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Bible Review: Guys Life Application Study Bible

Guys Life Application Study Bible NLT. Tyndale House, 2013 (second edition). 1562 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 8-14 Bottom Line: The Guys Life Application Study Bible offers a readable translation and unique features to interest boys, though parents may find added material subjective. The NLT has overtaken the NIV as […]

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Bible Review: The Action Bible ESV

The Action Bible Study Bible ESV, edited by Catherine deVries, illustrated by Sergio Cariello. David C. Cook, 2015. 1248 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 9-13 Bottom Line: The ESV study version of the successful Action Bible features a reliable translation, dramatic illustrations, and standard text notes. The phenomenally successful Action […]

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Bible Review: God’s Word for Boys (and Girls)

God’s Word for Boys and God’s Word for Girls. Larry Richards, general editor. Baker, 2014 (latest edition), 1713 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 7-12 Bottom Line: Though not the best translation for accuracy, this God’s Word edition for children has some outstanding introductory features. This is the children’s Bible format […]

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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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*Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson

*Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015. 32 Pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, Ages 4-8 Recommended For: Ages 4-8 CJ and his Grandma leave church and board a bus in the rain, but they are not going home. A typical child, […]

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Bible Review: God’s Little Princess Bible

God’s Little Princess Holy Bible, NKJV. Sheila Walsh, ed. Thomas Nelson, 2014. 1216 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, 8-10 (study material), Middle Grades, 10-12 (text) Recommended For: ages 7-11 (girls, of course!) Bottom Line: The God’s Little Princess Bible boasts more crowns than the Tower of London, but even hardcore princess fanatics will soon outgrow […]

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Bible Review: NKJV Explorer’s Study Bible

The Explorer’s Study Bible (NKJV). Thomas Nelson, 2009. 1440 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 8-10 and up Bottom Line: Reliable translation, some nice features, and a theme reminiscent of the best-selling NIV Adventure Bible. When they say “explorers,” they mean it—the exploration theme picks up on the cover and carries […]

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Bible Review: Children’s Easy-to-Read Bible

Children’s Easy-to-Read Bible. Leafwood Publishers, 2012. 1820 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 7-10 Bottom Line: The Children’s Easy-to-Read Bible is attractive and accessible to fourth-through-sixth-graders, but the translation has some drawbacks. This is the latest edition children’s Bible from the World Bible Translation Center, originally (and perhaps still) associated with […]

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Jasper John Dooley: You’re in Trouble! by Caroline Adderson

Jasper John Dooley: You’re in Trouble! by Caroline Adderson and illustrated by Ben Clanton. Kids Can Press, 2015. 124 pages. Reading Level: Chapter Books, ages 4-8 Bottom Line: Jasper John Dooley drinks a high energy drink that makes him “Bad” in this funny, illustrated chapter book; early elementary students everywhere will relate! After the weekly […]

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Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind by Caroline Adderson

Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind by Caroline Adderson and illustrated by Ben Clanton. Kids Can Press, 2011. 132 pages. Reading Level: Chapter Books, ages 4-8 Bottom Line: A humorous illustrated chapter book that celebrates the special relationship a young boy has with his grandmother. First grader Jasper John Dooley spends every Wednesday afternoon with his grandmother. They […]

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Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. Random House, 2015. 610 pages. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 15-18 Bottom Line: Seraphina, a half-dragon, half-human ityasaari, is desperately trying to rally her fellow ityasaari to the aid of her country, Goredd, but must first face her own personal nemesis. Three years ago, a debut fantasy novel about a young […]

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