I recently watched Dr. Katherine Phillip’s Talks@Columbia talk entitled “Why Diversity Matters“. Toward the end of her talk, she challenged her audience to the following: the next time we meet someone new, do not focus on the similarities but the differences between us. She encourages us to celebrate our diversity.
In her book, Will You be Friends with Me, Kathleen Long Bostrom hits on this very idea. It does not matter the style or texture of our hair nor our preferences in art materials. It does not matter the foods we like or the way we consume them. All of these differences are worth noting and celebrating!
Bostrom’s book encourages children to notice the differences between themselves and their friends and celebrate those differences.
The timing of this book, quite frankly, is perfect. This is a great and safe way to talk to your children about differences. It is also a wonderful way to help our children see that differences are not bad, but worth celebrating. The realistic and adorable illustrations help to show what some differences may look like. The illustrations show children participating in fun activities that your child probably does as well.
I encourage you to pick up a copy now and help the children in your life do the very thing Dr. Phillips encourages us to do: note and celebrate our differences!
Heather and Picket lived a lovely life with their parents and younger brother, Jacks. Until one day, their world was turned upside down and they were left fighting for their lives.
Heather and Picket spent their days playing in idyllic meadows, listening to their father’s tales, and generally, enjoying life. One morning Heather comes down stairs to find a strange woman in her home. Unfortunately, she and Picket are not allowed to remain in the house for the duration of her visit but are, instead, sent to pick berries. Upon their return home, they discover that their house has been attacked and suddenly find themselves running for their lives. They hastily make a plan to meet at the seven mounds and take off in different directions.
Finding herself cornered by a wolf, Heather thinks this is the end, but the sudden arrival of two unknown rabbits turns their luck around. Once rescued, Heather and Picket are escorted to a rabbit haven completely unknown to them. They know no one save their two saviors, but everyone on the mountain knows them.
Heather and Picket will learn about their family’s history and the war between the rabbits and the beasts of prey. Here they will have to find their place within this society and will learn that things are not always what they seem.
I was first introduced to these books on Sally Clarkson’s podcast. She and her son Joel were talking about their friendship with the author and the fact that Joel was narrating the audiobooks. I immediately bought the series but did not pick them up until now.
This book was absolutely delightful. Several times I found my heart beating fast as the intensity of the story picked up.
Very cleverly written story.
Unique storyline and characters.
Light vs. Dark
There are several battles in this book, and like in a real battle, not everyone makes it. However, the writing is tastefully done.
A reading challenge that is! I don’t know what it is about doing a challenge that I love so much. I am, by nature, not a competitive person but I find some challenges really satisfying.
I, myself, have not created a reading challenge, but perhaps one day. I have, however, collected a short list of some reading challenges I have come across.
The first challenge is a 31 day challenge and comes from Sarah Mackenzie at readaloudrevival.comThe goal in this challenge is to read aloud to your kids or have your kids read aloud for 10 minutes at least three days a week. Sarah has a wonderful FREE packet containing trackers and reward ideas for your kids. I participated in this challenge last January with my then 5 month old son. This year I am trying to read aloud to him at least 10 minutes but have not yet signed up for the challenge officially. I also really enjoy listening to Sarah’s podcasts and checking out her FREE book lists. She is a wonderful resource for picking great books.
The second challenge is brought to you by Jami Balmet over at youngwifesguide.com. She has created a challenge for women and one for men. I completed her challenge a couple of years ago. She sets up her challenge by picking categories and selecting books for those categories. She also has two levels: 13 books in a year or 26 books in a year. All the books on the list are nonfiction and meant to help you grow in your walk with the Lord or your role as wife and mother. She, too, has a great podcast as well as several FREE resources on her site.
The third challenge is being led by Jessica Turner at themomcreative.com. I first saw her reading challenge on her instagram account @booksnobery. Her goal with this challenge is to get you to read your books you already own! I love that!! My TBR pile is huge and while I focused on reading from it in 2019, I certainly could focus on it for another year. Now, she does specifically say this challenge is NOT a book buying band, but a goal to read more of what we already own. You can sign up for her challenge on her website. I am very excited about this one!
The last challenge is brought to you by Anne Bogel at modernmrsdary.com. I have not done this challenge before but I like that she gives you categories and allows you to find the books for them. For example, one category is to read a book from the year your were born. How fun is that?!? You can sign up and get more information on her website.
All for ladies can be found on instagram as well. Do you plan to take up a reading challenge this year? Let me know in the comments.
The Secret in the Cliffs documents the adventures of a boy and his best friend. Kyle, a lover of archeology, spends his spare time exploring the caves in the cliffs above the beaches in his town. There, he makes a discovery that motivates him to explore deeper and deeper into the caves. The desire to explore increases when Kyle realizes that he is being watched… and followed.
Kristin Tucker takes her reader on an archeological expedition of monumental proportions. Through her use of detail, she allows the reader to join Kyle & Kaitlin as they climb, dig, and swim their way through the caves. She invites us along as they make known the secret in the cliffs.
This is the first middle-grade novel I have read where the main character is so into archeology.
There is a lot of really good upper-level vocabulary (My hubby says I’m a sucker for vocabulary!)
