Reading Challenge 2016

 

 

Both my girls, now 7 and 10 are avid readers.They both started reading and an early age and we have read to the both of them since before they were born. Reading came easy to them and they read with pleasure to this day forward. Especially through homeschooling we have become aware of the important role of books in our life and have become big supporters of reading in general ! This year has been very challenging for us in Oregon, and we have met many difficulties. Books gave us a safe haven and made it easier for the girls to understand some things. More to our challenges and why I haven’t posted much lately, will follow in another blog post soon. For now I want to share their wonderful reading accomplishment with you and I hope that it might inspire you or your children to pick some of these up as well. There are so many amazing books out there just waiting to be read ! Some of the books on the lists will appear on both , since they now have reached the age where they are able to switch books with each other 🙂 I love their little book discussions, how they discuss events and characters ! If you have any questions to any titles, feel free to ask 🙂 Some of these are older editions ( library) but newer ones might be available or you can always find a great deal used on abebooks.com or if you half a half price book store around the corner, you will most likely find them there… Also since they are still a few days left in the year, the list is most likely still to grow.. so check back for additions 😉

Our goal was to read as many chapter books as possible so i mainly just logged those. I wish I could have added all the picture books as well and some of our non-fiction books are missing , I tend to forget the titles of those too fast and picture books are still sooo beneficial even for older kids ! It has been so fun to log all these books and be able to look through the lists and see what they have read. It’s been a lot of fun.. I hope you enjoy the list 😉 I think we will try to continue keeping our reading log year round 😀

I will start with my oldest daughter. She read these books between the age 9-10.

