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From Swimming in the Dark

"Last year, I wrote about hanging poetry around the house for a little painless and pleasant supplemental education over the summer. You choose the walls that your family is likely to spend time staring at anyway, and you put wonderful words and brilliant imagery in front of their faces."

Read more: Simcha Fisher, Swimming in the Dark, Aleteia
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From Acculturated

"Of course, publishers have been churning out abridged version of classics such as Treasure Island for years (some tolerable, others terrible); and some retellings for children, such as Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales From Shakespeare, have become classics in their own right. But by the time they are teenagers, children need to be challenged in all sorts of new ways if they are to make the transition to adulthood successfully. If they can’t be challenged by reading—even with relatively accessible books like The Da Vinci Code—then how are they supposed to tackle tougher questions (a frequent complaint about Millennials)?"

Read more: Julia Dent, Acculturated
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From BNKidsBlog

"Despite the changes over the years, the purpose has stayed the same: to honor our military members who gave their lives for our country. Now, that may be a challenging concept for some kids, and some parents, but here are a few fantastic books to help bring home the meaning in a relatable way."

Read more: Lindsey Lewis Smithson, BNKidsBlog, Barnes & Noble
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From BuzzFeed

"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor celebrates its 40th anniversary this year."

Read more: Krystie Lee Yandoli, BuzzFeed
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From The Atlantic

"Overwhelmingly, in my own family and far beyond, the stories that land with the greatest impact are those where darkness, loss, and danger (emotional or physical) is a reality. But the goal isn’t to steer kids into stories of darkness and violence because those are the stories that grip readers. The goal is to put the darkness in its place."

Read more: N. D. Wilson, The Atlantic
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". . . Cleary herself will turn 100 on April 12. Asked by TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager about her upcoming birthday, Cleary responded with true Ramona spirit, saying, 'Well, I didn't do it on purpose!'"

Read more: Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, TODAY
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From Legendarium Media

"Recently, Legendarium spoke with author Andrew Peterson about the Kickstarter launched to finance an animated series of his best-selling books The Wingfeather Saga."

Read more: Crystal Hurd, Legendarium Media
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From Redeemed Reader

"We’re going to see more of this—a lot more. The LGBT spectrum is no longer confined to issue novels, where alternative sexuality is the central theme. Instead, it’s working its way into all genres and themes, even wholesome relationship stories and achievement narratives.

"How should a parent respond?"

Read more: Janie Cheaney, Redeemed Reader
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From The Washington Post

"So far my children have led sheltered lives, which is exactly why I want them reading books about difficult, uncomfortable topics. They’ve never experienced violence or prejudice firsthand, but I believe reading about it will broaden their views and open their eyes to others’ lives and experiences."

Read more: Suzanne Nelson, On Parenting, The Washington Post
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From Oxford Mail

"The work of The Lord of the Rings author was found by the principal of Our Lady's Abingdon school after searching through old copies of the school's annual magazine."

Read more: Naomi Herring, Oxford Mail
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From Interesting Literature

"In our pick of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s best poems, we included ‘God’s Grandeur’, a sonnet celebrating ‘the grandeur of God’. Hopkins was one of the greatest religious poets of the entire nineteenth century, and this poem shows how he attained that reputation."

Read more: Dr. Oliver Tearle, Interesting Literature
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From The American Conservative

"We live in an anti-culture. It’s killing itself. Firsts is a small thing, but its importance lies in its banality. This is the poison we feed our children as their daily bread."

Read more: Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
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From The Guardian

"In The Classic Fairy Tales, Iona and Peter Opie write that the French author’s 'achievement was that he accepted the fairy tales at their own level' and 'recounted them without impatience, without mockery, and without feeling they required any aggrandisement, such as a frame-story, though he did end each tale with a rhymed moralité.'"

Read more: Alison Flood, The Guardian
Topics: Books, History
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From Glamour

"It trades quite interestingly in female rivalries and competitiveness, and I think one of the ways in which Lizzie really excels herself is to sort of rise above any of that. So, you have Caroline Bingley, who is Mr. Bingley’s sister, who is constantly trying to score points by trying to evince an admission in Darcy that Elizabeth is beneath him and rather plain and rather uninteresting, and all it does is of course embarrass Caroline and make her feel weak. Lizzie sees exactly what [Caroline] is doing and always manages to rise above. Lizzie will distance herself from a situation where other people would blindly try too hard."

Read more: Rosamund Pike, interviewed by Anna Moeslein, Glamour
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From The Washington Post

"Reading together can happen in a living room or a dining room or in a back yard, in a classroom or in a car or in a Florida room on a wrought-iron couch. Within the confines of a story shared aloud, we get to see one another in new ways. Our hearts are open to the story and open to one another -- and because of this, some kind of subterranean magic occurs. Reading aloud binds us together in unanticipated ways.

"It brings us home."

Read more: Kate DiCamillo, The Washington Post
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From Mental Floss

"It’s a fantastical story featuring interstellar travel; alien planets; an evil, disembodied brain; and a world under siege from an unknown force. But ultimately, A Wrinkle in Time is grounded in human concerns that L’Engle knew all too well. 'Of course I’m Meg,' she once said. Where the stories of Meg and her author diverge, aside from the interplanetary jaunts and interactions with mystical creatures, is that Meg saves her father. In doing so, she becomes empowered with the knowledge that she can take care of herself, even if she can’t save the world. 'Indeed, the crux of the book rests on Meg’s coming to understand that her father cannot save her or Charles Wallace, or make the world a less anxious place,' wrote Meghan O’Rourke for Slate in 2007. 'Part of the task she faces is, simply, accepting the evil that is in the world while continuing to battle against it.'"

Read more: Jen Doll, Mental Floss
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From The Imaginative Conservative

"Can you imagine Laura’s face if someone told her that a day would come when parents would beg, bait, nag, and cajole children into reading? To the Ingalls family, reading was better than dessert. How could any child not want to read?"

Read more: Maura Roan McKeegan, The Imaginative Conservative
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From The New York Daily News

"Stephenie Meyer dropped a brand new 'Twilight' novel on Tuesday to celebrate the book’s 10th anniversary, and it includes a major twist.

"In 'Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined,' Meyer swapped the genders of her main characters, including iconic lovebirds Bella Swan and Edward Cullen."

Read more: Kirthana Ramisetti, The New York Daily News
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From Fathers for Good

"My sophomore son had some strange summer reading. I was so intrigued by the books -- and wary -- that I did it with him."

Read more: Brian Caulfield, Fathers for Good
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From Intellectual Takeout

"If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for great literature for your children. Or, perhaps you’re looking to catch up on some novels that you may have missed out on when you were growing up."

Read more: Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout
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