In the last couple months I have read four different books about the impressive and intriguing Kate Warne.  She was the first female detective in America who joined the Pinkerton Agency and played a role in many significant cases–including foiling as assassination attempt of President Lincoln.  She convinced Pinkerton to defy tradition and hire her, because as a woman she was able to go places and solve cases that men couldn’...

  Disclosure:  I received an advance e-copy of  this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review.  This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate.   Promises and Primroses by Josi Kilpack Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Page count:  336 pages Release date:  September 4, 2018   Synopsis:   Lord Elliott Mayfield aims to correct the very mess...

  I was recently asked on my Instagram account to share a list of adult fiction that I would recommend.  I haven’t shared a lot of adult books on my blog yet, but I plan to add more!  You can find them under my Adult Books tag.  Here are some of the adult fiction I have most enjoyed broken down by genre.  I will add to it as I discover more that I love, so you can pin this post to revisit it easily! Disclosure:  This post may con...

    Disclosure:  I received an advance e-copy of  the book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review.  This post may contain affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate.   House of Dreams:  The Life of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg Book Details: Release date: June 12, 2018 Age range: 10-14 years Page numbers:  352 pages Publisher: Candlewick Press Illustrations by...

    I had never heard of the Polish woman Irena Sendler until I learned about the non-fiction adult book “Irena’s Children.”  I was amazed at how little she is known and talked about since she helped save 2,500 Jewish children during World War II by smuggling them out of a Jewish ghetto in Poland.  I read the book and was very moved as I learned about her actions as well as those of the people she worked with.  I wa...

  I love audiobooks!  I do read a lot of physical books too, but I love how audiobooks allow me to get through more books and make menial tasks more enjoyable while I listen.  I wrote a post all about why I listen to audiobooks and what programs I use to listen to them (everything I’ve used has been free through the library!) here: A Guide to Audiobooks.  The post also contains my favorite narrators so even if the plots of these books ...

C is for Car Lesson

    This lesson is part of a series of home preschool lessons I do for 2 and 3 year olds.  Click to see How I Do Letter of the Week Lessons and the Preschool learning supplies I use.   Disclosure:  This post may contain affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate.   At the beginning of the lessons I usually show the clip from the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD for the featur...

Review: Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker: Incognito
Book Reviews , Middle Grade Novels / September 18, 2018

  Disclosure:  I received an advance e-copy of  this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review.  This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate.   Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker: Incognito by Shelley Johannes Release date:  September 18, 2018 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Age range: 7-10 years Page numbers: 224 pages Series:  Bo...

B is for Bear Lesson

  This lesson is part of a series of home preschool lessons I do for 2 and 3 year olds.  Click to see How I Do Letter of the Week Lessons and the Preschool learning supplies I use. Disclosure:  This post may contain affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate.   At the beginning of the lessons I usually show the clip from the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD for the featured letter and ...

Four Fascinating Books about Kate Warne

  In the last couple months I have read four different books about the impressive and intriguing Kate Warne.  She was the first female detective in America who joined the Pinkerton Agency and played a role in many significant cases–including foiling as assassination attempt of President Lincoln.  She convinced Pinkerton to defy tradition and hire her, because as a woman she was able to go places and solve cases that men cou...

Review: The Greatest Adventure by Tony Piedra
Book Reviews , Picture Books / September 11, 2018

    Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book  from the publisher to review.  This post may contain affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate.     The Greatest Adventure by Tony Piedra Release date:  September 11, 2018 Publisher:  Arthur A Levine Books   Synopsis: Eliot imagines sailing wild rivers and discovering giant beasts, right there on his block! But ...

A is for Apple Lesson

  This lesson is part of a series of home preschool lessons I do for 2 and 3 year olds.  Click to see How I Do Letter of the Week Lessons and the Preschool learning supplies I use. Disclosure:  This post may contain affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate.   Because this was the first time for the kids to come to my preschool I started out by having homemade playdough out for all...

Fall Picture Books

  It still doesn’t quite feel like Fall where we live, but we’re reading all the Fall picture books and having wishful thinking!  Below are some of the ones we’ve most enjoyed.  As well as a couple ideas of extension activities you can use with the books!   Disclosure:  This post may contain affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate.       Baby Loves...

Review: Miss Turie’s Magic Creatures by Joy Keller
Book Reviews , Picture Books / September 4, 2018

  Miss Turie’s Magic Creatures by Joy Keller Release date:  September 4, 2018 Illustrated by:  Richard Watson Published by:  The Innovation Press   Synopsis: Dragons, Chimeras, and Hydras, oh my! Come explore Miss Turie’s Magic Creatures, the most exotic pet store you’ve ever seen! Miss Turie guarantees to “have the pet that’s right for you,” but can she find a match for her toughest cust...

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast Inspired Birthday Party

  Books are a huge part of our family’s life so it’s no surprise they find their way into our birthday celebrations as well!  Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk is one of my son’s favorite picture books and pancakes are one of his favorite foods so we decided to celebrate his birthday with a party based around those things!     We started off by reading the book aloud.  The basic premise o...

Review: Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen

  Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen Release date:  August 28, 2018 Published by:  Scholastic Press Page number: 400 Age range: The publisher says 8-12 years old, but I’d probably recommend for a couple years above that because of all the difficult things seen.   Synopsis: Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her lit...