5 Interesting eBooks on Meal Planning, Parenting, and Nature Study

Here are a couple of eBooks currently on my reading list, some of which I will soon be reviewing for you here on the blog! 

Simplified Dinners
Simplified Dinners easy flexible frugal whole foods cooking meal planning
  • Full review coming soon!
  • written by Mystie Winckler of Simplified Pantry and Simply Convivial
  • Feed your family simply, healthfully, and frugally
  • Encourages homestyle cooking using basic ingredients
  • Enables anyone to transition toward home-prepared, real, whole foods cooking
  • Plan dinner with less thinking
  • Makes meal planning, grocery shopping, and dinner making much simpler
  • You can download a sample and also see a full list of all the included recipes
  • Guideline-style recipes (most recipes include multiple variations in the types of spices or sauces you use)
  • There is also a gluten-free, dairy-free edition available
  • 30 pages

Raising a Creative Kid: 
Simple Strategies for Igniting and Nurturing that Creative Spark
Raising a Creative Kid: Simple Strategies for Igniting and Nurturing that creative spark creativity kids children preschool homeschool art play
  • written by Jillian Riley of A Mom With a Lesson Plan
  • The book covers topics such as what is creativity?, why is creativity important?, preparing a creative environment, putting together your play space, setting up a creative art area, language that inspires and nurtures creativity, and much more!

The Garden Classroom:
52 Kids Gardening Activities
The Garden Classroom 52 Kids Gardening Activities homeschool outdoors play art science math literacy activities children preschool homeschool kids
  • written by Cathy James of NurtureStore
  • includes 52 art, crafts, science, math, literacy, and play activities for a whole year’s worth of garden-based projects to enjoy with your children
  • suitable for children ages 2-10

NaturExplorers Studies
NaturExplorers Studies nature walk nature study clouds butterflies trees fungus rocks rain weather guides holiday seasons
  • Full review coming soon!
  • Lots of different ebooks available — some include Butterflies Flutter By, Captivating Clouds, Delightful Deciduous Trees, Frogs and Toads, Fungus Among Us, Hard as a Rock, Remarkable Rain, and many more!
  • Nature study units for use with nature walks
  • Written with the 1st-8th grader in mind
  • There are also holiday mini-studies (Christmas/Advent and Easter), and a seasonal book written for preschoolers and kindergarten aged children, Nature by the Season – Winter (with more to come!)

The Happy Mommy Handbook:
The Ultimate How-To Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble, and Motivated to Learn

  • by Katie Norris (a mom) and Susan Case (a teacher)
  • the title pretty much says it all for this one!! 🙂
  • also available in paperback
  • Luke’s picture is in this one reading a Peter Rabbit book!
Have you read any of these?
Thoughts?  Opinions?

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Cassie says:

    I loved the happy mommy handbook and 52 gardening activities. I hope to review the happy mommy hand book soon!

    Some of the others look great as well!

  • tricia says:

    My goodness- How talented are these KBN bloggers/authors!!!! What a cool post to include these great books!

  • Katie Norris says:

    @cassie we would live it if you did a review! Thank you we are so flattered! If you want to contact me directly I can be reached at katiefnorris at yahoo dot com

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