Gracie’s Garden

Here's a look at some new books from B&H/Lifeway this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *Gracie's Garden Melody (age 13): I'm sure lots of us have read the Parable of the Mustard Seed. In Gracie's Garden, they talk about seeds,... Continue Reading →

Mina’s Ups and Downs

Here's a look at a new bilingual book for your family to enjoy in the Mina Learns Chinese series from Katrina Liu: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram *Mina's Ups and Downs Released: July 17, 2020 Publisher: Bowker Page Count: 35 Book Style: Picture... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [July 2020]

Here's a look at some new books from Zondervan + B&H/Lifeway this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *I Can Read My Illustrated Bible Melody (age 13): With colorful illustrations on every page, and delightful Bible stories-what's not to love?... Continue Reading →

The Money Challenge for Teens

As someone who has a degree in business finance, it's always "fun" to learn about personal finance. I love that this resource is available to youth who may not be ready to dive into the nitty-gritty of managing lots of money but it gives them a good start in a conversational tone that teens can... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [June 2020]

Here's a look at some new books from Zondervan + B&H/Lifeway this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *The Berenstain Bears Very Beary Stories: 3 Books in 1 Melody (age 13):  The Bernstein Bears are back again! This book... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading Programs 2020

It is always a fun bonus when there's a prize for reading books. I'll add to this list as the programs start and (perhaps give updates as we finish them!) 🙂 TIP: Make sure to have a timer on hand to track those minutes! (We used to have the timer bookmark lights we realized the... Continue Reading →

Where is Wisdom?

Here's a look at a new book from B&H Kids for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *Where is Wisdom? Melody (age 13): This book is about wisdom. Wisdom can only be found in God because He is all-powerful and knows EVERYTHING and... Continue Reading →

The Edge of Everywhen

Here's a look at a new book from B&H Kids this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *The Edge of Everywhen Melody (age 13): This book is about a book - a special magical book, in fact! It can speak to... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [May 2020]

Here's a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *Fiona, It's Bedtime! Melody (age 13):  This is a cute and gentle book that shows different types of zoo animals. At the same... Continue Reading →

Scarlett’s Spectacles

I like this book because it talks about our feelings and how we can be glad, sad, grumbly, happy, and other emotions. It also shows that when we wake up we can choose ourselves what we can feel, but that we also have to think about what other people think about you feeling grumbly or... Continue Reading →

A Look Back at Summer

These "A Look Back" posts are probably more for us than it is for your enjoyment but hopefully they will spark a reflection spirit in us to review what has happened last month and reset ourselves for the next month. We'll try to share a little snippet of life in the previous months. I don't... Continue Reading →

The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff

The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff is about three friends who find themselves in a money organization whose motto is Give, Save, Live! They give money to charity, and they save money so they can live. by Emily, age 10 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff... Continue Reading →

He Numbered the Pores on My Face

I saw this title and laughed. Well, laughed inside my head. I thought, "Wow, what a funny title!" And then I wondered what was on her face, and evidently, it's a facial mask. With cucumbers on her eyes. (This book is supposed to be for teenagers but then I realized in half a year I... Continue Reading →

Strong

I must confess - I underestimated this book. I thought I wouldn't be interested in reading about these men. But, as usual, I got swept away in the stories...in the reading about these courageous, self-giving, compassionate men. by Melody, age 12 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *Strong: How God... Continue Reading →

Teen to Teen Academic Planner

It's hard to find good planners out there, and when I looked inside this planner, it included some of the elements that make a great planner and help me get organized for the school year. by Melody, age 12 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *Teen to Teen Academic Planner... Continue Reading →

Post-Trip Tips

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. We may add to this list, but here are some super quick thoughts we had from our recent trip. Some items are more specific to an international trip to the city like Hong Kong and less specific to...say our time in the Australian... Continue Reading →

Pre-Trip Tips

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. We may add to this list, but here are some super quick thoughts we had from our recent trip. Some items are more specific to an international trip to the city like Hong Kong and less specific to...say our time in the Australian... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading 2019: Barnes and Noble

[Note: This is a repost of an old post with slight updates.] And so it begins… We enjoy our park playdates and mini-road trips and vacations and bike rides and Vacation Bible School during the summer months, but we’re also super chill and bookworm-ish (read: nerdy), so we enjoy all the different summer reading programs.... Continue Reading →

Empowered

by Melody, age 12 Whenever we read about other people's lives (I'm talking about famous, well-known people in history or the news), we always think "Oh, wow!" Or "How can I become like them? But in reality, these women were human, after all, and it was their strong faith and beliefs that made them brave to... Continue Reading →

Kid Power Volunteer

If you're a middle schooler looking for a volunteer opportunity, the libraries are looking for kids going into 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to help other kids spin the wheel and stamp the board for the Summer Reading Program. (Keep reading for details!) In Castro Valley, the orientation dates and times are Wednesday, May 29th,... Continue Reading →

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