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Dear Magazine: A magazine for young ladies {Giveaway!}

Dear Magazine is a sophisticated, attractive magazine for ordinary young ladies who are seeking to serve Christ in an oversexed, feminist, self-centered culture. Although it was started by a 19-year-old homeschool graduate, there is nothing about the content that limits the audience to homeschoolers. The stated purpose of the magazine is “to show young women that they are […]

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Shakespeare Summer

During our break this summer, we are taking the opportunity to experience the richness of great literature in a multi-layered fashion. We don’t have all the distractions of other academics, so we are free to linger over wonderful stories that must be enjoyed and appreciated before they are examined. Hello, friend Shakespeare. Welcome, “A Midsummer […]

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Squelch Not the Series!

If you recognize names such as Jack and Annie or Patrick and Beth, know that mysteries can be ordered A to Z, or believe in Rainbow Fairies, then you likely have a child in second-fourth grade/aged 6-10. Series fiction exists for nearly every reading level, but it certainly reaches its peak during these significant elementary […]

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Yard Sale by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Yard Sale by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick, 2015. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: Ages 4-10 Yard sales: passersby think, “bargains!” while sellers mourn, “my stuff!” Callie’s family is moving to an urban apartment presumably because times are tough; they are having a yard sale to help downsize. In one […]

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Pilipinto’s Happiness by Valerie Elliot Shepard

*This post is revisited from the archives in honor of Elisabeth Elliot’s passing into glory. Pilipinto’s Happiness: The Jungle Childhood of Valerie Elliot, by Valerie Shepard, illustrated by Jim Howard. Vision Forum, 2012. 57 pages. Reading a book about growing up among the wild animals of the Amazon jungle put my recent concerns about a few […]

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Home Library Management: Heart Issues

Weeding your garden? Maybe it’s time to weed your library, too! Summer is a great time to lighten up your overgrown library in order to cultivate the quality of your collection. Having a lot of books doesn’t automatically mean you have a great library! Do your shelves truly reflect the current and reasonable anticipated needs, priorities, […]

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Everything a Child Should Know About God by Kenneth N. Taylor and Jenny Brake

Everything a Child Should Know About God by Kenneth N. Taylor, illustrated by Jenny Brake. 10Publishing, 2014. 188 pages. Reading Level: Picture books, Ages 0-4 Recommended For: Ages 0-4 This reissue of Kenneth Taylor’s systematic theology for little ones demonstrates that the essential truths of God are simple enough for tender hearts to learn. Beginning […]

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Five ways to maximize your library this summer {with printables}!

Five ways to maximize your library this summer: {with printables} 1. Sign up for the summer reading program. Free. Prizes. ‘Nuff said. 2. Use the online catalog at home to have books sent to your local branch, or renew a book if you’re out of town. 3. Audiobooks are great for your road trip, and […]

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*Zita the Spacegirl Series by Ben Hatke

*Zita the Spacegirl Series by Ben Hatke. First Second, 2011 (to the present). ~200 pages Reading Level: Graphic novels, ages 8-12 Recommended For: Kids ages 6-12 Bottom Line: Zita the Spacegirl and her intrepid friends battle the forces of evil in extra terrestrial dimensions in this lively graphic novel series. Zita the Spacegirl is an accidental […]

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My Near-Death Adventures by Alison DeCamp

My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) by Alison DeCamp. Crown, 2015. 252 pages Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-12 (especially boys) Bottom Line: Stanley Slater’s 99% true adventures in a Michigan logging camp, ca. 1880, are a bit short on plot but long on laughs. “I’m a whiz at not dying, I […]

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*The Imagination Station (Series) by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker

*The Imagination Station Series by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker. Focus on the Family, 2011-present. 130 pages each. Reading Level: Chapter Books, ages 8-10 Recommended For: Ages 6-10 Bottom Line: More than simply a “Christian version” of the popular Magic Treehouse books, the Imagination Station books are a solid chapter book time travel series. Mr. Whitaker is the proprietor […]

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