The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs: 100+ Recipes that You’ll Love to Cook and Eat – America’s Test Kitchen Kids

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs is an outstanding cookbook.  The recipes are presented in a clear, easy to understand format with companion photographs and preparation notes.  Everything we have tried has been delicious!  This book is especially good for tween and young teens who are continuing to develop their culinary skills.  This one is a winner!

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America's Test Kitchen Kids (COR), America's Test Kitchen,
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
September 15, 2018

Alongside Jesus: Devotions for Teenagers – Drew Hill

Alongside Jesus is terrific devotional firmly rooted in scripture and specifically designed for teenagers.  It provides four daily devotions each week focusing on a specific truth about Jesus.  Unique to this devotional is the element of including an “alongsider”.  An “alongsider” is a parent/mentor that you process the devotionals with using questions that are included in the text on a weekly basis.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

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Drew Hill
August 29, 2022

Blast from the Past ~ The Dot – Peter H. Reynolds

Couldn’t help but revisit my very favorite Peter H. Reynolds book this month…

The Dot is perhaps my favorite picture book of all time.  The Dot introduces us to Vashti a little girl who is not very eager about art class.  Her art teacher encourages her to “make her mark”.  With gentle guidance from her teacher, Vashti’s natural abilities as an artist as well as a teacher develop.  Ultimately, the simple text and accessible pictures pull the reader into Vashti’s story. The profound impact of the words and actions of a teacher are highlighted and the power of enthusiasm and encouragement are reinforced.

The Dot Book Cover The Dot
Peter Reynolds
Juvenile Fiction
Candlewick Press

Little Happy Dreamer – Peter H. Reynolds

The power and the promise found in dreaming is celebrated in Little Happy Dreamer.  This book would be wonderful to share with little ones, but it could also be easily used as a read aloud with older students.  Beautiful illustrations and an encouraging message for all readers make this one a winner.

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Peter H. Reynolds
Juvenile Fiction
Cartwheel Books

Almost Gone: Twenty-Five Days and One Chance to Save Our Daughter – John Baldwin and Mackenzie Baldwin

This book provides the shocking true story of a teen from suburban North Texas who became so involved in a secret online relationship with a young man from Kosovo that she distanced herself from her family and friends, denounced her Christian faith, converted to Islam, and became “engaged” with plans to leave her family and fly to Kosovo to be with him.  Ultimately, the FBI was instrumental in thwarting the plan and opening Mackenzie’s eyes to the realities of the relationship.  This story is shared by both father and daughter with alternating narration which enhances the text.

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John Baldwin, Mackenzie Baldwin,
Biography & Autobiography
Simon and Schuster
November 14, 2017

Way Back Wednesday ~ Celebrate You – Sherri Duskey Rinkler

This review was originally posted on June 8, 2020.
Celebrate You would be a great graduation gift. It is filled with charming pictures that highlight the ups and downs experienced to reach a myriad of important milestones. This one is a winner!
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Sherri Duskey Rinker
Juvenile Fiction
Balzer + Bray
March 5, 2019


The Good Egg – Jory John

Although The Good Egg can be enjoyed by young learners as a fun picture book, it is a clever book with a deeper message that would be great to use with older learners.  Exhausted by trying to be good and influence the behavior of others, the protagonist (a good egg) learns life altering lessons in this engaging and funny tale that includes fantastic illustrations.

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Jory John
Juvenile Fiction
February 12, 2019

WonderFull: Ancient Psalms Ever New – Marty Machowski

WonderFull: Ancient Psalms Ever New explores the whispers of Jesus that are found within the Psalms.  Much like Machowski’s earlier work, The Ology, the primary audience for the book is children.  That being said, young and old alike can enjoy and learn from this beautifully illustrated collection.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions

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Marty Machowski

DoubtLess – Because Faith is Hard – Shelby Abbott

DoubtLess does a phenomenal job of addressing the issue of doubt when it comes to faith.  It specifically hones in on the difference between doubt and unbelief.  Written to target college student and other young adults, this text is encouraging and empowering.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

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Shelby Abbott
New Growth Press
August 17, 2020

I Wish You More – Ann Krouse Rosenthal

I Wish You More is a delightful book filled with wishes for the future.  It is a great text to use at the end of the year with students, but it is also a great option that can be used at the beginning of the year as you discuss classroom expectations and goals for the school year and beyond with learners of varying ages.

I Wish You More Book Cover I Wish You More
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Juvenile Fiction
Chronicle Books
March 31, 2015