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Introducing Shakespeare’s Plays to Children

Should you wait until your children are in high school before expecting them to tackle Shakespeare? Why not start them young, while they love learning words and listening to stories, while memorizing is easy for them? They might as well, because as Janie observed yesterday, we’re surrounded by Shakespeare in literature and culture, and our children might […]

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Out on a Limb: Our ALA Predictions

Note: The awards will be announced this coming Monday, and our own Betsy will be there!  Maybe she’ll even snag a front row seat!  If all goes as planned she’ll be Tweeting from the event, and we’ll be listening. For the last two months, Betsy and Janie have been talking about middle-grade novels that stand […]

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Pilgrim’s Progress Revisited: Two Versions and a Giveaway!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER.  WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED SHORTLY.*** As our hearts turns toward the reason for the season, we moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas long to give our children something of lasting spiritual value amongst all the trinkets and gizmos. It might be a good time to revisit John Bunyan’s classic, especially since […]

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Reading Rapunzel

Today I’m going to demonstrate a close reading of one version of a classic fairy tale. My favorite book to use in demonstrating the illustrative power of a picture book is the Caldecott-award winning Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky. I wish I could include some images in this post to show all our dear readers […]

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Sci-fi Contest Winner and Podcast: From Ender’s Game to Hunger Games

To listen to our a read along with real teens or find discussion questions about Ender’s Game, please see our Ender’s Game Read Along.  Also, to read the stories in our contest, see our Short Story Finalists post. Sci-fi Contest Winner Back when I was in high school, my short story contest submissions were read […]

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Sci-fi Short Story Finalists: VOTE FOR A WINNER!

New to Redeemedreader?  Sign up for our biweekly newsletter on our homepage!  You can also like us on Facebook or follow along on Twitter to keep up with our book recommendations for kids and teens. To see who won the Writing Contest, CLICK HERE. INTRODUCTION Back in October, we invited teens to participate in a Sci-fi Writing Contest as part of our Ender’s […]

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Teen Sci-Fi Writing Contest & Discussion: From Ender’s Game to Hunger Games

***NOTE: AN ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS JUST UPPED THE 2nd AND 3rd PLACE PRIZES IN THIS CONTEST TO A $30 AMAZON GIFT CARD!*** Introduction It’s been months in the making, but it’s finally here–our Teen Sci-fi Writing Contest and Finale Podcast!  And not a moment too soon, since I’m going to a screening of Ender’s Game […]

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Ender’s Game Read Along, Wk 4: Conclusions

Like sci-fi or dystopian stories?  Check out our Sci-Fi Writing Contest for teens.  You could win feedback from a sci-fi author and Thomas Nelson editor, plus lots of free books or gift cards! ENDER’S GAME POSTS: Introduction, Week 1: Sci-fi and Orson Scott Card, Week 2: Ender vs Peter, Week 3: Science of the Story, […]

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Ender’s Game Read Along, Wk 3: The Science of the Story

Like sci-fi or dystopian stories?  Check out our Sci-Fi Writing Contest for teens.  You could win feedback from a sci-fi author and Thomas Nelson editor, plus lots of free books or gift cards! ENDER’S GAME POSTS: Introduction, Week 1: Sci-fi and Orson Scott Card, Week 2: Ender vs Peter, Week 3: Science of the Story, […]

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Ender’s Game Read Along, Wk 2: Ender vs. Peter

Like sci-fi or dystopian stories?  Check out our Sci-Fi Writing Contest for teens.  You could win feedback from a sci-fi author and Thomas Nelson editor, plus lots of free books or gift cards! ENDER’S GAME POSTS: Introduction, Week 1: Sci-fi and Orson Scott Card, Week 2: Ender vs Peter, Week 3: Science of the Story, […]

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Ender’s Game Read Along, Wk 1: Considering Sci-fi and Orson Scott Card

Like sci-fi or dystopian stories?  Check out our Sci-Fi Writing Contest for teens.  You could win feedback from a sci-fi author and Thomas Nelson editor, plus lots of free books or gift cards! ENDER’S GAME POSTS: Introduction, Week 1: Sci-fi and Orson Scott Card, Week 2: Ender vs Peter, Week 3: Science of the Story, […]

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