The start of the school year is a whirlwind and a time of changing rhythms. My friends who’ve taken teens to college this week are looking around their homes and wondering what will fill the space that kid filled in the family. My friends whose littles are starting preschool or kindergarten for the first time are tackling the feelings of life with different rhythms than before. Wherever you land on the spectrum, may your days be filled with joy and expectant hope.
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Beyond Our Own Worlds: Wild Things and Castles in the Sky
I mean, we’ve already told you why we love Wild Things, but in case you missed it, K.B. Hoyle says it a little louder for those sitting in the back.
- o you have any book recommendations for my child?”
This is a question I’ve been asked more times than I can count, and it’s one I don’t always find easy to answer—even though I feel like I should. As an author and publisher of Middle Grade and Young Adult literature, I wish I had an easy rubric to determine what is true, beautiful, and good in all the books that have ever been published. But the truth is that although I feel confident recommending the books that I love—confident about what is good in those stories for the young readers who might wander into their pages—the world of publishing is too vast and families too diverse in their tastes, tolerances, and perspectives for me to know what will land as a good recommendation every time.
The Lord’s Prayer: Antidote to Expressive Individualism
Brian Rosner explores how Jesus taught us to pray and what it means in our culture today.
- Expressive individualism, the view that who you are is who you feel yourself to be on the inside, is the dominant approach to identity formation in our day. As David Brooks writes, “When you are figuring out how to lead your life, [people today believe that] the most important answers are found deep inside yourself.”
A Little Theology of Dinosaurs
Scott Hubbard is playing dinosaurs.
- I’ve been spending a lot of time with Tyrannosaurus Rex these days — and Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor. I’ve also made the acquaintance of some less-familiar figures, like the long-necked, small-brained Diplodocus and the head-crested Parasaurolophus (which actually rolls off the tongue once you get the hang of it).
When All I Have Is a Mustard Seed
Jessica Roan considers little faith.
- I had the noblest of intentions. Really, I did. It was just a six-week study, and there are ten weeks of summer break. How hard could it be? I even picked up the book and paid for it on time, and then, it sat wrapped in plastic on my piano. The first few weeks of summer had proved to be busier than expected-imagine that. Driver’s Ed, tennis lessons, the book I needed to read for the class I’m taking, long-neglected projects at home soon took over, and I didn’t even peel the plastic off the book.
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Whether We Like It or Not
Théa Rosenberg reminds us that art isn’t just about what we like.
- “He thinks that because he doesn’t like it, it’s just bad.” So said my middle-school daughter as
she lamented her friend’s dismissal of a song he dislikes—but that she does, in fact, like very
And I laughed (then hastily assured her that of course I wasn’t laughing at her), because
I had just come from a conversation where a few friends had objected to an artist I admire
because they didn’t like the artist’s style.
Empowered and Strong: Two Great Biography Collections to Share with Your Kids
Kathryn Butler introduces two biography collections.
- Most families are well-versed in the power of the story to enchant and enliven young minds. We’ve all watched our kids’ eyes widen when the eagles save Bilbo, when Charlotte spins her first message, and when Charlie catches his first glimpse of the chocolate factory.
The riches of stories don’t limit themselves to bedtime and fiction, however.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Want to make a science adventure out of bathtime? Consider these make-at-home bath bombs for kids!
Something to Watch
Have you ever wondered how subs create oxygen?
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team