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Avengers: Age of Ultron Resources! (+ Printable)

  Emily reviewed Avengers: Age of Ultron at Worldmag.com.  If you’ll click “Listen” at the bottom of that post, you can also hear hints from Kevin Harvey, author of All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture.  We had a great response to our “cheatsheet” for Cinderella a month ago. Today we […]

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Finding Good Chapter Book Friends: Junie B. Jones v. Jasper John Dooley

A Childlike Attitude My friends, there is an enormous difference between the childish and the childlike. George MacDonald famously commented that he didn’t write for children but for the childlike (no matter their “age”). This childlike essence helps explain why grown ups still read The Chronicles of Narnia or Edith Nesbit’s books with delight, and it is also part of the reason easy […]

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10 Chapter Books for Dads to Read to Their Kids (+ Printable)

Strong father figures, adventures, humor, and general fun await! Recommended age ranges in parentheses reflect recommended listening level, but all are appropriate read alouds for a wide variety of ages. Print this list for future reference!  Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay. Funny adventures for animal lovers. (see our review) (ages 6-10) […]

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The Charm of the Penderwicks (Janie and Betsy and discuss)

Periodically, Janie and Betsy discuss great middle grades literature, trying to figure out what makes it so great. Today, the charming Penderwicks clan are held up to the microscope. [Betsy] Hey Janie! The fourth Penderwicks book is out this month, and I think it might be my favorite of the series. I know I’m not […]

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Cinderella Radio Review: Listen Here!

Thanks to Megan Saben, Betsy Farquhar, Kristen Eicher (producer!) and my daughter, Rebecca, for making this review possible!  

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Seeing the Gospel in Cinderella (Discussion Starters!)

Why Cinderella? —a joint post from Betsy, Hayley, and Megan We at Redeemed Reader love a good fairy tale. Cinderella is perhaps the quintessential fairy tale with its rags-to-riches princess, the fairy godmother, and fancy dresses. Indeed, the Cinderella story is one of the most ubiquitous stories worldwide, appearing in nearly every culture for centuries. The […]

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The Topography of Memory

Over Christmas my family made a significant transition: we moved from East Tennessee to Central Washington. Some complicating factors meant we were in transitional housing for six weeks, including a full week on the road in the middle of the “Arctic Blast” that forced us as far south as I-10! 3700 miles all told, 67 […]

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5 Ways to Encourage Art Appreciation with Picture Books

Note: even though this post references “picture books,” the tips below work for all ages (toddler to grown-up)! Art Appreciation: Picture Books and Paintings Do you want to encourage your children to appreciate visual art, whether “high” or “low”? Ever wonder why a certain picture book is a Caldecott winner or honor? Art appreciation includes an awareness of […]

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How Long, O Lord? When Bibliotherapy Isn’t Enough

These are dark days. I received an email this week expressing familiar anguish over the haunting reports of 21 followers of Christ who were martyred by ISIS. “I am so grieved by the reports I hear, and I’ve had a hard time explaining to my children (without freaking them out) why we need to pray. […]

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February Freebies: Giveaways and Book News!

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER.  WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.** It’s been a while since we gave away a bundle of books.  Time to remedy that with a few of our recent favorites!  (Lord willing, these should get to you in time for Valentine’s Day!) How to Win Tell us in the comments how […]

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Peter Spier, Reissued

We met over my children’s downy heads. That is, when the kids were little (one was born in 1975, the other in 1978), Peter Spier was publishing his most popular and enduring picture books. He himself is enduring: at 87, he was able to help restore the coloring to some of the picture books that […]

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