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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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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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The Charm of the Penderwicks (Janie and Betsy and discuss)

Periodically, Janie and Betsy discuss great middle grades literature, trying to figure out what makes it so great. Today, the charming Penderwicks clan are held up to the microscope. [Betsy] Hey Janie! The fourth Penderwicks book is out this month, and I think it might be my favorite of the series. I know I’m not […]

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The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall. Knopf, 2015. 352 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-12 Bottom Line: The best installment of the Penderwick family adventures to date features ten-year-old Batty, a new dog walking enterprise, the airing of family secrets, and new personal discoveries. Both long-time Penderwick fans and those just discovering this […]

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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall. Yearling, 2012 (originally 2011). 320 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-12 Bottom Line: While Rosalind and the Penderwick parents are off on their own adventures, the remaining Penderwicks head to the Maine coast for a very eventful summer vacation. At the start of this third volume, […]

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The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall. Knopf, 2005. 262 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-12 Recommended For: ages 8-10 and up, especially girls Bottom Line: The Penderwicks, first in a series, delightfully introduces readers to the four Penderwick sisters, their widowed father, […]

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The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall. Knopf, 2008. 302 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-12 Recommended For: ages 8-10 and up Bottom Line: The Penderwick girls return for more good-natured family adventures, this time involving a touch of romance and a dollop of deceit. The Penderwick sisters and their long-suffering dad are […]

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Cinderella Radio Review: Listen Here!

Thanks to Megan Saben, Betsy Farquhar, Kristen Eicher (producer!) and my daughter, Rebecca, for making this review possible!  

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The Glass Slipper by Eleanor Farjeon

The Glass Slipper by Eleanor Farjeon. Viking, 1956. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Bottom Line: Farjeon’s classic retelling of Cinderella is a fun read and may have inspired Walt Disney himself in the making of the animated Disney version. Every now and then we remind readers of an older, out-of-print title, a niche book […]

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