Welcome to Redeemed Reader!
We'll bet you're here because you want to confidently choose great books for those awesome children and teens you know. But where to begin? We're reading ahead for you--and here's how we can help:
Start with the Reviews page and click on the button for the proper age group. Our reviews indicate reading level and “recommended for” age, or maturity level. (Sometimes a book written on an age 10-12 reading level will have mature content that might be better suited for a teen or vice versa, so be sure to check both.) Each review features a one-sentence summary at the top to help you decide if the book might have potential for you and your family. The first paragraph of the review functions as synopsis, the second as evaluation; we also include Cautions or Considerations about aspects that may be offensive (such as language, disturbing content, violence, etc.) Finally we rate the book overall and give a separate numerical ranking to its artistic quality and its worldview.
Starred Reviews: A star indicates excellent content, both artistically and morally/spiritually. We don’t give away too many stars, but you can click the Starred Reviews button to get an idea what we consider excellent.
Read Alouds: Looking for great family read-alouds? Click the Read-Aloud button on the review page and scroll down for our top picks for stories that can be enjoyed by a wide age range, from roughly age four and up.
Concerned about a societal trend or controversial issue? “Discussion Starters” are books that introduce big issues, reflect on current societal trends, are required in many schools, or simply are hugely popular. They often contain material we conservatives might feel uncomfortable with, but they are a fantastic way to jumpstart discussion with your particular audience. Most of these are upper middle grades/teen reads. We feel that the books in this category have merit—and not all of them have offensive content!--but do read the reviews closely to help determine whether they are a good fit for your family, small group, or classroom.
Need educational tips or encouragement? We’ve got lots of ideas on the Resources page. It’s kind of a grab bag of booklists, reading guides, and other practical resource—enjoy browsing! Start with our most popular resources:
- Book Lists
- The Hive (editorial content from the late Gladys Hunt, author of Honey for a Child's Heart)
- The Literary Nightstand (helpful resources for navigating the world of books)
Our Reflections page is where you can find us musing about trends (in the publishing world, in education, in books and reading in general), having extended virtual discussions about particular titles, reflecting on where we see Christ in literature, and, in general, reflecting on books and reading.
We've got a growing collection of reading guides and other resources in our shop, all of which are based on previous favorites with our readers. They're designed to help you not only choose great books but know how to talk about them and enjoy them with your kids. Take a look!