Web Newberys & Tea (Literaritea, that is!)

Today, instead of writing our Web Newberys, I’ve decided to drink green tea and memorize Greek vocabulary words with my kids.  Well, I’m going to drink green tea, anyway.  Lucky for you guys, Betsy from Literaritea blog joins us to take up the slack!  Hope you enjoy her writing as much as I have over the past year.

I’m honored to be asked to share some Web Newberys with the Redeemed Reader folks! I co-host Literaritea (rhymes with “rarity”) with my longtime friend Megan. She and I:

  • are Covenant College grads (both English majors, of course)
  • hold Children’s Literature MA’s from Hollins University
  • are trained librarians (well, I’m almost done with my MSIS)
  • are married to handsome engineers
  • and (currently) each have three young children (ages 6 and under).

We are passionate about Truth and Story in children’s literature and about critically examining what our culture is reading from a Christian worldview whilst sharing a cup of tea. In light of RR’s home library organization month, we’d like to offer some best book lists (great places to start when thinking through what to buy and what to borrow), some home library organization tips (from a librarian, no less!), and finally, some warm beverage links.

Truth and Story Book Lists: these are wonderful book lists which we heartily recommend. As always, read with discernment. Enjoy!

  • Best Books List (A Holy Experience; Ann Voskamp): Beware, there will be music playing in the background! (Just in case you’re reading this post in a quiet library). See also Best Books for a Boy: Books for a boy, compiled by a boy (Voskamp’s son).
  • Favorite Read Alouds (Grace Full Mama Blog): A family’s favorite read alouds. You may also check out what we have read to our own kids to date.
  • Favorite Read Alouds for Boys (4tunate Blog): Exciting for Megan and me to peruse since, of our collective 6 children, 5 of them are boys! Looking at this list, though, I see many which my sweet girl has also thoroughly enjoyed.

What the nation is reading: Pay attention to “books with buzz,” folks. School curricula committees, library collection development, and bookstores certainly do. Here are some secular blogs/websites that are paying attention to the books with buzz as 2012 draws to a close.

Home Library Organization: Some links on this valuable topic.

Let’s Share a Cup of Tea! Some warm beverages for you this fall…

Any tea/coffee suggestions you’d like to share with Megan and Betsy today?  I’ve confessed my penchant for green tea, but perhaps you have a favorite we could try?


9 Responses to Web Newberys & Tea (Literaritea, that is!)

  1. Emily October 16, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Thanks for the reminder, Sherry!

  2. Betsy October 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Glad to help! We love, love, love book lists and could spend many happy hours creating them. And we love discovering new ones.

  3. Sherry October 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Today is the last day to nominate books for the Cybils so be sure to get your nominations in before midnight. Any children’s or YA book published between October 15th of last year and today is eligible, and there are nominations in several categories. Anyone can nominate, but it has to be TODAY.


  4. Emily October 9, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Hey, thanks for the tea recipe, Gina. I’ve never thought of adding brown sugar to my tea. I’ll give it some weighty consideration! I’m in to green tea right now–just plain old green tea with a little honey. But I have a number of different flavors in the rotation. : )

  5. Gina October 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    The Chai recipe looks wonderful! Here’s a good hot drink I love to make as a treat: Heat a cup of milk, add a regular black tea bag for a few minutes. Remove tea bag and add a spoon of brown sugar and a dash of vanilla. Sometimes I add a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon.

    Thanks for all the great links. The process used by the ladies who overthrew Dewey in their school library is fascinating.

  6. Cathy October 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Great post! Thanks for the lists!

  7. Janie October 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Awesome, Betsy! thanks a lot. I’d like to have more lists on our website, but we’re still a work in progress.

  8. Hayley October 8, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Thank you, Betsy! I love all the links, and I’ve already happily scrolled through the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world; such a fun list!

  9. Melissa Deming October 8, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    oh, I loved this post! I love it when you give us tons of resources and new websites to devour! :) Thank you!

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