The Warren & the World is Story Warren’s weekly newsletter, providing a round-up of our favorite things from around the web as well as a review of what was on our site over the past week. We’re glad you’re here!
Around the Web
What I almost missed today
Our friend Rebecca Reynolds has a new piece on her blog about not missing the smallest, most important moments.
- I’m in the final throes of editing a book, and one kid is down on the couch with the legit flu.
Next week’s lesson plans are finished but, a huge stack of research papers needs to be graded. Meanwhile, the holiday to-do list hasn’t been touched, we haven’t put up the Christmas tree, and my house is a total wreck.
The last thing I had time to do this afternoon was sit down and play a homemade board game with The Kid.
We’ve Got This
- I wanted to make it all OK.
The problem is that it wasn’t OK.
I was doing all that I knew to do, and it wasn’t working. We were fighting together as a family, yet there was no formula. There was no set pattern to success. There wasn’t an “I’m out of here” option, because it was someone we loved.
Countdown to Christmas with Children’s Books
- This year we are counting down to Christmas with Christmas children’s books! The idea is that every day leading up to Christmas we unwrap one book and read it together.
We have a basket in our living room with the countdown-to-Christmas books. I wrapped the books simply. This year I wrapped them mostly in packing paper from Amazon boxes. Last time I used newspaper.
Best Children’s Picture Books of 2017
Melissa Taylor has her Best Picture Books of 2017 ready.
- When I say that these are the best picture books of 2017, you can count on these being books that resonate with children; books that kids want to read over and over again. (Sorry, not sorry.) As always, I wish you many hours of reading pleasure. Enjoy!
Around the Warren
Write for Us
We launched our shiny, lovely new site this week. If you haven’t gotten over there yet, be sure to check it out! (Maybe we’ll shine up this email next…) But for now, we want you to write for us. Check out our new process for submissions.
- “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I hope you’ll consider sharing your gifts with our readers here at Story Warren. See our submissions page here.
Sing the Bible: Family Christmas
Kelly Keller recommends our friend Randall Goodgame’s new Slugs & Bugs album.
- I’m delighted today to feature our good buddy Randall Goodgame’s latest offering from Slugs and Bugs: Sing the Bible: Family Christmas. You might recognize the album artwork as a tribute to “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The same is true of the music; Randy is a big fan of the jazzy soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi, so he let that inspire his compositions on this album. The result is warm, charming melodies that bring Scripture to light.
As with all Sing the Bible albums, this is music the whole family will enjoy.
Something to Do with Your Kids
The Artful Parent has a tutorial on how to make paper 3D star ornaments that could make for an afternoon of fun.
And Something to Watch
Thank you for reading. We’re on your side.