Category: Ages 8–11

It Couldn’t Just Happen | Lawrence O. Richards

As much as I enjoyed this book, I debated about whether or not to share it here. Though I do occasionally review books I know will be controversial, I tend to pass over titles on […]

Misty of Chincoteague (Series) | Marguerite Henry

When we celebrated my birthday last month, I opened one daughter’s gift and found a book tucked in it alongside her present. I couldn’t keep the book, she explained, but I had to read it. […]

A Year in the Big Old Garden | James Witmer

After a good rain, we traipse through the backyard, my youngest daughters and I. We are hunting for snails. We find one! A massive snail, the length of my six-year-old’s hand, glides across the path, […]

The World of the Wazzlewoods | Tyrel Bramwell

Fern and Dale and their parents move to the tiny town of Cream City to live with their grandfather. Right away, the kids discover that something is different about the town, and the fun of […]

The Best News Ever | Chris Morphew

In 100 short readings, Best News Ever guides young readers through the book of Mark. This Bible study for kids features the elements I look for in studies for adults: it spends more time in […]

Bible History ABCs | Stephen J. Nichols

I don’t know what you thought when you saw the title of this book, but I thought, “Yes, a new one!” I have long loved Church History ABCs and Reformation ABCs and, frankly, everything I’ve […]

Christmas With Anne | L. M. Montgomery

If you could spend Christmas in any story, which would you choose? Would you squeeze into the Weasleys’ living room or celebrate Narnia’s first Christmas after the thaw? Would you join the Ingalls around the […]

Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy | David & Karen Mains

The way I used to feel about the new dELiA*s catalog: that’s how Lydia feels about the catalog from Lamplighter Books. Before it hits the kitchen counter, she whisks it away, and when I find […]

Empowered | Catherine Parks

Our kids keep getting bigger. It’s the weirdest thing. I remember moms, gazing at Lydia asleep in my arms, who cooed, “Oh, it just goes by so fast!” I knew they weren’t talking about my […]

The Radical Book for Kids | Champ Thornton

When our eldest daughter was a toddler, my mom dropped a heavy box off at our house. “Your books,” she said. “From when you were a kid.” I had no idea what a wonderful thing […]