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*A Light for my Path: An ABC Book Based on Psalm 119 by Davis Carman, illustrated by Alice Ratterree

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from our Winter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *A Light for My Path: An ABC Book Based on Psalm 119 by Davis Carman and illustrated by Alice Ratterree. Apologia, 2013. 80 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4), 2 […]

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Tea With Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg

Tea With Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg. Roaring Book Press, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, Ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (0-4), 2 (4-8) Grandparents who live far away from their grandchildren will especially appreciate this simple book about a little girl and her grandpa who manage to maintain a regular afternoon tea date. Very simple […]

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*Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

*Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2014. 64 pages. Reading Level: Easy/Leveled Readers (ages 4-8) Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) **Spoiler alert** Elephant & Piggie fans will just have to take our word for it and skip the review if they don’t want to hear the ending. Somehow, in this 22nd Elephant […]

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Fix This Mess! by Tedd Arnold

Fix This Mess! by Tedd Arnold. I LIKE TO READ series. Holiday House, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Easy/Leveled Reader, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) Belly laughs from kindergartners make reading sessions so much more enjoyable, and Tedd Arnold delivers in this quirky picture-book-sized easy reader about a cleaning robot. Beginning at the […]

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Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli

Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli. Disney-Hyperion, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, Easy/Leveled Readers,ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, 4-8) Pizzoli’s humorous The Watermelon Seed won the Geisel Award, which is devoted to the best early readers published in a given year. Number One Sam contains the same style of illustrations […]

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The Big Fib by Tim Hamilton

The Big Fib by Tim Hamilton. I LIKE TO READ series. Holiday House, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Easy/Leveled Readers, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, 4-8) New readers will easily be able to read the many one-syllable words in this cautionary tale full of quirky illustrations. The nameless boy and dog make creative […]

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Mockingjay, Part One: Emily’s TW&E Radio Review

Thanks to Kristen Eicher for her help with sound editing!  Thanks also to Dana and Chris Cowherd for sharing their thoughts. READ MORE from Dana Cowherd in our recent post, 5 Hints for Discussing Mockingjay with Teens.  Or check out , a teen discussion series regarding the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy.

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The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper. Crossway, 2014. 94 pages. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) and up One-line summary: This short devotional guide for teens and adults shares John Piper’s unique perspective on the coming of Christ in preparation for the Christmas season. […]

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*Christmas is Here by Lauren Castillo

Christmas is Here by Lauren Castillo. Simon & Schuster, 2010. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books (0-4, 4-8) Maturity Level: All The only text in this sweetly illustrated picture book comes from the KJV version of Luke 2, a familiar text even to many children. Wordless pictures show a young family (dad, mom, boy, babe-in-arms, […]

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Every Valley by Albert L. Blackwell

Every Valley: Advent with the Scriptures of Handel’s Messiah by Albert L. Blackwell. Westminster John Knox Press, 2014. 160 pages. Reading Level: Adults (16 and up) Maturity Level: 6 (15-18) and up Handel’s Messiah bursts on our ears this time every year even though many of the oratorio’s texts harken to the death and resurrection of Christ. Still, the Messiah […]

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The Young Carthaginian by G.A. Henty, read by Jim Weiss

The Young Carthaginian by G.A. Henty. Audiobook read by Jim Weiss. Greathall Productions, 2004.  Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8 and up Maturity Level: 4 (ages 11-12) and up You would think that G.A. Henty, the prolific Victorian writer of vivid historical fiction, was an eyewitness to Hannibal’s campaign to conquer Rome by taking his army […]

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