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The Warren & the World is Story Warren’s weekly newsletter, providing a round-up of our favorite things from around the web as well as a review of what was on our site over the past week. We’re glad you’re here!
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When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite things to do at the library was find the encyclopedia shelf, find the WorldBook encyclopedias, pick a volume at random, and begin to read about the things in our world. When I got to middle school, I upgraded to Encyclopedia Brittanica. When we got a computer I could use, my dad got an “Infopedia 2.0” CD-ROM and I spent many an hour browsing through it. To this day I can spend most of a rainy Saturday on Wikepedia, going from link to link to link looking for stuff to learn. I miss the books, though. I remember desperately wanting a WorldBook set. I loved sitting and paging through, pausing when something caught my attention. These “epic” nonfiction books, recommended by Melissa Taylor at Imagination Soup, might provide some of that experience for your kids.
Our own Julie Silander has a post worth noting over at her blog, Greener Trees. She writes of the task of building a bridge of a marriage—a hard task with the best plans and the perfect tools. A much harder task for us imperfect humans with our imperfect plans and superfluous tools. As you build holy imagination in the young ones in your life, also consider how you are building the bridges of the relationships you have.
Melissa Taylor writes in a piece for Brightly about the value of reading aloud—even to your “big” kids. I’m probably preaching to the choir on this one, but in case you were looking for some good reasons to keep family reading time a priority as your kids grow older, or just looking for some good statistics to back up your habits, this is a great piece.
I grew up in a family that ate dinner together. I was the youngest, with sisters five and nine years older than me. And somehow, we always had things to talk about. I can’t remember being bored at a meal or not feeling part of the conversation. Those dinner times were full of deep conversations, and they were a place where our family formed some of our closest bonds. Have you ever struggled to get the conversation around your dinner table turned from the mundane activities of a day to the things that will shape your family’s relationships? Ideas.Ted.com has a list of questions to get you started.
Kelly Keller writes about Harry Potter, endings, and making all things new:
“Some books…are like being home again.”
Paul Boekell’s artwork. Louisa May Alcott’s words.
Allies in Imagination: S. D. Smith with Sarah Mackenzie
Sam Smith was featured on Sarah Mackenzie’s Read Aloud Revival podcast recently, and we share the audio with you this week:
“We do need to go for the heart. The heart is where the affections are moved. A good story aims for the heart and it carries the mind in the same action.”
Your Kids’ Creations Featured at Story Warren? Let’s Make This Happen!
We’re launching something new at Story Warren in a month or so, and we need your kids’ help to make it happen!
A Maze for Tom Sawyer (and You!)
Easter is just around the corner. If you’re looking for some activities to do with your kids as you focus on the season, there are some fun options here.
Okay, sure, technically this is a paint commercial. But forget about that for a moment and sink into it. See four colorblind people experience color for the first time—and take a moment to thank God for the glorious colors He’s filled our world with.
Thank you for reading. We’re on your side.
Carolyn revels in good stories, good music, and wrestles with the intersection of faith, art, vocation, and culture. She regularly meets new characters in her imagination who bother her until she can find a world for them to live in and a story for them to tell.
Carolyn is an assistant editor for the Curator, an online arts and culture magazine. Online, she hangs out at her website, www.carolyncgivens.com, on Twitter, and at her page on Facebook. Her first book, The King’s Messenger, will be published in spring 2017.