Announcing our Mom with a Blog Contest!

We’re jumping on the bandwagon today.  Mother’s Day is around the corner, and we’re gearing up to celebrate good old mom.  Rather than creme-filled candy and flowers, though, we’re offering some delicious book insights and ideas, as well as one chocolate covered kids’ book!  Ok, just kidding.  You’ll have to add the chocolate yourself.  But we are doing two fun things for moms:

1.  Book Give-Away: Who wouldn’t love a copy of Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story of the World for their kids?  Enter our Mom With a Blog Contest (details below) and you might just win!  Please note you need not be a mom or have a blog to enter.  (And if you already have that book and you’d like a different book in Dr. Bauer’s history series, we could work something out.)

2.  Mom With a Blog Contest: While we are so grateful to be able to share insights from well-known folks like Simonetta Carr and Tim Challies here at Redeemed reader, we also benefit from the wisdom of our readers.  Many of you are laboring, albeit in relative obscurity, by the same grace of the Holy Spirit to raise godly children, and in doing so, you’ve created blogs about your own insights, questions, and book recommendations.  We’d like to promote that, so if you know of a mom with a blog who at least touches on kids’ books, would you leave a link in the comments?  We’ll choose a winner out of a hat on Mother’s Day and let you know the good news via email.

Disclaimer: please know that just because a blog is posted here, we don’t necessarily agree with the opinions or recommendations therein.  However, so long as the blog is polite and G-rated, we’ll let it stand.

So, get to posting!!!  We’re looking forward to checking out your favorite mom blogs!

Further Redeemed Reading: More on Mother’s Day and the female of the species in Janie’s Good Christian Girls and Emily’s Is Your Daughter “God’s Little Princess”? and A Mother’s Day Meditation: ‘She has Done a Beautiful Thing’.


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  1. emily on April 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I have to say, I’m not sure what the rules are on me winning my own contest. BUT for the record, one of my very favorite mom blogs is Melinda Speece’s

  2. Arline Erven on April 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Favorite Mommy Blogger that touches on Children’s Lit some,

  3. DL on April 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Although this isn’t a Christian blog, I appreciate

  4. Elizabeth on April 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    What a great idea! It’ll be great to check out some other blogs. I review children’s books from time to time, but do more Christian non-fiction because that is what is available to reviewers. Simonetta Carr is doing a wonderful job with her biographies for children! Our family has also enjoyed the biographies that Christan Focus Publications puts out.

    Thanks for hosting!


  5. melanie on April 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I don’t typically review kids’ books on my blog, but I try to share good ones when I find them. My kids are 3 boys (ages 12-7) and a toddler girl, so we cover a wide range of preferences. I would like to enter – and recommend my blog lit*chick AND my favorite children’s book blog –

  6. Julie on April 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I check in on your blog every once in a while and love your insight. I appreciate your willingness to go deeper than surface level when reviewing books and thinking about our reactions to the things of the world. You have challenged me to examine my heart as I interact with media. Thanks!

  7. Julie on April 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

    By the way my blog also reviews Children’s books and resources as well as updates on fun activites I find that are family friendly and related to the gospel.
    You can visit me at:

  8. kirsten on April 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Hmm… I only recently became a mom, so I don’t have a lot of recommendations as I’m just starting to go looking for them. But, one that does fit the “at least touches on kids’ books” criteria is Otherwise, I’m looking forward to see what else is posted on here:)

  9. Kristin on April 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    One of my friends from High School has a wonderful blog about life with little ones and how she puts her faith into practice while raising kids. Her blog is I highly recommend it!

  10. Kara at The Chuppies on April 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I’m a mom…with a blog 🙂
    And I sometimes write book reviews and recommendations.
    We also have book list recommendations for specific ages.
    Fun idea! Will check out some of the others…thanks!

  11. Jessica B. on April 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I put a little bit about what we’re reading on our blog. I don’t do reviews as much as I just document what we’ve read. I would love to write reviews… but I have so little free time, I’d rather just read 🙂
    I take note of it when mentions any kids’ book, but you all already know about his site since that’s how I found you 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win this!

  12. Kathy on April 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I’m a mom of 4, knitter, quilter, compulsive writer, Latin teacher, and now blogger at — where I love to do book reviews!

  13. Sheila Ypma on April 28, 2011 at 7:16 am

    As a senior, I am somewhat computer illiterate and do not have a blog. My husband and I have 5 grown children; four of them are married. We have 22 grandchildren, ages 16 years to 6 months, and are eagerly awaiting the birth of another grandchild soon. We always give books to our grandchildren for birthday gifts. As a Christian who is staunchly reformed, I hope your site will inform me about some excellent books for our children’s children.

  14. johanna rogers on April 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    My dear friend Jeane gave birth to 5 kids in just over 3 years! She has a refreshing perspective on life.

  15. emily on April 29, 2011 at 7:39 am

    So many great blogs, guys! Thank you. Hopefully I’ll have more time to check them out over the weekend. It’s so nice to see what our readers are thinking about and how books fit in the context of your lives.

  16. Melinda on April 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    (thanks, Emily)

  17. Valerie on April 30, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I’m a mom with a blog, but I haven’t reviewed any books yet…I’m just lucky if I post to it a few times a month! This is the only book blog I visit on a regular basis :O).

  18. Kate from Kinda Crunchy Kate blog on April 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Hi there! I’ve been checking in every now and then since I saw your blog linked to over at Tim Challies blog. I’m really enjoying your blog, so thank you!
    My friend Rachel does book reviews. Her blog is

    I also have another friend, Emily, who has some book related things (crafts, party ideas, etc) and her blog is


  19. Anne Wegener on April 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Janie and Emily,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write your thoughtful and enormously helpful reviews. Redeemed Reader has become the one blog that I regularly read. The more I read here, the more I learn.

    I’ve just finished *The Book Whisperer* which Janie mentioned in a post she linked from a RR post. What an interesting book! Even though my situation as a homeschool mom differs from that of the the author, a classroom teacher, and even though I have different ideas of what makes good literature for children, I found the book fascinating. I’m putting the finishing touches on a summer reading club for our family spurred in part by what I read there. Thank you for mentioning that book, plus all the excellent book recommendations each week!

    My mom blog deals with things in our crazy home and occasionally includes book reviews and thoughts on literature.

    • Janie Cheaney on April 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to write! I’m extremely encouraged by those who tell me they’re getting something out of Redeemed Reader–neither Emily nor I want to make this a fansite for our own personal faves! I’m thinking about the summer, too: reading and noting road trip stories, adventure stories, and just-for-fun stories. And beyond Mother’s Day is, of course, Father’s Day–we have a couple of writing Christian dads to interview. So keep clicking!

  20. Rebekah on May 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I blog primarily about my son, who is five, and has Aspergers.

    This entry was about a miscarriage I had and I talk abut the book Empty Arms. Not a children’s book but I thought I would share anyways for anyone who might be going through the same.

  21. Megan on May 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you so much for your blog! It’s one of the few that I’m trying to keep up with. My friend Betsy and I share a blog called LiterariTea ( where we discuss, review and share favorite reading and tea recommendations (and a great chai and scone recipe!).

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