Back to School Backpack 2015

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Here are some titles to inspire your students in the coming school year! We’ve collected a few of our favorite appropriate titles in the following categories: Something OLD, something NEW, something to BORROW from your local library and something TRUE for spiritual development. Books we have reviewed on Redeemed Reader are linked.

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20702073Ages 0-4 (books on counting, colors, shapes, etc.)

  • OLD: Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh
  • NEW: Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli
  • BORROW: LMNOPeas by Keith Baker
  • TRUE: Everything a Child Should Know About God by Kenneth Taylor and Jenny Brake (read review)

water is waterAges 4-8

  • OLD: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • NEW: Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin (read review)
  • BORROW: The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles  OR With Books and Bricks: the Story of Booker T. Washington by Suzanne Slade
  • TRUE: Daily Bible Reading Program for Children bookmarks (read review)

somebodyAges 9-12

  • OLD: The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins (read review)
    Summary: Middle-grade kids persevere through hard work and frustration to cultivate their own apple orchard in this engrossing tale that beautifully illustrates the work ethic.
  • NEW: Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous by J. B. Cheaney (read review)
    Summary: A realistic fiction novel that brings together nine very different students on one bus with one school driver for one school year: who is going to be famous?
    Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel (read review)
    Summary: Absolutely Truly begins a fun and wholesome mystery series for middle graders set in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire.
  • BORROW: Wonder by R.J. Palacio (read review)
  • TRUE: How God Used a Thunderstorm by Joel Beeke (read review)

riseAges 12-15

  • OLD: For girls: Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer (read review).
    Summary: Good-hearted Jenna Boller overcomes numerous obstacles to achieve her dream of becoming the world’s best shoe salesperson.
    For boys: Unstoppable by Tim Green (read review)
    Summary: A middle-grade boy’s football ambitions crash against a cancer diagnosis in this frank tale by NFL star Tim Green.
  • NEW: Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond (read review)
    Summary: Fallout introduces Lois Lane as a hard-charging teenage reporter with a passion for justice, in this fun, clean YA adventure.
  • BORROW: Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder (edited by Pamela Smith Hill) (read review)
    Summary: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s own account of her growing-up years shows how life became art and is a must for fans of the Little House series.
  • TRUE:  Rise by Trip Lee (read review)
    Summary: Trip Lee’s Rise is a gospel-based, conversational book set to a hip-hop album soundtrack in which Lee challenges young adults to rise above low expectations and “get up and live” for God’s glory.
    Pilgrim’s Progress by Gary Schmidt (read review)
    Summary: Gary Schmidt brings to this retelling a novelist’s sense of plot and character development, ably abetted by Barry Moser’s watercolor illustrations.

23018237BONUS for all ages:

  • Art for Kids: Drawing: The only art book you’ll need to be the artist you’ve always wanted to be by Kathryn Temple
  • 20 Ways to Draw… [series] by various artists (read review)

We welcome your suggestions in the comments! And don’t forget your printable copy of the list.

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Megan is Associate Editor for Redeemed Reader who loves nothing more than helping readers (and non-readers) find books which are not only a good fit for them, but also combine Truth and Story. She has never regretted reading all those fairy tales in childhood, even though she didn’t realize at the time how much they matter to real life. She is the founder of Literaritea Press and plans to publish her first picture book soon. Megan lives with her husband and five boys in Virginia where she enjoys knitting, playing with words, and mountain views.

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