The Best Games for Homeschoolers

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I love games for homeschooling! Our fun time can also be learning time if we pick the right one. Sure, there are plenty of educational websites and apps for kids, and we’ve found them super helpful over the years. We’ve found some fantastic digital back-up for geography and math.

But sometimes it’s nice to turn off the screens and just sit around a board or card game. Some of my favorite childhood memories are playing card games with my family. I play some of those same card games to build memories with my children.  And if a game also happens to reinforce a learning skill or concept, then that’s a double win!

Besides the obvious benefits, playing games together also helps develop and hone social skills, like verbal communication, taking turns, and sharing. Games also help with cognitive and memory development.

This is what you might call a master list of educational games. All ages and skill levels are represented so there’s a little something for everyone.

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History and Geography Games

                                           

Professor Noggin,s Ancient Civilizations

Timeline 6: American History

Timeline: Inventions

Brainbox: Cities

USA Edition Borderline

10 Days in the USA 

Sequence States and Capitals

Mindware Destination USA

Brainbox: World History

Professor Noggin’s Countries of the World

Brainbox: All Around the World

Geo Puzzle: The World

10 Days in the Americas

Out of the Box 10 days in Asia

Out of the Box 10 Days in Europe

Game Zone Great States Geography 

USA Bingo

Professor Noggin’s Geography of Canada

Geo Bee Challenge Game

Professor Noggins Geography of the United States

Science Games

                                           

Professor Noggin’s W0nders of Science

Hit the Habitat Trail

Wildcraft: An Herbal Adventure Game

Dr. Microbe Game

Dr. Beaker Game

Chemistry Fluxx

Food Chain Card Game

Oceans Bingo

Xtronaut Solar System Exploration Game

Ion: A Compound Building Game

Brainbox: Science and Nature

Bird Bingo

Dr. Eureka Game

Professor Noggin’s Outer Space Game

Science Ninja Chemistry

Totally Gross: The Game of Science

Rock On Geology Game

Fossil On Game of Fossils

Melissa and Doug Suspend It Game

Bug Bingo

Math Games

                                           

Blokus

Yahtzee

Mastermind for Kids

Chess

Balance Beans

Circuit Maze

No Stress Chess

Cat Stacks

Laser Maze

Pentago Triple Strategy Board Game

Labyrinth Board Game

Gravity Maze

Qwixx

Prime Club

Sum Swamp

Little Treasures Code Breaker Game

I Sea 10 Addition and Subtraction Game

Quirkle

Money Bags Coin Value Game

Smath

Word Games

                                           

Pictionary

Scattergories

Wordical

Rhyme Out

Blurt

Pathwords

Word Around

Word on the Street

Taboo

Super Sleuth

Tabletopics: Topics to Start Great Conversations

Boggle

Apples to Apples

Snake Oil Game

Codenames

Story Cubes

Dixit

Bananagrams

Pairs in Pears

Quiddler

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How to Add Life Skills to Your Homeschool Curriculum Lineup!

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I know, I know, that title seems a bit obvious! If you’ve been homeschooling for even a semester you know that teaching your children at home definitely includes teaching some life skills! Getting them involved with cooking and cleaning the kitchen afterward, or daily chores like sweeping the kitchen after lunch or folding their own laundry are pretty much Home Ec 101. In addition to these basics, there are so many more great skills we can teach them!

Full disclosure: I struggle with this in my home. I’ve always been the “just do it myself” kind. One of my biggest weaknesses is requiring (more like allowing) my kids to do something that I can do more effectively and efficiently. But, if I don’t let them do it, they really won’t learn! I also struggle with implementation. Asking them to clean up a mess for me as I notice it, is really different than assigning them tasks that they are responsible for every day. The former doesn’t teach responsibility or time management, or any of the other vital life skills they should have a firm mastery of when they grow up. Adding some life skills training to our day-to-day curriculum is the best way for them to learn effectively.

A Practical Approach

Get organized.  Having a program to follow with specific skills planned out in advance will make it easier to stay accountable. Knowing what skills to look forward to throughout the year might also help motivate your child.

