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Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of ReadingDeconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading
Lawrence Goldstone
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Part book-discussion guide, part memories of the authors' own book-discussion experience, Deconstructing Penguins reads with the ease of the novel and the content of a scholarly work. Leaders will be able to apply the principles to any book; they look at the underlying structures and how to get children (and their parents!) to look beyond the surface. Featuring real conversations on the books they discussed, including The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Frindle, Charlotte's Web, and of course, Mr. Popper's Penguins, key elements of theme, setting, character, point of view, climax, and conflict are explored in easy to understand terms. Enjoyable and relatable, this guide will help to-be book discussion leaders prepare for all aspects of leading a group. 206 pages, softcover.
     

 
Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral ImaginationTending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination
Vigen Guroian
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(PUBOxford University)"A little jewel of a book on how great fairy tales and other children's stories, with their vivid myths and metaphors, can morally educate young people. Armenian Orthodox theologian Guroian engages in a close and sensitive reading of Charlotte's Web, Velveteen Rabbit, Chronicles of Narnia, etc.,"---Kirkus Reviews. 208 pages, softcover.
     

 
100 Books for Girls to Grow on100 Books for Girls to Grow on
Shireen Dodson
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This compilation of 100 inspiring books for girls to grow on grew out of the author's own experience with her mother-daughter book club. Selected books met the author's criteria of being well written, able to hold the reader's attention and generating conversation, with many following familiar motifs: coming of age stories, multidimensional plots, and a strong character that can teach. From science fiction to classics, this selection features some of the greatest young adult literature written. Entries begin with a general summary, notes on reading time and age range, list of themes, discussion questions, biographical author notes, "beyond the book" ideas, and further recommendations. 334 pages, softcover, indexed.
     

 
The Book Tree: A Christian Reference to Children's Literature (2nd edition)The Book Tree: A Christian Reference to Children's Literature (2nd edition)
Elizabeth McCallum, Jane Scott
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Once upon a time, a carpenter entered a forest and happened upon a wolf wearing a feathered cap. Quick, whose side are you on? If you don't know, then keep reading. Stories provide a roadmap for life. This is because stories are life. But oftentimes it's easiest to understand where we are when we can look through other eyes-from the perspective of someone else, living somewhere else, somewhen else.

If you thought you knew The Book Tree, think again. Jane and Elizabeth have updated this charming book with over 100 new book reviews, and whimsical illustrations from recommended titles are scattered throughout. New formatting and four indexes (title, author, illustrator, and subject) make it easier than ever to browse for that next well-worn favorite.

For those beginning to read for the first time or those beginning to read again, The Book Tree will drop golden apples in your lap, until you can climb high enough to pick for yourself. Paperback.
     


 
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: 400 Classic Books for  ChildrenThe Hand That Rocks the Cradle: 400 Classic Books for Children
Nathaniel Bluedorn
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Now revised and updated, Hand that Rocks the Cradle is now in book form, and includes over 250 new reviews! Short summaries of classic children's literature include reading levels, and a key to the era in which it was written, the setting, and original copyright date. Arranged by author, and indexed by subject, you'll be able to find just the right book for your children! The fun and personable tone of the reviews make for fun reading with or without a specific purpose in mind. 111 pages, 4.5" x 9", softcover.
     

 
100 Best Books for Children: A Parent's Guide to Making the Right Choices for Your Young Reader, Toddler to Preteen100 Best Books for Children: A Parent's Guide to Making the Right Choices for Your Young Reader, Toddler to Preteen
Anita Silvey
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Books make a difference in people lives, and at no time is this more evident than childhood and adolescence. Morals, ethics, flights of fancy, decisions, and creative, imaginary realms-books help shape the mind, and the mind the course of a life. Compiling a list of the books every child read-a basic literary heritage-this canon has stood the test of time. Arranged by age group and book type (i.e. Board Books/ Birth to Age 2), discover the books you've known, and some you might have missed. Each entry features the author name, publishing information, pages, and age range, and is followed by a summary. Rediscover The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Miss Nelson is Missing!, The Snowman, Snowflake Bentley, Make Way for Ducklings, Caps for Sale, Ramona the Pest, Betsy-Tacy, Sarah, Plain & Tall, The People Could Fly, The Phantom Tollbooth, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Hatchet, Holes, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Mary Poppins, Out of the Dust, Half Magic, and many others. 192 pages, indexed, softcover; book covers ages 0-12.
     

 
Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through StoriesBooks That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories
William Kilpatrick
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This extensive and detailed book list contains the stories you know and love from your childhood--books that contain morals, values, and provide a compass of love and stability for children. With introductions that expound upon the value of children's literature and a book list that includes awards and elaborated descriptions of books, this is one resource you'll turn to again and again. 332 pages, indexed.
     

 

 
Honey for a Child's Heart Fourth EditionHoney for a Child's Heart Fourth Edition
Gladys Hunt
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Wholesome literature is important for building good character---and this newly updated guide will help you choose the best of the classics for preschoolers through teens. Drawing from a range of genres, including fantasy, biography, and poetry, Hunt offers a select list of books that will start your youngsters on the road to a lifetime of reading pleasure. 240 pages, softcover from Zondervan. Annotated list of books for ages 0-14.
     

 
Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted FamiliesRead for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families
Sarah Clarkson
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Are you wondering what your children should read and when? Let Clarkson's "book on books" be your guide! Her lists of age-appropriate picture books, Golden Age stories, children's fiction, imaginative literature, historical fiction, spiritual works, poetry, books on nature and the arts, and more will start your youngsters on their own lifelong journey of reading. Paperback.
     

 

 

 
Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children's LiteratureBooks Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children's Literature
Elizabeth Wilson
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Treasured as one of the best guides to the best children's literature, Books Children Love contains all the classic favorite stories, along with some unfamiliar ones. Organized into topical categories of animals, art, morals, biography, celebrations day, dance, humor, literature and others, titles are arranged by the author's last name. Each book has a personal description of the content, providing a warm synopsis. 320 pages, indexed, softcover.
     

 

 
One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry PotterOne Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter
Greg Garrett

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One of the most beloved stories in history, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series topped the best-seller charts, inspired the highest-grossing film series of all time, and has now become a $250 million Universal Studio theme park. What is it about this story that has ignited such fandom and struck such a chord with people around the world? As English professor, culture critic, and Potter devotee Greg Garrett explains, these novels not only entertain but teach deeply held truths about ourselves, others, and the world around us. Unlocking the textual intricacies behind the Harry Potter narrative, Garrett reveals Rowling's magical formula-one that, he contends, earns her a place right next to the literary giants of old. Paperback.
     










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