Picture Books

The Secret Lives of Scientists

On a Beam of Light: a Story of Albert Einstein, by Jennifer Berre, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky.  Chronicle, 2013, 50 pages.  Age/interest level: 6-9 Despite ...
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Science Picture Books: Authors and Illustrators of Note

It's Science September at RedeemedReader! The world of picture book nonfiction (or "information books, " as nonfiction is being called now) is exploding with very ...
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Laboring and Resting: Books about Both!

In this digital world of ours, I can post this blog entry "on" Labor Day without having to do any work on Labor Day: I'm ...
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Three Tea Picture Books

Tea Rex, A Visitor for Bear, and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig are lively variations on the traditional tea party. My ...
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Creative Math

When I was in elementary school it was called “arithmetic,” and one of the most terrifying aspects of that class was timed drills—the teacher would ...
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*The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins

*The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, 40 pages Reading Level: Picture Book, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 4-8 and up (especially ...
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*Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette Cate

*Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, by Annette le Blank Cate.  Candlewick, 2013, 54 pages.   Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ...
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It’s Greek to Me!

This week in our Summer Reading Challenge, we're visiting Greece.  So, thanks to our newest addition to the Redeemedreader family, Hayley Schoeppler, for leading us today ...
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Interesting Picture Book Biographies (Librarians’ List)

Many people think picture books should be left behind in the preschool years. Megan and I heartily disagree with that sentiment, and we invite you ...
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American Lives

“There is properly no history, only biography,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson—an exaggeration with a lot of truth in it.  When I was growing up, I ...
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Mission Work for Kids: Sewing School and Crafts for Hope

In our Summer Reading Challenge, we've just read the story of Nate Saint, one of the men who entered glory alongside Jim Elliot trying to ...
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Summer Reading Challenge, Wk 1: Interview with John Branyan

It's Thursday, and that means it's time for our Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) extras!  In case you missed it, here is the Introduction, our list of ...
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The Poppy Lady

Have you ever received a handmade tissue-paper poppy in exchange for a donation to the American Legion outside of a store on Memorial or Veteran's ...
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Steaming into Sunset: an Interview with Sherri Rinker

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (see our review here) hurled Sherri Rinker’s star into the picture-book firmament.  Accepted by the first publisher she submitted it to, ...
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Hail and Farewell, Part 2: Russell Hoban

As noted in last Tuesday’s post,I encountered Maurice Sendak when I was myself a child.  My acquaintance with Russell Hoban had to wait until I ...
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A Novel in Verse and Verse in a Novel

We're rounding out our Poetry Month coverage with three books for middle-graders: Gone Fishing: a Novel in Verse, by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew ...
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Inspiring (very) young artists

God is a God of words and pictures. He has revealed Himself to us through words in Scripture and visually in creation, and made us in ...
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Poetry Anthologies

A good poetry anthology is like going to a friend's house with a basket, and being told, "Oh, you must read this one, and this one, and ...
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Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton Mifflin, 2009. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages ...
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Waxing Poetic: a pop quiz and some homework from the teacher

It's National Poetry Month! Who cares, right? Well, YOU should care. Not because it's "National Poetry Month," per se, but because poetry is worth enjoying ...
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Final Four (Plus One)

This post should have gone up during March Madness, but even if the NCAA tournament is over this weekend, the NBA has few months to ...
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*Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Tops and Bottoms is a clever folktale that illustrates the wisdom of diligence and warning against laziness in the book of Proverbs. *Tops and Bottoms ...
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*My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza. Puffin, 2005. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 When a fat pig shows up at a hungry ...
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Proverbs, Tricksters and Fools

The book of Proverbs is full of instructions for the simple to obtain wisdom and avoid disaster. Stories about tricksters demonstrate common-grace examples of using ...
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*The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and David Small

Lydia shares her efforts to bring beauty to the world around her in this epistolary picture book. *The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and David Small. ...
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Toddling into the Word: First Bible Storybooks and Early-Reader Bibles

What could be more appropriate for Holy Week than a survey of children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks?  That’s what I foolishly thought, treatment but this ...
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Easter Picks from the New Crew

We thought we'd kick off our new partnership with Megan and Betsy with a few Easter book recommendations.  (If you missed their introduction, read about ...
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Classics for Kids: The Greek and Romans

