Author: Théa

Writer. Editor. Amateur librarian. Mom of a lot of awesome little girls.
The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp | Jonathan Auxier

It takes a certain sort of magic to write a book that appeals to a whole family: preschooler to middle-schooler, adults as well. But The Fabled Stables, Jonathan Auxier’s newest book, has that magic. Auggie […]

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane | Kate DiCamillo

I recently realized I’d been skimping on read-alouds by choosing books my eldest daughter had already read, or by rereading old favorites. There’s a place for that—of course there is. But I’d leaned on old […]

Sammy and His Shepherd | Susan Hunt

The Lord is our shepherd—but wait exactly does that mean to a child who lives miles from the nearest sheep? In Sammy and His Shepherd, Susan Hunt walks families through the twenty-third psalm one verse […]

Meals with Jesus | Ed Drew

About this time every year, I start looking for family Lent devotionals. And every year I think, Wow, I wish there were more of those. I can find all manner of Advent devotionals, written for […]

Words With Wings | Nikki Grimes

Words With Wings is the story of Gabby, a girl who no longer seems to fit. She used to fit with her father, but after her parents’ divorce, he doesn’t live with her anymore. She […]

The Best Books I Read in 2020

Ah, 2020. I suspect that if we included my online reading in this year’s discussion of what I read and how I liked it, we’d find that I spent far more time reading the news […]

Merry Christmas!

I am so grateful to all of you who read this blog and pray that God would bless your celebrations, whatever they look like this year. We’re celebrating at home (for the first time ever!), […]

Mary’s First Christmas | Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Scripture doesn’t tell us much about Jesus’s childhood—just that it happened, and that he never sinned. But what was it like to be the sinless son of God, a perfect child in a fallen world, […]

Letters From Father Christmas | J.R.R. Tolkien

The Christmas that J.R.R. Tolkien’s son was three, he found a letter addressed from the North Pole. In a shaky, spidery hand, the letter’s writer introduced himself as Father Christmas; he enclosed a self-portrait for […]

There’s a Lion in My Nativity! | Lizzie Laferton

When a young girl is picked to play Mary in her class’s Christmas play, she believes her big break has come! She is the star of the show. But as she tries to act out […]