Favorite Children’s Lit Blogs & Websites

Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book Almanac childrensbookalmanac.com

Anita Silvey was the editor of The Horn Book review journal and the publisher of children’s books at Houghton Mifflin. She estimates that she’s read about 125,000 kids books over the past 40 years.  The Children’ s Book-a-Day Almanac presents a different book everyday, both classics and books on their way to becoming classics, ranging from books for toddlers through young adult.  Her daily posts offers an in-depth look at a specific book, background information about it’s authors, illustrators and publication, as well as an excerpt from the book.  A fun and informative daily read you can receive to your Facebook news feed.

Aslan’s Library https://aslanslibrary.wordpress.com/

This blog, written by Haley and Sarah, focuses on Christian children’s books.

I will let Haley and Sarah describe their blog and booklists:

“Since 2010 we’ve been curating a collection of the very best theological books for children because when it comes to communicating the story of God to kids, truth and beauty both matter. We also write more broadly about reading with children, celebrating the church year, and spiritual formation in childhood.”

If you are looking for quality Christian children’s book, this is the place to go.

Good Books For Young Souls http://goodbooksforyoungsouls.blogspot.com

This is how Wendy describes her blog: “You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children’s imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!”  Wendy has been for 32 years and We has 3 grown children – who remember fondly our Family Read Aloud Time – and two little grandsons, who already loves books. She can usually be found exploring libraries (the big old ones are her favorites!).  Her blog features books for toddlers through teens, with an emphasis on classics.

Read Aloud Revival (http://amongstlovelythings.com)

Sarah MacKensy is the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace.  Sarah home schools her 6 children and loves connecting with other moms and figuring out how we can teach our kids with more passion, purpose, and unshakable peace.   Her website includes podcasts, booklists and a blog.  Her booklists tend to empathize classics, Christian and homeschool authors.

A Mighty Girl  amightygirl.com

This website describes itself as “The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.”.   I have not explored the toys or movies, but I love the booklists, especially the great selection of multicultural books, books about social issues and books about emotions and childhood experiences. There is even a great selection of books on different areas of the world.  A great resource.

Plugged In by Focus on the Family Pluggedin.com

Plugged In is a Focus on the Family website designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. They provides reviews of movies, TV, music, games and BOOKS!

The Redeemed Reader  Redeemedreader.com

Their website offers book reviews of children’s books ranging from picture books through young adult, interviews, podcasts and articles on reading, writing and homeschooling.  Their mission statement says: “Our goal at Redeemedreader.com is to shine a gospel light on children’s literature so that Christian parents, educators, and the children they nurture may read in a more redeemed and redeeming way.”

What do we do all day?  http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/books-for-kids

What do we do all day is one of my favorite resources for children’s books (as well as other activities for children).  Erica and her husband and two young boys live in New York city in a small apartment – they have no TV, no car, no yard.  Every Monday, she posts a list of favorite books.  She has extensive lists of children’s books, organized by themes, including folktales from around the world.