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The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Bolt Wattle is an orphan. He has spent most of his life at Having spent most of his life at the Oak Wilt Home for Unwanted Boys, all Bolt wants is to find his real family. One day Bolt learns […]

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

How to Teach Art to Children is another incredible resource from Evan-Moor! I am consistently so impressed by the quality of the educational resources that Evan-Moor produces, and this book is no exception! If you are a homeschooler or a parent that is looking for […]

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 the park when it comes to incredible nonfiction books, and these 2 titles are no exception!

Encyclopedia of Animals

First up is Encyclopedia of Animals. This is another gem from Wide-Eyed Editions, which is an imprint of Quarto that creates mind-blowing nonfiction! They know the key to creating nonfiction books that kids LOVE! This is a huge and beautiful book that is packed to the brim with crazy gorgeous illustrations and interesting animal info! This will be a wonderful addition to any zoology study in your homeschool. I also know my kids will love to use this book as inspiration for our nature journals!

Such a wide collection of animals are included…from the biggest to the smallest! In addition to the gorgeous illustrations, each entry includes information about the animal such as diet, size, where it is located, and it’s scientific name. This is a must-have for your home library!

Encyclopedia of Animals hits shelves October 1st, 2019! You can pre-order now!


Atlas of Ocean Adventures: A Collection of Natural Wonders, Marine Marvels, and Undersea Antics from Across the Globe

This book is in-cre-di-ble! Atlas of Ocean Adventures is the 5th book in the Atlas of Adventures series and it might be my favorite yet. It is absolutely stunning and the perfect book for an ocean-loving family. If you are familiar with the other books in this series, like Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World or Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures, then you know just how amazing these books are. There is so much information presented in such a fun way. The pages are a feast for your eyes. I notice something new every time I flip through these books! The scenes are deliciously illustrated and also present so much information.

Atlas of Ocean Adventures will take you on an adventure below the surface of the ocean. You will learn all about the diversity of life that lives in the ocean. You will visit the Man-O-War in the Atlantic Ocean, the Leatherback Turtles in the Pacific Ocean, Seahorses in the Indian Ocean, Elephant Seals in the Southern Ocean, and Walruses in the Arctic Ocean. There are more than 30 scenes throughout this book that will introduce you to some truly amazing creatures!

I can’t wait to incorporate this book in our next Oceanography unit. This is the perfect resource for your homeschool library if you have little ocean lovers or plan to study the ocean! Another home-run from Wide-Eyed Editions and Quarto! Atlas of Ocean Adventures arrives on November 5th, 2019!


I have a flip through of the samples saved in my story highlights on Instagram! You can check it out over at Homeschool by the Beach on Instagram! Thank you so much Quarto for sharing a sneak peek at these books with us! We can’t wait until their book birthdays!




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 […]

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 release that I KNOW your kids will find irresistible!

Llama Destroys the World

Now, you might be thinking…HOW…how can a llama destroy the world? Well, I will give you a little hint…it *might* involve lots and lots of cake, some extremely tight pants (from the aforementioned cake…don’t judge, we’ve all been there), and an overenthusiastic tango. Chaos and hilarity ensue. Follow Llama day by day to see everything that leads up to the end of the world. Will the world really end? Can it be stopped?

Llama Destroys the World is written by Jonathan Stutzman, author of Tiny T.Rex and The Impossible Hug. Llama Destroys the World is the first book that we have read by Stutzman and I can promise that it won’t be the last. We were laughing out loud at his witty writing and all of the antics that llama gets up to.

Fantastic illustrations are created by Heather Fox. She creates the most loveable yet mischievous Llama. Her ability to create the perfect facial expressions to tie into the story was just brilliant. Such an amazing complement to the story.

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We have fallen in love with Llama…I’m not sure if it is his dancing pants, his love of cake, or the way he “cha-cha’s real smooth” but he is for sure a character we hope to see more of!

And now, for the ultimate compliment…my son said that Llama is as funny as the pigeon. Yep, THAT pigeon. We have been longtime fans of Mo Willems and his Pigeon books, so this is a super duper big heap of praise from my 8-year-old!


Llama Destroys the World is published by Henry Holt and Company which is a part of Macmillan Publishing.

To grab your copy of Llama Destroys the World click here!

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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 […]

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 would be the perfect time to start studying them!

When I first begin planning a unit study for my kiddos, my first step is always choosing books. You probably deduced that on your own if you have read any of my previous book obsessed posts! So, as I began to gather information for this new unit on bees, I began by searching out books! We have oodles of non-fiction books that are amazing and we will absolutely be utilizing! However, for the sake of this post, I am focusing on beautiful, lovely, delicious picture books! There is something about a picture book that just makes knowledge lovely and accessible! So, here are my very favorite BEE-utiful picture books about bees!

