Each week I will share a book with you that we love in our home! Some may be seasonal, some will be classics, and some are those I grew up with and have passed onto my own kids! Be sure to check back each week to see what is added!
January 2023-Week 4
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Little Peter puts on his cute red snowsuit and heads out to play in the snow. He has many small adventures during the day. My favorite part is when he put the snowball in his pocket to save for later.
January 2023-Week 3
Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon by Virginia Loh-Hagan
First of all, the illustrations in this book are out of this world! They are so beautifully done and help tell the story. On the first day of spring, Nian the dragon comes out of his mountain prison to terrorize the local village. A magical warrior visits Mei in her dreams and tells her that she must defeat Nian. This book is based on an ancient legend. It’s a great read to start learning about the Chinese New Year!
January 2023-Week 2
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange
Poet Ntozake Shange does a great job of capturing the spirit of Coretta Scott King’s life. When celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr, many people forget about his wife. She helped push for change to civil rights alongside her husband. This book is a great addition to our Rabbit Trails through MLK JR Day lesson.
January 2023-Week 1
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Owl Moon is one of my favorite books. (Are you noticing that I have lots of favorites?) I love it so much it has been used in three different Rabbit Trails lessons. This book shares the story of a little girl who goes out owling with her father. You have to be quiet and patient when we go owling. Will they find an owl? Learn more about Jane Yolen in January’s lesson of Journey Down the Rabbit Trail.
December 2022-Week 5
Every Month Is A New Year by Marilyn Singer
This is a fun book to learn about how and when other countries celebrate their new year. The illustrations are fun collages to look at and find all the little details. Marilyn Singer wrote some wonderful poetry for each celebration. You can find this book and many others in Rabbit Trails through New Years.
December 2022-Week 4
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
This is the perfect book to read before bed on Christmas Eve. Your children will love the beautiful illustrations and want to read this every Christmas Eve.
December 2022-Week 3
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel
My family absolutely loved reading this book! Eric Kimmel’s books are just so good! We have used many of them in our Rabbit Trails through the Holidays lessons. Hershel discovers a synagogue that has been taken over by goblins. Each night, he faces down a goblin using his clever wits. On the final night, he meets the goblin king. Can Hershel rid the synagogue of goblins and save Hanukkah? This is the main book for Rabbit Trails through Hanukkah.
December 2022-Week 2
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
This picture book is a childhood favorite of mine. I remember getting lost in the pictures of the snowman coming alive in the boy’s dreams at night. I definitely recommend spending time with your children just checking out all the beautiful illustrations.
December 2022-Week 1
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Polar Express is one of my family’s favorite Christmas books. Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrations help this book come alive as you are reading it. Travel on an adventure from one little boy’s house all the way to the North Pole to see what the first gift of Christmas will be. Add lots more to this book with our December lesson in Journey Down the Rabbit Trail.
November 2022-Week 4
Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is such an interesting story that many have not heard! Sarah Hale wanted Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. She wrote to president after president trying to make that happen. Finally after thirty-five years, she was successful. This is a great story to help teach perseverance to children!
November 2022-Week 3
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry
I absolutely LOVE looking at the illustrations of this book. They add so much to the story. In this story, the friendly scarecrow becomes friends with an unexpected animal. Beth Ferry’s poetic words help to share the story and teach children how to be kind, even to our enemies. You can learn more about Beth Ferry in the November lesson in the Journey Down the Rabbit Trail membership.
November 2022-Week 2
Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut
We were given this book during one of my husband’s deployments. This book is such a heartwarming story to read to children when their dad or mom is deployed. I had a hard time reading it without crying. Definitely a must read for military families!
November 2022-Week 1
About Time by Bruce Koscielniak
Who likes Daylight Savings Time? It does provide us a great opportunity to learn about the history of time. As you read through this book, you will learn how the sun, the moon, and the water were used to tell time. Then you’ll learn about the invention of clocks and calendars.
October 2022-Week 4
Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell
Tim carved his first jack-o’-lantern and named him Jack. After Jack began to sag, Tim took him out to the empty garden. He watched him change and grow mold. Tim discovered a surprise in the spring where Jack had been. Read more fun Halloween books in Rabbit Trails through Halloween.
October 2022-Week 3
Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez
Joan Proctor always loved reptiles. She even had tea parties with them when she was a little girl. All of that love led her to become a curator at the Natural History Museum and later in charge of the Reptile Room at the London Zoo. You can learn more about Joan Proctor and other reptiles in Rabbit Trails through Science: Reptiles and Amphibians.
