“Everything’s a story – You are a story -I am a story.”

~Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess


I saw this the other day and it pretty much summed up my childhood:


There was nothing better growing up. Eventually, as a parent and teacher, I was able to work the book fair multiple times so basically I have lived my elementary dream.

One of the best parts about homeschooling is sharing books with Elsa and seeing her enthusiasm for the stories we read.

In addition to her independent reading (she finished the Judy Moody series and is now onto the Anastasia Krupnik series), we read chapter books together.

This is what I call the “elementary school aged chapter book starter pack for young girls.” Elsa has reviewed each of the books  for the blog.

Because of Winn Dixie

“I liked how Opal, even though she moved, ended up having so many friends in the book.  My favorite part is when Opal found Winn Dixie”

Number the Stars

”I liked that it was about WWII. My favorite part was when Annmarie had to deliver the package to Uncle Henrik because she had to be brave.”

Tuck Everlasting

”I have so many favorite parts and I can’t even explain it.  I loved all the mystery and it had so many exciting parts that made me want to read the whole book in one day.”

Elsa also said “All these books are happy but there are sad parts which makes them good.  I feel like I am older when I read these because they are emotional stories.”

Next up, is Island of the Blue Dolphins.  Others I highly suggest are Esperanza Rising, Echo, Julia of the Wolves, Bridge to Terebithia, Out of the Dust, The Witch of Blackbird Pond , Hatchet, My Side of the MountainA Wrinkle In Time, A Secret Garden and Walk Two Moons.

Sophie just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird and is finally reading the Harry Potter Series.  A few books I love and recommend for your late elementary/ middle school girl are Kira, KiraOut of the DustMoon Over Manifest, and The Book Thief.

Also, did you know they turned the beloved Babysitter‘s Club Series into graphic novels? The books follow the original stories but in a new fun, format. Sadly though, Claudia’s fashion sense isn’t quite on point as it was back in the day.  There is just something about those original book covers and let’s be honest, we all wanted to be Claudia.

With that being said, if you have a little time on your hands, this is well worth the read.

The Definitive Ranking Of All 131 Baby-Sitter’s Club Cover Outfits








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