One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson. Scholastic, 2012 (first published 2011). 288 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-12 Bottom Line: A lonely boy and a lonely girl team up to rescue their dog friends and end up each finding a true home in this feel-good middle grades read. Hal has everything he wants, […]

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White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan. Margaret K. McElderry, 2013. 128 pages.  Reading Level: Chapter Books, ages 8-10 MacLachlan is such a gifted early chapter book writer—her books have just enough depth and just few enough words to make them winners with the middle elementary/newly independent reading crowd. In this book, Zoe’s family rescues Great […]

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Boy + Dog = Good Read

A break from Summer Reading Challenge reviews today! Boy + dog is a solid formula that’s been in play in the literary world for decades. How many of you read Old Yeller in school? Flipped through Tin Tin comics growing up? Watched endless TV episodes of Lassie? New Boy + Dog Books There have been […]

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How to Throw a Book-themed Party for Kids

This week on our Summer Reading Challenge, we’re visiting the British Isles.  To celebrate, we invited Kristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me to share her party-planning expertise with us–and help us throw a party with the works of treasured British children’s author, Beatrix Potter.   Great for birthdays, Kindergarten graduations, or other occasions, a […]

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Summer Reading Challenge, Week 5: The Light Princess

Welcome to Week 5 of our Summer Reading Challenge!  If you’d like to see other posts in this series, check out our Summer Reading Challenge Page. The Light Princess by George MacDonald.  Square Fish, 1984.  120 pgs.  Ages 8 and up. George MacDonald was a Christian writer during the Victorian era who was influenced by […]

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Lemonade and Lit, Week 4: Debate on Sexuality in Booked

Other Lemonade and Lit posts:  Introduction, Week One: Booked, Week Two: Booked Discussion, Week Three: Beauty, Week Four: Sexuality in Booked, Week Five: Beauty Discussion, Week Six: The Last Thing I Remember,  Week Seven: Klavan Discussion. Lemonade and Lit: An Adult-Teen Read Along, Week 4 A DEBATE WORTH HAVING This week was supposed to be […]

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Interesting Picture Book Biographies (Librarians’ List)

Many people think picture books should be left behind in the preschool years. Megan and I heartily disagree with that sentiment, and we invite you to check out one of these picture book biographies at your local library to read through with your family of all ages. They are great jumping off points for more […]

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American Lives

“There is properly no history, only biography,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson—an exaggeration with a lot of truth in it.  When I was growing up, I devoured the Childhood of Famous Americans Series, which fictionalized the formative years of over 200 noteworthy individuals, many of whom I’d never heard of.  I liked biography at least as […]

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Three Days in July

We’re taking a week off our Summer Reading Challenge to celebrate the glorious Fourth.  But be sure to join us next week, when we crack open George McDonald’s classic fairy tale, The Light Princess.  One hundred and fifty years ago, two great armies collided in a small Pennsylvania town.  The actual site of the battle […]

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Lemonade and Lit, Week 3: Beauty by Robin McKinley

Other Lemonade and Lit posts:  Introduction, Week One: Booked, Week Two: Booked Discussion, Week Three: Beauty, Week Four: Sexuality in Booked, Week Five: Beauty Discussion, Week Six: The Last Thing I Remember,  Week Seven: Klavan Discussion. Lemonade and Lit: An Adult-Teen Read Along, Week 3 This post is a little late due to some internet […]

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Mission Work for Kids: Sewing School and Crafts for Hope

In our Summer Reading Challenge, we’ve just read the story of Nate Saint, one of the men who entered glory alongside Jim Elliot trying to reach the Auca people in South America.  And while many of us may not be called to the foreign mission field as Nate did, we certainly have many opportunities to […]

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