Zeus, King of the Gods by George O’Connor

Zeus, King of the Gods, (#1 in The Olympians graphic-novel series) by George O’Connor.  First Second, 2012, 80 pages. Reading Level: Picture books (graphic novel), ages 9-12 Maturity Level: 3 (ages 8-10) and up Bottom line: This series by a popular children’s illustrator is a great way to introduce middle-grade comic-book fans to the Olympian […]

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The Adventures of Achilles by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden

The Adventures of Achilles, by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, illustrated by Carole Henaff.  Barefoot Books, 2012, 96 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages10-12 Maturity Level: 3 (10-12) and up Bottom line: This retelling of The Iliad, illustrated in the classic style. serves as an effective introduction to the story for middle graders,  in spite […]

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Classics for Kids: The Greek and Romans

Introduction With the popularity of Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series , kids’ books containing themes and allusions to Greek and Roman mythology and culture are perhaps more plentiful than ever.   It may not seem immediately apparent why Christian families would be pleased about this development.  Isn’t it just paganism, repackaged for modern kids?  But […]

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The Hard Work of Growing Up

It’s what every child has to do, and they accomplish it with varying degrees of success.  In a sense, “growing up” is the theme of every children’s book, either obviously or not so much.  The best of them show the main character or characters changing in some significant way, usually through conflict.  What the character […]

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Ancient History: Mara, Daughter of the Nile

This week, we’ll be looking at several books that deal with ancient history–including Greek and Roman culture.  Toward that end,  I asked our intern, Hayley Schoeppler, to review one of her favorite “classic” novels dealing with the subject.  Happily, she obliged with this short and sweet review of one of her favorites, Mara, Daughter of […]

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Three for Black History Month

I know—Back History month just ended.  I’m not a fan of segregated “histories”: in case you haven’t noticed, this is the first day of Women’s History Month and we’ll have a chance to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month beginning in mid-September, which overlaps with LGTB History month in October, which is also Filipino American History Month. […]

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Coffee and Controversy (with a cup of kindness!): Should Christians Read/Watch Stories Involving Witches and Wizards?

Next week, Lord willing, I’m headed to a screening of OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, a new Disney movie set to hit theaters March 8.  Have you seen the trailers?  It’s supposedly a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz penned by Frank Baum over a century ago and immortalized in the 1939 movie starring […]

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ALA Awards: Newberys and Caldecotts, Splendors and Glooms

One month ago was “Oscar night for Librarians,” when the American Library Association announced their “best of” picks for children’s literature.  We’ve given some space to reporting on some of these awards, while waiting for the winners I reserved at my local library to trickle in.  The oldest and most coveted award is the Newbery, […]

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Freebies, Web Newberys, and News (Feb 25)

News Big things are brewing!  We are in the process of planning a pretty big shin-dig for mid-March, but the occasion is still hush-hush.  I can tell you we have a lot of books to giveaway, some exciting news to share about the site, and fun new writers for you to meet. We’ll be covering […]

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Home Mission: Letter to the Helpless Mom

Today some of my dear friends in the blogging world stop to honor and encourage a beautiful and brave woman of God. Our sweet sister-in-Christ, Desiré from the blog When You Rise, will soon give birth to her third son, Caleb. This little boy is a precious gift from our Heavenly Father who has a […]

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The Real George Washington

When did history get so complicated?  Not too long ago, “The father of his country” was a monumental figure deserving nothing but praise.  Now, depending on who you talk to or read, he’s either the “Indispensable Man” or a wealthy slave-owner (of the 1%, no less) who used his influence to his own advantage.  History […]

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