October 2022-Week 2
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
I am really enjoying watching all the leaves change colors. It is so beautiful! Fletcher has a favorite tree and when the leaves start to fall, he starts to worry about his tree. What is wrong with it? How can he help it? Read this book to find out what he discovers. You can also read more fall books and get some hands on, seasonal fun in your homeschool with our free lesson about Autumn.
October 2022-Week 1
Leif the Lucky by Ingri D’Aulaire and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Did you know that there is a Leif Erikson Day? On October 9, we celebrate Leif and his adventures. To help celebrate this day, check out Leif the Lucky. I absolutely LOVE all the books by the D’Aulaires. This one will take you through the life of Leif and his Viking crew. You can also learn more about Leif and other Vikings in Rabbit Trails through History: Early Settlers and in Rabbit Trails through Literature: Volume 1.
September 2022-Week 5
The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg
I absolutely love all of Steven Kellogg’s books! That is why he HAD to be part of our Journey Down the Rabbit Trail membership. The mice in this book go in search of a better and safer place to live. They find an island that has only one inhabitant: a Skog. None of them knew what a Skog was, but based on the size of the footprints left, they knew it was something big! Check out this story to find out what happens.
September 2022-Week 4
Gershon’s Monster by Eric A. Kimmel
Gershon was not a very kind man and never apologized or repented of his sins. He felt he could simply sweep his wrongdoings into the sea every year on Rosh Hashanah.. Five year after his wife had twins, he will realize how his failure to repent can affect not only him but others. Gershon’s Monster is the main book in Rabbit Trails through Rosh Hashanah.
September 2022-Week 3
The People Shall Continue by Simon J Ortiz
As we were writing the Removal of Natives lesson for Rabbit Trails through History: Westward Expansion, we found this book. After checking it out, we knew it HAD to be the main book for the lesson! It tells about the Natives’ lives before the explorers came, how the explorers affected them, how they were removed from the land, and how they survived. This is definitely a must-read book!
September 2022-Week 2
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
Anna, her mother, and other neighborhood ladies made a quilt from old clothing from their life in Russia. Patricia Polacco shares stories of how this quilt was used to celebrate four generations of special events. What a wonderful way to share stories of grandparents or great grandparents.
September 2022-Week 1
This is My Home, This is My School by Jonathan Bean
This autobiographically inspired picture book depicts a homeschool family where Mom is the best teacher and Dad the best substitute. Watch as the kids perform show-and-tells, science lessons, math, and even recess time! This book is also the main book that goes along with Rabbit Trails through Homeschooling!
August 2022-Week 4
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss addresses the many highs and lows of life in this classic storybook. The inspiring and timeless message encourages readers to find the success that lies within, no matter what challenges they face.
August 2022-Week 3
The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan
Explore the United States in this atlas for kids! Featuring characteristics that make each state unique, this book is a must for U.S. Geography! It is also the spine of the Rabbit Trails Geography Journal, My Exploring the 50 States Journal!
August 2022-Week 2
S is for S’mores by Helen Foster James
Since National S’mores Day was this week, we have to have a book about S’mores! I absolutely love this series of books, and S is for S’more is just as wonderful as the rest! Go through the alphabet together while reading all about what makes camping so great.
August 2022-Week 1
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
I just love this book! It was so fun to visit the ducks in Boston on a recent trip. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard work hard looking for the best place to lay their eggs. After the ducklings are born, Mrs. Mallard takes them through the streets of Boston. Luckily, they make it to their home safely. You can learn all about Robert McCloskey in August’s Journey Down the Rabbit Trail lesson.
July 2022-Week 5
The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner
This book is jam packed with information about bees. Your children will learn about what happens in the hive, how bees talk to each other, and what they do all day. The illustrations make this book so fun to look at. It also shares the very important message about the threat to bees and how we can help.
July 2022-Week 4
A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Aston
Do you have a butterfly lover? I definitely recommend checking this book out! I absolutely love the books in this series! The illustrations are gorgeous! The information shared is great! My children love to look through these books over and over again.
July 2022-Week 3
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
This is such a great story of a woman who tore down a barrier for African American women and earned a role as a team member on NASA’s space projects. Her calculations made it possible for a spacecraft to orbit the moon and then land on it! You can learn more about her and many other astronomers in Rabbit Trails through Space: The Universe.