Recordkeeping. It’s hard to keep track of life skills learned. So much instruction happens naturally in homeschooling, but when you really think about it, we don’t give our kids enough credit for the jobs they do. Print out certificates of completion and add them to your child’s portfolio.

Learn new skills along with your child.  Confession: I don’t know the first thing about gardening. I’m sure there’s plenty of other things I’d learn along with my children’s life skills study.

Cover skills outside of your own comfort zone. I don’t want my kids limited to the skills I have or the skills I feel comfortable teaching (see above). We all have different gifts! I’m sure we’d come across lots of topics I wouldn’t naturally cover on my own and that is a good thing.

It can be counted as high school credit. There are so many courses available to high schoolers. Look for courses outside the title “Life skills” or “Home Economics”. Although those would obviously be perfect, there are also more specific life skills courses available such as Personal Finance or Leadership Management Skills.

Where To Begin

Luckily, lots of other homeschooling mamas have already covered this ground and have provided us with some pretty amazing ideas.

10 Areas of Essential Life Skills for Teenage Boys by Michelle Caskey of Homeschool Your Boys has a great list of things to teach teens. And it’s definitely not just for boys! Every task is essential for anyone who will have to live on their own someday. She even includes a handy, printable checklist!

The Awe Filled Homemaker also has a free checklist for life skills, as well as some great insights and tips for homeschooling

Don’t Fail Your Kids by Dachelle of Hide the Chocolate. Don’t be afraid of that title! This site is anything but judgmental! And between giggles, you’ll find some really great info about how to teach them the basics.

Practical Life Skills for the Gifted Teen, a post series by Renee at Great Peace Academy, is filled with information worth bookmarking. Although gifted education is Renee’s niche, this series would be perfect for all teens. She covers topics like cooking, finance, and home management.

Check out this Life Skills Bingo printable pack from Ginny at Not So Formulaic! Even if you’re not in the mood for bingo, she has a fantastic life skills post series worth reading.

Books About Life Skills

1001 Things Every Teen Should Know Before They Leave Home: (Or Else They’ll Come Back) by Harry H. Harrison Jr.
This is a great chapter book and a must for parents who want to make sure their kid can make it out there! 

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.
Effective teens? Um, yes, please! This book is adapted from the New York Times Best-Seller, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, and author Sean Covey has updated it for the children of the digital age. Adding this one to my cart right now!

A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George, and A Young Man After God’s Own Heart by Jim George.
These books are sure to challenge and bless your young people!

             

The Leader in Me by Franklin Covey.
This is a series for elementary-aged students based on the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In the guide levels 1 – 6, lessons feature 10-minute activities that help students reflect on their lives, develop leadership skills, and set goals. This is a flexible program that can be assigned daily or weekly. A teacher’s guide is also available.

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The 20 Best Schoolhouse Rock Videos!

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Remember these gems? I loved this show when I was a kid. I remember watching them on Saturday morning, back when Saturday morning cartoons were a thing! The fun animated shorts set to fun music taught lasting lessons that I can still recall today!

Schoolhouse Rock! aired for the first time back in 1973 with a mission to provide educational entertainment to kids. The 64 videos cover topics like grammar, civics, science, economics, history, and mathematics. The animated show has even won 3 Emmy awards!

I’m Just a Bill 

This might be the most popular Schoolhouse Rock! of them all. Learn all about Bill, who wants more than anything to be signed into a Law. But that process is long and can get complicated!

Conjunction Junction

Another classic! Watch this conductor use conjunctions to join words and phrases together. And good luck getting that song out of your head!

 

Electricity

Learn all about different forms of electricity in this catchy tune that’s sure to have you humming along!

3 is a Magic Number

Multiples of 3 never sounded so good!

The Preamble

The Preamble to the Constitution, set to music!

Verb! 

That’s what’s happening! What a fun way to explore action words.

Tea Party – No More Kings

See what the Boston Tea Party, taxation without representation, and the start of America’s independence in this fun little ditty.

Multiplication Rock

Some genius put together a compilation of all the multiplication cartoon and they’re all right here in this delightful video! Learn about why zero is a hero, and how Noah used multiplication to count the animals on his ark. This one is an entertaining, educational treasure!

