10.03.2015

3rd Grade Reading List



Here is our 3rd Grader (Noah's) Reading List for 2015 - 2016. He can choose a book to read independently from this list, along with books from our local library. 



  1. Judy Moody & Stink, The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt - Megan McDonald
  2. Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk - Megan McDonald
  3. The Wind in the Willows (Classic Starts) - Kenneth Grahame
  4. Christopher Columbus - Stephen Krensky
  5. The Bravest Dog Ever, The True Story Of Balto - Natalie Standiford
  6. Made By God, Our Feathered Friends 
  7. Davy Crockett, A Life on the Frontier - Stephen Krensky
  8. Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express - Eleanor Coerr
  9. Red, White and Blue.. The Story of the American Flag - John Herman
  10. The Trail of Tears - Joseph Bruchac
  11. The Long Way to a New Land - Joan Sandin
  12. The Long Way Westward - Joan Sandin
  13. Mike's Mystery (The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels) - Gertrude Chandler Warner
  14. Tree House Mystery (The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels) - Gertrude Chandler Warner
  15. Freckle Juice - Sonia O. Lisker
  16. Flat Stanley, The Australian Boomerang Bonanza - Jeff Brown
  17. Minions, Long Live King Bob! - Lucy Rosen
  18. The Littlest Leaguer - Syd Hoff
  19. Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House) - Mary Pope Osborne 
  20. Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House) - Mary Pope Osborne
  21. Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House) - Mary Pope Osborne
  22. Stanley's Christmas Adventure - Jeff Brown
  23. The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - L. Frank Baum 
  24. Star Wars, Jedi Academy - Jeffrey Brown  

5th Grade Reading List

As mentioned in an earlier post about our curriculum, for reading, Aidan (my 5th Grader), will be choosing books to read independently this year. Here is a list that we created for him to choose from during the school year.  






  1. Dragons Of The Deep - Carl Wieland
  2. Buffalo Bill (Childhood of Famous Americans) - Augusta Stevenson
  3. Tornado - Betsy Byars
  4. Homer Price - Robert McCloskey
  5. Surprise At Yorktown (Imagination Station) - Marianne Hering
  6. Tales from Dust River Gulch - Tim Davis
  7. The Scripture Sleuth 2 - Mat Halverson
  8. Who Was George Washington? - Roberta Edwards 
  9. Ribsy - Beverly Clearly 
  10. The Golden Age Of Pirates - Bob Temple
  11. Life as a Samurai - Matt Doeden
  12. The Wild West - Allison Lassieur 
  13. The Roar of the Crowd, Winning Season - Rich Wallace
  14. Jurassic World - David Lewman
  15. The Legend Of Bass Reeves - Gary Paulsen
  16. Patriots, Redcoats & Spies - Robert J. Skead
  17. Submarines, Secrets & A Daring Rescue - Robert J. Skead
  18. Willie's Redneck Time Machine - John Luke Robertson


~ Aidan also can choose books from our local library to read during the year. 


The Legend Of The Christmas Cookie - Book Review


I was given the opportunity to review, The Legend Of The Christmas Cookie; written by: Dandi Daley Mackall. This is a wonderful read... a delightful book with a big heart! 

Book Description::

New artwork by New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey, this Christmas book tells the story behind the meaning of the Christmas cookie.
The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells the story of a young boy named Jack who learns from his generous mother the story behind the Christmas cookie. The family who began the tradition of baking the special cookies gave them to the needy and shared the story of the very first Christmas. This sweet holiday book offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves and encourages them to share the true tale of Jesus' birth. A delicious recipe is included on the jacket flap so readers can make their own Christmas sugar cookies.
My Review:: 
I have read this book myself but I am saving it to read aloud with my two sons (ages 9 & 8), closer to Christmas. I know they will love this story and I'm sure they will want to try the Christmas cookie recipe that is added to the book.
I love how the concept of the sharing cookies with Jesus is presented in this book. This is a beautiful book that tells the TRUE meaning of Christmas! I highly recommend this book for many families to share with their children. It is a fantastic read and and I know it will encourage children of all ages to help others. 


About the Author
Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of over 450 books. She still can't believe she gets to write for a living, helping children of all ages grow spiritually. Dandi and her husband, Joe, both write from rural Ohio, where they're blessed with three children and a variety of horses, dogs, and cats.
About the Illustrator
Richard Cowdrey's favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and His creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard's bestselling children's books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas.

the time garden - Book Review


The Time Garden written by: Daria Song... not only a beautiful work of art... also a magical journey.... 

Book Description:: 

Journey through the doors of a mysterious cuckoo clock into its inky innerworkings to discover a magical land of clock gears, rooftops, starry skies, and giant flying owls—all ready for you to customize with whatever colors you can dream up.

Cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll wonder, was it all a dream?

The Time Garden features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.

Then, explore the magical world outside the clock through the eyes of a fairy in the sequel,The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book!

My Review::

I am happy I was given this book to review. I have decided to pass it on to my niece for her enjoyment. I know she will love reading... coloring and experiencing this magical journey. The coloring book is so lovely and I know it will be so much fun. The art work is amazing! And the simple... yet beautiful story is one to be enjoyed by many. 

I recommend this book to those of any age.. young and old. This is a sweet coloring book that will be enjoyed by many!