Review & Giveaway: Wonders of Creation: Illustrations to Color and Inspire

I have a gorgeous grown-up coloring book to share with you today — to review and give away! It’s called Wonders of Creation: Illustrations to Color and Inspire. It’s illustrated by Cindy Wilde and Pimlada Phuapradit and is published by Zondervan. The paperback book has 94 wonderfully illustrated animals and scenes from creation to color. I love the size of the book. It’s 10×10 inches square. The pages are thick enough that you can color with markers and it won’t bleed through. {Read More}

Review: I Love a Mystery Set

I have found a new gem for our homeschool. We have recently had the opportunity to review the I Love a Mystery Set from Educents. This is a set of 3 books by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder called 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! (for ages 8-12) , 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! (for ages 10-14), and 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! (for ages 8-12). They are part of a series called One Minute Mysteries. Here is {Read More}

The Best Children’s Book Explaining Conception to Birth I’ve Seen

I’d love to share a review with you today of the children’s book by Danika Cooley called Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth. It’s really the best children’s book explaining conception to birth that I’ve seen! What I love about this book is that you can read it to your children to help them understand where they came from and how special they are. They learn about all the neat things that happened to them in {Read More}

Pitchin’ a Fit? Get Help With Your Anger & Frustration

Lately it seems like it’s been getting worse. I feel like I’m always stressed out! And then I react badly in frustration or anger. I just started reading a book called Pitchin’ A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting. The entire first chapter felt like it was totally written for me! I’m feeling hopeful that I’ll get a hold of this problem once and for all. If you’d like to join me, I’m part of a book discussion group that will {Read More}

Review & Giveaway of I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God

Review of I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God We have received a new book called I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God by Diane Stortz, illustrated by Diane Le Feyer. I’ve been using it with my elementary-aged kids for our daily Bible time. The main way to describe the book is that it goes through names of God and relates each name to a particular event or story in the Bible. It explains the names and characteristics of God in a way {Read More}

Review: Eat Your Math Homework

My kids and I recently did some activities from one of the Ann McCallum Books called Eat Your Math Homework. It is such a fun way to approach a math lesson! Eat Your Math Homework is a paperback book of 45 pages. It’s fully in color with such cute illustrations. There are 6 sections, each with its own math concept and cooking or food-preparation activity to do in order to illustrate it for the kids. Think of doing a science experiment to demonstrate {Read More}

Book Review: When Lightning Struck! by Danika Cooley

I’m really excited to share a review of the new book I’ve just finished reading: When Lightning Struck! by Danika Cooley! It’s a biography specifically written for teens, and is perfect for a family read-aloud. Not only is the book written in a manner that draws the reader into the story, the subject is totally thrilling! It tells the story of Martin Luther and is set in the “fascinating time when princes ruled Europe and knights roamed the countryside.” Religion {Read More}

Christian Children Books about Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas

I’m excited to introduce you today to my new sponsor! If you’re like me you are always looking for creative ways to teach your children about truth. The Love Letters book series Christian children’s stories written by Soraya Diase Coffelt about the Christian foundation of some of your favorite holidays! Help your children discover the true meanings of with Christian children books about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, available at your favorite bookstore. Please take a look at these wonderful children’s books and {Read More}

Book Review: The Conversation by Leigh A. Bortins

I have recently had the pleasure of reading Classical Conversations‘ newest physical book The Conversation: Challenging Your Student with a Classical Education, by Leigh A. Bortins. From the very beginning of my homeschooling journey, about 14 years ago, I have been focused on teaching with the classical method of education. We don’t do it fully, but it does guide many of our decisions for curriculum. I now have a high schooler, which means he is now in the rhetoric stage.  So, this book {Read More}

Review/Giveaway: Old Fashioned books and DVD

Wow–what a great giveaway today! The winner will receive the Old Fashioned movie on DVD as well as Old Fashioned, the novel by Rene Gutteridge and The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance by Ginger Kolbaba. You can read a detailed review of the movie at this post.  But if you don’t click over there, let me just tell you that my husband and 2 teen sons enjoyed this movie.  It’s not prudish and it’s not a {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway: Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Another wonderful children’s book is here for a review and giveaway today  .  This one is Jesus Calling for Little Ones by Sarah Young, illustrated by Antonia Woodward. It’s a “Jesus Calling” book, which means that it comes from the adult book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (which I have written about here).  These devotions are so special because they are written as if Jesus were speaking directly to you. I have also reviewed (and love!) Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway: Noah’s Noisy Zoo: A Fit-Together Shapes Book

