*Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo. Clarion, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 0-8 In this 2015 Caldecott Honor, Castillo tells the gentle story of a grandmother who cleverly helps her young grandson brave his fears and discover all the fun things there are to do and experience in the city. […]

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George Washington’s Birthday by Jean Fritz

George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Paul Galdone (cover image by Tomie DePaola). Putnam & Grosset, 1969. 48 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 4-10 George Washington Allen’s curiosity leads to research when he ponders what his namesake ate for breakfast. Before the days of Google, research was conducted […]

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*You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

*You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant.  Two Lions (Amazon), 2014. 30 pages. Reading Level: Easy Readers, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 0-4 Bottom Line: Beginning readers will love this confrontation between two hairy creatures that proves size is relative. You are small, says one bear-like critter to another.  And from […]

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New Facebook Community! RR Parties and Giveaways!

Hi all!  We’re trying something new this month.  We’ve started a Facebook Community Page, and if you’ll take just a moment and “like us” there, we’ll keep you updated on upcoming giveaways, as well as some fun Easter and summer parties we have in the works. CLICK HERE to join us!  

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Reading about Romance

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved stories and fairytales.  She discovered Andrew Lang’s colored fairy books and read through them—pretty colors first and not-so-pretty colors (like olive!) later.  She had a peculiarity though, she only read the stories with princes or princesses.  And, she felt cheated if there wasn’t a […]

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All for Love? Five Red Flags to Watch for in YA Christian Romance Fiction

I remember when Jeanette Oke and “deliverance” stories were about the only options teenage girls had if they wanted to read some Christian romance. The inventory has greatly expanded and almost every secular literary genre now has its Christian counterpart, especially for girls. Does she like historical, cozy mystery, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, lighthearted chick-lit (all […]

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Running Lean By Diana Sharples

Running Lean by Diana Sharples.  Zondervan/Blink, 2013.  400 pages. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 Recommended For: ages 16 and up Bottom Line: Running Lean deals sensitively with teen love and the complications brought to it by anorexia. Calvin Greenlee, 17, suffered the worst blow of his life when his brother Michael was killed in […]

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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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All the Answers by Kate Messner

All the Answers by Kate Messner. Bloomsbury, 2015. 256 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended For: ages 10-12, especially girls Bottom Line: In this middle-grades novel, Ava finds a magic pencil that writes answers out to her questions; the question is, is that really a good discovery? In her haste one morning, Ava grabs […]

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The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Pope

The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Pope.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001.  272 pages Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 5 (ages 12-14) and up Bottom Line: In this classic YA novel originally published in 1958, four ghosts from Revolutionary War days teach a lonely young woman about romance. Peggy Grahame, latest in an unbroken […]

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Hector Fox and the Giant Quest by Astrid Sheckels

Hector Fox and the Giant Quest (Hector and Friends) by Astrid Sheckels. FastPencil Premiere, 2014. 32 pages .  Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 0-8 If only fairy tales were real! Such a wish begins this cute picture book as Hector and his friends set out in search of a giant. Detailed illustrations bring […]

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