“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 […]
Last Tuesday we looked at a range of new Bible storybooks and early reader “Bibles.” On Friday, we picked our way through the field of Bible translations and compared the most popular for accuracy and readability. Today we’re ready to get down to the meat and bones: just how to you choose a Bible for […]
I’m honored to be contributing to Redeemed Reader! It seems fitting to start off with a “Librarian’s List” of sorts. Megan and I called these “Weekly Round-ups” on Literaritea; essentially it’s a list of great books on a similar topic, often ranging in age/reading level, with one general introduction. Our Easter list last week was […]
What could be more appropriate for Holy Week than a survey of children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks? That’s what I foolishly thought, but this project became a version of The Blob the deeper I waded into it. Amazon.com has over 100 pages under the heading “Children’s Bibles,” though many of those are storybooks. Christianbook.com lists […]
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 […]
The Theodore Seuss Geisel Medal (featuring a bas-relief of Dr. Seuss himself) is given by the American Library Association every year for outstanding books for beginning readers. They’re usually clever and engaging and loads more fun than Dick and Jane. Here are the picks for this year: Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long. Putnam, […]
Last week’s post ran so long I had to cut it short in order to attend to other business. But close readers may remember a promise I made to finish up the subject. Since posting our intentions, several of our readers have suggested other children’s devotional guides or related materials that we might want to […]
The Boxcar Children Beginning: the Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm, by Patricia MacLachlan. Whitman, 2012, 121 pages. Age/interest level: 7-10 The Boxcar Children have had a long run, from 1924 to the present, from nineteen titles by the original author to over a hundred by various other authors. The National Education Association, in a 2007 […]
Captain Awesome (series), by Stan Kirby, Illustrated by George O’Connor. Little Simon, 2012, approx. 110 pages. Age/interest level: 5-7 According to many K-3 teachers I’ve talked to, the early reader market needs a little more attention, especially for boys. That’s a need Simon & Schuster is trying to fill with Captain Awesome, a series that […]
Ever since Edgar Allen Poe, one of the most reliable publishing genres has been the mystery or detective novel. I’m not a huge fan myself, but when the Nancy Drews were circulating through fourth grade I read a few, and many of the popular series books of the time (that weren’t about nurses) often had […]
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 […]
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