My Last Six Reads

American Royals 2: Majesty- In many ways, this was a perfect book two. I hope that this is just the middle of a trilogy, as there were a few story lines that were left unresolved by the end. I loved the first book and re-read the entire book before I went straight into this E-ARC … Continue reading My Last Six Reads

We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes The World

Ah, parents in this realm in the year 2020, let me lead you to the book you need in these dark days. I jumped at the chance to get this actual Advance Reading Copy in my hands. The USPS was frighteningly slow though and I didn't actually have it until a few weeks ago. So, … Continue reading We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes The World

September Kid’s Book Round Up

This is so cool! First up we've got a ginormous book/fold out timeline that'll look awesome on your wall all the while making you and your kids a bit smarter. Smithsonian teamed up with Sarah Albee and William Exley to give you the North American historical timeline you never knew you needed. Maybe you did … Continue reading September Kid’s Book Round Up

ARC: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States For Young People

https://www.amazon.com/Indigenous-Peoples-History-ReVisioning-American-ebook/dp/B07K5YV7TD/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1562247033&sr=8-2-fkmr1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=59ab7c735937ca6767b453a23d169e24&language=en_US This book was adapted for Middle Grade students from the original: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. One or both of these books deserve a spot in every library. I actually recommend the Young Peoples edition as the original was not an easy read in content or in an emotional sense. Obviously, … Continue reading ARC: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States For Young People

The Movie Making Book: Skills and Projects to Learn and Share

*Bringing this review up to the top in case you need some Summer projects* Are you looking for a Summer project? This book gives you instruction in making movies with your phone, tablet, or video camera. Chances are you have something around the house that will work. It covers the necessary shots like close-ups, high and … Continue reading The Movie Making Book: Skills and Projects to Learn and Share

Book Review-Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

https://www.amazon.com/Capsized-Forgotten-Story-Eastland-Disaster-ebook/dp/B075TJ66RQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Capsized!:+The+Forgotten+Story+of+the+SS+Eastland+Disaster&qid=1559524841&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=364b8f6b5ddbe7edb59a8b1de5c352f1&language=en_US I love Chicago and anything to do with the history of the city and its people are of immediate interest to me. When I toss around podcast ideas one of them is always a history of events that took place in the city. So, when I saw this E-ARC was available I jumped at … Continue reading Book Review-Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

Escape from Aleppo

Oh, my heart. Aleppo and all of Syria has faded from the US newscasts, and that is bordering on criminal when you dive into the situation there. Nadia and her family live in an Aleppo and are attempting to leave the country as the war near them escalates. As they are going Nadia is frozen in … Continue reading Escape from Aleppo

Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, Murderous Medicines

The week I started reading this we binge read it and called it Science and History for the three days that I read aloud. Why did I push aside our carefully chosen history and science texts? It's that good. First off for those homeschoolers who study history according to the Trivium this book is already … Continue reading Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, Murderous Medicines

Torpedoed!: A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children’s Survival at Sea

https://www.amazon.com/Torpedoed-Sinking-Passenger-Childrens-Survival-ebook/dp/B071L16N7Z/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=torpedoed&qid=1559609453&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=7ced48084c2a805ef8e522684b889bb2&language=en_US ┬áIt's not even Cybils season, and here I am reading another true story of WW2. Note to publishers and writers- please write about WW1 there is a lack of nonfiction/historical fiction. Anyhow, back to Torpedoed! It's 1939, and some Americans decide to vacation in Europe even while the threat of a world war hangs … Continue reading Torpedoed!: A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children’s Survival at Sea

Middle Grade Dog Books

We are following a rabbit trail right now that includes so many dogs being heroic. It turns out there is no shortage of canine literature. Why are we reading historical dog fiction? My 11 yo is a little bit dog obsessed right now, so why not mix a high-interest activity with some of the topics I … Continue reading Middle Grade Dog Books