About Tara Mitchell

Tara Mitchell is a wife and mom to three beautiful children ages 19, 15, and 10. She enjoys reading, cooking/baking, and crafting. When she's not driving to and from her children's activities, you can find her blogging at This Sweet Life. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Facebook.

18 Favorite Caldecott Medal Winning Books

Last month, I mentioned taking a Children’s Lit class in college. In that class, I had to read 75 award-winning children’s books. Twenty-five of them had to be Newbery Medal winning books. I shared 14 of my favorites. I also had to read 25 Caldecott Medal winning books. Many books on the Caldecott list have […]

Newbery Medal Books for Middle School

In college, I took a Children’s Lit class as part of my elementary education courses. One of my assignments was to read 25 Newbery Medal books. That class was one of my favorites in college. I love to read. I love to discover new books. Many of the books I read became books that I […]

Book-to-Movie List for Tweens

My middle-schooler loves to read. One thing we really like to do is watch movies based on the books we’ve read. We like to compare and contrast the book and the movie. Sometimes, the movies follow the book pretty well. Sometimes, they don’t. This opens a lot of dialogue between Em and me. It’s fun […]

Greek Mythology Books for Middle School

My daughter – fifth grade – is currently enamored with Greek Mythology. She and her best buddy talk about it all the time. Every trip to the library results in a new stack of books about Greek gods and goddesses. This spring, I attended two homeschool conventions. I was under orders to search out new […]

Folktales, Fairy Tales, Fables, and More

What exactly is a folktale? A folktale is a story or legend handed down over a long period of time. They often explain something that happens in nature or relates a truth about life. Often, there is a moral to the story. They may explain how something came to be. The characters are often people […]