Kyle doesn’t ever reveal his adventures or the dangers to his parents.
Lesson Plan Ideas:
Watch an archeological dig on youtube or the history channel.
Look up examples of hieroglyphics in a book or online.
Create a treasure hunt/ archeological dig for your reader.
Write a dialogue between a news reporter and Kyle.
Create a poster for the museum advertising the skeleton display.
*The author reached out to me to review her book and supplied the novel.
Reading is, by far, my most enjoyable past time. Once I got married, I realized that I had significantly less time to read and then when baby boy came along, that time pretty much didn’t exist! So what was I to do?
I have been reading the Bible out loud to my son pretty much his whole existence. So I decided that I should do the same with my novels. Jonathan makes for a great audience. He really thinks that I am talking to him and I try to make eye contact periodically so he feels included. He is happy to lay on the ground and play while I read. Now, I will say I only have the one and he isn’t mobile yet! But I am hoping that reading a loud will continue to be a way I can read the books I love.
I also try and read a chapter or two right before bed. It helps that my hubby is a reader as well. You wouldn’t believe how much reading one can fit in at night.
Lastly, I have started allowing myself the first 25 minutes of his nap time to be my reading time. Specifically I am using that reading time to research health topics and read books about health. But I set my timer and read. It’s amazing how much the timer helps. I am more likely to ignore my phone and read because I know the timer is ticking. If someone calls or texts I know that I can get back to them in 25 minutes. That has been so helpful.
Currently, I have finished 2 out of the 3 books that make up my monthly goal. (More on that in the next post.) Try reading aloud if you have kids and see how it works!
This blog post is long overdue and will certainly be out of my norm. I really haven’t had a lot of time to read let alone blog. Back in November my site crashed because of malware… so that took some figuring out. On top of the, lately I have been reading mostly health and diet books. Not really the kind of content I post here. If all of that wasn’t enough, I have my sweet baby boy to look after! (Which of course is the greatest and most rewarding use of my time!)
With all of that said, if you are looking into dieting or getting healthy for the new year, I would HIGHLY recommend The Maker’s Diet by Jordan S. Rubin. Jordan was diagnosed with Crohn’s at 19 and spend the next two years of his life and thousands of dollars trying to find a permanent healing solution. This book is the culmination of what his journey taught him.
I was gifted this book by my father after I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I eagerly dived into this book and followed his 40 day challenge. I lost several pounds and felt so much better after the challenge. I have actually decided to go back to Phase 1 and hang out there for several months because it made me feel so good.
If you’re trying to start 2019 off on a healthier foot, then check out Jordan’s book. I know you’ll enjoy it.
I am super excited to announce that I made the list of the top 100 Christian Book Review Blogs! I came in at #71. Totally exciting for this bookwork! You should check out some of the other sites when you can!!
I finally have a few free moments to jump on my blog and catch y’all up. I am currently listening to book number 6 in the Anne of Green Gables series. Why listening you ask? Because on July 31, 2018 I had my precious baby boy.
Jonathan came into the world just one day early. I have been focusing on him the last two months and haven’t had much time to pick up a book. Unless it’s a board book. Little Blue Truck anyone??
Anyway, I hope to be back in full swing soon. Until then, happy reading!
I would like to say THANK YOU to all of my readers who have continued to look at my blog posts. As you may have noticed, I have not posted since January. But I do have a valid reason for being a little MIA lately: Steven & I are preparing to welcome our first baby!!
Our son, Jonathan Cyrus, will be gracing us with his presence in early August. Jonathan means “God has given” and Cyrus means “farsighted”. We chose these names after two very strong men in the Bible. Jonathan was the son of King Saul & loyal friend to the future King David from whom Jesus’ lineage would continue. Cyrus was a Persian king who sent the Jews back to Jerusalem with plans & finances to help rebuild the temple. Both men are spoken of well in the Bible.
Pregnancy has not kept me from my love of reading. I decided back in December that 2018 would be a year of series. With that said, it takes a bit longer to get through an entire series in order to blog about it. I will tell you that I am on book 5 of the Chronicles of Narnia and LOVING them! Next on the list is to finish up the Heroines Behind the Lines series followed by Anne of Green Gables. So I do hope you continue to check in on the blog. Please make sure to check out my Teachers pay Teachers site and follow me on Instagram @thebooknookreview. As always, thank you for the support! And keep reading!!
I love a good book fair! This little book nerd gets so excited to see all the new, shiny books!
As I was perusing our book fair, I started thinking about all the possibilities a kid could choose from. Nonfiction. Fiction. Historical fiction. Hardback. Paperback. Posters and bracelets! So much to choose from!!
Many kids do not know exactly what they are looking at or know how to choose a book that’s best for them. During this time of book fairs, I encourage parents to look through the brochure with their child. I think it would be a lot of fun to watch my child look through all the possible book options & pick out the ones they’d like. I think it’s really important to do some research on the titles your child has picked out. But as I discussed before in previous reviews, not all books at a junior high book fair are written for junior high students. They are a great way for PTOs to raise money for their teachers & schools. But I just want to encourage you to look into the books your child is interested in.
On a side note, I was super excited to see Ashes on the shelves this year!!
I am also excited about the possibilities for future posts!