I haven’t taken down my Christmas tree yet. It’s a project for this weekend, I’m sure, but I’ve been enjoying the lights and the shine off the ornaments enough to keep it up much further into the month than I normally do. We all need a little light in the darkness of January. I hope you’ve been finding it.
Around the Web
Holy Prayers from Rocking Chairs
Jill English shares a lovely poem.
- We sit quietly in the near-dark room.
Wood spindles hug hips and back,
bare feet touch soft fawn-colored carpet,
worn wooden armrests cradle elbows and
arms filled with the weight and warmth of her.
Orion and the Starborn
Carolyn Leiloglou introduces K.B. Hoyle’s book.
- Orion and the Starborn is the first book in the Orion Rising series. K.B. Hoyle takes her young readers on a great ride in this sci-fi fantasy.
Newbery Buzz #1: A Rover’s Story
Janie at Redeemed Reader begins introducing the books getting notice as we enter Newbery season.
- It’s that time again, readers! The hour for selecting winners of the world’s most prestigious children’s book award draws near. Redeemed Reader has little (that is, NO) influence on that decision, but we like to speculate. This year we’ve set apart five likely buzzed-about titles for a closer look. Betsy leads off with Jasmine Warga’s A Rover’s Story.
The Faerie Queene Kickstarter campaign is live!
The Rabbit Room recommends backing the Kickstarter campaign for Rebecca K. Reynold’s new edition (in modern English prose) of Edmund Spenser’s classic poem.
- Our friends over at Sky Turtle Press have labored for years to open up the fantastical world of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene to a wider audience and now their project is ready to come into the light. A new Kickstarter campaign launches today to bring the text-faithful, line-by-line prose rendering of Spenser’s epic poem to market and it’s also loaded with several exciting incentives and stretch goals!
Around the Warren
Our Little Loves and the Loves of Our Littles
Sara Kyoungah White navigates the space between what she loves and what her children love.
- When I was a child, I had a doll named Elena who lived in the space beneath a white plastic lawn chair. Every day when I came home from school, I’d close the door behind me and pull back the makeshift curtain to reveal Elena lying on her Poly-fill stuffed mattress, just as I had left her, tucked under a quilt of squares the size of postage stamps.
Meg Is Not Alone: A Poignant Story About the Body of Christ
Kathryn Butler reviews a book by Megan Hill.
- Over the past few years our family has enjoyed The Gospel Coalition’s series of picture books, beginning with Betsy Childs Howard’s Arlo and the Great Big Cover Up and Polly and the Screen Time Overload. With whimsical storytelling and charming illustrations, both books offered kids practical guidance rooted in Scripture in a fresh, engaging way direly needed in our times.
Something to Do with Your Kids
I always think January is for penguins and snowmen. We take down the elves and the sleighs, but we still get the cheerfulness of winter. So here’s a guide for making a penguin from a rock.
Something to Watch
Rhett and Link check out every flavor of Goldfish they can find.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team