Childcraft Series Overview

In my childhood home, we had a room called “The Library”. It was a beautiful room with dark wood built-in book cases and glass doors. It was always my favorite room in the house. My dad had a deep and lovely leather chair which was perfect for getting lost inside of a good book. My…

Children of the Noisy Village

  3 Stars – “The content is too old for kids in 2016. Too old school story.” (An Amazon Reviewer) Oh. Oh. Oh. That review breaks my heart, and it is wrong. Confession: I am not a big fan of Pippi Longstocking, also by Astrid Lindgren. I love the charm of Lindgren’s writing but Pippi’s…

The Hedge School

In 17th century Britain, the Protestant English settlers of Ireland had failed to assimilate the native Irish Catholics, and there was serious political and religious tension on the island. In 1641, native Irish landowners staged a rebellion against the English settlers and failed. A bloody, complicated, and chaotic series of events unfolded causing political, economic,…

Twenty One Balloons

“We are slaves of our own piggishness, we have locked ourselves in a diamond prison. On the other hand, we are very happy here; and I suppose the fascination of knowing that we are each one of us richer than the combined Midases, Nabobs, and Croesi of history enters too into the Krakatoan spell which…

1,000 Member Milestone

During Holy Week of 2015, we were a few world-weary friends, seeking sanctuary. The reading of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society had brought us together in another discussion group and we wanted to create a vibrant community of kindred spirits who would read widely and deeply, and in so doing cultivate thoughtful…

Freckles

  I did not grow up with Gene Stratton-Porter. I didn’t even discover her while I was still homeschooling my children. I had seen A Girl of the Limberlost on book lists for years before I finally decided to find out why it was always there. Now I know, and I think I’ve read all…

Kickstarter Add-Ons

Recently we wrote a post about how and why authors and small publishers are using Kickstarter to launch their new books into the world. Crowdfunding is a marvelous way for us readers to help support authors, illustrators and publishers who are bringing our kinds of stories into the world. Some Kickstarters make use of the…

Nurse Matilda

Nurse Matilda is one of those books that the child in any of us would enjoy. When I consider recommending it, however, I realize that I have to wear two different hats. Wearing the hat of my inner child, I adore the book. It is delightful. It is moral. It is creative. It is magical….