Category Archives: Books

Ox-Cart Man – A Month of Cozy Books

Ox-Cart Man - A Month of Cozy Books

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall and illustrated by Barbara Cooney is a perfect cozy book for this time of year. Winner of the Caldecott Medal for Best Children’s Picture Book in 1980, it is a timeless tale that truly should be read by every child.

The story starts in October with the man loading his cart with all the things his family has made or harvested over the previous year. He makes a ten day journey on foot to Portsmouth where he sells everything he has brought along. He purchases a few things that he carries home to his wife, … Read more »

Don’t You Feel Well, Sam? – A Month of Cozy Books

Don't You Feel Well Sam - A Month of Cozy Books

As we head into the season of sickness, this is a perfectly cozy book to have on hand! In Don’t You Feel Well, Sam? poor Sam is sick on a cold night on Plum Street.

Sam doesn’t want his mama to know he is sick because he does NOT like the taste of the medicine in the too big spoon. But Mrs. Bear is gentle and kind as she works out the best way to care for her little bear.

The story by Amy Hest is charming and sweet. The illustrations by Anita Jeram definitely fit the description of cozy from … Read more »

Colorful Leaves Fall Craft for “MY LEAF BOOK”

Leaves Art Pin

This week I received a copy of Monica Wellington’s new book MY LEAF BOOK from her publisher. I was so excited because I enjoy the beautiful and unique illustrations in her picture books. The timing was absolutely providential because our theme for this week’s activity or printable was leaves and I was struggling with what to do! As soon as I had finished reading Monica’s delightful new book I had my answer with a colorful leaves fall craft!

If you haven’t read my review of MY LEAF BOOK yet, make sure you click over and check it out! … Read more »

Book Review of “MY LEAF BOOK” by Monica Wellington

My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Monica Wellington’s books. The first book I found by chance in a bookstore. It was Apple Farmer Annie which is still one of my all-time favorite picture books. I had the opportunity to interview Monica when Colors for Zena was released. So you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered yesterday her publisher had sent me a copy of her brand new book! Let me introduce you to MY … Read more »

The Ginghams Visit Grandma Paper Dolls (Free!)

The Ginghams Visit Grandma (Free!)

One of my most frequently pinned posts is The Ginghams Paper Dolls (Free!). So many people remember these from their childhood and are thrilled to find them again! There is another set of paper dolls called The Ginghams Visit Grandma. These are super cute too!

The set includes the four Gingham girls as well as a Grandma paper doll. There are lots of sweet clothes and furniture to cut out as well.

And don’t forget about the Little House on the Prairie Paper Dolls! This is a fun set for pretending with Mary, Laura, Carrie, Ma … Read more »

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I’ve just finished reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I learned of the book in a Facebook group when someone shared two videos that were made about it. After watching the videos, I wanted to read the book.

Does it spark joy?

The basic premise is to only keep those things in your home that make your heart throb with joy. Kondo has a very specific order when it comes to helping her clients with their mission of tidying up. You go through discarding and then deciding where to keep … Read more »

Celebrate Winston Churchill Day with Free Kindle Ebooks

Celebrate Winston Churchill Day

April 9 is Winston Churchill Day and Hillsdale College is celebrating by offering the entire 8 volume official biography of Winston Churchill for FREE for three days!

Simply follow the links below to download your free copies!
Winston S. Churchill: Youth, 1874-1900 (Volume I)

Winston S. Churchill: Young Statesman, 1901-1914 (Volume II) (Churchill Biography Book 2)

Winston S. Churchill: The Challenge of War, 1914-1916 (Volume III) (Churchill Biography Book 3)

Winston S. Churchill: World in Torment, 1916-1922 (Volume IV) (Churchill Biography Book 4)

Winston S. Churchill: The Prophet of Truth, 1922-1939 (Volume V) (Churchill Biography Book 5)

Winston S. Churchill: … Read more »

American History Picture Books – Bright Ideas Press

4 Don't Miss History Books

4 Don't Miss History Books

Are you looking for some quality picture books to add to your American History studies? I shared four of my favorites over on the Bright Ideas Press blog. Stop by to see which American History picture books will be a great part of your study of the Great Depression, immigration and more!

4 Don’t Miss Picture Books for American History


My Little Red Schoolhouse (almost) Little Free Library

Little Red Schoolhouse Free Library 10

When I discovered the Little Free Library movement I thought they were so cute and such a great idea. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are small libraries people put in their yard where they can share books with their neighbors. People borrow a book and return it when they are done. Anyone who has books they would be willing to share with others can also leave them there.

I mentioned it to my father-in-law in September and sent him a link to a Pinterest search full of Little Free Libraries of all kinds.

So guess what I … Read more »

Sallie’s Stack – 12.1.14

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Food For Thought

Man With Rare Condition Flies All The Way To Australia To Meet A 2-Year-Old With The Same Syndrome

To Sleep, Perchance to Clean – Study reveals brain ‘takes out the trash’ while we sleep

Americans Think School is for Socializing

Books to Read – Christmas Books by Grace Livingston Hill

If you like light, clean Christian romances written in the 20’s and 30’s, here are three Christmastime books by Grace Livingston Hill.

The Christmas Bride

The Substitute Guest


Things to Do

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

Watch and … Read more »

Sallie’s Stack – 11.25.14

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Food For Thought

Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has

Homeschooling Held Hostage

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

Books to Read – Minecraft!

Caroline absolutely loves Minecraft! Here are some books I found while perusing the options online.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection

Ultimate Book of Secrets for Minecraft: Unbelievable Minecraft Secrets You Coudn’t Imagine Before!

Ultimate Survival Book for Minecraft: Marvelous All-In-One Game Guide. Tutorial with Intelligent Tips and Tricks, Suggestions and Secrets.

Things to Do


Watch and Enjoy

In case you somehow missed this last … Read more »

Sallie’s Stack – 11.22.14

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Food For Thought

The Myth of the Reluctant Learner

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research

Isle of Sark: Europe’s Last Feudal State

Books to Read – Kindle ebooks for 99 cents!

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

Children’s Book: Being Thankful!: Thanksgiving Stories for Children & Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids

Thanksgiving Stories for Kids & Children: Thanksgiving Jokes and Thanksgiving Coloring Book Included!

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

Things to Do

8 Simple Water Tricks

Project Feeder Watch

Watch and Enjoy

If you can deal with the edginess and a … Read more »