Mark Restaino tackles the big questions of free will and why evil exists in his latest picture book, Two Robots
Ginny Kochis of notsoformulaic.com has developed Made for Greatness: A Growth Mindset Journal for Courageous Catholic Youth to help Catholic children and teens ages nine and up to develop a virtuous life and live for God.
Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom by Kerry McDonald is useful reading for anyone interested in learning more about self-directed education.
Beverly Cleary is best known as the author of over forty children’s books such as Ramona the Pest and The Mouse and the Motorcycle , but once upon a time she was a little girl who had a hard time learning to read. Just Like Beverly is a new picture-book biography of the author written by Vicki Conrad and illustrated… Read more →
Have you ever thought about how you would draw God? Drawing God by Karen Kiefer (Paraclete Press) is a new picture book that examines that question. Emma is a young girl who goes to a trip to an art museum where she is inspired by the works of Picasso. She wants to draw something spectacular, but what should it be?… Read more →
Julia’s Gifts by Ellen Gable What a lovely teen, historical romance. The book is set in France during World War I and is about Julia, a young lady from America, who decides to volunteer for the Red Cross and work at a field hospital in France. As a teenager, Julia began collecting gifts for her future husband – her beloved…. Read more →
A dear friend who is also a Speech-Language Pathologist and Reading Specialist recommended How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Friendly Strategies You Can Use to Ignite Your Child’s Learning and Increase School Success by Dr. Judy Willis to me. While this book is designed for use of parents whose children are in traditional school systems, Dr. Willis intended parents to use… Read more →
The Gate by Nancy Carabio Belanger This YA novel is written from the perspective of the grown-up Joshua, as he looks back and remembers a life-changing time in his past. I loved this book and couldn’t wait to see how the story played out. I was so moved by the friendship of Josh and the elderly gentleman he reluctantly befriends,… Read more →
Over 20 years ago, Kenneth Danford started North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens, currently located in Sutherland, Massachusetts. Even before I began my homeschooling journey, I would see the tagline on bumper stickers: “Learning is Natural; School is Optional.” That tagline, which is the title of Danford’s new book, made me question what I thought I knew about education. In… Read more →
Do you look at your friends’ organized homes with a little bit of envy? Do you wonder how they manage to keep their living spaces clean and organized? Some people are born with the natural ability to organize. Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff by Lisa Lawmaster Hess is not the organizational book for them. No, this… Read more →