Sponsor Thank You: Usborne Books and More

The Homeschool Blog Awards wouldn’t be possible without our great sponsors, so we want to take some time to thank them!  Please remember to visit their website and social media links to show your appreciation.

Kids Love Usborne Books

Usborne Books and More has been a well-known name among homeschoolers for years.  Several curriculum plans, including Sonlight, use Usborne Books as part of their lessons.  There are encyclopedias, learning wrap-ups, math, science, history, and See Inside books that offer high-interest, quality content, and even Internet linked for further study.



They have all types of books for all ages — from board books to flash cards to phonics readers to chapter books.  If your kids like pirates, princesses, animals, trains, dinosaurs, and more, you’ll find books that they will love.

Kids Love Usborne Books is generously donating a copy of the internet-linked First Encyclopedia of the Human Body to one of our winners.


First Encyclopedia of the Human Body IL www.kidsloveusbornebooks.com


You can connect with Kids Love Usborne Books on their website, Pinterest, and on Facebook.



Sara (81 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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Sponsor Thank You: Davonne Parks, Organizer

The Homeschool Blog Awards wouldn’t be possible without our great sponsors, so we want to take some time to thank them!  Please remember to visit their website and social media links to show your appreciation.

Davonne Parks, Organizer


Every homeschool parent needs to learn how to manage their time wisely if they want to make the most of their homeschool days. As a fellow homeschool mom, Davonne Parks really gets that.

And, in order to become more efficient in her own life, Davonne learned how to manage her time so she could start being on time. She also spent months learning how to make her home go from chaos to clutter-free, and she’s spent years refining those techniques.

Then she took the tools and lessons she learned and she turned them into incredibly helpful, well written, and easy-to-read eBooks.

Davonne’s books include hilarious embarrassing stories, practical tips, inspirational quotes, gentle encouragement, and fabulous suggestions that any mom who’d like to be a little more organized or timely can benefit from.

For the Blog Awards, Davonne is generously giving away 20 copies of Chaos to Clutter-Free and 20 copies of 28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person!

Plus, anyone who subscribes to Davonne’s blog will receive a complimentary copy of her eBook 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms!

You can connect with Davonne Parks and get helpful encouragement and tips about organization, simplicity, and heart-filled motherhood on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Making History Fun with Fabulous Books

I love this month’s theme of History!

I’ve already told you that my favorite history program is the Mystery of History. And Misty recently shared some great history television shows with you.

So today I want to focus on another one of my favorite ways to study history – with living books! There are way too many great living history and historical fiction books to name them all, so I’m just going to focus on a few of our favorites:

American Girl books

These books are fantastic for teaching girls about different time-periods in American History.

There’s Kirsten Larson who sails to America from Sweden in 1854 and has to learn a new language and new culture once she arrives.

Then there’s Felicity Merriman, a spirited horse-lover during the Revolutionary time period. Feeling torn between her best friend (a loyalist) and her father (a patriot), Felicity has some very difficult decisions to make.

My personal favorite American Girl is Kit Kittredge – She’s a writer from my home state, so I immediately connected with her (she even looks a little bit like me!). Kit grew up during the Great Depression and she really brought life into the realities of hardships people faced during that time period.

There are 12 different historical book sets in all, and you can read about all of them here.

A word of caution: American Girl has changed out their books to a new BeForever line. They’ve modernized the historical characters for this new line so I recommend either visiting your library or purchasing the older historical versions off eBay.

Caddie Woodlawn and the Little House books

I honestly didn’t know if my outdoorsy, adventurous child would like the Little House books, but she LOVES them! Make sure to check out this tip about how to listen to the Little House books for free.

Caddie Woodlawn is also based on a true story, and she’s considered the more adventurous version of the Little House books. Fun and spirited, Caddie will be read and treasured for many years.

Abbie Against the Storm

My girls absolutely love this book about lighthouses and a brave girl who needed to take care of the lights while her father was away.

In Grandma’s Attic

The author shares stories her own grandmother had told her, and each chapter is filled with adventure and good morals. Even my husband gets a chuckle out of some of these stories!

What are some of your favorite fabulous history books?

Davonne (17 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”

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