The Great American Melting Pot

This beautiful tribute to all the different people that immigrated to America is just as relevant today as it was in the early 70’s

Interjections

Reginald, Geraldine, and Geraldo teach us all about interjections through their respective hijinks. Hooray!

America! The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

The start of the American Revolution is a common story but you’ve never seen it like this!

Interplanet Janet

Interplanet Janet shows you all around the solar system, the sun, the planets, and their moons. Wow your kids by explaining that once upon a time, Pluto was a planet! Ah, simpler times.

Rufus Xavier Sasparilla – Pronouns

Rufus and his sister Rafaella have long names and a knack for getting animals to follow them home. Thankfully for the narrator, pronouns come to the rescue!

Unpack Your Adjectives

Unpack all your describing words in this cute little story about camping.

Ready or Not, Here I Come! (Fives)

Learning to count by five has never sounded so good! Ready or not, here come fives!

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here! 

Get your adverbs here for all your writing and reading needs!

Them Not So Dry Bones

Don’t be afraid, but right now, there’s a skeleton locked up inside of you! This is a great way to learn the names of our bones and how they work in our bodies!

Three Branches of Government

Learn all about the branches of our government through the lens of a circus. Quite appropriate if you ask me!

The Tale of Mr. Morton

Mr. Morton is the subject of the sentence and he helps you understand sentence structures!

A Victim of Gravity

He’s got the blues because gravity is keeping him down!

You can purchase this limited edition here to have all the time.

Seasons 1,2, and 3 are available on for purchase on YouTube. So you can walk down memory lane, and introduce your little learners to these concepts with fun and endearing characters and songs.

Schoolhouse Rock! Season 1       Schoolhouse Rock! Season 2       Schoolhouse Rock! Season 3

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FREE Resources for Outdoor Survival Skills

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I grew up in the small towns of Western Montana. Our family went camping often, and my dad was always good about showing us some basic skills for camping out. I don’t think it ever crossed our minds that we would be lost and need to survive. We were pretty good at staying found by staying near the camp. We were lucky not to have been forced to survive on our own.

If you’ve been looking for some resources for teaching your children basic survival skills, or even more than basics skills, here are some resources to help you along. You might notice that many of the links are by Boy Scout troops or Scoutmasters. You can learn what they learn, even if you aren’t a scout! It’s good to be prepared!

Disclaimer: Use the advice and lesson plans on each website at your own risk. This blog post is simply a collection of websites and resources that appeared to be useful for teaching survival skills.

Literature as a Resource

Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

Brian is a 13-year-old boy (with a troubled family life) who finds himself surviving a plane crash and having to fend for himself until he is found.   The Art of Manliness has found 10 survival skills from the fictional story about wilderness survival that are truly useful in a real-life situation.   SparkNotes has a plot summary for you here.

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

Karana is a girl, who by unusual circumstances, ends up alone to survive on a tropical island.  Here is a plot synopsis on Sparknotes.  My girls and I really enjoyed this book as a read-aloud.

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George

Sam runs away from home and chooses to live on his own in the Catskills. He lives off the land and learns to survive through the winter.

Use this lesson plan from Scholastic to do a study of the book.

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

When her life in her small, Eskimo village becomes dangerous, Julie runs away only to find herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness without food or even a compass to guide her. To survive, she copies the ways of a pack of wolves. The first in the Julie of the Wolves trilogy, this makes for fantastic adventure reading.

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Dafoe

This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island is a thrilling read and a marvel in resourcefulness.

The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss

This classic adventure is full of resourceful characters. It’s “an irresistible tale of ingenuity” that young readers will enjoy.

Websites aimed at Kids and Survival

Exciting Scout Craft

A boy scout Scoutmaster gives advice and skill techniques, including the explanation of S.T.O.P., for being prepared if you get lost.

Gaelic Wolf Pack Survival Basics

Here is a suggested starting point for planning and organizing a survival camping trip. It is not intended as a syllabus, but rather a starting point.

