Our staff picks for July are children’s books that we stock at the store.
Dr. Heather’s Pick: In Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson
Dr. Heather says: “When I was 11 or so this book made me laugh out loud. In this book a grandmother tells her granddaughter stories connected with objects found In Grandma’s Attic. The format makes this a good book for reading aloud.” Ages 9-12
Sheila’s Pick: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Sheila notes that lots of people don’t think about the creation theology in the Narnia Chronicles. Perhaps it is because this book often gets shuffled off to the side. Read this book, enjoy the creation scene, and join the order debate — is The Magician’s Nephew best read as an introduction to Narnia, or after The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as a prequel to that book. The debate rages on.
July Staff Picks feature some of our favourite children’s books because Summer brings out the kid in all of us. Right?
Cindy’s Pick: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Cindy says: “A young girl, her brother, and a friend set out on a fantastic journey with a mysterious stranger in search of her missing father. Science fiction and fantasy combine to bring the reader into the tesseract concept (a wrinkle in time) and a journey filled with danger, adventure and choices that will ultimately affect not only their lives but the whole universe. Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, this is the first book the “Time Quintet”. Suggested reading age: 12 and up.”
Carolyn’s Pick: Raiders from the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson
Carolyn says: “Lois Walfrid Johnson was one of my favourite authors as I was growing up, and all of her books have remained solidly on my “keeper” shelf since then. This book is the first in her Viking Quest series, which follows the story of a young Irish girl and her brother who are captured by Vikings in the late 10th century. The book is full of adventure, history, and an authentic, non-moralistic engagement with what Christian faith might look like in difficult circumstances. Reading level: Ages 10 and up (probably younger if parent is reading to child).