Introduction With the popularity of Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series , kids' books containing themes and allusions to Greek and Roman mythology and culture ...
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*Greek Myths by Marcia Williams

*Greek Myths by Marcia Williams.  Candlewick, 2011.  Ages 4-up.  Reading Level: Picture Books, Ages 4-8, Ages 8-10, Ages 10-12 Marcia Williams' Greek Myths is a ...
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ALA Awards: Newberys and Caldecotts, Splendors and Glooms

One month ago was “Oscar night for Librarians,” when the American Library Association announced their “best of” picks for children’s literature.  We’ve given some space ...
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

I’ve heard that aside from William Shakespeare, more books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other historical figure.  That makes it difficult to ...
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Valentine Books for Little Ones

VALENTINE'S DAY PRESENTS With Valentine's Day creeping up on us, I thought I'd throw out a few of my favorite Valentine books for the little ...
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A Very LOGOS and Parnassus Christmas, Part Two

If you missed it, Part One of this series detailed my trip to a fantastic Nashville bookstore, Logos Bookstore.  Today, I follow up that Christian ...
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Picture Books for Sharing and Giving, Part Two

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, by Michelle Markel, Illustrated by Amanda Hall.  Eardmanns, 2012, 32 pages.  Age/interest level: 4-8 “Henri Rousseau wants to be ...
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Picture Books for Sharing and Giving, Part One

A post for grandmas out there: when we go to the bookstore at this time of year to pick out something with no plastic in ...
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A Very LOGOS & Parnassus Christmas, Part One

One Hip Town. Two Bookstores. And Lots of Great Books for Kids! Here in Nashville, we have at least two exceptional bookstores: Logos Bookstore and ...
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A Cold Night in Boston

Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago this month, a band of New England Patriots (not the NFL team) disguised as Indians swarmed aboard three ships ...
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The History of Faith: Wiliam Boekestein’s and Simonetta Carr’s New Books for Kids

This week in our library month theme, Janie took us back to the 8th century in a review of  Hand of Vengeance by Douglas Bond.  ...
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Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing: Savoring Sally Lloyd Jones’ New Book

This October, the team that brought you The Jesus Storybook Bible released a unique new book, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing.  At 224 pages, ...
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Just Because: a Roundup of New Picture Books

The picture book is alive and well, to judge by the way the publishing industry keeps pumping them out.  Here are some of the more ...
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Kids and 9/11

To our children it’s already history, but to us it seems like “only yesterday.”  Too soon, really, to come to an informed conclusion about what ...
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Twisting Mother Goose

We have something to look forward to this fall: a new publishing house called Month9Books which will specialize in fantasy fiction.  First title, due in ...
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Legends in their Own Minds

Captain Awesome (series), by Stan Kirby, Illustrated by George O’Connor.  Little Simon, 2012, approx. 110 pages.  Age/interest level: 5-7 According to many K-3 teachers I’ve ...
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Rocket Reads and Writes; Charlie Joe Does NOT

In keeping with our back-to-school focus: if you haven't met little Rocket, you really should.  As for Charlie Joe, well . . . How Rocket ...
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Kids’ Books On My Wishlist

It'll be a few more weeks before we join in the Back to School rompus, but if you're like me, you've been out browsing for ...
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American Originals

Those delegates to the Second Continental Convention probably had no idea what they were creating when they signed a certain document back in July of ...
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Crazy Numbers

Some kids like numbers and are good with them; others aren’t.  Though no longer a kid, I fall in the latter category,but these two books ...
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Summer Vacation Audiobooks

Last year about this time, I did a vacation audiobook post. I'm actually on vacation myself right now, so I can't do as thorough a ...
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The Bible in Brickbats

The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testament, as told and illustrated by Brendan Powell Smith.  Skyhorse Publishing, 2011, 270 pages. In his ...
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In Memory – Picture Books For Memorial Day

Memorial Day, like Veterans Day, is one of those overlooked observances that to government, library, and bank employees means a chance to catch up or ...
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The Secret Lives of Animals

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.  HarperCollins, 2012, 304 pages.  Age/interest level: 8-up. Last week, a little bluebird appeared in our wood stove.  ...
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Thinking Different(ly)

