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Robert McCloskey: 100th Anniversary of His Birth

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s birth. McCloskey is the author/illustrator of such familiar American children’s books as Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Time of Wonder. His first picture book was Lentil, which idealized his own boyhood in small-town America. This month’s issue of Horn Book Magazine features an essay on McCloskey by children’s […]

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Reviewing School Book Lists, Part Three: The List

Reviewing School Book Lists: Part One. Part Two. Part Three. In the previous part of this series, I acquainted our readers with a young man named Nathan Austin.  Nathan was negatively influenced by the books he read his senior year of high school, and because of that influence along with other factors, he ended up taking […]

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SRC, Week 4: Time Travel Devotional

Other Summer Reading Challenge posts: Introduction, Week One: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Two: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Three: off Week Four: 1) Kids. 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Five: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Six: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. TIME TRAVEL DEVOTIONAL, Week #4:  Jesus the […]

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SRC, Week 1 (Teen list): The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson

Other Summer Reading Challenge posts: Introduction, Week One: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Two: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Three: off Week Four: 1) Kids. 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Five: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Six: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Welcome Teens! Who’s finished the first book??!  […]

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SRC, Week One: Time Travel Devotional

Other Summer Reading Challenge posts: Introduction, Week One: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Two: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Three: off Week Four: 1) Kids. 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Five: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Six: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. WELCOME! Welcome to our Summer Reading Challenge […]

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Summer Reading Winner…and A Link to My TFIOS Review

The Giveaway Winner! Welcome, welcome!  To all of you who have signed up to join our Summer Reading Challenge this year, we are so thrilled to have you along.  And we’re very happy to be able to give away a complete set of one of the reading lists to…drumroll…Megan and her family!  I’ve already sent […]

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Help Choose Our 2014 Summer Reading Books!

***We aren’t taking any more suggestions at this time, but you can see who voted for which book in our summer reading pick poll.*** Hey all!  I know many of you are winding down your school year and beginning to think summer thoughts.  We are too!  Behind the scenes, we’ve been planning our 2014 Summer […]

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Divergent: Coffee and Conversation

A few weeks ago, Veronica Roth’s book Divergent hit the big screen.  In God’s providence, that morning I also happened to be in the same town as Hayley, our intrepid intern-turned-exec-assistant, who is now a student at Boyce College.  So, we slid up to the table in a local coffee house, got a couple of […]

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Shakespeare: life, theater and historical context

Here are some resources that weave together the life of the bard with the world he lived in, how the plays were produced, and what became of his second-best bed after he died. All of these resources cover pretty much the same material, the primary difference being the age of the intended audience. I have […]

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Shakespeare Goes to the Movies

Continuing our celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday–Check out our Shakespeare posts on the home page and come back tomorrow for a list of book recommendations! If you have a chance to catch a Shakespeare play performed on a real stage with live actors, DO IT! That’s what he wrote the plays for: performance. Unfortunately professional […]

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Teaching Shakespeare: Quick Tips and a Download

Here are the quick tips: Don’t be afraid. Learn the stories first. Read or watch exciting scenes from a play rather than tackling an entire play cold. Find good community or college performances or watch a good movie version (watch for our movie list next week). Read the plays out loud, together. Don’t be afraid. […]

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