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2 Must-Have Books Arriving This Fall!

2 Must-Have Books Arriving This Fall!

I am always on the lookout for amazing new resource books to add to our homeschool library. I was thrilled when Quarto Kids sent me 2 samples of new books they have coming out this fall. They are incredible!!! Quarto consistently knocks it out of […]

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

I have a new hobby. You might even call it a sport. It takes great skill, determination, and endurance…I stalk Amazon for upcoming new book releases. Oh, it’s a thing. So, instead of just stalking alone and creating beautifully long wishlists, I have decided to […]

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

We are just at the beginning of our astronomy and space unit! The kids have been looking forward to this unit for months! I have spent so much time collecting resources, books, supplies, and organizing activities and I can’t wait to share it all with you!! I am hoping to have lots of posts with ideas for books, projects, and supplies! This post is going to be ALL about the amazing out of this world books to add to your unit! As you well know by now, all of our units are super book heavy…we just can’t get enough! So, let’s get to it!

Out of this World Space Books

Narrowing down this list was nearly impossible…but I limited myself to just sharing my top 6…and I didn’t even include my very favorite books from Usborne Books & More…which could fill an entire blog post in itself…actually…it probably will! Anyway…on with it!

1.) Planetarium

Not to be dramatic…but you need this book. If you are a fan of Botanicum or Animalium…this is the newest installment from Big Picture Press. It is just gorgeous and so packed full of information. I can’t recommend these books enough. Awesome resources to use again and again.

 2.) Seeing Stars: A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations

If you plan to cover constellations YOU.NEED.THIS.BOOK. I have only had this book for 3 days and it is incredible. Not all books will contain all 88 constellations, but this one does. Not only does it show you the constellations but it also explains to you how they came to be named, the brightest star in the constellation, and where and when to see it. I think my favorite thing about this book (aside from the fact that it smells fab) is that it breaks the constellations down into the “ancient” constellations and the more modern ones. So well organized and just gorgeous.

3.) A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky

I have had this book forever and have only recently opened it. It is incredible. I loved the way it was organized so much that I planned much of our unit based on this book. It is so beautiful but it also explains things in such an easy way that it is easy for kids to understand! It also comes with glow in the dark star stickers and a cool star finder!

 

4.) What We See in the Stars

This one can best be described as Gor-Geous. It is such a wonderful combination of science and myth. It is packed with so much goodness. I ordered this one before even seeing it in person because I had a feeling it would be a keeper and it absolutely IS!

 

5.) G is for Galaxy: An Out of this World Alphabet

No Homeschool by the Beach unit would be complete without an alphabet book from Sleeping Bear Press. These are my go-to books for creating homeschool units. I wrote about my obsession with them here. G is for Galaxy is another home run. It is packed with information and in usual alphabet book fashion has gorgeous illustrations and tons of facts! S is for Saturn, T is for Telescope, and J is for Jupiter are just a few of the pages you will find. Absolutely awesome book!

 

6.) Star Stories: Constellation Tales from Around the World

I literally just got this book this week! I was supposed to have it yesterday on it’s release day but my friends at Amazon were a little late getting it here…not pleased my friends! Anyway, it was worth the wait. This book is GORGEOUS! Star Stories is FULL of the tales and mythology surrounding the constellations. You will read about stories from Ancient Greece, China, India, North America, Egypt, and the South Pacific. We are starting this book this afternoon. I read the first few stories and it is awesome. The illustrations are SO lovely and the stories are ones both you and your kiddos will love!

 

As I mentioned above, this is just the tip of the iceberg of awesome books. I have created an Amazon list with several more…and if you love Usborne Books & More…I am hoping to get a list up with those amazing books as well!

To view my Amazon list click here.

 

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

You guys…have I got a hysterical book recommendation for you! What was the last laugh-out-loud hysterical book that you’ve read? I can’t remember the last book that had me cracking up as much as this one did. Llama Destroys the World is a brand new […]

Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”- Aesop   Friends, have I got a wonderful new book for you. Teachers, homeschool families, parents…this is a book you are going to want to read with your kiddos. Summer, is a new release […]

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

Children have an amazing gift of imagination. Have you ever listened to your children play and been completely amazed at some of the things they think up? 5 Cherries is a celebration of that imagination!  I was immediately drawn to this book because of the gorgeous illustrations on the cover. I soon learned that the book itself was not only filled with lovely artwork but also a beautiful story!

