*Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle. Chronicle Books, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) Beginning on the title page, Idle uses soft illustrations full of movement to […]

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*Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) “Once there were three bears, Dash, Charlie, and Theo, […]

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Hello Ninja by N. D. Wilson

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Hello Ninja by N. D. Wilson and illustrated by Forrest Dickison. Canonball Books, 2013. Reading Level: Picture Books, 0-4 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) The youngest ninja in the house will enjoy this bright, imaginative take on […]

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Pathfinder by Angie Sage

Pathfinder by Angie Sage. Katherine Tegen Books, 2014. 460 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (age 10 and up) Pathfinder brings middle-grade fantasy lovers back to the world of Septimus Heap. But instead of the lively Heap family, readers are introduced to Alice TodHunter Moon. Tod, as she prefers to be […]

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*The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

This book is a “best of the best” from our winter book fair. CLICK HERE for more great gift ideas! *The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Dutton Children’s Books, 1978. 182 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (ages 10-12) and up One-line summary: Ellen Raskin’s classic “puzzle mystery,” 1979 Newbery winner, […]

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Jesus is Most Special by Sally Michael, illustrated by Fred Apps

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from our Winter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Jesus is Most Special by Sally Michael, illustrated by Fred Apps. P&R, 2014. 24 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books (ages 4-8) Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) Think you know the Christmas story? Try this. Narrate the […]

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Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada

Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada, illustrated by Sergio Martinez. Crossway, 2004. 96 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-10 Maturity Level: 2 -4 (Ages 4-12) Christians are blessed to have such a wealth of worship and great truths of Scripture set to beautiful poetry and music in our […]

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Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer. Scholastic, 2014. 278 pages. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 15-18 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) One-line Summary: Threatened, one of this year’s most honored YA novels, promotes a “natural man,” anti-civilization worldview. As a boy, Luc felt threatened by the “mock men,” the chimpanzees who never ventured near his village but filled […]

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Miss Betsy’s Book Nook: Picking Books for Gifts

Embracing My Identity I used to try to be one of those crafty types who gives a lovingly handmade item at a baby shower, for a young relative’s Christmas gift, or even to a young couple getting married. And then I saw the light: I know books, I love books, and now I give books. People expect […]

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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Tales from Deckawoo Drive #1) by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick, 2014. 96 pages. Reading Level: Chapter Books (ages 4-10) Maturity Level: 2, 3 (ages 4-10) DiCamillo consistently creates […]

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The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014. 112 pages. Reading Level: Chapter Books (ages 4-10) Maturity Level: 2, 3 (ages 4-10) Meet the Chicken […]

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