Thinks She Couldn't Homeschool *Insert Subject Here*

     

    Whether you homeschool already or are hoping to homeschool in the future, I would challenge you to keep track of the learning that occurs during your day. Try to fit it into categories by subject (which, I understand, is easier said than done sometimes), and see how much learning happens naturally in the subject area you are worried about.

    I’m curious if you would be as surprised by the results as I was.

     

    For the Mama Who Thinks She Couldn't Homeschool *Insert Subject Here*

     

    If you are looking for a good way to keep track of your weekly activities by subject you can check out my Homeschool Mini Planner – the weekly record printable has been a great way to keep track of our weeks and I know is going to make my year end reporting so much easier.

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    The Best Picture & Chapter About Birds Books

    Today’s book list is all about birds! We have been studying birds as we read along with The Burgess Bird Book for Children so this is the perfect book list for this season.

    I’ve created a bird literature guide to go along with The Burgess Bird Book, those who are on my weekly newsletter list got it emailed to them for free, but if you missed it you can still grab it in the shop for just $5.

    I love learning through literature, which may be fairly evident by all the book posts I have here!

     

    Best bird books - picture books and chapter books

     

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    This book and the entire series by Dianna Hutts Aston are some of the most gorgeous books I’ve ever seen!

    A Nest is Noisy

    A gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests, from those of tiny bee hummingbirds to those of orangutans high in the rainforest canopy. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched book introduces children to a captivating array of nest facts and will spark the imaginations of children.

     

     

    Mama Built a Little Nest

    Mama built a little nest
    inside a sturdy trunk.
    She used her beak to tap-tap-tap
    the perfect place to bunk.

    There are so many different kinds of birds—and those birds build so many different kinds of nests to keep their babies cozy. With playful, bouncy rhyme, Jennifer Ward explores nests large and small, silky and cottony, muddy and twiggy—and all the birds that call them home!

     

     

    All Kinds of Nests!

    Simple text and colorful illustrations introduce readers to birds, following them as they plan and build their nests, with questions and a hands-on activity.

     

     

    Whose Nest?

    A beautiful illustrated introduction to nests of all descriptions and their inhabitants. It might be a tree frog or a gecko, a dormouse or a rabbit, a duckling or an eagle!

     

     

    Seabird

    The history of America at sea is presented through the travels of Seabird, a carved ivory gull.

     

     

    The Boy Who Drew Birds

    John James Audubon was a boy who loved the out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying birds in nature, not just from books. And, in the fall of 1804, he was a boy determined to learn if the small birds nesting near his Pennsylvania home really would return the following spring.

    This book reveals how the youthful Audubon pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds. Capturing the early passion of America’s greatest painter of birds, this story will leave young readers listening intently for the call of birds large and small near their own homes.

     

     

    Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

    You don’t have to own binoculars and know a bunch of fancy Latin names to watch birds! No matter where you live, they’re in your neighborhood — just look up.

    This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader (“Here I am, the noble spruce grouse. In a spruce grove. Eatin’ some spruce. Yep.”). Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers.

     

    THE BEST BIRD CHAPTER BOOKS

     

     

    We are going through this book this year and I’ve even created a bird literature guide to go with it!

    The Burgess Bird Book for Children

    While “interviewing” Slaty the Junco, Redwing the Blackbird, Melody the Wood Thrush, Spooky the Screech Owl, and dozens of other common birds, our guides, Peter Rabbit and saucy Jenny Wren — and, of course, the reader — learn about their physical appearances, eating and nesting habits, and songs and calls. Over eighty years after its first publication, the book remains noteworthy and valuable for its extraordinarily successful blend of information and entertainment.

     

     

    We listened to this on audio a couple of weeks ago, read by E.B. White himself!

    The Trumpet of the Swan

    Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can’t trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can’t even make a sound. And since he can’t trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him.

    Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena’s affection—he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love?

     

     

    This is a fun book we read earlier this year, it takes really close to here so that’s fun too!

    Owls in the Family

    Every child needs to have a pet. No one could argue with that.

    But what happens when your pet is an owl, and your owl is terrorizing the neighbourhood?

    In Farley Mowat’s exciting children’s story, a young boy’s pet menagerie—which includes crows, magpies, gophers and a dog—grows out of control with the addition of two cantankerous pet owls. The story of how Wol and Weeps turn the whole town upside down is a warm, funny, and bursting with adventure and suspense.

     

     

    I’m a fan of verse novels and Caroline Starr Rose’s writing, this was an enjoyable book!

    Blue Birds

    Alis and her parents make the long journey from England to settle the New World. But it doesn’t go as planned and Alis, her parents, and the others of their small community soon find themselves at odds with the Roanoke tribe. As tensions rise between the settlers and the Native peoples, twelve-year-old Alis forms an impossible friendship with a Roanoke named Kimi. Despite language barriers, the two become as close as sisters, risking their lives for one another until Alis makes a decision that will change her life forever.

     

     

    Gary D. Schmidt is one of my favorite middle grade authors ever and this book is tied with Wednesday Wars for my favorite.

    Okay for Now

    In this companion novel to The Wednesday Wars, Doug struggles to be more than the “skinny thug” that some people think him to be. He finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, who gives him the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of a town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and survival.

     

    Do you have any other books about birds that you enjoy?