Tag Archives: Education

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1933)

  If you’ve ever wanted to live on acres of land where you had a lovely house and grew most of your own food, this book is for you!  Although Farmer Boy is usually listed as part of the Little … Continue reading

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Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman (1997)

Can I just say, bless those authors who write excellent biographies for children! Louis Braille was born in 1809 in a small town outside of Paris, France.  Through a terrible accident involving his father’s leather working tools, Louis was blinded … Continue reading

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A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman (1990) A book for kids who love (or hate) math!

Pong Lo is a poor Chinese peasant who wants to marry the emperor’s daughter.  He humbly approaches the throne to make his request, but is soundly rejected — and nearly executed!.  However, the princess recognizes that Pong Lo is bright … Continue reading

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The Story of George Washington Carver by Eva Moore (1971) — and why it’s important for your children to read biographies!

George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri during the American Civil War.  Like most newly freed slaves, he struggled to find a prosperous path forward.  He was fortunate enough to learn to both read and write at a … Continue reading

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Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (1955)

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is the true story of Nathaniel Bowditch, a boy born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1773 — 3 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed!  Nat’s the fourth child in a family of seven children.  He’s … Continue reading

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The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (1982)

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease is where my love of reading to my children all began.  I stumbled upon this wonderful book in our tiny Wisconsin library back in 1986.  Our oldest daughter was little and I was looking … Continue reading

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Sounder by William H. Armstrong (1969)

“The tall man stood at the edge of the porch.  The roof sagged from the two rough posts which held it, almost closing the gap between his head and the rafters.  The dim light from the cabin window cast long … Continue reading

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