   Today I’m happy to share a Review and Giveaway of Noah’s Noisy Zoo: A Feel-and-Fit Shapes Book, illustrated by stuart Lynch and published by Tommy Mommy. As you can see from the pictures this is a very cute and colorful board book for babies and toddlers.  The shapes of some of the animals are cut into the page and others protrude out, which is why they call it a fit-together shapes book.  These are fun for babies and toddlers {Read More}

Review: Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool

One of my favorite bloggers, Marcy Crabtree of has put together a new ebook called Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool.    Delightful Planning is 49 pages long.  I had expected it to only be a planner, full of different worksheets (which is has), but didn’t realize that it’s also an ebook explaining all about Delight-Directed Homeschooling, using unit studies, field trips suggestions, and many other techniques for following the delight-directed style of homeschooling. This first section {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway: “Daddy Loves You So Much!”

What a precious book to review for you today! Daddy Loves You So Much is a padded board book for babies and toddlers.  It’s published by Tommy Nelson and illustrated by Jo Parry. I think this book is just perfect for Father’s Day!  It reminds me of my husband with his little boys and girls.  Each of the 10 pages features a different father and child animal pair with a 4-line rhyme.  We talk about the Daddy who loves, cares, {Read More}

Review: Redo Your Room- 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do in a Weekend

Do you have a teen or tween daughter who is looking for some ideas to tweak her bedroom?  I think you’ll really enjoy this book review today of Redo Your Room- 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do in a Weekend.  It’s published by FaithGirlsz by Zonderkidz.  The book is a handy small size, paperback, 127 pages, and in full color! My daughters and I definitely had fun looking through the different ideas and thinking through which ones they would like to {Read More}

Review: “S is for Smiling Sunrise” by Vick Wadhwa

I’m happy to review a wonderful children’s book today called S is for Smiling Sunrise by Vick Wadhwa of WordsBright. I was afraid this would be “just another average kids book.”  But it isn’t, and I really like it! It’s beautiful and colorful and immediately grabbed my 4-year-old son’s attention.  He looked through it and listened to the CD singing the words of it twice when he first saw it.  Then he said, “I wish there was a DVD of it.” {Read More}

Book Review: “To the Sea” by Callie Grant

I have a new Graham Blanchard book to review today. It’s To the Sea by Callie Grant.  It’s a small board book for preschoolers and toddlers.  It tells the story of a little boy who goes to visit the seashore.  This sweet 22-page book shows the experiences the little boy has such as building a sandcastle and wading in the water.  The last page has the Scripture Genesis 1:31 where God saw everything He had made and it was very {Read More}

Review: “Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies”

We received a very cute book recently called Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Donna Chapman. It’s a sweet padded board book, just perfect for ages 2-5.  I’ve been reading it to my 2-year-old daughter. *Encourages child to spend time with God at bedtime and have a peaceful night sleep *Teaches little ones about God’s many loving attributes, through Bible verses and prayer starters This book begins with a “Note to Parents” explaining about the importance {Read More}

Review of “Thick as Thieves” by Susan K. Marlow

  I have the pleasure today to review Susan K. Marlow’s newest book, Thick as Thieves.  It’s book 1 of the series Circle C Milestones.  The author’s website is Circle C Milestones, and the vendor is Kregel Publications. This historical fiction book is paperback, 173 pages and is recommended for ages 12 and up. There is also a downloadable Study Guide that’s great for homeschoolers to use for a more thorough literature study or even to help turn this into a {Read More}

Review/Giveaway “The Adventures of Pajama Girl”

I have a lot of giveaways this week, so keep checking back in!   We’ll start today with a cute children’s book called The Adventures of Pajama Girl: The Coronation of the Cupcake Queen by Sandra Hagee Parker.  This hardback book has adorable illustrations by Sarah Bussey.  The story is based on the Commandment in Exodus 20:15 “Thou shalt not steal.” The main character is Ellie who says she’s the Pajama Girl.  She has a little sister, Princess Sis. Pajama Girl’s {Read More}