I read a lot of books for this blog. All the ladies at the circulation desk at the Greene County Library (bless their hearts!) know me by name. Some books I don’t finish, but most are like that box of old worksheets and supplies left over from homeschooling days that I just might want to […]
Since Susanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy (reviewed here) has sparked so much discussion in school cafeterias and dorm rooms (not to mention break rooms and car pools), we thought it would be worthwhile to get different points of view—particularly the young readers for whom the books were written. So we’ve invited two Christian college students […]
Simonetta Carr is one of my favorite authors writing about historical subjects today. Her care for historical detail shows in all her biographies for children, including her books on John Calvin, Augustine, and John Owen. I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing Simonetta twice already and I always enjoy the thoughtfulness behind her work. One […]
Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games, Scholastic, 2008, 374 pages. Catching Fire, Scholastic, 2009, 391 pages. Mockingjay, 2010, 387 pages. Age/interest level: 14-up. READER ADVISORY: This review contains a major spoiler about the last volume in the series–warning ahead! At some time in the distant future, our great and free society has collapsed. The reasons are […]
Rather than do a more traditional Easter post, I thought that this morning I’d create a small “bookstore” of some of my Easter favorites. Here is the link: http://www.redeemedreader.com/estore/. You can also just click on eStore in the black menu bar to get to the page. I’ve already written about many of them: Easter 101: […]
THE PEOPLE: Deliverance This week we go deeper into Moses’ story, and how God used him to bring His people out of slavery and on a journey of deliverance. Study Guides: .pdf download: Ages 4-8, Week 10 .pdf download: Ages 9-13, Week 10 Make Your Own Story Bible Resources: .pdf download: Story Bible Directions […]
Wrapping up our two weeks of Lorax-inspired environmental emphasis, how do children’s books specifically reflect growing concern about our care of the earth? Because of course they do. Any publisher will gravitate toward books that speak to a current issue, so expect to find plenty of books in your local school and public library about […]
Thanks to everybody who entered our poetry contest! We’ve already worked one of your suggestions into my daughter’s poetry book, and now I have a list that will last me for a while. The Lorax movie teamed up with Hewlett Packard to offer a $10,000 contest on their website. Janie and I can only promise […]
“It is to be broken. It is to be torn open. It is not to be reached and come to rest in ever. I turn against you, I break from you, I turn to you. We hurt, and are hurt, and have each other for healing. It is healing. It is never whole.” Wendell Berry […]
As mentioned last Friday, some professional worriers have noted that children’s picture books are displaying a decided preference for cityscapes as opposed to natural landscapes. If the winners of this year’s Caldecott awards (given by the American Libary Association for outstanding picture books) are any indication, this supposed trend is only half true. Two of […]
Contest: Do you have a favorite kids’ poem? Would you or your kids like to write your own? Post your new or favorite poems in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the poetry book of your choice, up to a $10 value. This might include the book pictured here OR […]
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