Our Favorite Bedtime Books

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Bedtime either goes one of two ways in our house: it’s either sweet and easy or a terrible struggle. It seems like there are no in-betweens. The one part of the bedtime routine that is generally pleasant for all of us, though, is story time. We all look forward to reading books all snuggled up in bed. Here are some of our favorite bedtime books that we can’t quit reading! The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton – We’ve read this one to our oldest since she was a newborn and have done the same with our baby. It’s a perfect way to end the night. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up […]

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Summer Reading Lists for Grade Schoolers


Summer is just a month away for my children and believe me, they are counting down! But their hiatus from a school classroom doesn’t mean they are free from all learning. Summer is a great time to get your kids reading. Most local libraries promote reading with summer reading programs. These really help to keep kids motivated but finding the right book to read can be a bit tricky. Today I would like to share a few of my kid’s favorite books. My oldest son is finishing up 4th grade and is a reading machine. He likes books that get the action happening quickly and keep you on your toes as you progress through […]

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First Chapter Books for Young Readers

young readers

My daughter caught the reading bug when she was really young. She is not even five and a half and has already been reading for over two years. I love how much she loves to read, even if it means she stays up way past her bedtime reading a couple of chapters of her most recent book. (It’s currently 9 PM and she just came down asking to please read one more chapter…Maybe I should be more strict about this.) Right around her fourth birthday, she started reading chapter books – the kind that are about 40 pages long and have three or four chapters with several pictures.  I did a lot of […]

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Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

The Whole Brain Child

Many of my personal goals for this year are focused on my relationships, including my relationships with my children. My kids are growing up so quickly and this realization has caused me to think a lot about how well I am parenting. Do I have the kind of relationship I want with each of my children? Am I teaching and preparing them enough for all they are experiencing? How well do I understand each child and show that they mean the world to me? A couple of weeks ago I was at the park with a few friends and one of them mentioned that she was reading a parenting book that she really loved called “The […]

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Last year, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, was one of my top five favorite reads. The whole series was enjoyable, and I loved Marissa Meyer’s writing style. When I heard she had a new book being released, I immediately put my name on the hold list at the library. I finally got my hands on a copy of Heartless two weeks ago and read it in just a few days. I loved it. I may not give it 5/5 stars, but definitely 4.5/5. (That last .5 star is reserved for a very select few books.) This is an origin story of the infamous Queen of Hearts. If you’re at all […]

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10 Sweet Picture Books for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was never a big deal to me. In fact, in high school my friends and I started a tradition of wearing black on this holiday, whether or not we actually had a Valentine. This tradition continued through college and basically until I had kids. Having kids just makes every holiday fun, especially if that holiday is all about giving lots of snuggles and love and kisses. These sweet books will make you feel extra lovey, and snuggling while reading them is definitely a must. Enjoy! A String of Hearts by Laura Malone Elliott – This is such a sweet story of a bear trying to write the perfect card for a special friend. […]

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Books on My Nightstand

Normally, I just read one book at a time. I like to get totally immersed in one story before trying to find the brain space for another story. The library didn’t cooperate with me this month, though. I had four books come off the hold list at the same time. Now I feel like I have to read them all at once before they’re due in 3 weeks. This is what’s stacked up on my nightstand right now: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale – I planned to read this in about a week, but I often struggle with nonfiction. This seems like a really great book, but it’s one that will […]

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My Favorite (and least favorite) Books of the Year

This year I read just shy of 50 books. For some people, that’s a ton of books. For others, that’s as much as they read in 3 months. For me, that’s right about average. One of my favorite things to do is go back over the books I’ve read and remember what I liked and didn’t like about them. I won’t list all of the books I read, but I thought I’d share some highlights…and a few lowlights. Book that made me laugh the most: The Martian by Andy Weir; It is rare that a book actually makes me laugh out loud. This book did repeatedly. I loved it. The movie was good, […]

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“If You’re Missing Baby Jesus”

Book reviews are usually under Katherine’s field of expertise, but this is one sweet little Christmas story that I truly love and need to share. “If You’re Missing Baby Jesus” is a true story written by Jean Gietzen. The story is told from a child’s perspective and is set during a bitterly cold North Dakota winter in 1943. That Christmas season, the narrator’s mother bought the family a little nativity set from the local five-and-dime. However, they quickly discovered that the set had two baby Jesus figurines so they immediately began their search to find who was missing a baby Jesus. In their effort to find the rightful owner, the mother posted a sign on […]

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Book Club Picks from 2016

Last spring, I decided that I really wanted to be in a book club. So I formed one with some friends, and it has been so much fun! I look forward to it every single month. And, of course, we spend about 25 minutes talking about the book and two and a half hours talking about anything and everything else. We each take turns hosting, and the hostess chooses the book. The hostess provides the drinks, paper products, and a snack, and everyone else can bring a snack, as well. It has been a great, not-t00-stressful, easy-to-manage system so far. Here’s what we read this year! The Rent Collector by Camron Wright – This […]

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