Equipped to Survive

A Kid’s Wilderness Survival Primer contains basic info on how to pack a Wilderness Survival Pack for when kids will be out in the wild for hiking, camping, etc. It includes information on how to obtain a free special whistle to pack in the survival pack. A whistle is a very useful tool for letting searchers know where to find a lost child or adult.

Wilderness.net

Wilderness.net is a free resource for teachers and educators to broaden their knowledge base about the wilderness and land preservation.

Urban Survival Site

This post from Urbansurvivalsite.com is a condensed version of basic skills to teach your kids, including how to use a map and compass and how to find water. Along with some great tips, there are also handy YouTube tutorials for things like starting a fire and building a shelter.

The Survival Mom

This detailed collection from thesurvivalmom.com is an in-depth list of 32 different skills to teach kids how to do things like how to read the sky for directions and forage for food and medicinal plants. She includes some great book recommendations and lots of great information, broken down into categories that are easy to teach. This entire blog is a great resource for teaching survival skills.

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FREE Math Printables for Elementary

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Free printables are just awesome! It’s so nice to just click print and hand them to my kids. They are excellent for reinforcing what we are learning, and for speed and competency training. I use them most often in math, where skills and concepts at each level must be mastered before moving on to the next. Here are some great places to find math printables and worksheets for your little learners!

Pre-school

There is really a wealth of resources for preschool worksheets out there! Slapdashmom.com is a great place to start because they have printables that cover all the basics: pencil control, math, and literacy skills, all in one place!

First Grade

Education.com has a huge library of free printables for lots of subjects, but their math content is excellent. You will definitely find worksheets to supplement whatever you’re covering with your student!

Second Grade

Bacamajalah.com has second-grade math covered. This is a one-stop-shop for printable worksheets to cover every concept!

Third Grade

It’s education.com again for third-grade math worksheets! You name it, they’ve got it, all for free!

Fourth Grade

123Homeschool4Me.com has your fourth grader covered! Lots of worksheets to help reinforce those concepts!

Fifth Grade

MashupMath.com has a neat table of contents that allows you to pick and choose exactly which worksheets you want for your fifth grader. And they include answer keys!

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Sentence Diagramming FREE Printables

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I don’t know about you. But diagramming sentences was not a particularly favorite memory from my school days. So when it came time to teach it to my homeschoolers, this teacher had to do a bit of review herself! Luckily, there are some pretty great resources available to us these days for those areas where we need a bit of help! Here are some free printables that will make teaching sentence diagramming a breeze!

English Worksheets Land makes it easy to find what you’re looking for with 5 different worksheets for teaching each part of diagramming.

Along with a number of worksheets and templates, K12 Reader offers this handy sentence diagramming guide for quick reference.

Lastly, Print N Practice has an extensive post detailing the breakdown of the parts of speech for sentence diagramming. With a category for each concept and examples for each diagram, this is a fantastic resource to keep in your back pocket!

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FREE Handwriting Printables

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Can you remember your first writing book? Those dotted lines and large margins? Oh, happy nostalgia. I chose the dry erase versions for my kids when they were learning and they loved erasing best of all! Thanks to the internet, homeschool resources are vast and accessible, and handwriting printables are plenty! And, you can easily make a printed piece of paper reusable, by putting it inside a sheet protector and using dry erase markers!

Pre-writing Practice

Little learners are still mastering hand-eye coordination, so fun activities like tracing lines and shapes are a great place to start! These Pre-Writing Practice Worksheets are perfect for getting those lines just right!

Once they know the fundamentals, they can move on to forming letters and numbers! You can find over 200 Free Handwriting Worksheets here to keep them learning.

Copywork

A great way to reinforce handwriting skills is to copy common words for recognition. These Handwriting Worksheets are a great start!

Cursive

For learning letter formation, check out these Free Cursive Handwriting Worksheets!
And once they have mastered their letters, they can move on to writing words and sentences with these Cursive Handwriting Printables!

Sloppy writing? Try this Sloppy Handwriting Quick Fix!

Happy handwriting!