5 Cherries is a book that was originally written in Italian! Author/illustrator Vittoria Facchini has written several books, but this is the first one to be published in the U.S.  I am so glad that it was because I believe it is such a gem. I referred to this book as a “celebration of imagination” and it is just that. This is a book that parents and teachers will want to read to their kids to show them what a powerful tool the imagination is!

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

5 Cherries is the story of 2 siblings. Their mother gives them each 5 cherries. One child can’t believe he has received so few…5 is not enough! The other child receives her 5 cherries and she can see oh so much more. We are then taken on a journey that shows the power of imagination. Surely there isn’t very much you can do with 5 cherries…right? Oh but there is…especially when imagination is involved! Maybe you will make a bouquet out of your cherries, maybe you can use them as lipstick to make your face look pretty, or perhaps you can balance them on your nose! There is no end to the possibilities if you only use your imagination.

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

 

5 Cherries is such a heartwarming book. Children and parents will absolutely love the illustrations…they are so special and different from any book I have seen! The brightly colored cherries stand out against the crisp white of the pages! I absolutely loved that it shows that there is no limitation to your imagination. My kids loved the book and definitely had a couple of laughs at some of the uses for the cherries! Something else that we noticed was that the children look nearly identical. The only real differences are in the shoes and the fact that one has a red bow and the other a blue. As the story goes on it becomes increasingly difficult to tell which child is which…by the end, there are no bows or shoes. Just a world full of imagination.

 

Book Info

As I mentioned above, the book is written and illustrated by Vittoria Facchini. It was translated into English by Anna Celada. 5 Cherries was published by Enchanted Lion Books in 2017. You can find 5 Cherries on the Enchanted Lion Books website here on or Amazon here. A very big thank you to Enchanted Lion Books for sending me this beautiful book to review and share!

To check out another of my favorite beautiful books, head to this post!

10 BEE-UTIFUL Picture Books about Bees

10 BEE-UTIFUL Picture Books about Bees

Spring has sprung…or in the case of Florida…spring has high-tailed it out of here and made way for summer! Spring always makes me think of gardens, flowers, and BEES! The kids and I have never done an in-depth study of bees, so I thought now […]

Celebrating Children’s Book Week with my Top 10 All Time Favorite Children’s Books!

Celebrating Children’s Book Week with my Top 10 All Time Favorite Children’s Books!

Did you know that this week is the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week? This year in honor of the 100th anniversary there will be two week-long celebrations…this week, April 29th-May 5th, 2019 and then again November 4th-10th, 2019. This is my kind of celebration. […]

10 Beautiful Children’s Books about Birds

10 Beautiful Children’s Books about Birds

We adore birds. We love learning about them, watching them, feeding them, and reading about them! There are so many amazing books available about birds that would be fantastic additions to your homeschool lessons! I went a little rogue with this booklist and didn’t include any of your standard non-fiction books. Those are absolutely wonderful as well, but for this post, I wanted to focus primarily on picture books! I am so excited to share this list with you because they are such wonderful books that I think you will love!

The Big Book of Birds

I am going to start things off with a book that still hasn’t been released. I know…that is kind of cheating…but I have a good reason. You see, The Big Book of Birds is written and illustrated by the AMAZING Yuval Zommer. You may be familiar with his other books; The Big Book of the Blue, The Big Book of Bugs, and The Big Book of Beasts? If you haven’t seen these books, you must. They are gorgeous and absolutely packed with wonderful information! You need them. For reals. So, I have chosen The Big Book of Birds because I KNOW it will also be amazing…and I have seen sneaks peeks inside…and it’s dreamy! The Big Book of Birds is published by the awesome Thames & Hudson and it is a big beautiful book! I cannot WAIT to get ours…I pre-ordered it so it will arrive on its release day, June 4th, 2019.

**edited to add that I have since received The Big Book of Birds and it is FANTASTIC…even better than I had hoped!

 

Counting Birds – The Idea that Helped Save our Feathered Friends

Next up is Counting Birds – The Idea that Helped Save our Feathered Friends by Heidi Stemple. I recently included Counting Birds in my blog post about the best books for Earth Day. I included it because it is a wonderful book that explains to children the importance of watching and studying birds. It discusses conservation and how just by counting and recording birds, you can help! Counting Birds is beautifully written by Heidi Stemple and the gorgeous illustrations are by Clover Robin. It is full of wonderful non-fiction information about birds as well as introducing kids to ornithologist Frank Chapman. Counting Birds is published by Seagrass Press.