  1. The Never girls # 1 in a blink
  2. Never girls # 2 the space between
  3. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures (Pip Bartlett #1)
  4. The Enchanted Files #1: Cursed
  5. American Girl Meet Kirsten
  6. american girl kirsten learns a lesson
  7. American Girl Kirstens surprise
  8. Rebecca and the Movies
  9. Candlelight for Rebecca
  10. A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie
  11. Rebecca and Ana (American Girl )
  12. Meet Julie
  13. Nicki (American Girl)
  14. The View from Saturday
  15. Kayas Hero ( American girl)
  16. Beforever Kaya
  17. Nevergirls Far from the shore
  18. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher (Nancy Drew, Book 44)
  19. Meet Caroline ( american girl)
  20. Happy Birthday Kirsten
  21. Geronimo Stilton Mouse overboard #62
  22. A Fabumouse School Adventure (Geronimo Stilton, No. 38)
  23. The Lemonade War
  24. Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (The Guardians)
  25. Ramona and Her Father
  26. James and the Giant Peach
  27. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  28. A Surprise for Caroline (American Girl
  29. Caroline takes a chance
  30. Carolines Battle
  31. Meet Addy: An American Girl
  32. Kaya shows the way
  33. Full speed ahead my Journey with Kit
  34. Turning things around A kit classic
  35. Addy learns a lesson
  36. Runaway Ralph
  37. The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge ( greetings from somewhere series )
  38. The Mystery of the Lion’s Tail (Greetings from Somewhere)
  39. The Mystery of the Icy Paw Prints (Greetings from Somewhere)
  40. Addy’s Surprise A Christmas Story
  41. Kaya and lone Dog
  42. Ivy and Bean No news is good news
  43. Missing Grace A Kit mystery
  44. Changes for Kaya: A Story of Courage (American Girl)
  45. The Runaway Friend A kirsten Mystery
  46. Ralph S. Mouse
  47. A lemonade Crime
  48. A house of Tailors
  49. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
  50. The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure
  51. Changes for Caroline
  52. Happy Birthday Samantha
  53. Samantha learns a lesson
  54. Meet Samantha
  55. Story thieves
  56. Samantha saves the day
  57. Charlie and the chocolate factory
  58. Nellies promise
  59. The Cay
  60. Changes for Samantha
  61. The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Mystery
  62. The Curse of Ravenscourt: A Samantha Mystery
  63. Ramona the pest
  64. Samantha’s Surprise
  65. Ramona and her mother
  66. Greetings from somewhere the mystery of the suspicious spices
  67. What was Ellis Island
  68. Ramona’s World
  69. The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Greetings from Somewhere)
  70. Changes for Kirsten
  71. Kirsten saves the day
  72. Nevergirls #9 Before the bell
  73. Anna & Elsa #4: The Great Ice Engine
  74. Nooks and Crannies
  75. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  76. Geronimo Stilton the Mummy with no name
  77. Cinderella Smith
  78. Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest
  79. Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery
  80. The Bell Bandit
  81. Beforever Julie the big break
  82. A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie
  83. Soaring High: A Julie Classic Volume 2
  84. Lights, Camera, Rebecca!: A Rebecca Classic Volume 2
  85. The Candy Smash ( Lemonade War )
  86. The Magic Trap ( Lemonade War)
  87. Ivy and bean the ghost that had to go
  88. The Glow of the Spotlight: My Journey with Rebecca
  89. .Matilda
  90. Thea Stilton Mountain of fire
  91. Midnight in Lonesome Hollow: A Kit Mystery
  92. The Island of Dr. Libris
  93. Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism
  94. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
  95. On the Far Side of the Mountain
  96. Classic Starts™: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  97. Frightful’s Mountain
  98. A snicker of magic
  99. The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book 1 Clover’s Luck
  100. Nevergirls On the trail
  101. Charlotte in Paris
  102. Wonder at the Edge of the World
  103. Balto of the Blue Dawn (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission)
  104. Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers
  105. Judy Moody saves the world
  106. Welocme to Kirstens World
  107. Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry
  108. Molly Moon & Morphing Mystery
  109. Molly Moon Monster Music
  110. Judy Moody Triple Pet trouble
  111. Spirit animals Book 2 Hunted
  112. Spirit Animals Book 3 Blood ties
  113. PAX
  114. The Berlin Wall: An Interactive Modern History Adventure
  115. Where is ALCATRAZ ?
  116. The night gardener
  117. Geronimo Stilton Welcome to Moldy Manor
  118. Ghosthunters #2: Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost
  119. My Sister the Vampire, No. 1: Switched
  120. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (Emmy and the Rat)
  121. Who Was Paul Revere
  122. Bite sized Magic Blis
  123. Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter
  124. Land of Stories An Author’s Odyssey
  125. .27 Magic words
  126. The witch of blackbird pond
  127. Adventures from the Land of Stories Boxed Set: The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty (2 )
  128. The Wild Ones: Moonlight Brigad
  129. Story thieves the stolen chapters ( bk2)
  130. Eden’s Wish
  131. Who was Susan B. Anthony ?
  132. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  133. Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself
  134. Eden’s Escape (Eden of the Lamp Book 2)
  135. Judy Blume Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  136. Beware! Space Junk! (Geronimo Stilton Spacemice)
  137. American Girl GRACE
  138. Who was Sacagawea ?
  139. Ranger in time Rescue on the Oregon Trail
  140. Cloud and Wallfish
  141. Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel
  142. A boy called Christmas
  143. Thorfinn and the Raging Raiders (Thorfinn the Nicest Viking)
  144. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
  145. Sammy and the Headless Horseman
  146. The Cay
  147. Princess in black
  148. Harriet the Spy
  149. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  150. The Summer gang
  151. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
  152. Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular: A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear, and Other Movie Magic You Can Make Yourself!
  153. Nick and Tesla’s Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove: A Mystery with a Blinking, Beeping, Voice-Recording Gadget Glove You Can Build Yourse
  154. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)
  155. The Cheese Experiment (Geronimo Stilton #63)
  156. Bella Donna
  157. No Ordinary Sound: A Classic Featuring Melody (American Girl Beforever Classic)
  158. Star Wars: Jedi Academy
  159. Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Book 2)
  160. The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3
  161. A New Class (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #4)
  162. Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
  163. The four fingered man ( The Gateway series 1 )
  164. Geronimo Stilton Flight of the red bandit
  165. Tig Ripley Rock’n’Roll Rebel
  166. WARRIORS OF BRIN-HASK, THE (Gateway BOOK 2)
  167. MIDNIGHT MERCENARY, THE ( Gateway BOOK 3)
  168. The bad guys
  169. Shadowsmith
  170. Return of the Jedi

 

 

This is the list of my younger daughter

. She read these between the ages 6-7.

