I am not a reader. I am not a writer, despite childhood ambition. I am not a knitter, though I used to claim that identity. I am not a homeschooler, a baker, or a pianist. (There are other things I could wish I were: a gardener, a runner…but I am not.) A recent severe identity…

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There’s a strange sense of community in reaching out while everyone is staying home. Because this pandemic is of great concern to the whole world, there is an unusual international obligation, giving us opportunities to love our neighbors without actually spending time together. Instead of being excluded from others’ activities, we’re sharing the burden of…

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Nya faces tough choices when her little sister falls ill near the remote water hole. Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Clarion 2019, 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 4-8 What do you do when the little sister who accompanies…

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“Sing out, my soul, the wonder…” How marvelous the mystery of giving birth to the Son of God! What might have been the musings of His mother’s mind? The Night of His Birth by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Lisa Aisato. Flyaway Books, 2019, 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 4-8…

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If you like giving books for birthdays, Christmas, hygge, or any other reason, you may often be wondering: what would this child enjoy? We love giving and receiving books! Here are some questions to get you started, perhaps during family feasting and fellowship. 1. What is the best book you read this year? Take special…

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(Note: Betsy and I are indebted to Ethan Pettit, librarian and Children’s Literature professor from Covenant College, who enlightened us so much in seeing Christ in literature and taught us to discern Truth and Story.) The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1 What does…

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