What do you do when spring is shining and the kids are squirming? If you have a child who is enthusiastic about Legos, enrich their time with a little literary creativity! Here are five suggestions: L.E.G.O.S. 1. Listen to audiobooks while they create. Suggestions: Audiobook reviews on RR, Jim Weiss, Librivox (select “children’s literature” under “genre”) 2.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick, 2016, 263 pages Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 8-12 Bottom Line: Three 10-year-old girls cope with life’s ups and downs by learning to rely on each other, in a story with “magical” elements. Raymie Clarke, age 10, has one goal: by winning the Little Miss
*NLT Jesus-Centered Bible. Group Publishing, 2015, 1440 pages. (Available in hard- and soft-cover editions.) Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 12-17 Bottom Line: The NLT Jesus Centered Bible is a serious attempt to revel Christ as the centerpiece and main character of both Old and New Testaments. The New Living Translation (see
NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith, Hope and Love. Zondervan, 2015, 1728 pages. (available in hard- and soft-cover editions) Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 11-16 Bottom Line: The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is physically attractive and encouraging, but the added features are not as deep and thought-provoking as other
*The HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible. B&H Kids, 2016, 1312 pages. (Available in several softcover and one hardcover edition) Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-17 Bottom Line: The Essential Teen Study Bible presents 99 “Essential Doctrines” with extensive scriptural backup and application. The Holman Christian Standard translation is the only Bible translation