Is your family hitting the summer doldrums yet? Or do you feel like you’ve just barely started? I think it’s one or the other with no middle-ground option. Either it’s flying by in a whirlwind of crazy or you’re not sure what to do tomorrow, but it will probably look a lot like today. Whichever state you find yourself, we’ve got resources for you. From summer boredom busters to family movie night recommendations, we’ve scoured the web for the best around.
Around the Web
40-Year-Old Moses vs. 80-Year-Old Moses
Caleb Brasher looks at the biblical character of Moses and what we learn from his growth.
- “I rely on God” is an easy thing to claim. Doing it is a different story.
Each of us is tempted to control our circumstances and surroundings, and so we’re drawn to whatever will help us achieve such control—strength, competency, self-determination. It usually doesn’t take long, though, for our efforts at stability to falter, leaving us (yet again) with a maddening mix of uncertainty and anxiety.
Popular Middle Grade Fantasy Series
If you’ve got a fantasy reader, you might want to look back at this piece recommending a few different series for middle grade.
- Kids banding together to help one another, particularly if the grown-ups are somehow unavailable = the biggest common denominator in middle grade fiction. Not every book fits this oversimplified definition, but many popular middle grade fantasy series certainly do.
Summer Boredom Busters
Sally Lloyd-Jones shares some great ideas of what to do when you don’t know what to do.
- Here’s a list of summer adventures to go on together — many for free and without leaving home.
Revisited: The Woman Who Gave Us Miss Rumphius
Sarah Mackenzie revisits an episode highlighting the great Barbara Cooney.
- I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman.
She won two Caldecott Awards, illustrated more than 100 books during her career, raised four children, and lived life with unique zest and liveliness.
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The Joy of Creating for Your Kids
Kathryn Butler explores a particular kind of creative joy.
- From the first moments my kids strung together sentences that revealed their inner worlds, I’ve delighted in the whimsy and richness of their imaginations. First, characters from picture books would become their imaginary friends. Then, I’d walk by their rooms and smile when I glimpsed them holding court over a crowd of stuffed animals, a dozen pairs of shiny plastic eyes gazing at them as they acted out elaborate scenarios.
Do Great Things for God: Queen Elizabeth II
Laura Peterson reviews a new picture book biography of QEII.
- The library at my church growing up wasn’t very large, but I do remember the children’s section being jam-packed with biographies of notable Christians from history. It’s where I first encountered some of the names you might expect when you think about that type of book; stories about Elisabeth Elliot, Ben Carson, Eric Liddell, Corrie ten Boom.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need a movie night but not sure what to watch? This list gives recommendations with descriptions and some notes on age-appropriateness. Maybe your next movie night is here!
Something to Watch
Did you know fireflies have different blinking patterns?
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