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Don’t Blame the Mud by Marty Machowski

By Janie | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Don’t Blame the Mud introduces children to the concept of indwelling sin in a way that they can relate to and grasp.

A Lunar List: New Books About the Moon

By Betsy | July 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

New picture books about the moon and the moon landing, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing!

*O Captain, My Captain by Robert Burleigh

By Janie | July 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

O Captain, My Captain encapsulates the Civil War through the eyes of its most famous poet.

Last of the Name by Roseanne Parry

By Janie | July 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

The New York City draft riots of 1863 form a dramatic background to this engaging tale of two young Irish immigrants.

*Land of Hope by Wilfred McClay

By Janie | July 2, 2019 | 2 Comments

Land of Hope offers a balanced, positive, and often inspiring view of American history.

Patriotic Book List for Independence Day

By Megan | June 29, 2019 | 1 Comment

A patriotic book list full of biographies, stories, trivia, and more all about the American Revolution.

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

By Janie | June 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Four homeless children in India find their own “bridge home” in this engaging novel for middle grades.

*The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (Retro Reads)

By Betsy | June 26, 2019 | 1 Comment

A middle grades novel packed with life in ancient Egypt and an orphan’s adventure among the tombs of the dead.

Quiet Family Dramas: Four Recent Middle-grade novels

By Janie | June 21, 2019 | 3 Comments

A roundup of recent middle-grade novels about family formation and dissolution. Stories, like people, begin at home, and no matter how fanciful or adventurous middle-grade …

What Makes a “Strong Girl Character”? Thoughts and a Podcast

By Janie | June 20, 2019 | 6 Comments

Does rejecting gender stereotypes mean there are no distinctions between strong girls and strong boys?