Depending on where you are–part of the world or state of the U.S.–you’re probably looking ahead and thinking, “well, things are different than they were, but they’re not what they used to be.” Whatever this coming summer looks like for you, it will probably be unlike any summer you’ve ever had. So, grab a book and find a hammock and enjoy the ride.
Around the Web
Katherine Paterson: Written Together
I thought about putting this in the video section below, but I try to keep that for family videos, and while some of your young writers might appreciate this short film, I think it’s probably mostly for you.
- Katherine Paterson is one of the patron saints of the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing because she’s someone who has artfully cultivated a rich conversation between faith and literature her whole life. Her books probe the deep questions that plague us all. This short film shows you why we love Katherine and her questions—and introduces you to the ways she’s posing those questions to a new generation of readers.
On This Compulsory Day of Rest
William Goodwin reminds us of the value of rest.
- In the beginning, Yahweh established the Day of Rest as part of the rhythm of life. It is sometimes difficult for us to properly rest in our culture; it is perhaps equally true to say that it is easier than ever to rest in our modern world. All in all, we are bad stewards of time. We do not understand either Work or Rest: work has become “hustle” and rest has become “binge”.
Picture Books You Need to Read This Summer
Erika at What Do We Do All Day has a picture book list that highlights some of the great summer experiences!
- This summer reading picture book list is an eclectic mix of classics and contemporary titles. They feature children and families engaged in classic summer activities like baseball, camp and exploring the beach.
Back Porch Book Chat: Lou Hunley (Public Librarian)
My friend Sally Zaengle wrote this after hearing of Ravi Zacharias’ death this week, and I love the way she captures the influence his life and work had on her.
- Back Porch Book Chat: A casual, virtual conversation about books. Join us as we chat with book lovers like ourselves about a topic we all love! Our second guest is Lou Hunley, public librarian from North Carolina. She’s got some great tips for us on making the most of our local libraries, how to handle challenges, and more. Check out her bio after the interview for more about Lou.
Around the Warren
Knowing What Page You’re On: Waiting, Hoping, and Dr. Seuss
Alan Howell’s family never has bookmarks, but that doesn’t mean they’re lost.
- There seems to be a lack of bookmarks in my house – it’s not uncommon to find books left on tables, benches and counters being kept open by odd placeholders – coasters, markers, pencils, toys, and even other books! At the end of the day, if I gather up these paperbacks and hardcovers and remove the makeshift bookmarks, a voice may likely call out, gently reprimanding me – “Dad… now I won’t know what page I’m on.”
Modern Kid: A Review
Glenn McCarty reviews Slugs & Bugs new album.
- In the fall of 2013, I had the privilege of attending a workshop at Hutchmoot — the annual conference of The Rabbit Room — which featured Randall Goodgame and S.D. Smith. At the time, I was a green young dad, my own boys just past their fourth and second birthdays, respectively. And I was on the hunt for any kind of dad-wisdom I could get.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Here’s guidance for drawing your own abstract self-portraits. You can be Picasso!
Something to Watch
Destin at Smarter Every Day digs into why birds flock.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
-The Story Warren Team