An ABCs of Must Read Children’s Book Authors

An ABCs of Must-Read Children's Book Authors

"I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." -C.S. Lewis In solidarity with C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, I decided to compile a list of children's book authors that my children love and whose books I love reading aloud over and over. Instead of searching for new titles … [Read more...]

Books: The New Year’s Resolution I Actually Care About

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I'm not big on New Year's resolutions. By this time of year, I've likely already forgotten them--unless they're about books. I love making a yearly list of reading goals, adding to it, and crossing off books when I finish them. This year I had so much fun seeing the reading lists everyone made to include in the Reading Goals for 2014 link up. But is anyone else already behind on their list? … [Read more...]

Short Stories Giveaway!

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So I've talked about the unimpressive nature of modern Christian art/music, but there ARE some bright spots in the Catholic literary movement like the Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction. And....TA DA! I have a copy of the prize-winning short stories to give away to a lucky reader. Hurrah! And it's signed by one of the authors: Christie of Everything to Someone, so enter with the handy dandy … [Read more...]

Books Worth Having (A Great Giveaway of Usborne Books!)

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While we're sharing about what we've read this year and looking ahead to what we'll read in the new year, I have a great giveaway of wonderful books from Usborne to share with you! When I was homeschooled (3rd-8th grade, I did a little bit of every kind of schooling), my mom would scour used bookstores for anything published by Usborne because they're such high quality books. As I'm starting to … [Read more...]

24 Picture Books for Advent and Christmas

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It's been a couple of years since I wrote about picture books for Advent and Christmas and we have acquired so many more good ones to share with you! This year I'm going to wrap each book with wrapping paper so that the kids can unwrap one each morning of Advent. And we will probably keep using our Story of Christmas Advent Calendar of little storybook ornaments because Benjamin loves it so much … [Read more...]

To the Bookish Mother of Littles

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You knew having a baby would change things. Nights out on the town would be few and far between. You wouldn’t sleep much during those newborn weeks. But if you’re like me, you weren’t expecting your bookworm tendencies to be so thwarted. Maybe you were an English major in college. Maybe you studied literature in grad school. Maybe you’ve just always been a bibliophile. But now you find yourself … [Read more...]

7 Books for New Moms

A Note from Haley: While we're enjoying vacation with no internet connection in the NC mountains with our extended family, my favorite librarian mama and dear friend, Katherine of shouting hallelujah, is sharing some of her favorite books for mamas. I may have a not-so-secret hope that Baby Gwen and Katherine's young Pip (see below) decide someday that it would be a fine idea to marry. Ahem. Enjoy … [Read more...]

6 Must-Have Books and Cookbooks for Seasonal Eating Inspiration

Since our conversion, I've gained more appreciation for the rhythms of the Christian Year and that by observing those seasons, the story of the Gospel unfolds. One way to participate in the Christian Year is to feast and fast according to the traditions of the Church which, obviously, involves food! Sharing food with family and friends should ideally be a daily reminder of sacred things: The Last … [Read more...]

8 Reasons Molly Weasley Is a Great Literary Mama

Since becoming a mother, I read my favorite children’s books with different eyes. I find myself more interested in Marmee than Jo March and more fascinated by Caroline Ingalls than by Laura. One of my favorite mamas from literature is Molly Weasley. But what exactly makes this stay-at-home mom of seven so admirable? I’m sharing why I think she's so great in honor of Mother's Day coming up this … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 39

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We had a lovely break from chilly weather and tried to get as much Vitamin D as we could from the gorgeous Florida sunshine at the park. Can I just tell you that this little sundress SLAYS me? And I think I'm (finally) caught up on responding to comments. So, if you left a comment this week that never received a response, go back and check it out. I try to respond to every single comment I … [Read more...]