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I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tag: ‘books for kids’

    Two Adventure Authors for Boys

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

    Brian's Saga

    I just discovered “Brian’s Saga” by Gary Paulsen.

    It starts with “Hatchet” a story about a troubled 13yr old boy who ends up alone in the Canadian wilderness and his quest to survive.

    My oldest ate this book up.

    He is 8yrs old and in the 3rd grade.

    His reading level is above that though.

    The only thing you might have a problem with this series is that his parents are going through a divorce and his mom has a “secret”(affair).

    They never really expound on it though and my son did not seem to really notice that part of the story.

    Any adventure loving child is going to love this series!

    picture books

    If you have younger children or just love beautiful books than I highly recommend checking out “Canoe Days” and “Dogteam” by the same author.

    My boys read on their own so much that I miss out on books like this a lot but after reading just one page I had to read both of these for myself.

    inside paulsen

    They are gorgeous!


    And it is not just the pictures that draw you in, the writing is breathtaking.

    I felt like I was reading poetry.

    This is what children’s books should be.

    I wish I had found these when my boys were toddlers, I would have loved to read them over and over again.

    I did not want to give them back to the library…

    Jean Craighead George

    My side of the Mountain, On the Far Side of the Mountain, and Frightful’s Mountain” all tie in together in a great series by Jean Craighead George.

    My son now thinks he should get a Falcon for his next pet.

    “Frightful’s Daughter. and Frightful’s Daughter Meets the Baron Weasel” are a beautiful set of picture books that continue the story.

    I had my 6yr old read those to me since he loves animal books so much.

    He can still baulk some at the bigger chapter books so I like to get him into the story first if I can.

    His brother does that for me most of the time though, he talks about a book so much that my youngest has to read it!


    We also own “One Day in the Prairie” by the same author, it is a nice short chapter book that might be easier for a 1st grader to pick up.

    It is another great book for an animal lover as well.


    Do you have a favorite adventure author?

    What the boys are reading.

    Thursday, June 19th, 2014



    I caught my boys out on the swing reading last night.

    It always makes me smile to see them reading together.


    My 7yr old liked “The Falconmaster” by R.L. La Fevers so much that he started reading it all over again after finishing it.

    He is my little adventure lover.

    I always keep my eye out for a good mystery or adventure for him.


    He also really liked the “No Place Like Holmes” series by Jason Lethcoe.

    They are a Christian mystery series.


    I originally got “The End of the Beginning” by Avi for his older brother but my 6yr old really liked it.

    He jumps at any funny book about animals.


    The “Jack Russell: Dog Detective Series” is a favorite of his also right now.

    He laughs out loud a lot while reading them.

    The boys actually pass these back and forth.

    That is what my oldest is reading and finding so funny in the picture below.


    They have been doing most of their summer reading in the vehicle.

    I have always treasured the trip back from the library because the boys would be quietly reading for the drive.

    One day I realized they could just read on the way to places instead of yelling in my ear.

    Best decision ever.

    Our car rides are now peaceful and quiet.

    As long as they do not finish their book to quickly…

    Book Series for 2nd-5th Grade Boys

    Friday, March 14th, 2014

    ChroniclesOfNarnia1. “Chronicles Of Narnia” by C.S Lewis

    I was so excited when my son started reading these!

    I ended up getting some on audio tape at the library and after listening to one he started picking up the books!

    SugarCreekGang2.  “The Sugar Creek Gang” by Paul Hutchens

    What boys would not love a group of fun loving, adventurous, boys?

    My oldest(7) has read several in this series and seems to really enjoy them!

    AirquestAdventures3. “The Airquest Adventures” by Jerry B. Jenkins

    Sudden impact is actually all three books in one.

    He also wrote a series called “The Red Rock Mysteries” for the same age.

    HardyBoys4. The Hardy Boys

    I am so excited that my oldest finally started getting into the Hardy Boys!

    Every boy needs to be friends with a couple detectives!

    KingdomSeries5. “The Kingdom Series” by Chuck Black

    I first read about this author on Pioneer Woman’s when they reviewed his other series “Knights of Arrethtrae”.

    It is really good review so be sure to check it out!

    The Kingdom Series is written as an Allegory for bible stories!

    My oldest just finished the first book and can’t wait to get his hands on the next one!

    Here is my post for “Chapter Book Series for 1st Grade Boys”

    Do you have any favorite book series for boys?