Our May Reads

A Homeschool Mom


How can it possibly be the end of May? Didn’t this month just begin! No matter how often I tell myself things will slow down near the end of the school year, we never seem to make it. In fact, it always seems more busy than ever. This has been a fun month of reading, learning, exploring, and increasing in wisdom. May’s list has a few new books to hit the market, picture books, and others which added to our learning fun. As usual, all of our reads were an adventure!

We’ve broken down the list into categories and included our personal rating from zero to five stars. To read more about a particular book, simply click the title!

Picture Books:

  • A Year Full of Stories (Angela McAllister) ⭐⭐⭐ – This treasury of 52 stories collects together a rich resource of myths, fairy tales and legends from around the curious_crittersworld, with…

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Bookworm Confessions: Weirdest Things I’ve Used as Bookmarks Continued

Spellbound Librarian

This is my second post on this topic, I have continued to use really odd things as bookmarks and you guys really seemed to enjoy the first post. So, I thought I’d share some more weird things I’ve used as bookmarks.  If you didn’t see the first post I’ll link it here: Weirdest Things I’ve Used as Bookmarks, if you wanted to check it out.

I often find myself needing to save a page in a book I’m reading but I very rarely have an actual bookmark. I think I’ve owned a few over my reading lifetime, but I often misplace them and don’t have one on hand in the crucial moment. So I thought I’d share for the second time some weird things I’ve used as a bookmark!

Another Book’s Dust Jacket

As I mentioned in my last post, Do You Read With the Dust Jacket On?, I always…

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The Great American Read! ~ #GreatReadPBS

By Hook Or By Book


PBS has launched its eight-part series about 100 of America’s most loved novels/series (chosen by a survey of readers), tonight with a two-hour special. I know I’m late sharing this, but c’mon! Stop whatever you’re doing right now and turn on your local PBS station! If you can’t, more themed episodes will be airing in the Fall. This summer the host of Read, Meredith Viera, will be traveling all over the country visiting authors and bibliophiles. There will also be a multi-platform initiative which is to involve social media, live public events, and national book clubs. And, you can vote for your favorite fiction novel(s) from the top 100 finalists by visiting PBS every day, all summer long!


The list is truly eclectic ranging from children’s classics like Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery; and Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White, to popular modern novels like Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer; The Stand,

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The Joys of Rereading

I agree with all of these things! What are your thoughts on rereading books?

the orang-utan librarian

Once upon a time there was a monkey who loved to reread. But as the monkey grew into a great ape, she began to feel like she had to devour all the other books (and bananas) in the world that she had not yet laid her hairy hands on. If she wanted to get to the top of the TBR Tower, there would be no time for diversions into Lands of Reading Past. However, as time went on, she began to get reader fatigue and was plagued by incessant slumps. The BIG BOOK DRAGON lurking in the back of her mind began to stir- “what about all the treasure troves of books you’ve read in the past?” She realised that her longing for magical worlds could only be sated by revisiting some of the old books she’d neglected. So the great ape got off her high horse, put the fears…

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Words of the Month: New words I learned in April

Interesting…. You learn something new every day!

Spellbound Librarian

Its that time of the month again! I love learning new words and I often lookup new words I come across in my reading. Unfortunately, I often forget these new words almost immediately. So, I have started to make myself write them all down as I learn them and I thought it might be fun to share some new words with you guys! This is the third time I’ve put this together so I hope you continue to enjoy this kind of post!

It would also be so wonderful if anyone reading this added some new worlds they learned recently too in the comments! So these are some of the words I learned this month, definitions from Merriam-Webster.

  •  Ephemera
    • Something of no lasting significance —usually used in plural
    • Ephemera plural : paper items (such as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have…

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Fairytale Basics: Snow White


Not to be confusing, but there are two stories that use the name Snow White.  There is the familiar one with the dwarfs and evil queen, and then there is the one where another girl named Snow White and her sister Rose Red star. We’re going to talk about the first one, Snow White (and the seven dwarfs.)

I am reading Snow White with my 3rd grade classes right now. It’s really not what they expected.  We are reading a traditional version by the Brothers Grimm, I have two copies in my library, and we chose the one with illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman for class.

The kids thought they knew the story, but it was very different from the Disney version.  Most of them had never heard that her mother, while sewing by a window, pricked her finger with a needle and dropped three drops of blood into the…

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How to Teach a Child to Become a Superhero

A Teacher's Reflections

Superheroes.  Every child wants to be a Superhero.  Ask a child, “What does a Superhero do?” and you will hear everything from “save the day” to “help people” to “get the bad guys.”  These are good things, and Superheros are icons of goodness.

In a child’s eyes, that means doing the right thing.

The problem is, their whole life–all four years–has stressed “Do the right thing!”  A constant reminder of what to do, and what not to do, can often make children feel frustrated.  Even worse, feelings of not measuring up creep in.

I assume, right off the bat, that a child is filled with goodness.  And much more:

Kindness, check.

Helpfulness, check.

Bravery, check.

The check list goes on and on.

Whether or not these are true, a child lives up to our expectations. Knowing that a teacher thinks they measure up with all the “right stuff” is nothing…

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