Book of the Week

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!

Learn about more books with my Book of the Week recommendations! Each week I will feature a different children's book to help you get to reading to your kids in your homeschool.
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October 2012-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!