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Summer Reading List for Tweens and Teens

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We know that fostering a love for reading is so important while our kids are young. But let’s be honest, there’s a lot of junk out there with a shiny “for kids” label on it, and it can be overwhelming to wade through reviews to see whether a popular title is actually appropriate. For this list, we specifically selected titles that are popular and family-friendly. Check out these exciting, positive fiction stories that are sure to grab your child’s attention and make for excellent summer reading.

Looking for great reading lists for younger readers? Check out our Reading Lists For Every Age{K-5}

The Circle series by Ted Dekker. The Circle is an epic story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and a terrorist threat, unlike anything the human race has ever known. Each of the four individual novels, Black, Red, White, and Green have been best sellers on their own. And now they are combined into one epic tale that’s a fan favorite for millions.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. This dystopian future tale captured the world’s attention with its blockbuster movies. An excellent series to lose yourself in, this is a great read for adults, too!

Dragons In Our Midst series by Bryan Davis. With quite a collection of contemporary/fantasy books for young adults and adults, Bryan Davis tells the epic tale of kids with a rare heritage, and the slayer who seeks to destroy them!

                     

Oracles Of Fire by Bryan Davis. Fans of Dragons In Our Midst will absolutely love this dive back in time, from the era just before Noah’s Ark, to the time of King Arthur, when battles raged between dragons and men.

Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elizabeth Stengl. Young suitors, jilted hearts, whispers of war, and a coming evil that threatens to sweep the land await readers in this fantasy tale that has enthralled millions of fans worldwide.

The Songkeeper Chronicles by Gillian Bronte Adams. This epic tale of an orphan turned hero takes readers on a fantastic journey through the land of Leira, where an ancient melody finds a new Songkeeper in each generation. Now it’s Birdie’s turn.

                     

Chronicles Of Narnia by CS Lewis. No list would be complete without this incredible series that has captured the hearts of readers for more than 60 years! Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world.

Twisted Tales series by various authors. These Disney stories take your favorite, well-known princess stories and explore the “What Ifs”, like what if Mulan traveled to the underworld. Or what if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper…

The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson. Melanie Dickerson has several beautiful novels of brave heroines and this is a great place to start! A young woman is determined to save her people against all odds in this fantasy tale of plagues, beasts, and missing children.

                     

Sierra Jensen Collection by Robin Jones Gunn. You’ll enjoy the bold, free-spirited Sierra Jensen as she takes on her junior year of high-school and does her best to seek God’s will for her life!

Wars Of The Realm series by Chuck Black. An accident leaves Drew blind, but when his sight miraculously returns, he discovers he has a new ability: he can observe fierce invaders that no one else can see. Is he insane? Or do these dark invaders actually exist? Drew searches for the light in this fantasy tale of faith.

Stranded series by Jeff Probst. Shipwrecked and stranded on a rocky jungle isle with no adults, four distant siblings must learn to depend on each other to survive.

                     

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Math Games for All Ages!

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We are always on the lookout for everyday activities that can reinforce what we are teaching. And these math games are some really fun options! Skills honed in these games range from basic math facts and logical reasoning to probability and chance and visual perception. Plus, the incentive to win goes a long way, at least in our house!

For even more fun math games and activities, check out this Free Ice Cream Place Value Match Game and 10 Ways To Learn With LEGO! And if you’re looking for math games for your device, there are a bunch of really good options here.

Here are our favorites!

Chess. It’s a classic. Need I say more? This fun travel version makes it easy to play on the go!

Sum Swamp. Race through the swamp while facing math challenges and meeting funny swamp creatures along the way!

Tri-Facta.  It’s more of a fun way to practice math than it is a family game night resource. But if your kids enjoy practicing math facts in a new and interesting way, or if you just need a new way to help them master math, this is a good option. There is also a multiplication and division version!

Payday. Most any money exchanging board game is reinforcing math and there is plenty of money math going on in this one, so it definitely counts as school. (yep, I just said that)

Head Full Of Numbers. Roll the different sets of dice and set the timer, then record the different combinations of equations you can make using those numbers. This game incorporates addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to accommodate varying levels of skill.

