Jason Reynolds’s Track Series: A Winner for Middle Grades

By Betsy | February 1, 2019

Jason Reynolds is an author we’ve kept an eye on ever since his debut in 2015 with When I Was the Greatest. That novel, and …

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The Susan Pevensie Problem

By Janie | January 31, 2019

A new teen fantasy novel draws inspiration from Susan Pevensie’s rejection of Narnia to spin a similar tale. In the almost 70 years since C. …

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2019 ALA Youth Media Awards: the Redeemed Reader Team Reacts

By Betsy | January 28, 2019

This morning, the American Library Association (ALA) announced its Youth Media Awards. The ALA also welcomed awards announcements for titles awarded by the Asian/Pacific American …

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Prognosticating the Newberys, 2019 Edition

By Betsy | January 25, 2019

Janie, Betsy, and Hayley try their hand at prognosticating the Newbery (and other) awards which will be officially announced Monday. (Updated 1/28 with actual results/how we did.)

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Newbery Buzz #7: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

By Betsy | January 23, 2019

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies is a truly beautiful work of art, isn’t it, Megan? For readers who haven’t seen this gem yet, the book chronicles …

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Momlife: A Guest Post about Reading as a Mom

By Betsy | December 31, 2018

We welcome Bridgette Boudreaux today as she shares about her reading life as a mom.  Welcome, Bridgette! To start is great, to finish is divine …

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Reading Aloud to Tweens and Teens: A Guest Post about Kate Seredy’s books

By Betsy | December 28, 2018

Dawn Garrett joins us today to discuss reading Kate Seredy’s books aloud to her tweens and teens. For more about Dawn, see her bio below …

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The 2018 Reading Challenge: Interview with a Teen

By Betsy | December 26, 2018

I (Betsy) interviewed my teen daughter about her experience with the 2018 Reading Challenge. She’s a 13-year-old voracious reader who has clear genre preferences, but …

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The Books Worth a Library Fine

By Hayley | December 20, 2018

This post really happened.  It was written at the library with a stack of books and without coffee. It has been left close to its …

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Christmas Book Flood (or, Betsy’s Family’s Christmas Eve Book Extravaganza)

By Betsy | December 17, 2018

Traditions Traditions are marvelous things, aren’t they? The best traditions anchor our celebrations, our family and church life, and even our culture’s collective experience. Sometimes, …

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