Isaiah’s Top 5 Easy Reader Books

Isaiah wanted to share some of his favorite easy reader books.  Here are his top 5 easy reader books (or series of books).  All of these books we have gotten from our local library.

Isaiah's Top 5 Easy Reader Books

This top 5 is in no particular order.

1.  Wild Kratts (Step into Reading) – From Isaiah:  “These books have a little story (like the show) but also lots of animal facts. Each book talks about three main types of animals.”

Here are some of them Isaiah has enjoyed:

2.  National Geographic Readers – If Isaiah sees an animal book is from National Geographic, he’ll usually check it out and read it.  These two are his favorites and have been in our home many times.

“I like Prehistoric Mammals because I learned a lot about the mammals that lived back then.  Some of them were big like dinosaurs. This book does have creation mistakes, but these animals God created are amazing.”

“I like Weird Sea Creatures because it doesn’t only talk about the weird one.  It compares types of fish and says how they are similar.”


3.  Animal Superpowers    “I like this because it shows how amazing God created the animals.  There are multiple creatures that have the same power.  For instance, the flea and the panther both jump well. This book isn’t just about animals but it gives you the feel of a super hero while learning about animals. I learned how the octopus could look like many different sea creatures like a toboggan shark. The octopus can also look like a giant sea scorpion. I got this one out from the library more than once.  This book even includes a pangolin.”

4.  Nate the Great   “Nate the Great is a detective series.  One of the books was called Nate the Great and The Phony Clue. It taught me about invisible ink.”

5.  Elephant and Piggie.  “Elephant and Piggie is a funny series.  They are easier than the ones I already listed. They are about an elephant named Gerald and his friend Piggie.  They have funny adventures, and some of them they seem like they are really silly and they aren’t thinking.  These books are LOL funny.”

Here are three of his favorites in this series:

There you have it – Isaiah’s top 5 easy reader books.  What books do your children love in the easy reader section?  Do you have any new suggestions for Isaiah?


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Nature Anatomy: A Book Review

We recently checked a new book Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World out of the library, and Ruthie loves it.  We hope to add Nature Anatomy to our book collection some day soon.

Nature Anatomy A book review

Ruthie and I worked together to write this review.

First, from Ruthie:

I like this book because it tells you so many cool facts.  I like where it tells you information about life cycles.  It also shows you illustrations like leaf identification.  I also like the chapter about different animals.  The book also tells you about plants, rock, the phases of the moon, and other cool diagrams like fossils.  Each topic is only a page or two long.  There are lots of illustrations and diagrams.  At the end of chapters, sometimes there are projects you can do.      

As a mom, I love that Nature Anatomy is packed with science information related to CC memory work.  Ones I’ve noticed just flipping through are phases of the moon, types of rocks, rock and mineral identification, parts of plants and flowers, fungi, parts of the earth, layers of the atmosphere, and cloud types.  There is an entire chapter on different kinds of animals as well as sections on tree and bird identification.

Another feature I enjoy is that the book uses illustrations instead of photographs.  Because of this, my children like to try to copy the pictures into their nature journals.  Elijah’s drawing of the rock cycle helped him to learn how the rocks are all related to each other.  By the time he was done drawing, he really had a much firmer grasp on this concept.

Sketches from Nature Anatomy

There are two aspects of this book someone might not like.  The one down-side to this book might be that a number of the diagrams include cursive writing.  I actually like it because my older two have been working on writing in cursive.  I love that they are now trying to read more in cursive.

The other down-side is that there isn’t a good index for the book.  When you read the chapter headings, it does list topics covered in the chapters, but a complete index in the book would have been a nice feature.

This book is new this year.  The author and illustrator also made a book previously called Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life.  While our library doesn’t have Farm Anatomy, I think we would enjoy it as well.  It includes so much of farm life and rural living.  Even though our family isn’t exactly a city family, we definitely don’t know all the information found in this book.  I hope to get to read this one as well.

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World is a fun and educational book the whole family can enjoy!


