Last year, as I began working from home due to COVID, we were about to enter one of the loveliest and longest springs since I moved here to Charlotte. Rather than hurtling into summer heat by the end of March, the weather was a gift of warm-but-not-hot days and cool nights. I opened the windows, let the pollen fly in, watched the cats as they sniffed all the smells of the neighborhood, and listened to the birdsong. I’m not at home every day anymore, and I moved from the back of the house to the front for my office, and spring will likely not be quite as perfect this year, but I’ve got the windows open again today and the cats are sniffing the air and the birds—oh, yes, the birds are singing.
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New Picture Books
Janie at Redeemed Reader has some great picture book selections for us.
- Milo Imagines the World, Outside Inside, and Off to See the Sea plunge readers into a child’s eye view of public places, pandemics, and bathtime.
Bedtime Stories, Childhood Feasts
Careen Raynor reminds us that we’re never too old for bedtime stories.
- My daughter, Alison, has always been voraciously verbal. Once, as a tiny two-year-old, she curled up next to me on the couch, insisting that I read my book aloud. When I obliged with lines from Virgil’s Aeneid, expecting her to sate her curiosity and wander away, she stayed. For about twenty minutes, we were two souls, spellbound—she by the poetry and I by her childlike allegiance to it.
How To Live Through Hard Things
Ann Voskamp shares a word of wisdom for hard times.
- When the woman reached out to hug me just before I got to the door, she whispered it in my ear and I barely heard it through what was leaking down her cheeks, “I don’t know if I’m going to live through this.”
She pulled back and looked me in the eye: I read her eyes and she reads mine and how do you hear the voice of the Shepherd still calling your name when the lies from the pit keep calling you names, and you can’t breathe for the shame?“Maybe it’s — I just don’t know how — to live through this?”
Now Available: Wingfeather Tales
Andrew Peterson and his friends took another dip into the world of Aerwiar with Wingfeather Tales, and it’s now available in the new format, with additional material and an audiobook!
- Featuring new illustrations and the first-ever Wingfeather comic, Wingfeather Tales is now available, as both a brand new hardcover edition and in audiobook form! Return to the world of the Wingfeather Saga with Andrew Peterson and his all-star author friends.
Around the Warren
Mending the Wood in Small Spaces
Emma Radosevich meditates on the work of mending in the everyday.
- It’s still dark at 6 a.m. here in the foothills of the Appalachians. My husband has left me a cup of tea on the counter ready to be sweetened. I open the wrong cabinet because this isn’t my kitchen and I don’t remember where we are keeping the honey. Also, where are the spoons? Finally, my tea is ready. I say hello to my husband and settle into my chair by the window. We try to give each other space in this small apartment to meet with the Lord alone. It’s not easy.
Finding The Lost Words
Laura Peterson introduces us to Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’s beautiful book.
- “Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children.” Oooo—doesn’t that sentence send a little shiver down your spine? Read it a little slower, maybe in a bit of a British accent. It feels almost like the beginning of a mystery/fantasy epic, in which a brave band of beauty-seekers goes out to solve the mystery and reclaim the lost words for children everywhere.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Easter is just around the corner and you probably need this guide for how to draw a bunny. Or—someone in your house does.
Something to Watch
Have you ever heard of shade balls? This Veritasium video digs into this fascinating technology.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team