Secrets – Excellent Catholic Teen Fiction

Earlier this year, the writers from CatholicTeenBooks.com released Secrets: Visible and Invisible, a collection of short stories. At the time, my reading pile was too high to get to read it, so I simply shared information about the book for anyone who was interested. Recently, they contacted me and asked if I had time to …

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Learn about Innovative Librarian who Created First Bookmobile

For many years, Mary Lemist Titcomb was an unheralded part of U.S. History. Sharlee Glenn is working to change that. In Library on Wheels, she shares the remarkable story of this brave woman who worked hard to make sure everyone had access to books. Born in 1852, Mary grew up in a time when farm …

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Timeless Historical Catholic Fiction for Teens

Looking for some inspiring, enjoyable Catholic fiction for your teenage daughter? Playing by Heart by Carmela Martino may be just what you are looking for. Maria and Emilia Salvini are two gifted teens growing up in 18th-century Milan. In one way, they have been extremely blessed in that their father believed in educating girls. Her …

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Searching for Catholic Fiction for Your Teen?

A  group of authors writing primarily for Catholic and other Christian teens has launched the website CatholicTeenBooks.com. The website provides teen readers, parents, catechists, homeschool co-ops, youth ministers, teachers and others with direct links to exciting, well-crafted books that raise the heart and mind to God and reflect the fullness and beauty of the Catholic …

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Exploring the Christian Symbolism in Harry Potter

How Harry Cast His Spell: The Meaning Behind the Mania for J.K. Rowling’s Bestselling Books by John Granger Carol Stream, IL: SaltRiver, 2008 Harry Potter mania has largely subsided, but many young people still read and enjoy these books and they are destined to become classics. In addition, with the release of an eighth book …

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Innovative Ideas for Book Reports

It can be a challenge to have students read and then engage with the text to create a meaningful product and demonstrate evidence of their learning. Web English Teacher offers a whole host of ideas to use in place of the traditional book report. While these are designed for students in a classroom, many could …

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How Fifteen Minutes a Day Can Change Your Child’s Life

I’ve taught literature for local homeschool co-ops for more than a decade now. During this time I’ve witnessed, up close, an extraordinary number of families who value read-aloud time in their homes. Recently, when my students read the Sherlock Holmes books, one 17-year-old boy asked if it was okay that his mom was reading the books aloud to the …

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Aquinas Writing Advantage from Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections’ Aquinas Writing Advantage is a full writing program for middle through high school students – with individual courses where you can blend together exactly what you need, to make the perfect writing curriculum for your child. All the writing classes you need, from middle through high school, beginner through advanced. Courses that are …

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Chime Travelers by Lisa Hendey

Lisa Hendey of CatholicMom.com fame has written two new books for children, the start of the Chime Travelers Series. When the bells chime, get ready for fun and adventure as you join Katie and Patrick on their travels back in time to far-distant lands. The mysterious strangers they meet along the way turn out to …

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Contemplation aboard the Dawn Treader

After a long break, I am writing another post for my series “Finding God in Children’s Literature.” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis has been one of my favorite children’s books since I first read it in fourth grade. Recently I found myself pondering its profundity during Mass. Not the worst …

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