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Jupiter and Venus Converge

Our family has been checking the night sky for the last week and watching Jupiter and Venus get closer together.   Of course they are still over 400 million miles apart, but they are lined up nicely from our perspective.  Tonight is actually the closest that they will appear during our lifetimes.

Here is what it looked like last night.

venus and jupiter


Tonight, the 2 planets may look like one bright object, but if you look closely, you should be able to tell that they are 2.


The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge. Selah

The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory.

Christian Books for Cycle 1 Science

There are lots of useful, informational science books that can relate to the Cycle 1 science topics of biology and geology.  I will share library finds as we come across them as well as other books from our home library.  For this first post on cycle 1 science, I wanted to share Christian books on the topics we will be studying this year.  I am sure we will read secular science books from the library, but there are some really great Christian books we own that fit with Cycle 1’s science.

Christian Books for Cycle 1 Science

Reference books for Cycle 1 Science:

Big Book of Earth & Sky is a 15 foot fold-out chart (like Big Book of History) and covers memory work from weeks 13-24.  The first 5 or 6 feet of the chart cover the parts of the atmosphere and includes facts about these parts.  Then the chart moves into types of rocks and parts of the ocean.  The rest of the chart covers information related to what is found on or below the surface of our planet.  I bought this book as we finished Cycle 1 our first time around, and we loved to spot the memory work while learning more about our earth and sky.  This book is written from a young Earth Christian perspective and a great resource for this year’s learning.  I look forward to pulling this book out with the kids again this year.  (You can also order this from Answers in Genesis here if you don’t shop at Amazon.)

Institute for Creation Research’s Guide to Animals is wonderful for teaching about all the different types of animals God created.  In CC’s memory work, this book goes well with weeks 1-7.

I have been looking for a great Christian reference book on plants for weeks 8-12.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments or using our contact form.

Easy Readers for Cycle 1 Science:

When my oldest child was first starting to read, I bought three series of science books by Apologetics Press.  These are Christian easy reader books but also have lots of information.  You can get them used on Amazon, but they are much cheaper if you just order them from the publishing company so included those links instead.  (These aren’t affiliate links, but just links to the best deals for the books.  The complete series are not available on Amazon.)

Learn to Read Series.  These are very simple books with repetitive words for your earliest readers.  There are a few interesting facts, but they are more of an easy reader than a science book.  In the book Ducks, Bucks, and Woodchucks, it calls deer antlers “horns.”  I don’t like the use of the wrong word, but I have seen that in other easy reader books as well.

Early Reader Series.  These are a little tougher reading level with a little more information in them.  There is one on plants which is nice for this cycle as well as number on animals.

Advanced Reader Series.  The reading level on these is the highest of the 3 sets.  These have even more facts, and my older kids still like to re-read them even now.

Are there other great Christian books for teaching these topics that I have left off my list?  What are your family’s favorites?


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Children’s Books On The Periodic Table

While we have been studying elements and the periodic table with our CC memory work, I wanted to find a few books at the library to go along with the topic.  We will also make element cookies.  Of all the books we checked out, only two really grabbed my children’s attention.  I wanted to shared our favorites in case you are heading to the library too.

Children's Books On The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table (by Scholastic in the “A True Book” series) has a really nice history of the periodic table.  In fact, Ruthie’s favorite part of the book was where it showed Mendeleev’s original version.  This book also includes lots of vocabulary terms we have recently memorized.  There are other True Books about elements, but our library did not have them.

The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! is a fun book about many different elements.  The illustrations help you remember characteristics of the elements.  The writing style of the book is quirky with each element’s page in the first person.  There actually is a newer version called The Complete Periodic Table: All the Elements with Style!, but our library has it on order still.  You also can buy Periodic Table flashcards which appear to have the same text and illustrations as the book (from the preview I could read on Amazon) with just a few words cut out to make it fit on the cards.  I don’t know if all the elements from the book are included on the flashcards though.

What books have your children enjoyed about the Periodic Table?  


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