  1. Fantastic Mr.Fox
  2. Lilo and Stitch.
  3. Magic Treehouse Tigers at Twilight
  4. Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
  5. The Berenstain Bear Scouts Meet Big Paw
  6. Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker
  7. The Race Against Time (Geronimo Stilton Journey Through Time #3)
  8. Mouse Overboard! (Geronimo Stilton #62)
  9. Thea Stilton and the Tropical Treasure: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure (Thea Stilton #22)
  10. James and the Giant peach
  11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  12. Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed (Junie B. Jones, No. 8)
  13. Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal (Junie B. Jones, No. 10)
  14. The Mystery of the Suspicious Spices (Greetings from Somewhere)
  15. The Mystery of the Lion’s Tail (Greetings from Somewhere)
  16. Lotta on Troublemaker Street
  17. The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge (Greetings from Somewhere)
  18. Blizzard of the Blue Moon (Magic Tree House, No. 36)
  19. Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren (Junie B. Jones, No. 7)
  20. Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Junie B. Jones, No. 9)
  21. Junie B Jones and that Meanie Jim’s Birthday
  22. Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket (Junie B. Jones, No. 15)
  23. Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #3: Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!
  24. Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #4: Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild!
  25. Petsitters Club
  26. The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Greetings from Somewhere)
  27. The Mystery of the Gold Coin (Greetings from Somewhere)
  28. Danny the Champion
  29. The Mystery at the Coral Reef (Greetings from Somewhere)
  30. The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure (The Chicken Squad)
  31. Amy Wild The secret necklace
  32. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
  33. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
  34. Doll Hospital
  35. Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat
  36. Ivy and Bean no news is good news
  37. The Mummy with No Name (Geronimo Stilton #26)
  38. Anna & Elsa #4: The Great Ice Engine
  39. Thea Stilton and the Mountain of Fire
  40. Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest
  41. Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery
  42. The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book 1 Clover’s Luck
  43. Dinosaurs: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark
  44. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and Screen
  45. Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend
  46. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot
  47. Violet Mackerel’s Personal Space
  48. By Herman Parish – Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #2: Amelia Bedelia Unleashed
  49. The adventures of Robin Hood
  50. Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode 1: Journal)
  51. Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1
  52. Amy Wild the Vanishing Cat
  53. Cinderella Smith
  54. Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery
  55. The BFG
  56. The Twits
  57. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer
  58. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Sees the Future
  59. Geronimo Stilton Spacemice #2: You’re Mine, Captain!
  60. Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go (Ivy & Bean, Book 2)
  61. Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Book 6
  62. Classic Starts Peter Pan
  63. DK Readers L3: Star Wars: I Want To Be A Jedi
  64. DK Readers L3: LEGO Friends: Friends Forever
  65. R2D2 and Friends
  66. Adventures of C 3PO
  67. No Prisoners (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  68. Amy Wild The great sheep race
  69. Judy Moody Triple Pet Trouble
  70. Judy Moody goes to College
  71. Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk
  72. Sideway Stories from Wayside School
  73. Little Dragon Coconut and the Black Knight .
  74. The Ghost at the Fire Station #6 (The Haunted Library)
  75. The Ghost in the Tree House #7 (The Haunted Library)
  76. Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise
  77. Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig
  78. Mercy Watson goes for a ride
  79. Cars Storybook Collection
  80. Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
  81. The Secret Room #5 (The Haunted Library)
  82. The Cheese Experiment (Geronimo Stilton #63)
  83. LEGO Friends: Mystery in the Whispering Woods (Chapter Book #3)
  84. LEGO Friends: Lights, Camera, Girl Power! (Chapter Book #2) (Lego Friends Chapter Books)
  85. Amy Wild Furry Detective
  86. Geronimo Stilton Special Edition: The Hunt for the Curious Cheese
  87. Fire Ring Race (Star Wars: Adventures in Hyperspace)
  88. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
  89. The Haunted Library #1
  90. Geronimo Stilton Welcome to Moldy Manor
  91. The Order of the Unicorn (The Imaginary Veterinary
  92. The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary)
  93. A New Class (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #4)
  94. Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Book 2)
  95. The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3)
  96. Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
  97. Star Wars Rebels Ezra’s Gamble
  98. The Phantom of the Subway (Geronimo Stilton, No. 13)
  99. Five Go off to Camp (Famous Five)
  100. Tornado
  101. Adventures from the Land of Stories Boxed Set: The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty
  102. Star Wars: Jedi Academy
  103. The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories)
  104. Usborne Fairytale Collection SET ( 20 books )
  105. The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief (Geronimo Stilton, No. 42)
  106. The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories)
  107. Sarah Plain and Tall
  108. The Land of Stories 3: A Grimm Warning
  109. The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms
  110. Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel
  111. Ella Diaries Dreams come true
  112. Ella Diaries I heart pets
  113. Who was Helen Keller
  114. Read All About It: A Kit Classic Volume 1
  115. The Princess in Black and the perfect Princess Party
  116. The Muddily-Puddily Show (Wellie Wishers)
  117. The Riddle of the Robin (Wellie Wishers)
  118. Ashlyn’s Unsurprise Party (Wellie Wishers)

