Our last Wisdom & Wonder Booklist to help you wrap up your summer! You’ll see a couple of repeats from earlier in the summer as well as a few new books to check out these last couple of weeks before school starts. As with our previous weeks, the Redeemed Reader team will be discussing this week’s theme later this week. At least one of the books below will appear in that discussion, so stay tuned!
Week 6 Theme: God So Loved, He Gave…
Wise-Up #5 (Generous Heart) and #12 (God is Love); NavPress #4 (Life and Death) and #13 (Wealth and Poverty) and #15 (Review)
- 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
- 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
- 20:27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.
Picture books, easy readers, chapter books, read alouds that work for this age group.
- The Lemonade War by Davies. Chapter book/upper end. (also on week 5) In this chapter book, a quarreling brother and sister learn to share their talents and their material blessings.
- The Velveteen Rabbit. Picture book. A classic tale of loving and giving!
- The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan. Picture book. Glorious topiary lifts the spirits of a gloomy town.
- Grandpa Green by Lane Smith. Picture book. Grandpa Green exemplifies the good life by sharing his gifts and loving well.
- The Prince’s Poison Cup by R. C. Sproul. Picture book/upper end. God’s love is strikingly pictured through the medium of fantasy in this modern classic.
Children’s novels, middle grade novels, sophisticated picture books.
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by DiCamillo. Children’s novel version of a story similar to The Velveteen Rabbit.
- Snow White, graphic novel by Matt Phelan. This updated version showcases the heroine’s generosity and loving spirit.
- North to Freedom by Ann Holm. A boy raised in very narrow circumstances learns to broaden his world through the generosity shown to him.
- Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye. Fantasy. Love and generosity.
- Brother Andrew. Biography. (Also on week 2 list)
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Fantasy.
Ages 12 and up
- Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Fantasy. A princess marked for greatness learns that sacrifice is required.
- God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew. (also listed on week 2)
- Whalesong trilogy by Robert Siegel. Fantasy.
- The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. Fantasy. A young woman risks all to redeem the man she has come to love.
- A Chance to Die: the Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot. Biography.
And for grown-ups, we’d like to recommend the book from which we got our title for this week’s theme: God So Loved, He Gave by Kelly Kapic and Justin Borger. It is meaty and rich, exploring the reasons why we should be generous in light of God’s generosity to us!