July 2022-Week 2
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Swimmy is such a great book for teaching children to keep going even when you are scared. Leo Lionni’s illustrations are so beautiful! Little Swimmy is the only one left from his school of friends. He must travel the ocean alone. At the end, he makes a wonderful discovery. The July lesson for Journey Down the Rabbit Trail is all about Leo Lionni!
July 2022-Week 1
America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney
Read about some important aspects of America, from A to Z, in this patriotic primer! Fun illustrations and facts fill the pages for all 26 people and ideas that make up this story.
June 2022-Week 4
Sea Glass Summer by Michelle Houts
One summer, Thomas visits his grandma at her seaside cottage. He spends his days with a magnifying glass that belonged to his grandfather, exploring the mysteries of the seaside. One day, Thomas’s grandmother shows him a piece of sea glass. That night, Thomas dreams of the sea glass and a bottle shattering. Could the piece of sea glass his grandmother showed him have come from the very bottle in his dreams? Thomas spends the rest of the summer looking for more sea glass and hoping to discover more secrets of the sea in this ode to imagining the possibilities in every hidden treasure.
June 2022-Week 3
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
Carole Boston Weatherford has written so many of my favorite books. This one is no exception! Freedom in Congo Square helps give kids a glimpse at how hard slaves’ lives were. But it also shows how much joy they found in their Sunday afternoons. It is a great book to show kids how you can still find joy in difficult times. Learn more about Carole Boston Weatherford in this month’s Journey Down the Rabbit Trail membership lesson.
June 2022-Week 2
Father’s Love by Hannah Holt
This is such a sweet book showing all the different animal babies with their dads. This book helps show that a father’s love comes in all different ways. Let’s celebrate Dads all month with this cute book and discuss all the ways your own dad shows love.
June 2022-Week 1
The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier
I absolutely love this book! The illustrations are gorgeous! I love that it includes pictures of all the different American flags. This book works well to show the story behind the song and is a great way to celebrate Flag Day on June 14. This is the main book for the FREE Rabbit Trails through History: Francis Scott Key lesson!!!!!
May 2022-Week 4
America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven
Seeing a solitary white table with a single table setting may not be something that the average American sees when out at a restaurant, but these white tables don restaurants in military towns and mess halls around the country. In this book, Katie’s mom helps explain to her the importance and symbolism of America’s White Table.
May 2022-Week 3
Birds by Carme Lemniscates
This book has such a great message! The lyrical text and colorful, yet simple, illustrations will win over your heart as much as birds do with their unique differences and beautiful songs. Enjoy celebrating birds and the peaceful joy that they bring. If you want to learn more about birds, make sure to check out the Rabbit Trails through Science: Birds unit.
May 2022-Week 2
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattrick
This book is SO good! I love that it shares the story behind Winnie the Pooh. We get to follow the journey of Winnie as she joins the troops in England, makes a home at the London Zoo, and finally finds her friend Christopher Robin. Sophie Blackall is the featured author in May’s Journey Down the Rabbit Trail membership.
May 2022-Week 1
Miss Twiggley’s Tree by Dorothea Warren Fox
I still have this book from my childhood! It is such a fun book. Miss Twiggley lives a very different lifestyle than the other people in her town. So different that the mayor’s wife makes a stink about it. But Miss Twiggley is there to help rescue everyone in the end. I had to include this book in Volume 1 of Rabbit Trails through Literature.
April 2022-Week 4
Worm Weather by Jean Taft
Experience the joy of a wet muddy spring day in Jean Taft’s children’s book, Worm Weather.
April 2022-Week 3
The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon by Land Wilson
Land Wilson’s book, The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon, offers a gentle message for children and reminder for adults alike how important it is to protect the environment. With the moon as her guide, young Sofia learns how to care for the earth and help heal some of the damage inflicted.
April 2022-Week 2
The Donkey Who Carried a King by R.C. Sproul
Dr. R.C. Sproul tells the story of Christ’s sacrifice through the unique perspective of a young donkey, Davey, who never had a job to do until the day he was chosen to carry a King. As Davey carries Jesus into Jerusalem, he does not fully grasp the importance of his job until he sees Jesus being beaten and hung on the cross. This book offers unique insight and opens discussions with our children about how we are called to serve those around us just as Christ did.
