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Around the Web
How to Find Great Children’s Books
We love sharing book lists with you (and if your click-rates on book list articles are any indication, you love them, too–see one below!). But you can’t always have a book list on hand for choosing books for your young readers. Erica at What Do We Do All Day has a piece up on how she finds new children’s books.
- I love curating book lists for kids so much, I’ve put together over 200 children’s book lists. Because of my obsession this, people often ask me about how to find good children’s books. Most of my parent friends confess they choose reading material for their children based almost exclusively on what their child brings home from school, what’s displayed prominently on bookstore shelves, or get random suggestions from other moms and dads. While there is nothing wrong with those techniques, there are other methods, too!
Books about Books
- Picture books about books may be a little meta, but they’re also a whole lot of fun. Hopefully these books will inspire your kids to pull a few more books off the self for reading time.
Psalms of Praise: An Interview with The Corner Room
- Sometimes, especially if you’ve grown up in the church, Scripture becomes so familiar that it’s easy to miss the beauty and poetry of those old words of life. So we look for ways to shift our focus—trying out a new translation, diving into an intense study, or learning ancient prayer practices that engage the text. And for the Psalms, there is nothing quite like hearing them sung.
But how do you turn Bible verses into songs that feel worshipful, reverent, and… well… sound great? Thankfully, The Corner Room is doing just that, and their latest entry Psalm Songs Vol. 2 is a record we’re excited to commend to you.
Contentment in Motherhood
- Stomach bugs. Hitting. Biting. Lice. Bed-wetting. Tantrums. Sleepless nights. Exhausting days.
You’re a mom. You’ve faced all of this and much more. Each day you wake up with a plan, only to find your efforts dismantled before you’ve even finished your first cup of coffee. Like a rudderless boat tossed back and forth on the waves, our days rarely go the way we hope. With so many ups and downs, plans made and plans delayed, how do we learn the secret of contentment in the season of motherhood? Is it even possible?
Around the Warren
Daring to be Whole-Hearted
Kathleen Shumate turns her back on “cool” in this piece celebrating whole-heartedness.
- Children get excited.
When my two-year-old, raised thus far in squirrel-less Taiwan, first saw one of the lavishly-tailed critters in our American backyard, he shrieked at the top of his lungs and convulsed with joy. When my kids find a gecko or toad, they concentrate their full energy on creating its very own home, playground, or waterside resort to make it the happiest toad in the land.
Bunnicula Left Its Mark on Me
Illustrator Joe Sutphin tells the story of never reading the book Bunnicula.
- A few days ago in the mail, I received a t-shirt with the classic Bunnicula book cover on it. I’ll admit, I got a bit emotional. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery was written by Deborah and James Howe and published in 1979. It is a humorous, children’s mystery novel about a family who finds a black and white bunny at a movie theatre one evening while watching Dracula, all told from the perspective of the family dog.
I never read it.
Something to Do with Your Kids
At the Artful Parent, they’re doing a giveaway of some great creative summer projects. Check it out!
And Something to Watch
Thank you for reading. We’re on your side.