12 Books for the 4th of July
The 4th of July isn't--thank goodness!--a holiday for gifts or passing out candy like so many have evolved into. It's a midsummer day off that, for us, usually involves family, friends, and doing something outdoors. The perfect opportunity to think about and appreciate our freedoms as Americans. With that in mind, I wanted to share a round-up of a dozen…
Family Road Trip Reading List
Ah, summertime! Time to hit the open road and enjoy making memories with your kids! Here's a reading list of books for kids with a road trip theme. These would be great to take along on an actual road trip... or if that's not possible, to have a virtual road trip without ever leaving home.
6 Feel-Good Books for Spring
Here are a few favorite seasonal novels for your reading pleasure this spring... perfect for enjoying on the front porch in that little patch of sunshine during the warmest part of the afternoon!
5 YA Books Set in the 1940s
If you are fascinated, as I am, with stories about the World War II time period, here are 5 middle-grade/young-adult titles that are worth a read. These are not so much about the battles and politics of the war, but more about how the war affected children and families in Europe.
With so many unprecedented things happening this past year I find my mind going down all kinds “what if” rabbit holes. Without a doubt recent months have brought many major changes to life as we know it. Oddly enough, the one that has affected me the most–or at least how I think–was the stupid panic-buying of toilet paper last spring.…
Christian Fiction Reading Challenge
During July and August I participated in a summer reading challenge hosted by Revell. The idea was to read Christian fiction books in six different genres: contemporary, suspense, biblical, historical, speculative, and Amish.
Stay-at-Home Camp-Out for Kids
If you’re still in stay-at-home mode this summer here’s a fun camping “trip” you can plan for the kids in your own backyard. Spending the night outside is optional. Plan it for a clear evening just as it’s starting to get dark. Here’s what you’ll need: Gear Bed Roll for each person (e.g. kid’s sleeping bag, fleece throw, beach towel)…
Free E-books & Audiobooks for Kids
There are lots of free resources available for kids right now, especially in regards to homeschooling and learning. I want to share a few I’m really impressed with but first I’m obliged to say that this post includes Amazon affiliate links which means I might earn from qualifying purchases. First of all, do you know about stories.audible.com? It’s an Audible…
7th Grade Reading List from 1935
As I’ve been gathering and archiving family documents I came across this list of books my great-aunt Bonnie read when she was in 7th grade in 1935-1936. Aunt Bonnie was Grandmother’s younger sister. This would have been the school year following Grandmother’s high school graduation. I recognize a number of the titles as books I’ve read–some of them when I…
Fantasy Adventure Book Series
I love it when friends ask me for book recommendations for their kids! My latest request comes from a local friend whose children are ages 8, 10, and 12. When I asked her what their interests were she said, “They’ve all recently read the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series. They’re into reading a lot of the same stuff right…