April 2022-Week 1
The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
It’s National Poetry Month! We love to incorporate poetry to our Rabbit Trails lessons. This is a fun book full of poems by various authors. The poems are about a variety of subjects such as how to toast marshmallows, riding a new bike, how to bird watch, and so much more!
March 2022-Week 5
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
I love this story! It’s such a wonderful story about how we all can make the world a better place. It’s a great reminder that when we plant a seed, it will blossom into something beautiful. Spring is a perfect time for planting seeds in the ground and in our own lives. Barbara Cooney is the featured author in April’s Journey Down the Rabbit Trail membership.
March 2022-Week 4
A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter writes a special birthday invitation to his friend Amy. The day he chooses to mail it, there is a wind storm and he almost loses the invitation. I love that this little boy wants to invite his friend even though she is a girl. You can learn more about Ezra Jack Keats in the March lesson of Journey Down the Rabbit Trail.
March 2022-Week 3
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
I just love Tomie dePaola books! This one shares the story of who Saint Patrick was. It also includes several legends told about him. You can learn more about Saint Patrick and the holiday we celebrate in Rabbit Trails through St. Patrick’s Day.
March 2022-Week 2
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a strong woman. She stood up and fought for what she believed in. She went to college, even though most women didn’t, and joined in the battle to win women’s right to vote. Her story is so inspiring!
March 2022-Week 1
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
Fox and Socks is a family favorite! I still have the copy of this book from my childhood. It is such a fun and crazy book to read. Try not to get tongue twisted too badly!
February 2022-Week 4
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks stood her ground against the segregation laws on city buses. This story does a great job of sharing the events that happened during and after her arrest. You can learn more about Rosa Parks in the free Rabbit Trails through Literature lesson: Rosa Parks.
February 2022-Week 3
Big George by Anne Rockwell
This is a great book that tells about the life of a shy boy who became our first president. Anne Rockwell filled the pages with facts about George’s life. The illustrations are so beautiful and add so much to the story! This amazing book is a main book in Rabbit Trails through History: America’s Founders.
February 2022-Week 2
Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
How did Valentine’s Day begin? It all started with Saint Valentine and his secret message he sent to a little girl. It is such a great story and can lead to many important discussions. I am in love with the mosaic illustrations in this book! You can learn more about Valentine’s Day in Rabbit Trails through Valentine’s lesson.
February 2022-Week 1
Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub
The Groundhog discovers he needs some help in predicting the weather. So he puts an ad in the paper. This book is full of fun facts about how animals and nature can help predict the weather and other weather facts.
January 2022-Week 4
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
The Over and Under books are so much fun to read. They help children see what different animals do to survive the different habitats and seasons. You get to see which animals live in tunnels or caves and which ones camouflage above the snow. The illustrations are excellently done so that you feel like you are out skiing in the snow.
January 2022-Week 3
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Wilson Bentley was fascinated by the beauty of snowflakes. He was determined to make paintings and take pictures of individual snowflakes. During his lifetime, he took over 5,000 pictures of snowflakes on black velvet. His work is still used today. You can learn more about him in the FREE Rabbit Trails through Science: Let It Snow lesson.
January 2022-Week 2
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Martin Luther King Jr. had such a brave and wonderful dream. This book includes many quotes from Martin. I love being able to read his own words and not just what others have written about him. You can learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. In Rabbit Trails through MLK Jr Day lesson.
January 2022-Week 1
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Jan Brett’s illustrations are just simply amazing. Nicki’s Grandmother makes him new white mittens, but warns him not to lose them in the snow! Of course, he does lose one and the animals try to use it to keep warm. This awesome author/illustrator is January’s featured author in Journey Down the Rabbit Trail membership. You don’t want to miss learning about her and going on fun rabbit trails for each subject.
December 2021-Week 5
Freedom Soup by Tami Charles
This is a wonderful story about a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Belle gets to learn how to make Freedom Soup with Ti Gran and the history of Haiti. This book will lead to more rabbit trails about what traditions are celebrated for New Year with Rabbit Trails through New Years!
December 2021-Week 4
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
A beautifully written Christmas book about a boy’s special gift to his father.
December 2021-Week 3
Baboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins
This Caldecott Award winning book has stunning illustrations- which is exactly why it is the main book in Rabbit Trails through Christmas! Go on the journey with Babushka to search for the three kings.
