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Lemony Snicket and Literary Worldview

Dear RR: What are your thoughts on Lemony Snicket? A reader recently asked our opinion on the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket that was published about fifteen years ago. It’s been a while since I read them, but my overall impression of the series is still strong. [Warning: spoilers] Quite simply, it’s a […]

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Back to School Backpack 2015

Back to School Backpack 2015 Here are some titles to inspire your students in the coming school year! We’ve collected a few of our favorite appropriate titles in the following categories: Something OLD, something NEW, something to BORROW from your local library and something TRUE for spiritual development. Books we have reviewed on Redeemed Reader […]

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*Water is Water by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin

*Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin. Roaring Brook Press, 2015. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: Ages 0-10 Most books about the water cycle show the classic diagram of ocean/lake, clouds, and land, using technical terms such as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. In […]

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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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