I’m Christine, the bookworm behind this blog. I’m a Catholic, wife, and mother of three. I drink coffee, eat too many carbs, and have a devotion to St. Jude and St. Thomas Aquinas. Quite a duo, I know.
You know what else I know?
That navigating book shelves can be a real pain in the…tail.
And that it can sometimes make you shudder when you look at that big stack of books your child just picked up from the library.
On the one hand, you’re thrilled they are reading!
On the other, you’ve heard that there’s a whole lotta gunk in some of today’s fiction marketed toward the younger crowd.
You want them to read widely, but you don’t want them scandalized.
You don’t want to be a prude, but everyone has their limits.
Obviously, the truth is somewhere in between those extremes. And that’s why I’m here.
To help you navigate the world of children, tween, and teen literature. I have my English degree in one hand, the catechism in the other, and a book propped open before me.
I plunder the culture, and give you the gold.
That is, on Mondays I review books for tweens and teens, and on Thursdays I review picture books. My reviews aren’t here to tell you if your child should read the book or not. My review is here to help you – the parent. To that end, I tell you what the book is about, whether or not I liked it, and then list things that you may (or may not!) want to discuss with your reader.
I also design and publish modern literature study guides for middle and high school students. I have used them with great success for summer book clubs, but they are equally as suitable for a month long literature study in the classroom or homeschool. You can get a free Hunger Games study guide here.
If you are still doubting that there’s any virtue in modern literature, I invite you take a peek at my series on virtues. I dive headlong into the popular culture book shelves, highlighting books that illustrate the virtue for that month.
It’s easy to romanticize times past, but we’re here. Now. Beauty is where you find it. I love helping you look!