Bees: A Honeyed History

This book is big, beautiful, and packed with information. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful…I just kept flipping through. Bees: A Honeyed History is going to not only teach you about bees, but also share their role in the ecosystem throughout many different time periods! You will learn all about the anatomy of bees, honey production, and so much more. This is a must-have for any unit on bees…can’t recommend this one enough! This book is written and illustrated by Piotr Socha and published by Harry N.Abrams.


Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book

Sweet Georgia Peaches this is a gorgeous book. This is such a unique and clever book by Britta Teckentrup! Peek through the cut-outs into the beautiful world of bees! This book has some absolutely stunning illustrations, which is no surprise given that Britta Teckentrup is an artistic genius. I recently included two of her books in my post about birds! Her books are mindblowing, and Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book is no exception! Learn all about bees, pollination, and even take a peek inside a working hive. This is such a sweet book with rhyming text, but also full of amazing information that kids will love. Such a lovely book. Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book is published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers!


The Honeybee

I have checked this book out of the library so many times that I think the librarian might just give it to me. Ok, maybe not, but she should. The illustrations and sweet story in this book are so lovely but also so informative. You will learn all about the life of a honeybee and why they are so special. The Honeybee is full of whimsical illustrations that will keep your eyes happy from beginning to end. The Honeybee is written by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers! A gem!


The Bee Book

The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner is packed to the gills with information. I learned SO much about bees from this book…it was truly amazing. Not only will you learn about different types of bees and bee anatomy, but you will learn about pollination, how bees communicate, how to create a bee-friendly garden, how you can help bees, and so much more. The illustrations are gorgeous and the information is presented in such an intriguing way that you want to keep turning the pages! This is an amazing book to plan your bee lesson from as well as it covers so many different topics! Highly recommend this one! The Bee Book is published by DK Children.


The Honeymakers

Chances are good if you are learning about a science topic you will come across a book by Gail Gibbons. The Honeymakers is a fabulous book written and illustrated by the amazing Gail Gibbons. I have only just discovered her books this year, but I am hooked. She has such an amazing way of filling her books with information and presenting it in such a fun and beautiful way. Gibbons takes topics that could potentially be confusing for young children and makes them easy to understand and fun. We adore her illustrations and definitely recommend this book if you are wanting to teach your kids more about bees and honey production! The Honeymakers is published by Collins Books.


The Life and Times of the Honeybee

The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci is full of rich illustrations! Such a beautifully done book. There is so much information packed into this book it is amazing. Not only will you learn all about bees, you will learn about the history of bees and their uses, you will learn about honey, and even about beeswax and its many uses. This book is an amazing introduction to all things bees and incorporates humor as well as facts! Definitely a great addition and so good for multiple ages! The Life and Times of the Honeybee is published by HMH Books for Young Readers!

Are you a Bee?

Are you a Bee? is another wonderful book from the Backyard Book Series. In this warmly illustrated book, you will learn all about the life cycle of a bee. While this isn’t a super long book, there is a lot of information included. You and your kiddo will learn about the job of bees in a hive and how the backyard can be a very busy place if you are a bee! Are you a Bee? is written by Judy Allen and illustrated by Tudor Humphries. It is published by Kingfisher.

Flight of the Honey Bee

Flight of the Honey Bee is another gem of an introduction to the amazing world of honeybees. This is a captivating story about the flight of a young bee. We learn that despite the small size of a bee, it has such an important role! This is the perfect book to teach all about the life cycle of the honeybee. The illustrations will captivate you…they are so beautiful. You will also learn about how to help bees and why it is so important! Flight of the Honey Bee is written by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, and published by Candlewick.

The Honeybee Man

Oh this is such a lovely book. The Honeybee Man is written by Lela Nargi and illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker and is a sneak peek into the life of a beekeeper. The story follows Fred, a beekeeper from Brooklyn. Fred keeps his bees on the rooftop of his building and his honey is loved and adored by many in his community. This is an amazing introduction to the work of beekeepers and the honey making process. This would be a great book to share with your children prior to a field trip to seeing honeybees! The Honeybee Man is published by Schwartz & Wade.

The Beeman

The Beeman is another book that focuses on the life of a beekeeper. It is told from the point of view of a child who has a grandfather who is a beekeeper. This book is packed with information about beekeeping, how honey is made, and where bees live. We loved the rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. We will read this book again before our trip to see honeybees! The Beeman is written by Laurie Krebs and illustrated by Valeria Cis. This book is published by Barefoot Books.


Do you have a favorite book about bees?



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. […]