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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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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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Six Picture Books for Boys Who Can’t Sit Still!

Here are six favorite, irresistible picture books for boys who are competitive,   WHO WILL WIN?! love superheroes, Both MARVELous and COMICal hate peas, She eats worms and mice with ease, but not those last ten little green peas!  dig holes, So close to finding something spectacular… (read review) and occasionally take baths “Dawg, nobody […]

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The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Adam Rex

*The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Adam Rex. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 4-8 (especially boys) This ol’ boy needs a bath! Four characteristics of an outstanding picture book read-aloud include: great story, excellent artwork, quotable lines, and a fun accent. The Dirty […]

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Candlewick, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 4-8 (especially boys) Sam and Dave are determined not just to dig a hole, but to find something spectacular. With the company of their faithful, intuitive dog, they dig and […]

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Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

*Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. Beach Lane Books, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Some Bugs is a fun, concise, poetic description of some of the common and unique characteristics found in the insect world. Simple repetition and rhyme are effective in pointing out that Some bugs sting. Some […]

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*Rise by Trip Lee

*Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story by Trip Lee.  Thomas Nelson, 2014.  240 pages.  Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 and up Maturity Level: 4 (ages 11-12) and up Bottom Line: Trip Lee’s Rise is a gospel-based, conversational book set to a hip-hop album soundtrack in which Lee challenges young adults to rise above low expectations and “get up and live” for God’s glory. Early in […]

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