 

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The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow { Book review}

Recently I told you all about my journey of becoming part of the Usborne Book family. It has been so much fun for me and my kids.  I love children’s books and I love having an official excuse for reading even more of them 🙂
While Usborne has an amazing selection for younger kids I was concerned upon joining about the selection for a bit older kids.  Those concerns were washed away with the last big release of new titles. I have been so excited to read this big stack of books  !! We have found many books that have made our homeschool days easier and more fun !

The Mystery of the clockwork sparrow is a really fun mystery for advanced readers, from about age 9 and up into middle school.  It plays right in the heart of London in the Edwardian time era, so right before WWI .  The book gives a beautiful impression of this time , it  shows the difficulties many people faced and also gives you an idea how this time modernized their lifestyle. We meet several characters in this  mystery but the main character Miss Sophie together with Miss Lilian Rose stand out with strong heroic character traits. Both girls meet when they start working at the newest Department Store London has to offer. It is one of the hottest, new places and the whole city is waiting anxiously for the big opening ceremony and all of London’s high society is invited. The whole store works nearly around the clock to have everything beyond perfect.

Our main character Miss Sophie starts her new l working life in the millinery department. While not everything is as easy as it might could be ,she is loving her job and also starts making friends throughout the big store. But even before the big event, the actual opening of the store, things take a bad turn. There is a huge break in, and Sophie and her new friends get caught in the middle of the mystery. Together with the help of her new found friends, they continue to find out the truth about the robbery, the mysterious clockwork sparrow, break secret codes, and also stumble right into the arms of one of London’s biggest gang and it’s leader ” THE BARON “.

The book is about 300 pages + long and only contains a few pictures here and there. Overall it is written in a fun and easy to follow way, but the plot does take a few turns which might make it harder for younger readers to follow through. While a good mystery is certainly for boys and girls, I think girls would possibly enjoy this quite a bit more since our main character works in the fashion department and a few fun facts about hats and other fashion attire is also shared in between.

I wished the book would contain even more details about the time era and London itself, but after all this is still a kids novel and too much info like that would take away from the story itself. Both my girls ( 7 and 10 ) love a good mystery and I am very excited for them to start reading this series. They both have read many stories from the Famous Five, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. This will be a refreshing book for my little detectives !

I love combining great books with real life time events and places , this book gives a great opportunity to dive deeper into this time era .They possibly have no idea that department stores originated in the UK ! So why not talk with your kids a little bit more about  it and let them connect more real history to this fun fiction novel !!

 

 

Bella & Harry Series ( Book review )

 

We were in a super rush to head out the door for the library again today and just last minute, I remembered to get a picture of these guys. So not the best picture, but hey.. you do what you gotta do 😉 !!

The Bella and Harry series was a lucky grab a few weeks ago and we were pretty excited that our small library actually had quite a few from this series. This was our second grab already and we enjoyed each one of these.

They are clearly  for the younger audience ( 5 and up ) but if your child loves travel stories I think just about every age would still enjoy these. I know my almost 10 year old had fun reading these with her little sister. They both just love these little Chihuahuas !  We have studied many countries through homeschooling in many great details and I love adding little fun stories in between just to recall some of the basic facts, these were perfect for that !

The little puppies travel along with their family to all kinds of amazing places in the world and get to have little adventures. Each page is beautifully illustrated and very colorful. The story is brought to life in fun ways with little dialogues between the puppies as they travel through each city and full of great educational information.

They would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s library, educational, inspirational and just a whole lot of fun !!

 

Check out some of the other books from the series, maybe Bella and Harry have already visited the city you have on your next travel plan !!




Read with dad ! *contest time*

In honor of Fathers day I am having a fun, little contest over on my facebook page !

During the month of June, post a picture on the wall of your kids reading WITH DAD !! postable_info_header (1).jpg

Let Dad take over Storytime at home, yes he CAN make that time ,and the kids will  ❤ Love ❤ it !

