Category: Ages 8–11

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 […]

My Book House | Olive Beaupre Miller

Our shelves are full of books I believe in. We own adventure stories, where after a few battles and close calls, good triumphs over evil. We own fairy tales, picture books, poetry collections, and a whole […]

Wildflowers in General; The Summer Issue in Specific

We recently took a vacation—a proper vacation, with moving sidewalks and deep-fried Oreos and fireflies and speed boats—and when we came home, the spiders had moved in. The afternoons still felt sticky-hot, but the mornings […]

The Anne of Green Gables Series | L. M. Montgomery

L. M. Montgomery’s books make me want to befriend some patch of land and explore it thoroughly until I know and have named every tree, every brook, every starry-eyed flower in its thickets. I want […]

John Brown | John Hendrix

I knew two things about this book when I grabbed it off the library shelf: John Brown was a controversial guy whose legacy had something to do with a militia, maybe. No such controversy surrounds […]

Bible Infographics for Kids

Important Notice: Last year, we held a family meeting to settle our last-day-of-school tradition. Because I get to (sort of arbitrarily) pick which day is our last, this seemed important. And because, at the time […]

The Good Master | Kate Seredy

It has been a while since I reviewed a classic children’s chapter book. And that’s not because I don’t love them—I do. Profusely. But keeping two voracious readers supplied with quality books means I have […]

The Rwendigo Tales | J. A. Myhre

I love finding a book that seems impossible to describe. Reviewing it is a challenge—not a “cleaning the girls’ bedroom after we’ve all put it off for far too long” sort of challenge (I hate […]

Patricia St. John: The Story Behind the Stories | Irene Howat

I did not grow up knowing Jesus, but I have many friends who did. And I love to ask those friends what they enjoyed reading as a child. While I read Goosebumps, I wonder aloud, what […]