December 2021-Week 2
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.” That’s one of the only songs I don’t mind stuck in my head! This is another Christmas book you can also piggyback a movie with.
December 2021-Week 1
What is Christmas? by Michelle Medlock Adams
This sweet book goes through what Christmas may be about, to conclude that it truly is about our Savior Jesus and his birth.
November 2021-Week 4
People of the Breaking Day by Marcia Sewall
There are so many Thanksgiving books available, but very few from the Native Americans’ perspective. The Wampanoag tribe lived in southeastern Massachusetts where the pilgrims claimed as their new home in the New World. This book shares the meeting of these two very different cultures.
November 2021-Week 3
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
I love the books by Alice Dalgliesh. This story shares what the journey was like on the Mayflower for three children. They were so excited to make it to the New World. After arriving, they discovered that there were even worse challenges to face such as hunger, cold, and sickness. The pilgrims were able to survive with the help of the Native Americans. This book is also the main book that goes along with our Rabbit Trails through Thanksgiving lesson!
November 2021-Week 2
Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein
I love how this book points out the everyday people who are veterans. It helps children to realize that anyone could protect our country. The author included real pictures at the end of this book of veterans in her own neighborhood. Do you have any veterans in your neighborhood?
November 2021-Week 1
So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George
Hilariously illustrated by David Small, this story shares quirks and facts about past presidents. The newer edition of this book is updated to include up to our forty-second president, George W. Bush. This book will help children realize that everyday people can become president! It is also one of the main books in Rabbit Trails through Literature Volume 1, where you will go on an entire Rabbit Trail learning about the election.
October 2021-Week 5
Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer
Learn about how much a little acorn shapes an entire ecosystem. Do you know what happens when an acorn falls from a tree? Find out the amazing journey with this book!
October 2021-Week 4
Applesauce Day by Lisa J. Amstutz
It’s not fall without a visit to an apple orchard! Come along with this family as they take you through each step of making some delicious homemade applesauce!
October 2021-Week 3
Sweep by Louis Greig
This book is about so much more than sweeping up leaves. Learn how our emotions can impact more than just ourselves with this book by award winning author Louise Greig and acclaimed illustrator Júlia Sardà.
October 2021-Week 2
Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher
Have you ever seen the harvest moon rise? It’s a beautiful sight! See what happens after the moon rises in the sky- so much of what we read about happens during the day, but this book focuses on all of the amazing activity at night!
October 2021-Week 1
The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night by Peter Spier
In this book, based on a folk song, you will see some beautiful fall scenery all throughout the book. Make sure to listen to the song, too, so you can sing along as you read! This book is also the main book for the free Rabbit Trails through Science Autumn lesson!
September 2021-Week 4
Pangolina by Jane Goodall
Legendary naturalist Jane Goodall weaves an eye opening fictional book about the plight of the pangolin, on its way to endangerment due to illegal trafficking.
September 2021-Week 3
The Buffalo Are Back by Jean Craighead George
The buffalo, an American icon once nearly extinct, has made a comeback. This stirring picture book tells the dramatic story, following bison from the Plains Indians to the cowboys, Teddy Roosevelt to the Dust Bowl, and from the brink of extinction to the majestic herds that now roam our national parks.
September 2021-Week 2
My Schoolhouse Rocks! by Katlynne Mirabal
My Schoolhouse Rocks is told from the joyful perspective of a homeschooled boy who loves being homeschooled. Throughout the story we learn all the things that he loves about his “schoolhouse.” The positive tone in this story is one that resonates with my mama heart and reminds me of all of the reasons I chose to homeschool my own kids!
September 2021-Week 1
Mama, Why Am I Homeschooled? by Jacy Ruwe
This is a question every homeschooled child asks at least once during their homeschool journey. With beautiful hand painted illustrations and rhythmic wording, Mama, Why am I Homeschooled will help answer some of the age old question for homeschooled children.
August 2021-Week 4
Goodnight, Campsite by Loretta Sponsler
Follow campers on their daily adventures hiking, biking, fishing, and going back to their campsites at night. This book emphasizes the uses of RV’s which makes it a unique camping book for children!
August 2021-Week 3
Camp Tiger by Susan Choi
In this poetic ode to childhood, Susan Choi tells the story of a young boy on an annual family camping trip. This year the boy is encouraged to be more independent like his older brother, but unlike other years, a tiger has ventured into the woods!