The girls  recently read two of Roald Dahl’s books front to back with their Dad, and they loved it so much. Charly and the chocolate factory will forever have a special place in their hearts, because Daddy read it with them. I know it is hard sometimes to make this time, really we are in the middle of renovations.. working almost till midnight every night..but reading to them is so incredibly important and this time will never come back ! Spending that special time with Dad is awesome, plus it gives you MOM’s a little break as well 😉

So let’s to this, let’s get Dad’s involved and let them take over the bed time stories, if even just for one night !

Come to my facebook page, share my page on your wall for others to get a chance and help me spread the love for literacy !! Post your picture of your kids reading with their daddy here and possibly  win an awesome Usborne book !!!

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Upcoming release OXFORD Roald Dahl Dictionary

With the upcoming new movie release of the BFG Roald Dahl’s books are everywhere again. Oh how I love it. I love that these classic books are coming back out of the corners, getting new beautiful, updated covers and kids are getting excited about reading them. My little 6 year old has discovered more and more of his books in the last few weeks. She has read



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Well, she still needs to read the BFG. Since it is part of the MBTP curriculum in 8-10 we went back and forth deciding if to read it now or later with the studies, but we figured it is more important to just read it before the actually sees the movie. And there is no way I would make her wait that long to see the movie ! We are beyond excited to go see it in the theaters, I think it will be one of our highlights for the summer !!

With the girls upcoming birthdays in summer I have been on the hunt for fun things already. Yesterday I came across a fun new upcoming release !!

Oh how fun will this be !?! Roald Dahl really has an amazing talent with words,so often i hear the girls just laugh out loud and giggle over his fun stories and the amazing word plays he has created. When you read his books, you really step into a whole new world. You feel the characters and get to know them. Each of his books has won a special place in our hearts ! I know this little dictionary will be so much fun to use and bring back many of the crazy words Roald Dahl uses in his books :))

Review

“It’s hard to find the right word to express our levels of excitement around the ‘Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary.’ Squacking? Jumpsquiffling? Gigantuous? Roald Dahl’s inventive, playful use of language is such a key element of his writing, whether he was using existing words in his own mischievous way or inventing extra-usual new ones. It is wonderful to have this dictionary compiled with such expertise, passion and wit by Dr. Susan Rennie and the team at OUP. There could be no more fitting way to pay tribute to Roald Dahl in the year of celebrations for his centenary. Best of all, as a fully-functioning dictionary for readers and writers aged eight and above, I hope it serves as a swashboggling source of inspiration for a whole new generation of storytellers.”
— Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl LIterary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson

About the Author

Susan Rennie, Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl

Susan Rennie has worked on many dictionaries for both children and adults, including the Oxford Primary Dictionary, Oxford Primary Thesaurus, the Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools and the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. She also writes books in Scots for children, and has translated the first Scots edition of Tintin. Susan is currently a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow where she teaches lexicography and the history of Scots and English.

*FeatureFriday*Olga da polga * Usborne Books & More *

I have been with Usborne Books & More a few months now and still am discovering beautiful new titles so often. Today I want to introduce Olga da Polga to you !

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When I learnt the other day that ” Olga da Polga ” was another title  written by the one and only Michael Bond ( CREATOR OF PADDINGTON BEAR ) I just knew it had to be in our collection. We love Paddington bear, especially after our visit to London two years ago ❤  I had missed out an a great special ( it was actual in the customer special a few weeks ago, so pay attention to those) but I was putting in an order  anyways so this one was the one I picked with it. At $17.99 it seemed like an average price for a good picture book.Sometimes I feel picture books are so much more expensive than the little chapter books, but really we get so much more than just a story with these !  I had no idea that this was actually all of OLGA DA POLGA’s stories and over 170 pages long and consists of 13 chapters, which really makes this a great deal ! The illustrations are totally adorable and the moment I opened the book and saw Olga’s cute, big eyes I knew this would be our new favorite book soon !

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Olga would be a perfect read a loud for about 6 yeas and up but younger ones that can pay attention to a well rounded story I am sure would already love it as well. On every other page there are big, beautiful illustrations sometimes even over two pages that makes this super cute story come alive even more !

