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The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

I love it when a book inspires creativity! This happens A LOT at our house! So often we will be reading a book and all of a sudden an idea pops up for a craft, art project, or recipe! Well, I have just finished reading […]

This Is BABY- Another Picture Book Hit From Jimmy Fallon!

This Is BABY- Another Picture Book Hit From Jimmy Fallon!

Picture books are my go-to gift for nearly every occasion! There is something so special about giving someone a book! My favorite time to give books are at baby showers or to celebrate the arrival of a new baby! Books are such an incredible gift […]

Halloween Morning Basket Fun and a FREEBIE!

Halloween Morning Basket Fun and a FREEBIE!

I am a Halloween slacker! It has never been my favorite holiday! Christmas is my jam…I go all-out! But this year, I want to add a little Halloween fun to our homeschool day! I have decided to put together a fun and easy Halloween Morning Basket to add some festive fun to our mornings! Here are some awesome books and activities that you can include…and a special FREEBIE!!

Spook-tacular Books

It seems everyone does morning baskets differently! The one thing that most of them seem to have in common is BOOKS! My favorite subject!! So of course, I wanted to come up with a selection of fun books to read aloud to the kiddos. Here are some fun chapter books and picture books you could include!

Chapter Books

First up is Amelia Fang and The Barbaric Ball. This book is amazing. This is the first book in a series by Laura Ellen Anderson and it will have you and your kids laughing-out-loud! This is full of vampires, yeti’s, and other spooky but not so scary creatures! The book is full of illustrations that will keep your kids engaged and entertained! We absolutely love this series!

Next up is one of my all-time favorite books. The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell is non-stop excitement, fun, and laughter! This would be a great read at any time of the year but fits in perfectly near Halloween with its magical and mystical beings!

Scary Stories for Young Foxes is a super spooky book featuring all kinds of stories perfect for Halloween. It is full of adventure, suspense, and heart!

Next up is Nightbooks which has a spooky factor of about a million. This is an action packed book that follows a young boy who is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her scary stories in order to stay alive. So you are getting scary stories within a scary story!

City of Ghosts is a hauntingly good book by author Victoria Schwab. This one definitely has the spooky factor perfect for halloween. The kids and I really liked this one. The sequel is out now and we can’t wait to read it!

Picture Books

If you have followed me for a minute you know about my deep love of Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet Books. They are amazing! J is for Jack-O’-Lantern is all about Halloween and it is the perfect combination of poetry and non-fiction. Awesome for all ages.

How to Make Friends With a Ghost is a fun and whimsical new book all about making friends with a ghost! This is such a fun book with a beautiful message about friendship as well!

Though not a “Halloween” book, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein definitely has a spooky feel to it! This is the story of Mary Shelley and how she came to create Frankenstein and his monster. This is a really dark book but is so beautifully done. The illustrations are so gorgeous…and I can’t get enough biographical picture books! Another great choice along the same lines is a book called She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein.

Fun-Tastic Activities

Morning Basket’s are such a fun time to add games, puzzles, and other activities! You could make some halloween slime, bake some halloween treats, and even decorate your school area with some fun decorations!

One way we love adding some fun to our morning basket is with Mad-Libs! My kids are in LOVE with Mad-Libs. Mad Libs are such a fun way to add some grammar learning to your day without it feeling like schoolwork…mama win, right??

Here is a great Halloween themed Mad-Lib book!

Puzzles are another fun addition to your baskets. My kids love to work on puzzles while I read aloud. Here is a great puzzle from Vermont Christmas Company!

Freebie Alert!

My friends at Education.Com were so generous and sent me an amazing FREEBIE to share with you!! This would be a great addition to your morning basket!

Halloween will be here soon and this crossword is a great way to incorporate the holiday into reading and writing practice! Be sure to check out more (reading activities) at https://www.education.com/resources/ela/reading/

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At The Mountain’s Base: A Beautifully Woven Story of Family, Love, and Bravery

At The Mountain’s Base: A Beautifully Woven Story of Family, Love, and Bravery

At The Mountain’s Base is an absolutely breathtaking new picture book that celebrates love, bravery, and the unwavering support that family provides. This is a gorgeously illustrated poem that would make an incredible addition to a study on Native Americans or World War 2. At […]

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 share with you guys! Every month I am going to share my most anticipated new releases for the following month! There are so many amazing titles coming up for the fall…like really, really good. It wouldn’t be fair to keep all of the goodness to myself…so let’s see what is heading our way for August!

August New Releases

August is just the tip of the iceberg for new releases. September and October might even be more delicious. So, this list will be comprised mostly of picture books and several non-fiction resources that we desperately want to add to our collection. I will hopefully have a post put together soon with some Middle-Grade books we are anxiously awaiting!

Manhattan: Mapping The Story Of An Island

This looks like a gorgeous book. The combination of history and picture books is irresistible to me! I can’t get enough. There is something about the way history is presented in a picture book that just makes it so captivating and accessible. Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island is full of history, timelines, and stories of what made it the place it is today! Definitely adding this to our collection! Manhattan is due to arrive on August 6th.


You Are My Friend: The Story Of Mister Rogers And His Neighborhood

I grew up watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood on our local PBS station. He was the sweetest man who always shared such a wonderful message. You are my Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and his Neighborhood is the story of Fred Rogers long before the world knew him as Mr.Rogers. He struggled to make friends as a child and was often sick, but he pushed past everything to share a message of kindness and compassion. As a picture book biography addict, I have to say I am so excited to see this book! I think it will be another great one! You Are My Friend releases on August 6th.