I'm way behind on my Saturday reviews, so it's time to catch up—with a Tuesday review tagging off of last Friday's Steve Jobs post. Jobs ...
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The Splendor of the Ordinary

I have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of poetry.  For someone who loves literature, I see this not as a mere preference ...
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Not-So-Secret Gardens for Kids

This week kicks off a fun week here at Redeemedreader: Poetry Week.  April is National Poetry Month, after all, and there are some great poetry ...
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Detectives: Hard Boiled and Four-Legged

Ever since Edgar Allen Poe, one of the most reliable publishing genres has been the mystery or detective novel.  I'm not a huge fan myself, ...
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Picture Books on Death (You’ll Never See)

I thought with a subject that is so dour today, I thought I could do a little inside-out reporting and tell you all about the ...
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R.C. Sproul’s New Picture Book: A Review by Desiring Virtue

Today's post is by Jessalyn Hutto, a book reviewer and blogger at her lovely website, Desiring Virtue.  Be sure to click on over to her ...
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RR Podcast 12: Simonetta Carr on Pinocchio and Christ in Italy

Introduction A few weeks ago, I posted a written interview with Simonetta Carr on her novel for young readers, The Weight of a Flame: The ...
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Saturday Review: Books for Beginning Readers

I read a lot of books for this blog.  All the ladies at the circulation desk at the Greene County Library (bless their hearts!) know ...
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The Lorax: A Book and Movie Meditation

“It is to be broken. It is to be torn open. It is not to be reached and come to rest in ever. I turn ...
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Cities and Gardens

As mentioned last Friday, some professional worriers have noted that children's picture books are displaying a decided preference for cityscapes as opposed to natural landscapes.  ...
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Christ in Literature: The Anansi Stories

We started our February series on African folktales with an interview with a Christian from the Congo and a stack of books.  We followed that ...
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Interview with Author Jane Kurtz on African Stories

More African stories!  Today, we hear from Jane Kurtz, who was raised by missionary parents in Ethiopia.  Since then, she's come to live in the ...
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Africa: A Literary Adventure and Podcast!

This month my local public library is offering a marionette show of African folktales starring Anansi the spider. It's a unique way to celebrate Black ...
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A Roundup of Dickens Resources: Books

My first exposure to Charles Dickens was the original Classics Illustrated edition of A Tale of Two Cities.  The last panel of Sidney Carton climbing ...
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50 Years of The Snowy Day

When The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats first came out in 1962, it broke the mold in a number of ways.  Besides the charming ...
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RR Podcast 10: Roger Lowther on Japanese Literature

This interview is part of our Japan: Literary Adventure.  See Part One for an introduction as well as links to the books we talk about ...
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Picture Book Roundup

Late last year an article in the New York Times caused the book world to shiver and shake and ask itself, "Is the picture book ...
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A More Excellent Way

On Friday we looked at some very popular picture books that you just might find under your tree.  Some of them are better than others, ...
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Thanks Anyway . . .

Any bookstore manager can tell you that one of the most reliable customer types is the older woman with no children in the household (either ...
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Home-Field Advantage by Justin Tuck

Home Field Advantage by Justin Tuck, illustrated by Leonardo Rodriguiez.   Simon & Shuster, 2011, 22 pages. Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages ...
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Make-A-Book: Thanksgiving Edition

Readers, this is an older post that was affected in our hack. We have not recovered all the resources yet. Our apologies! While we're on the subject of crafts and ...
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Thankful for Cheryl Harness

The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish, by Cheryl Harness.  National Geographic, 2006, 143 pages.  Age/interest level: 8 and up. Thanksgiving means a raid on the ...
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Those Who Served–And Serve

Veterans’ Day is one of those holidays that sneak up on me.  I intend to write a note to a veteran, wear red, pray a ...
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*The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

*The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Brian Selznick.  Scholastic Press, 2001.  48 pps.  Recommended for ages 7-up. When I ...
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Martin Luther: Guest Review by Shanna Gonzalez

Today Janie and I have the opportunity to introduce you to two delightful resources: first, fellow Christian and kids' book blogger Shanna Gonzalez, whose own ...
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Columbus and the Founding of our Nation

COLUMBUS The first time I browsed through Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's biography, Columbus, I purchased it for my kids on the spot based largely ...
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Author Interview: Simonetta Carr on Athanasius

