*Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

*Tuck Everlasting (40th Anniversary Edition) by Natalie Babbitt, forward by Gregory Maguire. Square Fish, 2015. 192 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Bottom Line: Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt’s masterpiece first published 40 years ago, is as timeless as its title characters. Time is holding still in the town of Treegap: the first week of […]

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Keeping Your Cool by Lou Priolo

Keeping Your Cool: A Teen’s Survival Guide by Lou Priolo. P&R, 2014 (new edition). 251 pages, including appendices. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 5 (ages 12-14) and up Bottom Line: Keeping Your Cool effectively shows teens how to curb their anger and form godly responses to the frustrations of parental control. “Are […]

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Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox

Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox, illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist. Beach Lane Books, 2013. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) Little children love rhymes and repetition and hiding games like peekaboo and “I spy.” In a rare combination of all these elements, Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! has irresistible charm. Young children will […]

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*Rise by Trip Lee

*Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story by Trip Lee.  Thomas Nelson, 2014.  240 pages.  Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 and up Maturity Level: 4 (ages 11-12) and up Bottom Line: Trip Lee’s Rise is a gospel-based, conversational book set to a hip-hop album soundtrack in which Lee challenges young adults to rise above low expectations and “get up and live” for God’s glory. Early in […]

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Hi, Koo! by Jon Muth

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon Muth. Scholastic, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) and up It is hard to describe a book that is simultaneously an alphabet book, an exploration of the haiku form, a beautiful collection of watercolor paintings, and the story of a playful […]

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Winter Poems by Barbara Rogasky and Trina Schart Hyman

Winter Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Scholastic, 1994. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books (ages 4-10) Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) and up So many books about winter feature Christmas, New Year’s, or other “special days.” Rogasky and Hyman teamed up to create a collection of poetry that simply celebrates winter. […]

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*Firefly July by Paul Janeczko and Melissa Sweet

*Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Candlewick, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, 0-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) Janeczko’s 36 short poetry selections coupled with Sweet’s bright, boldly colored illustrations will delight young children who instinctively enjoy the rhythm of poetry […]

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Five Reasons to Read for Pleasure in College

I am a college student.  I am also an avid reader.  As I talk to fellow students, I have realized that it is a rarity to read for pleasure. Some students talk about books and how they used to like reading.  How they don’t have time any more.  Their time is consumed with reading-for-school, and homework, and regular work.  In their […]

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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm. Random House, 2014. 208 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (ages 10-12) Bottom Line: A quirky, fun, “science-y” middle grades read about the meaning and importance of life; the stars of the show are 11-year-old Ellie and her grandfather who just happens to be […]

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Winter Storytime: Let It Snow!

We are trying a new feature on Redeemed Reader and hope our readers will participate! Periodically we will choose a storytime theme that may be enjoyed at home, in a classroom, or at a library. We will suggest 3-5 titles and a few alternates that may work with a variety of children’s ages. Printable list Winter Theme: Let […]

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Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin

Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin. Henry Holt, 2014. 234 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Maturity Level: 3 (ages 8-10) and up Bottom Line: Arcady’s Goal exposes the fear and bleakness of Stalinist Russia through the eyes of a 10-year-old soccer prodigy. Arcady is routinely called a “criminal” by his keepers though he has […]

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