 

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Olga da Polga is actually a Kane Miller book and I have come to learn just how special so many of their beautiful picture books really are. The book itself is also very sturdy and large (which make the illustrations even more beautiful , especially over two pages) and the hardcover binding promises for a very long lifetime. And the wonderful thing with all of Usborne Books & More’s books, if anything should ever happen to your lovely book (toddlers, cats, dogs or guinea pigs) then you can take advantage of the 1/2 Price Lifetime replacement policy.

We have not read the whole book yet, but I know this one will be a new favorite soon that  we will read over and over again ❤

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If you would like to follow me more on my Usborne Books & More journey, please consider following here ! I have lots of fun ideas for giveaways and more so don’t miss out !

 

Also here is today’s special ! These specials are company wide but change every few days. I often forget to check them and some days you can really catch some amazing deals, so these will be part of *feature fridays* as well to showcase every so often 😉 Click here to see today’s specials !!

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{Usborne Books & More} Intro 2

My first 12 weeks with Usborne have just flown by. I have learnt so much in those 30 days and my love for books has grown and our inventory has grown immensely as well . My kids are beyond excited to finally have such a great supply of books again. After our move it has been such a change, and I so thankful what this company has offered us. I thrilled about the possibilities to work with our community, charities and kids in general.. things I have always been wanting to do and now I can do them, the way I want. The library is being difficult about volunteering ( because I would like to bring my kids/ homeschooling you know etc. )  and they can’t allow it. Which I find incredibly silly, since my kids would read anyways. But I understand policies are policies.

I am sharing lots of fun news and updates about the books on a special facebook fanpage, so make sure you check in here once in a while. Every Friday I will *feature* a special book or book series there and hopefully in the feature do giveaways and special deals and tons of other stuff ! I have so many fun ideas ! It’s an exciting time and I am thankful that it keeps my mind busy and away from our renovations a little 🙂

Have you heard of Usborne Books & More ? – I am still “shocked ” to meet so many here and there, that have never heard of us, but also even more thrilled when I can tell them all the wonderful and exciting things about the books. It’s like a whole new (book)world. lol.  In the last 30 days I have come across so many wonderful books in our inventory that I didn’t even realize where part of our inventory . With Kane Miller being part of Usborne Books, the inventory is seriously huge ( nearly 2.000 titles) !!

I will do my best to also feature many books on here as well and I would love, love, love to know which one of you is an ” Usborne Newbie” or an ” Usborne Old-Timer” 🙂 ! Or if you are curious about a book, maybe I could feature it next Friday ?? TELL ME BELOW !!

I will be back on Friday with some fun Usborne book features ! So stay tuned and don’t forget to stop by  Julia’s Book Corner !!

Here is a picture of the box I received when I first signed up with Usborne Books & More. It was a great value and we love every and each book ! If you want to learn more about becoming a consultant ( we could be team mates !!! ) or just want to check out the amazing inventory follow me this way please 🙂

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I wonder.. ( book review )

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I am trying to get out of our morning slump and it has been so hard with the renovations going on and summer slowly knocking on the door. I did not want to spend all summer on renovations on our house and I really did not want to spend our real first summer in Oregon catching up on school stuff. We are not really, really behind ( but my A- personality type, list keeper and goal setter in me, tells me I am / we are).We finished all math curriculum way early even..but… I am good at creating stress for myself. You know –

Anyways. We hit the library at least once a week and bring home tons of books. The girls spend tons of time reading and I almost feel left out. I don’t make as much time as I should to still read with them, the 20 minutes here and there or bed time reading goes over in a blurr and I long for the couch …  So I want to give our morning reading baskets a new chance.

I think I will dedicate another whole post to morning baskets because it is such a beautiful routine to work into your homeschool.

The first book we actually picked from our basket this morning was ” I wonder” and it was so incredibly special and beautiful that I literally wanted to post about it right away ! I clearly have been out of the loop, since this book has been out for several years..

When I saw it at the library I figured it was special and it would be a great fit for my ever asking children. One fact of motherhood and especially of homeschooling that dazzles me continuously  are the questions they ask and the things their little minds truly wonder about….  ” Why do are there stars in the sky ? Why do we have to eat ? What was the first flower ? Why is there gravity ? Where , how , what and when… ?!” I have learnt to appreciate all these questions though ❤

This book, with all it’s beautiful pictures is a great conversation started and a beautiful way to put their minds at ease. While I encourage my children to start finding answers on their own, do their own research through books and the internet, I still want them to know that sometimes, just sometimes, it is okay to not  know know the answer to EVERYTHING… that some things on earth are still, even today, are still a mystery…. I want them to know that even scientists still do not have the answers to many questions about our world, planet and so on ! It’s good to be curious, to explore and also just be amazed and believe !