August 2021-Week 2
Journey by Aaron Becker
Follow a young girl on her journey through her drawings in this wordless story full of beautiful illustrations!
August 2021-Week 1
The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock
Learn about the ultimate camping trip that John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt went on together that changed the future of the wilderness in America! Gorgeous illustrations accompany this book about the camping trip that ended up creating our National Parks. You can go down the Rabbit Trail with this book with the lesson Journey to the Parks from Rabbit Trails through the Parks, too!
July 2021-Week 5
Manfish by Jennifer Berne
Read about how Jacques Cousteau went from a curious boy to a pioneer in underwater exploration. More beautiful poetry and beautiful pictures fill this book.
July 2021-Week 4
The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner
Read all about coral reef restoration and conservation in this stunningly illustrated book.
All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony in the ocean, one person to make a difference in the world, one idea to help us heal the earth.
In telling the story of this sea conservation pioneer and marine life protector, Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe create a stunning tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope—a power even the smallest readers can access in their quest to aid our extraordinary planet.
July 2021-Week 3
Coral Reefs by Gail Gibbons
Marine biologists believe coral reefs existed 400 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Today this active environment is home to about 20,000 kinds of brilliantly coloured corals, plants, and animals-more sea creatures than are found anywhere else in the world. What is life like in a coral reef? What do corals eat? Why are corals more colourful at nighttime? Children will enjoy Gibbon’s informative text and clear, detailed illustrations on this journey into the unique lives of coral reefs.
July 2021-Week 2
Shark Lady by Jess Keating
Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks the first time she saw them at the aquarium. As she grew older, Eugenie realized that many people feared sharks, calling them ugly & scary! Others believed that women should not be scientists. Eugenie Clark was determined to prove them all wrong and when she was older, she did just that! Follow the story of the “Shark Lady” and how she proved that a woman can do anything she puts her mind to!
July 2021-Week 1
The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
What was the 4th of July like before the parades and fireworks? Alice Dalgliesh brings young readers back to the Revolutionary era when the colonists desire for Independence and Freedom flowed through the thirteen colonies and the Declaration of Independence was created.
June 2021-Week 4
The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan
The little blue cottage waits each year for summer to arrive―and with it, the little girl. Through sunny days and stormy weather, the cottage and the girl keep each other company and adventure away the long days and nights together. Until one year, and then another, the cottage is left waiting and empty, season after season.
In this heartfelt story about change, Kelly Jordan’s lilting text and Jessica Courtney-Tickle’s lush art captures the essence of cherishing a favorite place.
June 2021-Week 3
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Monica wants to play with the moon but can’t quite seem to reach it. As your kids read through the story they will literally watch the story unfold on the pages as they follow along with Papa while he tries to reach the moon. This beautifully illustrated Eric Carle classic is perfect to read with dads this Father’s Day!
June 2021-Week 2
The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali
What really happened over the summer break? A curious teacher wants to know. The epic explanation? What started out as a day at the beach turned into a globe-spanning treasure hunt with high-flying hijinks, exotic detours, an outrageous cast of characters, and one very mischievous bird! Is this yet another tall tale, or is the truth just waiting to be revealed?
June 2021-Week 1
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. This stunning picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms.
May 2021-Week 4
The Poppy Lady by Barbara E. Walsh
When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina’s great-nieces to better understand Moina’s determination to honor the war veterans.
May 2021-Week 3
Have You Seen My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri
A mother duck searches the pond for her missing duckling. None of the pond residents – bird, turtle, beaver, or fish – has seen Mother Duck’s missing baby. But clever viewers of these charming color scenes can see that the duckling isn’t really lost, just adventuring – and never very far away.
May 2021-Week 2
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
This stunningly beautiful and wonderfully informative book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston makes for a fascinating introduction to the vast and amazing world of eggs. Featuring poetic text and an elegant design, this acclaimed book teaches children countless interesting facts about eggs. Full of wit and charm, An Egg Is Quiet will at once spark the imagination and cultivate a love of science.
May 2021-Week 1
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Get the tissues ready!! I have memories of my mom reading this to me and tearing up while she did so. I never understood it until I read it to my kids for the first time and couldn’t even get through it! It’s a running joke in our house that this book makes mom cry, but I’ll read it over and over again through the tears, as this book about the journey through motherhood and watching our children grow up will never grow old.
April 2021-Week 4
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, 2021 Caldecott winner We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption―a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.