 

Bird Watch

Next up is Bird Watch. Bird Watch is beautifully written and illustrated by Christie Matheson. You will immediately be captivated by the lovely artwork. There are birds to seek and find on each page and also involves an element of counting. Bird Watch will introduce you to many different types of birds and even discusses bird watching. The illustrations would be beautiful jumping off points for creating your own nature journals as well! Bird Watch is published by Greenwillow Books which is an imprint of Harper Collins.

Birds and Their Feathers

Next up is Birds and Their Feathers. It is breathtaking. I have only recently discovered this lovely book and I am so glad that I did. It is absolutely gorgeously illustrated and is packed with information about birds and their feathers. It goes into details about different types of feathers, their functions, and why birds have them. Author/Illustrator Britta Teckentrup has created not only a fact-filled book but also one that you can’t take your eyes off of. This one is wonderful for both children and their parents! Birds and Their Feathers is published by Prestel Junior.

 

The Egg

I am including The Egg closely behind Birds and Their Feathers because it is also written and illustrated by the amazing Britta Teckentrup. You will be blown away by all of the gorgeous illustrations of birds and their corresponding eggs. I do have to mention that The Egg is not only a book of birds eggs, you will also learn about different egg-producing creatures such as sea turtles and insects. This is another one that will be well loved by both adults and children. The Egg is also published by Prestel.

 

Feathers: Not Just For Flying

Feathers: Not Just For Flying is a book I have had for quite a while. I purchased this one back when we first began to learn about birds. This is another absolutely beautiful book that is also packed with information. Throughout the book, you will learn all about the function and importance of feathers. I have to tell you, I didn’t realize how much I DIDN’T know about feathers! This is the PERFECT addition to a nature study because you will not only get the elements of a non-fiction book but you will get it presented in an almost nature journal fashion with collections of lovely illustrations.  My kids and I used this book as inspiration for our nature journals and painted and labeled the parts of the feather. Feathers: Not Just For Flying is written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen, and published by Charlesbridge.

Sounds of Nature: World Of Birds

Oh my goodness, is this a gorgeous book. Now, I am not usually drawn to books that make noise. I think it goes back to my kids younger years where they had Dora the Explorer and Elmo books didn’t.ever.stop.talking. Anyway, never you fear, this is nothing like that. World of Birds is by Robert Hunter and it is a must-have. What I love about this book is that it explores 10 different habitats of birds. In each habitat, you have a chance to learn about the different birds…and HEAR them. The sounds make you feel like you are right there. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous as well. This is another amazing book published by Wide Eyed Editions!

 

A Nest is Noisy

Next up is a Nest is Noisy is written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. This is an incredibly illustrated book with very beautiful poetic words. Not only is it beautifully written, but the amount of information you are able to learn about nests is incredible! It is so detailed in both wording and illustrations that you come away with so much knowledge! As with The Egg, A Nest is Noisy will look at the nests of animals other than birds, but a great deal of information is shared about birds and their nests. A Nest is Noisy is published by Chronicle.

An Egg is Quiet

An Egg is Quiet is another lovely book written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. This book is gorgeous from endpaper to endpaper! SO many amazing types of eggs are introduced. Over 60 kinds of eggs! Kids will absolutely LOVE the illustrations and beautiful poetic words. In addition to bird eggs, you will also read about dinosaur eggs, ladybug eggs, and so much more. Absolutely wonderful. An Egg is Quiet is also published by Chronicle.

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon

The last book I have chosen is called The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon. I chose this book because not only is it lovely, but because John Audubon was such a pioneer in the study of birds! He also created some absolutely gorgeous paintings of birds. This book is so inspirational and will encourage children to want to watch and study the birds themselves. The Boy Who Drew Birds is written by Jacqueline Davies, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and published by HMH Books for Young Readers.

 

I hope that you have found some new books to add to your lists! Whether you are planning a unit on birds or just enjoy sharing beautiful books with your kiddos, I think these are some that you will love!

 

Evan-Moor Daily 6-Trait Writing Review

Evan-Moor Daily 6-Trait Writing Review

I am so excited to be sharing another amazing resource from Evan-Moor with you! At this point, you may have guessed that I adore Evan-Moor products. They are so educational, reasonably priced, and my kids LOVE them! These are all amazing things, right? So I […]