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Miss Betsy’s Book Nook, 2018 edition

It’s time for the annual reporting of what books I, as the Redeemed Reader Managing Editor, buy for those on my gift list!

I do this partly to show you, dear readers, that we put our money where our mouth is: that is, we buy the same books we often recommend that YOU buy. We love to stock our own personal libraries and those of our friends and families with books full of Truth and Story, with the real winners.

And I do this partly to show you, dear readers, that all children are born persons–there really is no “one-size-fits-all” book other than the Bible itself. Each of the people on my gift list require thought, and each year is a little different.

Some years, I choose themes (such as the Christian fantasy  and discipleship resources year, the graphic novel year, …). This year, I picked a lot of activity books, but it’s not a true “theme” since not all of the books fit. Pro tip: “how to” or activity books for kids work best for kids who are already fully independent readers. You’ll note that the younger kids on my list aren’t receiving those kinds of books!

Miss Betsy’s Book Nook, 2018 edition

Without further ado, here is the 2018 lineup, youngest to oldest (titles linked to amazon via affiliate links; RR review links where applicable):

*We already own this very book on a family shelf, but as Gladys Hunt reminds us, it’s important for kids to have their own personal libraries!

**I haven’t seen either of these books; I am trusting amazon reviews for these (full disclosure!).

What are YOU giving the kids on your gift list?


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Betsy is the Managing Editor at Redeemed Reader. When she reads ahead for you, she uses sticky notes instead of book darts and willfully dog ears pages even in library books. Betsy is a fan of George MacDonald, robust book discussions, and the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their three children in the beautiful Northwest.


  1. Emily says

    Does your family do the “read all night” on Christmas Eve thing? If so I’d love to hear more what that looks like. Sounds delightful!

    • Sounds like I need to write a post on this tradition ;-). We don’t stay up all night, but books and chocolate are definitely involved!

  2. Ashley says

    May I also suggest Susan B. Anderson’s Kids Knitting Workshop published by the fantastic Artisan publishers? Spiral bound with brilliant illustrations of stitches… I have never been disappointed by this author or publishing house! (I bought 4 copies and have been giving them out for birthday gifts to my ten year old daughter’s friends.)

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