The book clearly hits more of  secular believes, it mentions science and a few short explanations but it does not talk about religion or God, so if you are looking for religious aspects to be explained this is probably not a good fit.

While the book is targeted towards 1 year olds and up, I think it’s a lovely story for older ones as well. When we get older these questions come up a lot more, and the mind wonders … i know ate age 6 the questions really started coming. While the book does not give exact information on how to answer the questions, its lovely to explore together, and also dream a little.. and just live life sometimes without knowing ” everything”.

I am not sure if a 1 year old would even understand the story line of this book. While I think it’s a beautiful story to share with any child,  if I would could select the age range of my readers I would select Kindergarten age probably 🙂

Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure

Albert is back from vacation and meets all his friends at the playground, of course they all want to know about his adventures but keep interrupting him over and over again. In the end he doesn’t even get to tell them what his awesome adventure really, really was 🙂

It’s a very funny, imaginative story with beautiful drawings. The author made the right choice when he switched from the black and white drawings to the beautifully illustrated, lively images in color. It explains the story so well and lets little ones follow even easier . The story does have some silly images and mentions zombies and monsters, but really just in a funny way. Both my girls ( 6,9) loved it and thought it was hilarious, especially the zombie cats !! A fun and silly, original picture book !! Check it our here !!

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Editorial Reviews ( from amazon)
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The contrast between when Albert is telling his story and when his friends are making guesses as to his amazing adventures is illustrated in pictures that shift between black and white and wonderful colors. It is a clever device to help your students determine what is real and what is fantasy. –Brian Smith, Scholastic Blog for Teachers
About the Author
Marty Kelley currently works as a writer and illustrator, but in the past, he s worked many jobs baker, animator, and balloon delivery guy are just a few titles he s held. The former second grade teacher has published many children s books, including Fall Is Not Easy, The Rules, and Summer Stinks. Even though the lingering aroma of Sloppy Joes and tater tots will forever haunts his dreams, he still visits 60 to 70 schools each year to talk about writing and art with students and teachers. He likes to show students how he creates his books, and sometimes he even uses these unsuspecting kids as a focus group for his unfinished works. He’s a member of the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts and a frequent presenter with The Children’s Literacy Foundation. His favorite authors are Chris Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, and David Sedaris. And he doesn t watch any TV. Really.

Story of the world Vol. 2 Chapter 16 + 17

We are finally back in the swing of things and working with more of our curricula again. Some times it is good to take a little break just to discover how much you have even missed something. History was one of those things. We really love history and the girls have started begging me to start with Story of the world again. We had a very successful year with Volume 1 and Volume 2 we had started with, but with the move and everything it was just too much at times. We really love the activity book activity book that works along with SOTW and now that we are all back into it, it has been fun continuing our journey through history.
In Vol.2 you will discover the middle ages with your kids. Knights, Samurai’s, the crusades and so much more. There are endless extra sources and activities for most of these chapters and it has been hard just to pick a few here and there.

Here are just some fun things we have done recently.

One very fun activity, my younger one loved it especailly, was to build a stone castle out of rice krispies. This was one of those that might look better on pinterest lol. But we really had tons of fun building it, and it turnt out to be a delicious treat afterwards.

 

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For this subject you won’t have trouble finding good books. There are so many to choose from. One that was suggested from SOTW was the three Samurai cats. Unfortunately it seems to be out of print, but you might be able to find it at the library also ( like me) or you might find it used. It really was a good fit for the samurai topic in chapter 17.

 

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Another favorite book, and a favorite series I would really like to introduce (it really deserves it’s on post, that i will hopefully get together soon) is You wouldn’t want to be a crusader. This series is really amazing and so much fun to read. There are so many good ones to choose from ,some are even part of many curricula, including MBTP

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We also enjoyed the story’s of saint george and some of these other books above. Really there are tons of materials and you could probably spent 2 years studying it with the kids easily, afterall most kids love knights and pricesses 😀 It also reminded us again of our wonderful time we had in Germany with our family. I am hoping things will somehow work out and we can visit again soon and explore more of Germany and more of history. Nothing beats learning by traveling ❤

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Burg Cochem

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Knight festival