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Wisdom & Wonder Summer Reading “Anchor” Books

By Betsy | May 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

Join us for Wisdom & Wonder: our 2017 Summer Reading Challenge focused on Proverbs! Wisdom & Wonder We are going to be diving into the …

The Sign of the Cat by Lynne Jonell

By Janie | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

In this winning historical fantasy, a bright lad (fluent in the cat language) chafes at his boring life until an unexpected adventure on the high …

2017 Summer Reading Challenge is Coming…

By Betsy | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Join us for our 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Wisdom & Wonder Get ready to dive into the book of Proverbs, read great literature, examine it from …

Toward a Positive Multiculturalism in Children’s Books (and a Book List)

By Janie | May 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

It’s no wonder classic children’s books feature characters with racist attitudes—the authors of those books also had some racist attitudes.  We looked at the problem …

Sad Dog Stories: They’re a Thing–and a Necessity

By Betsy | May 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Does the Dog Die? “Miss Wanda,” I stage whispered to the children’s librarian across from me, “I need to know. Does the dog die?” I was holding …

Storm Horse by Nick Garlick

By Janie | May 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Storm Horse pits a boy and a horse against a greedy land developer in the modern-day Netherlands. Storm Horse by Nick Garlick.  Scholastic, 2017, 242 …

Historical Racism in Children’s Books–What do we do?

By Janie | May 10, 2017 | 3 Comments

The website Reading While White dedicates itself to issues involving the dreaded “-isms” in children’s literature: racism, anti-Semitism, ableism, classism, sexism, and more.  A post …

Peter Spier, Reissued

By Janie | May 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

Yesterday we received the sad news that Peter Spier, illustrator of classic children’s books, had passed away on April 27.  Given his age (89) and …

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

By Betsy | May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Winner takes all in a bet between siblings Jessie and Evan Treski as they battle it out lemonade-stand style in this realistic fiction novel for …

The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston

By Janie | May 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

A shy ten-year-old comes to recognize that both talents and personality are gifts of God and not to be disparaged. The Sweetest Sound, by Sherri …