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The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 4-8 and up What do colors sound like? What does music look like? When Russian abstract artist Vasily Kandinsky was a boy, his aunt gave him a […]

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*Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder

*Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder (edited by Pamela Smith Hill). University of South Dakota Press, 2014. 400 pages. Reading Level: Adults, ages 16-up Recommended for: ages 12-15, 16-up Bottom Line: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s own account of her growing-up years shows how life became art and is a must for fans of […]

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Eight Twenty Eight: An Interview with Larissa Murphy

With 50 Shades of Grey opening in theaters this weekend, we are happy to share an interview I did recently with Larissa Murphy, author of Eight Twenty Eight.  Written with her husband, Ian, the book presents a godly picture of true love, and this piece produced by TW&E is an introduction to their book and […]

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Keeping Your Cool by Lou Priolo

Keeping Your Cool: A Teen’s Survival Guide by Lou Priolo. P&R, 2014 (new edition). 251 pages, including appendices. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 5 (ages 12-14) and up Bottom Line: Keeping Your Cool effectively shows teens how to curb their anger and form godly responses to the frustrations of parental control. “Are […]

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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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*Wise Words by Peter J. Leithart

Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring Proverbs to Life by Peter J. Leithart. Canon Press, 2003. 148 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) and up In I Kings, Solomon notably asked the Lord for wisdom as a little child about to assume his father David’s crown. Proverbs is filled with Solomon’s […]

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Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr

Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr, illustrated by Matt Abraxas. Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. 64 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Maturity Level: Level 3 (ages 8-10) and up Simonetta Carr continues her series on great men and women in church history with a biography on Jonathan Edwards. This fascinating story is full of illustrations that […]

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Hymns for a Kid’s Heart, Vol. 1-4 by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada

Hymns for a Kid’s Heart, Vol. 1-4 by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada. Crossway, 2003-2004. 96 pages. (Audio CD included) Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Maturity Level: All A child who is becoming familiar with great hymns such as “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Amazing Grace” may be blessed by delving deeper into the history […]

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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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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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I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis

 This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from our Winter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis. Scholastic, 2014. 176 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, 8-10 Maturity Level: 3 (ages 8-10) Fans of the popular I SURVIVED historical fiction series by […]

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