Jemma’s Spring Reading Recommendations

When our Fall term of homeschooling ended, I cataloged all the books Jemma read here. I thought it would be fun to keep track term after term; a way to reflect on what she has read and share her recommendations with other little readers.

But then, I couldn’t. Because she’s freakin’ Belle. Always reading. Always finishing books. The prettiest, sweetest, smartest little bookworm I know.


We’re at the library … every. single. week. She giggles as she hands me a pile of books and exclaims, “All read! All ready to return!”

I told her grandma, NO MORE BOOKS, because we’re going to run out of space and need to stick with the library at the rate we’re going. Reference books are OK. Like this one and this. And, of course, homeschool texts are still rolling in, but as far as fun books and novels, we’re 95% library folk. 

If I had to guess I’d say that Jemma read probably 50 books since January. Maybe more. And that doesn’t include little books she had read to her brothers, picture books, or things for school. I’m talking just chapter books that she chooses.

According to her, these are ones she would recommend to other little book lovers:

  • Little House series — She just wrapped up The Long Winter and is excited to buzz  through the last 3 books in this series. I’ve never even read the entire series! She did ask me to read Farmer Boy though. She really liked that one!
  • Emily Windsnap: Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea — Mermaids always intrigue my girl, so this was right up her alley.
  • Candy Fairies series — She’s read lots of these, but not all! There are so many!
  • Rainbow Magic series — More fairies! These are quick reads, like she’ll finish one in a car ride … but she loves them!
  • Kylie Jean series — I hear her laughing out loud to these and love that Kylie explores such a variety of hobbies. 
  • Aesop’s Fables — Jem just wrapped this up yesterday and she read a good portion to Max during their daily quiet time. “It was really good,” she said.
  • American Girl — “All of them,” she says! This Spring she read Melody and Rebecca’s intro books and Tenney and Z, from the contemporary collection are next.
  • The Trumpet of the Swan — I introduced this classic because Jemma has always loved swans and she said, “I’m not done with it yet, but it’s great, and I’m going to finish it … probably today or tomorrow.”

Like I said, the library is our second home and the majority of Jemma’s Spring reads have come from there. Buuuuuut, I have been shopping lots for homeschool books on lately. They have a great assortment and even greater prices! Like, low low low! Our mailbox has been near constantly filled with shipments from them! Outside of homeschool stuff, I ordered my next Bible study book and one novel from my reading list that isn’t available at the library too. Oh, and I have to add, Thriftbooks carries Usborne books! And I love those for homeschool resources! 

I will say, I had a book arrive damaged. Tears! But, with one simple email to customer service they apologized and fully refunded the book. It was all resolved within an hour! You know how I love fast and awesome customer service, so Thriftbooks totally has my h-e-a-r-t! Shop through this link and you’ll save 15% off your first Thriftbooks purchase. They also offer free shipping on all orders over $10. Boomshakalaka!

Happy reading, friends, young and old alike!

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