• Apple Books for Preschoolers

    Apple Books for Preschoolers

    It’s apple season! Today I’m sharing some apple books that are perfect for preschoolers. Last year I homeschooled my preschooler and we did a big unit on apples in early fall. I’m looking forward to reading these fantastic apple books again this autumn, hopefully before a day of apple-picking (we […]

  • 30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

    30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

    It’s January, and that means I am eagerly looking ahead and deciding what I’ll be reading in the upcoming year, both for this blog and to my own kids. If you’re doing the same, then hopefully this list of 2018 picture books will help you to fill up your library […]

  • Picture Books about Gardening

    Picture Books about Gardening

    Getting my kids interested in gardening has always been important to me. I spent years of my childhood helping my father in the garden, tending flowers and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Following up on my list of gardening manuals for children and families, today I’m pleased to share a list […]

  • Eight Perfect Picture Books for Autumn

    Eight Perfect Picture Books for Autumn

    From the cool weather and the beautiful changing colors to cuddling up under a blanket with a good book, there’s so much to love about fall. Just in time for autumn, I’m reviewing eight delightful picture books that celebrate all the joy and wonder that this season has to offer! […]

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Picture Books

Apple Books for Preschoolers

Apple Books for Preschoolers

It’s apple season! Today I’m sharing some apple books that are perfect for preschoolers. Last year I homeschooled my preschooler and we did a big unit on apples in early fall. I’m looking forward to reading these fantastic apple books again this autumn, hopefully before a day of apple-picking (we […]

August 27, 2018 ×

Picture Books

Mermaid School

Mermaid School

Sometimes you see a book and instantly know that it deserves a permanent spot in your collection. On a recent trip to our local bookstore I spotted Mermaid School (©2018) written by Joanne Stewart Wetzel and illustrated by Julianna Swaney, and I knew that I had to bring it home. […]

August 14, 2018 ×

Nonfiction, Picture Books

HOW TO COACH GIRLS + Picture Books about Girls in Sports

HOW TO COACH GIRLS + Picture Books about Girls in Sports

Did you know that about 70% of kids quit sports by age 13? Even more startling is the fact that girls drop out of sports at six times the rate of boys. Enter How to Coach Girls (©2018) by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley, a comprehensive guide to help parents […]

March 6, 2018 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Cooking

Picture Books about Cooking

Cooking with your children teaches them important life skills, boosts self-esteem and even increases math and reading comprehension ability. Picture books are an excellent way to gets kids interested in cooking (and eating!) new flavors. The books on this list will have children clamoring to get in the kitchen and […]

February 16, 2018 ×

Picture Books

30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

It’s January, and that means I am eagerly looking ahead and deciding what I’ll be reading in the upcoming year, both for this blog and to my own kids. If you’re doing the same, then hopefully this list of 2018 picture books will help you to fill up your library […]

January 11, 2018 ×

Chapter Books, Middle Grade (9-13)

Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

I could talk all day about my favorite Christmas picture books, but every year I hear from a lot of parents and teachers who have a hard time finding the perfect Christmas chapter books for their older readers. Today I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my favorite Christmas chapter […]

November 18, 2017 ×

Everything Else

Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

My 3-year-old is obsessed with pumpkins! She loves reading books about pumpkins, visiting the pumpkin patch, and eating tasty pumpkin pancakes and muffins. Another thing that we both love is arts and crafts projects. When I set out to create a pumpkin thematic unit for our homeschool preschool, I searched […]

October 9, 2017 ×

Everything Else

Free Printable Mad Libs from Brightly!

Free Printable Mad Libs from Brightly!

Remember Mad Libs? Those hilarious fill-in-the-blank word games were a big part of my childhood. Who would have thought that you could have so much fun practicing parts of speech? Even now that I’m all grown up I still love Mad Libs. They’re a great way to pass the time […]

October 2, 2017 ×

Chapter Books, Middle Grade (9-13)

The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code)

The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code)

The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch is the first book in the Girls Who Code series. This series, which is expected to have 13 books in all, is created in partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization focused on educating girls in computer sciences. Sixth-grader Lucy is excited to […]

September 28, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Pumpkins

Picture Books about Pumpkins

It’s pumpkin season! Whether you’re preparing for a trip to your local pumpkin patch or creating a pumpkin-themed classroom or homeschool unit, these 15 pumpkin-themed picture books are sure to be a hit! From silly stories to engaging nonfiction, this list has something for everyone! I’ve provided age recommendations for […]

September 25, 2017 ×