Athanasius.  By Simonetta Carr.  Reformation Heritage Press, sale 2011.  66 pp.  Ages 9-12. What makes a good children's book?  We've talked a lot the past ...
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Picturing God

Images of God for Young Children, by Marie-Helene Delval (illustrated by Barbara Nascimbeni) Eerdmans, 2011. Brother Sun, Sister Moon, by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Pamela ...
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Growing Up Shakespearean

Shakespeare and Story Bibles As I was searching recently for Shakespeare resources for my kids--who are 3 and 5--I harbored a nagging, undefined feeling that ...
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The Living Past: An Interview With Cheryl Harness

We end our extended history week with what some consider to be the purest form of history: biography.  The old argument of whether great events, ...
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4th of July Round-up

Here it is: my 4th of July round-up!  Books about the Revolutionary War era recommended for ages 4-12, arranged from youngest to oldest. Saving the ...
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‘Creative’ Retellings of Paul Revere’s Ride

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Illustrated by Christopher Bing.  Ages 4-8.  40 pgs. Roughly 150 years ago, a poem entitled ...
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Knights in Training

The Brave Young Knight, by Karen Kingsbury, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard.  Zonderkidz, 2011.  Age/interest level, 4-7 In the spirit of Will, God's Mighty Warrior, here's ...
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Is Your Son ‘God’s Mighty Warrior’?

Will, God's Mighty Warrior by Sheila Walsh, Ages 4-7, 32pgs.   “This book is a favorite with my boys, 2 and 5. They really like ...
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Library Loans: Late Fees and Summer Camp

SUMMER CAMP We are eventually going to do our first summer camp next month.  But in the meantime, I have been looking for ways to ...
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*Press Here by Herve Tullet

*Press Here by Herve Tullet.  Chronicle Books, 2011.  56 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Recommended for: Ages 0-4 and up Those of you ...
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Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg.  Houghton Mifflin, 2011, 37 pages.  Reading Level: Picture Book, ages 9-12 Recommended for: Ages 4-8 On the ...
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Is Your Daughter “God’s Little Princess”?

I know I'm in murky water here.  Early in my daughter's infancy, my husband and I began the argument: is our daughter a princess? Now ...
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Music of ‘The Little House’

Saturday happy: Just found out that folksinger/songwriter Caroline Herring just put a CD out called The Little House.  It's a retelling of Virginia Lee Burton's ...
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Brave Little Digital World

In Surprised By Joy, C. S. Lewis wrote about the flowering of his imagination at an early age--especially through books, which were piled up everywhere ...
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Easter Gifts 101: Last Minute Warning!

Easter is almost here, and while you could just pick a board book up at Walmart while you're getting the Paas dye, you've still got ...
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What Ginger Plowman Taught Me About Kids’ Books

Roughly three years ago, I read Ginger Plowman's book, Don't Make Me Count to Three.  It's a fantastic resource with lots of practical advice for ...
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Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs

*Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs

Dust Devil, by Anne Isaacs, Illustrated by Paul Zelinsky, Schwartz & Wade, 2011. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended for: Ages 4-8 and up ...
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Indestructables: Give your baby a taste for books!

You'd think a mother of triplets would have enough to do, but a few years Amy Pixton took the time to dream up and create ...
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Easter Gifts 101: Bible stories and The Story of the Bible

“I just ordered Happy and Honey, Bob Books set 1, and the Starfall readers—books you recommended—for Lois's and my African-American great-grandson. Could you recommend an ...
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Easter Gifts 101: ‘The Prince’s Poison Cup’ by R. C. Sproul

The Prince's Poison Cup is perfect for young boys ages 4-8, but I think it will also appeal to many girls. It's that time of ...
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‘A Story, A Story’: Thinking Through African Mythology

The Anansi stories have been handed down through generations of Ashanti culture...Born in Ghana I left at aged 3, leaving much of the Ghanaian culture ...
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It’s a Book by Lane Smith

It's a Book by Lane Smith.  Roaring Brook Press, 2010.  32 pages. Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 10-12 and up Bottom ...
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*Sneaky Sheep by Chris Moore

Sneaky Sheep is a light-hearted book about two silly sheep who go astray. The illustrations are worth the price of the book. *Sneaky Sheep by Chris ...
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