April 2021-Week 3
Sometimes Rain by Meg Fleming
This week’s book of the week uses lyrical exploration to show young readers the wonder and joy in the changing of the seasons. Written by Meg Fleming with beautiful watercolor illustrations by Diana Sudyka, Sometimes Rain is bound to be a new spring favorite for your young readers!
April 2021-Week 2
Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up by Sean Taylor & Alex Morss
In this uplifting picture book about spring, follow two children and their father through their backyard as they discover all the different ways nature wakes up from its long winter sleep.
Spot the busy creatures and plants as the tale unfolds, then learn about how each responds to the increasing daylight and warmth that usher in the season.
Co-authors Sean Taylor (picture book author) and Alex Morss (ecologist, journalist, and educator) offer an inviting introduction to the science behind spring. The yard is bright, birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and there are tadpoles in the pond! What is all the commotion about?
April 2021-Week 1
The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross
This beautifully illustrated hardback book, The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Laferton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God’s prefect new creation. Through an engaging Bible overview, children will discover that ‘because of our sin, we can’t go in’ but because of Jesus’ victory on the cross, an even better garden awaits us.
March 2021-Week 4
The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
The wind blew, and blew, and blew! It blew so hard, it took everything with it: Mr. White’s umbrella, Priscilla’s balloon, the twins’ scarves, even the wig on the judge’s head. But just when the wind was about to carry everything out to sea, it changed its mind!
With rhyming verse and colorful illustrations, Pat Hutchins takes us on a merry chase that is well worth the effort.
March 2021-Week 3
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
This timeless picture book is a perfect introduction to important Irish legends and an ideal St. Patrick’s day gift. Beloved children’s book author-illustrator Tomie dePaola recounts the life of Saint Patrick–from his noble birth in Britain, to his captivity in Ireland, to the visions which led him to return and found the first Christian church in Ireland. With his signature bold illustrations and engaging prose, Tomie dePaola recounts a number of legends about the Saint–including the well-known story of how he drove the snakes from Ireland, and his association with the shamrock.
March 2021-Week 2
It’s My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury
It’s one lucky toddler’s birthday, and of course there must be a cake. So the child asks some animal friends to gather ingredients, one by one: the chicken an egg, the bear some flour, the cat the butter and milk, and on and on! After they all share the fun of making the cake, it’s even more fun to eat it! Helen Oxenbury’s winsome illustrations and simple, repetitive text make this an ideal gift for the youngest of children.
March 2021-Week 1
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
Follow along in this humorous Dr. Seuss book as he writes about the unjust treatment of young Bartholomew (The very same Bartholomew as in Bartholomew & the Ooblek!) by King Derwin. Everytime he removes one hat, another magically appears on his head which ENRAGES King Derwin! While this is a lesser-known book by the great Dr. Seuss, it is sure to have your kids laughing at the silly rhymes and Dr. Seussian illustrations!
February 2021-Week 4
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
As we wind down with Black History Month, our last book of the week for the month is Rosa by Nikki Giovanni. In this biography, readers will follow Rosa Parks onto the bus where her “No” planted seeds of change in our nation’s history. Looking to follow this rabbit trail deeper? Check out Rabbit Trails Through Literature: Rosa! This language arts lesson pays tribute to Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance. Follow the link below to get your freebie lesson!
February 2021-Week 3
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
This week’s Book of the Week is The Story of Ruby Bridges. The story takes place in 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana where a judge has just ruled the desegregation of schools. Follow little Ruby in this beautiful narrative on her first day at the previously all-white William Frantz Elementary where she faces angry mobs of parents and racial prejudices. Ruby’s story is sure to inspire all who read of her courage, hope, and child-like faith.
February 2021-Week 2
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
“I have a dream…”We have all heard those iconic words of the great Dr. King, but how much do we really know about his early life and his fight against racial injustice? In Martin’s Big Words, Doreen Rappaport helps young readers learn more about Martin Luther King Jr., from his early life to his assassination, using direct quotes from many of his own speeches and beautiful watercolor illustrations. Want to follow this rabbit trail a little deeper? Check out one of this years newest additions to Rabbit Trails Through the Holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. This lesson features more beautifully illustrated books, a glimpse into Martin Luther King Jr’s life, hands-on crafts, copywork, and much more. This lesson is sure to deepen your appreciation for Dr. King and the struggles he faced while fighting racism in our country.
