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*Firefly July by Paul Janeczko and Melissa Sweet

*Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Candlewick, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, 0-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) Janeczko’s 36 short poetry selections coupled with Sweet’s bright, boldly colored illustrations will delight young children who instinctively enjoy the rhythm of poetry […]

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Winter Storytime: Let It Snow!

We are trying a new feature on Redeemed Reader and hope our readers will participate! Periodically we will choose a storytime theme that may be enjoyed at home, in a classroom, or at a library. We will suggest 3-5 titles and a few alternates that may work with a variety of children’s ages. Printable list Winter Theme: Let […]

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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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New Year’s Literary Goals (and Literary Confessions)

Happy New Year! The Lord has blessed each of us on the Redeemed Reader staff—and our site as well—in 2014. We are excited to see what He will bring our way and do through us this coming year. We are humbled by His faithfulness and goodness to us, and we pray that He is using […]

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Into the Woods: A Radio Review (LISTEN HERE!)

If you’re thinking of taking your kids Into the Woods this Christmas, here are some reasons you might want to think twice… Thanks so much to TW&E radio and Kristen Eicher for producing!  Be sure to visit World’s website for more radio reviews and content.

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Winter Book Fair 2014

Looking for Christmas gifts for the kids and teens in your life?  Redeemed Reader has pulled together our best picks in our annual Winter Book Fair. WANT A PRINTABLE LIST OF OUR PICKS? Try these .pdf files: 1) Titles and Descriptions. 2) Titles Only.   A New Tradition Last year about this time, we held a Winter Book […]

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*The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

*The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin, 1969. 44 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1,2 (ages 0-8) A little house living out in the country is curious about life in the big city. She observes the seasons, the playing of children, and the passage of life going on around her. Little […]

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*Caught Up in a Story by Sarah Clarkson

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from our Winter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Hark, Redeemedreaders!  This review was written by Mary Jackson, a World writer and homeschool mom of three.  We’re very excited to have her join our team, and we look forward to sharing many more of her […]

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Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. HMH Books for Young Readers, 1943. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, ages 4-8) Only Virginia Lee Burton could craft as lovable a tractor-pushing-snowplow as Katy. Although she pushes a bulldozer in the summer, the focus of the […]

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Celebrating Virginia Lee Burton’s Classic Favorites

Once upon a time there was a little boy whose mother regularly took him and his siblings to the library. Every time he went, he either borrowed or returned a wonderful book about a train that ran away. The most vivid picture was of a train leaping over a drawbridge that was partway open, and […]

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