Book Review: Midwinter Nightingale

Midwinter Nightingale by Joan Aiken
Midwinter Nightingale (The Wolves Chronicles, #10) 
by Joan Aiken

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Within hours of returning to England, Dido is kidnapped and interrogated regarding the whereabouts of the missing King Richard and his successor, Simon, Duke of Battersea. Dido has no idea where they are hiding, but she could never betray the good King and her kind friend Simon, so she turns her attention to escaping the fearful Fogrum Hall and the ghastly werewolf, Baron Magnus. Continue reading

MK in West Africa

This MK in West Africa just received some books about art, and immediately started coloring and drawing!

“We got the books and one little girl was so excited!! She has been drawing and drawing and drawing! And asking me to read the books over and over! One day when she become a famous artist, I will have her paint a picture of you!!!
Thank you so much for brightening her day and thinking of her. What a sweet blessing!” – Missionary in West Africa

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MKs in Japan

These MKs in Japan are thrilled with their package of free books! They enjoy reading together as a family, and even loved the bookmarks that came with the package too.




There’s nothing quite like opening up a package from your home country when you are far away across the globe.  And receiving books to read is even better!

This missionary family loves to read together, and having books in English is important for the MKs education!


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MKs Enjoy Reading

These MKs in Colombia just received a package of books, and they love to read! This young man got some books about drawing, and now he’s drawing all the time. He’ll probably grow up to be an artist!

They got some wonderful books, and enjoy reading them together as a family!


Nothing brings a family together like reading, especially on the mission field!  You can donate to Books for MKs so that more books can be sent to missionary families.


Book Review: A Servant Like Jesus

A Servant Like Jesus
A Servant Like Jesus by Lee Ann Mancini

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charlie is a little crab at his first day of Fish School, and he’s too shy to join the other children in class. But when a schoolmate gets injured, it’s up to Charlie to pray for the courage to jump in and help.

The illustrations are so cute! I love the bright colors and adorable little fish friends. The best part is the hidden Bible symbol on each page. I love searching for hidden objects in pictures, and this will keep children engaged and interested through multiple readings.

This would be the perfect book for any children who are shy or feel overwhelmed by fear in new situations, because it teaches that if we pray for courage, and focus on helping others rather than focusing on our own fears or discomfort, Christ will give us the bravery to do good and serve others for His glory! Continue reading

Book Review: The Anybodies

The Anybodies
The Anybodies by N.E. Bode

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fern is a magical girl with a secret parentage, and when she meets her true father, The Bone, and leaves her extremely dull adoptive parents, she is swept into adventure and danger. The Bone’s archnemesis, The Miser, is lurking in the shadows and plotting evil, and it’s up to Fern to discover the secrets of her parents’ murky past in order to puzzle through the future and find her true identity. Continue reading

Book Review: The Great Cheese Conspiracy

The Great Cheese Conspiracy
The Great Cheese Conspiracy by Jean Van Leeuwen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an adorable little book about some mice living in a movie theater, who watch a lot of films about bank robbers. When they decide their gang is going to rob a cheese store, they come up with one hilarious plan after another and have several daring escapes, but no cheese. It’s up to their fearless leader to pull off the biggest cheese heist in mouse history!

I love stories about mice because they are the ultimate underdog characters! These little guys come up with some ingenious and hilarious projects, and I love the humor and silliness in the writing.

This would be the perfect book to read aloud to children, or for a child just starting to read chapter books. So cute!

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Book Review: Fell Farm Campers

Fell Farm Campers
Fell Farm Campers by Marjorie Lloyd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this classic little story about four siblings who go camping in the fells (mountains).

Pat and Jan are the two brothers, and I liked how they can be tough, rough and tumble, but also very protective and gentle with their sisters, Hyacinth and Kay. The siblings make a great team, and they go hiking all over the mountains, making camp near a farmhouse, where the farmer and his wife give them their meals. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gingerbrood

The Gingerbrood
The Gingerbrood by Brent Vernon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t say enough about how much I love this book! The story is perfection itself; I laughed and actually cried a tiny bit and I really cared about those cute little ginger guys. This book puts me in a Christmas mood! Those little gingerbread men are so full of courage and resourcefulness and spunk. I just loved seeing them run for their lives and outwit the hungry people trying to eat them.

The ending was absolutely beautiful! It is rare that I see so delightful and meaningful an ending in a simple children’s book. And all in rhyme too! The rhyme is exactly right, telling the story in a fun and lyric way. (And I’m picky about poetry and rhyme.)

I cannot get over how bright and gorgeous the illustrations are! It really draws you into the story, and makes you love the characters. Each little guy in the gingerbrood has their own personality, their own little voice. They are so adorable!

I can’t wait to read this book out loud to some little kids!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher/ author in exchange for a free and honest review.

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