February 2021-Week 1
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford
This weeks book of the week is Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement! This 2016 Caldecott winning book is the perfect way to kick off honoring Black History Month. Voice of Freedom is filled with inspiring poems and collage art celebrating the life of Fannie Lou Hamer and her fight for equal rights voting. Voice of Freedom is a book that is sure to inspire and teach the future generations valuable lessons in determination and fighting for what they believe in!
January 2021-Week 4
Over and Under by Kate Messner
Did you know there is a world teeming with life underneath the thick layer of snow you see in the winter? Kate Messner invites us into this secret world with her nonfiction book Over and Under. Filled with beautiful illustrations and amazing facts about the creatures who live in the subnivean zone, Over and Under is a book that your kids will want to read over and over again!
January 2021-Week 3
The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader
The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder as the woodland creatures prepare for the coming of winter. Animals big and small begin to grow thicker fur and lay down for a long winter nap while others head south to warmer weather. Cuddle up with the family and enjoy this beautifully illustrated Caldecott winner that is sure to delight readers young and old!
January 2021-Week 2
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Follow the life of Wilson Bentley, in his lifelong journey photographing and studying snowflakes in this Caldecott winner! Snowflake Bentley is a story that will delight people of all ages with its beautiful illustrations and look into one man’s determination to show the world just how unique each snowflake is!
Want to dive a little deeper into the world of snowflakes? Go down the Rabbit Trail with this free winter unit study! – This Bit of Life
“Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.” — Wilson Bentley
January 2021-Week 1
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Who doesn’t love being warm & toasty on cold winter days? I know I do! Woodland creatures in Jan Brett’s The Mitten are no different! In this retelling of a Ukrainian folktale, Brett tells the story of Nicki, a boy who loses his mitten in the woods & the hilarious antics of the woodland creatures who crawl in, each one larger than the last! Beautifully illustrated & written in Jan Brett’s distinctive style, the Mitten is sure to become a family favorite if it isn’t already!
December 2020-Week 3
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
One of the most magical parts about Christmas is picking out the perfect tree & bringing it home where it will be decorated with love & enjoyed throughout the Christmas season. In her debut book, Pick a Pine Tree, author Patricia Toht has written an ode to family, friends, & the joys of the holiday season!
December 2020-Week 2
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree is set in the mountains of Appalacia that focuses on giving, not receiving. With beautiful illustrations from Caldecott Award winner Barbara Cooney, it’s sure to become a beloved classic in your home!
December 2020-Week 1
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
Mr. Willowby’s tree has arrived, but it is too big for his parlor! This charming book tells the story of how the top of the tree is passed around the forest from animal to animal to bring holiday cheer. It will bring my kid’s some cheer when they find it under their Christmas tree this year, too!
November 2020-Week 3
Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf
“When fall winds blow cold and jack-o-lanterns lose their smiles, when branches lie bare, and corn stalks rustle in the wind, that’s when it’s time for Thanksgiving in the woods.”
Based on a true story, join this family who gathers with family and friends every year for a special Thanksgiving among the trees!
November 2020-Week 2
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
This sweet book tells the story of a girl taking a walk as the seasons are changing. Beautiful illustrations show the change from Summer to Autumn. The perfect book to curl up with on a cool Autumn day.
November 2020-Week 1
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows. This book contains beautiful illustrations made from fall leaves. This whimsical book celebrates the imagination of children and is the perfect addition to your fall library.
October 2020-Week 4
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
by Linda D. Williams
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life! This is a classic and fun Halloween read aloud! Not only are there beautiful illustrations, there are tons of opportunities for the kids to participate in the reading. This is a crowd pleaser and family favorite!
October 2020-Week 3
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
“He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.”
When a clever mouse comes across a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. He invents the gruffalo. He has no worries because there’s no such thing! Or is there? This book is so fun and has even been turned into a movie on Amazon!
October 2020-Week 2
Gus Was a Friendly Ghost by Jane Thayer
“We’ve got a ghost!” I’ve had this book since I was a child and love reading it to my kids. It’s one of those classics that you can read any time of year, not just around Halloween.
October 2020-Week 1
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
This book is beloved by children of all ages (and adults too ). One of my favorite parts is that no matter how many animals keep coming, they keep making room. Not only is this a great fall themed book, but you can easily use this for an informal lesson on kindness and sharing!