Skyjo. This one has enough chance involved that younger kids can feel capable of winning and there is enough fun to keep older ones engaged.

Even Steven’s Odd. Test your addition and subtraction speed while trying to beat your opponents to complete the required roll. There are two levels of challenge to this one so you are sure to keep your kids engaged.

Prime Climb. This game is a great way to reinforce basic math facts for all four operations. The twist that comes when you land on a prime number and get to draw a prime card keeps the game interesting for everyone.

Absolute Zero Card Game. This one was created by a middle school math teacher to reinforce math facts with integers. The score at the end of a round is calculated using absolute value, another important concept to reinforce with teens

Colorku. This color-based version of Soduko game is played by all ages because various levels of challenge are included.

Blokus. This classic game can be understood by younger children but the skilled play really takes shape in the tween and teen years. You can play with up to four players, which is definitely the most challenging way to play.

Set. This is a classic game of Visual Perception that you can play solo or with others. Playing by yourself gives you time to improve your skills without the time pressure. Adding competitors is more challenging but it can be tough if everyone’s skill level isn’t somewhat equivalent.

Blink. You can begin playing this one when your kids are younger, though their skills and speed will really kick in when they get older.

Yahtzee. Another classic you can’t really go wrong with!

Quixx. You can play a full game in around twenty minutes, which makes it perfect for evenings when the family is lounging around.

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Reading Lists for Each Age {Pre-K – 5th grade}

We have always tried to foster a love of reading in our kids. Good readers make good students and life-long learners. But sometimes it can be tricky to judge which books are best for each age group, so this list is a great place to start. Please note that while these books are suggested for certain grade levels, the reading levels of kids can vary greatly so choose books at your kid’s pace and don’t get held up by grade levels. As long as they’re reading, they’re learning!

If you’re looking for options for older readers, check out our Summer Reading List For Teens!

Here are our top picks for the best books for each age!

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For babies and toddlers

For this age, books should foster interaction. Maybe they have a refrain that repeats throughout. Kids might have to make noises or look for certain things on each page. Whatever it takes to get them involved. You may quickly find that your little one has a favorite book memorized and can “read” it to you!

          

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Freight Train by Donald Crew

What Do You Say by Mandy Stanley

Preschool and Kindergarten

The world of picture books has such amazing resources for our young readers. I’m sure you have a long list of favorites! Here are just a few of ours.

          

Duck On A Bike by David Shannon

The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

The Pigeon Finds A Hotdog by Mo Willems

Naughty Little Monkeys by Jim Aylesworth

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Picture books for Kindergarten – 2nd grade

I really don’t think it’s possible to have TOO many picture books around, especially with youngsters in the house! These are our top pics!

             

How Big is Your Brave by Ruth Soukup

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Who Wants A Cheap Rhinoceros by Shel Silverstein

The Empty Pot by Demi

Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

You Are Special by Max Lucado

Chapter books for 2nd – 3rd graders

Around second grade, kids typically are ready to start reading chapter books. It’s an exciting milestone for their scholastic career! Here are some excellent choices.

          

Frog And Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

The Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler

The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne

Junie B Jones series by Barbara Park

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene

The Dream Traveler’s Quest series by Ted Dekker

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Chapter books for 4th – 5th graders

Finding chapter books for kids to read that they have a high interest in is key. Listed here are some of our favorite chapter book series for kids in 4th and 5th grades.

        

The Dangerous Christmas Ornament by Bob Seigel

The I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Prince Warriors Series by Priscilla Shirer

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

The Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen

IMAGINE… series by Matt Koceich

Non-fiction books for K – 5th graders

Nonfiction makes up the majority of what adults read. But too often kids don’t get enough nonfiction reading. Here are 7 favorites for getting that non-fiction reading in.

          

A Picture Book of… Biographies by David Adler

Let’s Read and Find Out series by Franklin M Branley

Case for… Series by Lee Strobel

True Books series by Mel Freidman

Scholastic True or False series by Gilda and Melvin Berger

If You… series by Elizabeth Levy

Who Was series by Roberta Edwards and Janet Pascal

The I Can Read series by various authors

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