Mama Mouse and her adorable babies are back in Leea Baltes’ wonderful picture book, A Christmas Star.
This is cuteness overload with a message, y’all.
Little Jack Mouse makes a shiny foil star that is perfect for a Christmas tree, but the family has to visit Nana before they get their tree. Nana is sick and needs some soup, so the Mouse family bundle up and try to get to her before the snow comes. Jack ties a string to his Christmas star and takes it outside to see it sparkle in the sunlight, but the snow storm is moving in, and a fierce wind blows it into the branches of the the Mouses’ tree home.
Your child will thrill over how Jack’s Christmas star helps the family find their way home in the storm. And believe me, Christmas stars will have to be made.
Don’t worry. I got you.
Got a little that loves the shivers? In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting is a perfectly shivery book without being too shivery.
It walks your kids through a haunted house, complete with ghossts, witches, bats, and other ghoulish inhabitants. Then at the end, you see that it’s a fake haunted house.
Even better? The dad is much more scared than the little girl who has just walked through it. Which is pretty funny.
This completely adorable picture book, which won the Bronze Medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, stole my heart the moment I viewed its first pages. Goodnight Wishes! is about a mouse family who has to relocate when the farmhouse they live in is torn down. It’s a beautiful story of hope and wishes coming true.
Your littles will completely fall in to Leea Baltes‘ watercolor illustrations which reflect the author’s love of Beatrix Potter. I can’t put into words how happy the illustrations made me as I read about Mama Mouse and her little babies. And when you see the craft I have to go with this gem of a book, you’re totally going to swoon.
Little House on the Prairie and its companion books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are, perhaps, some of the greatest fiction you can ever read in your homeschool. With a firsthand account of U.S. pioneer days and descriptions of so many foods and activities to explore, you could literally plan an entire school year around just these books.
Besides all that, it’s a great story and maybe even greater introductory chapter book that can be enjoyed by all ages. Whether you’re reading it aloud or assigning it for personal reading, Little House is easy to read and understand with plenty of adventure to keep your kids engaged. Just a few extra learning tools will have your children learning more about pioneer days than they could anywhere else.