Mary Blair’s Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One Of The Disney Legends

Disney lovers, you’d better hold on to your Dole Whips because this one is going to be fantastic. Mary Blair’s Unique Flair is a biographical picture book all about the life of Mary Blair who is extremely well known for her work as an artist, animator, and designer for Disney! Mary worked on such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella…and if you have ever ridden It’s a Small World…that is the work of Mary! To say I am excited about this book would be an understatement. Biographical picture books are my VERY favorite books…and when you add in some Disney…yep…excited! You can find Mary Blair’s Unique Flair on August 13th…or pre-order like I did!


Miep And The Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank’s Diary

Another amazing biographical picture book coming your way. This is the story of Miep Gies. While we have all heard the story of Anne Frank, not many have heard of Miep Gies…I know I hadn’t. Miep is the woman who sheltered Anne and her family for many years…and is one of the only reasons why we have heard Anne’s story. I am so excited to read this book. Books like this are why biographical picture books are so amazing…they introduce you to so many amazing people. I already know I will love this one!┬áThis lovely book arrives on August 15th.

A Taste Of The World: What People Eat And How They Celebrate Around The Globe

Well, this book just ties in perfectly to our around the world unit that begins in the fall. We are planning to travel the globe and learn all about other countries…including food and celebrations! This is going to be such an incredible addition! My kids love learning about other countries and cultures and especially love cooking and eating new foods! I have seen snippets of the inside of this book and it is absolutely gorgeous! I have pre-ordered this as well! (Man I hope my husband doesn’t read my blog…) A Taste of the World arrives in the US on August 15th.


Dancing Hands: How Theresa Carreno Played The Piano For President Lincoln

I hope you aren’t tired of picture book biography recommendations because here comes another one. They have introduced me to SO many amazing people I have never heard of. Dancing Hands: How Theresa Carreno Played The Piano For President Lincoln is the story of Theresa Carreno who was a child prodigy piano player. She lived and breathed piano and often wrote her own songs. Theresa and her family had to leave their native Venezuela because of the revolution and ended up coming to the United States. They arrived at a place that was so strange and unfamiliar and where no one spoke Spanish. They also arrived in the middle of the Civil War. Theresa never stopped playing though and was eventually asked by President Lincoln himself to come and play at the White House! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds like an incredible story and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! Dancing Hands arrives on August 27th.

There are so many more books arriving in August, but for now, I just wanted to share my tip-top favorites! What are your most anticipated reads for August?


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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. […]

Friday Favorites- 3 Fantastic Books You Don’t Want to Miss

Friday Favorites- 3 Fantastic Books You Don’t Want to Miss


It is Friday again and that means it is time for another installment of my Friday Favorites! This week we have read some fantastic books! Featured this week are 2 picture books and 1 middle-grade novel that I read aloud to my kids. All 3 are wonderful books that were loved by Mama and Kiddos!

The Polar Bear Explorers Club

polar bear explorers club book

First up on the list is the amazing middle-grade novel The Polar Bear Explorers Club by Alex Bell. This book was included as part of our monthly Owl Crate Jr subscription box. If you haven’t heard of Owl Crate Jr, it is amazing. Every month they choose a great middle-grade book and pair it with super fun bookish goodies! Some of our favorite books from last year were from our Owl Crate Jr box. Anyway, getting back to the book!

The Polar Bear Explorers Club is an exciting adventure tale full of yetis, unicorns, and lots and lots of SNOW! This book had us laughing from the very first page. Alex Bell writes with such a hysterical sense of humor…we just loved it. The cast of characters is wonderful as well…we instantly fell in love with Beanie and his color-coordinated jelly beans!

If you are looking for an action-packed read aloud for your family then I highly recommend this one! Cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out!

The Bluest of Blues

The Bluest of Blues book


Holy moly this next book is a beauty! The Bluest of Blues by Fiona Robinson is absolutely gorgeous. It is a brand new release and is a picture book biography about Anna Atkins and the first book of photographs. Anna Atkins is known to have been one of the first women to create a photograph as well as publish a book of photographs. Anna was a botanist and loved documenting and labeling drawings and photographs of her specimens. The story is a beautiful one of the love between Anna and her father…who supported her and encouraged her at a time when women weren’t exactly welcome in the science field.

Anna is known for her beautiful cyanotypes…or sun prints. In fact, Anna’s “poppy” cyanotype is still on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London! This book is so beautifully written…and the illustrations…beyond stunning. This is going to be one that I read again and again.

My collection of biographical picture books is growing! I LOVE how they are teaching me about people I have never heard of. People who are so important to history! They make biographies accessible to children as well which is so wonderful. I recommend this book for people of any age…it is so informative and so well done.

When The Whales Walked

When the Whales Walked book

When The Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon is an absolutely amazing book all about evolution. The book is gorgeously illustrated by Hannah Bailey. This beautiful book walks you through many evolutionary journeys since the beginning of time.

When The Whales Walked is so filled with facts and stories. They are presented in a way that is easily understandable by kids…which is so awesome because the topic of evolution can be quite confusing! I originally purchased this book to go along with our dinosaur unit but it is so much more than that. It takes you on a journey of the history of life on earth. It lets you spot patterns in how evolution has caused different animals to evolve. Just a fascinating book! The illustrations are so captivating…the kids and I are planning to use this book as an example of nature journaling as well. The perfect non-fiction book to add to your shelves!

Did you read anything this week that you just loved? I am always looking for new recommendations!!


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