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links to collections of book summaries and reviews aligned with the Adventist philosophy of education

  • Adventist Resource
    CIRCLE Book & Media Review Form Preschool-Lifelong
    Review a book, movie or other educational product from an Adventist world view. Share your review with other Christian educators by entering resource information and your critique (positive or negative) using this form.

  • Adventist Resource
    A Brief Encounter with Counsels on Education Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Fortney discusses Shane Anderson's book "How to Kill Adventist Education (and How to Give It a Fighting Chance!)" He ponders how the Adventist church, which has been given so much counsel on Christian education, has come to a place where a book is...

  • A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal 1830- 32 Grade 3-Grade 6
    Catherine's mother has died, following the birth of an infant son, and when her father decides to remarry, Catherine faces painful changes, not the least of them in herself. The story is carved from the granite of New England traditions, told in the form of...

  • Adventist Resource
    Between the Lines - Review and Herald Author Interview Videos Grade 9-Lifelong
    Watch short interviews with Review and Herald book authors on Hope Channel's Between the Lines programming. In 2008, George Knight, Jack Blanco, Dwain Esmond, Randy Fishell, Terri Fivash, Trudy Morgan Cole discuss their books. In 2009, Derek Morris, George...

  • Black-Eyed Susan Grade 4-Grade 8
    The Dakota Territory in which the book is set is a wide, uninhabited land created anew each day by sunlight and wind: a vast canvas for a child's imagination, a land where a family can build a life and a living. But "awed and oppressed by the vast prairie,...

  • Adventist Resource
    Book Review - Teachers Behaving Badly? Dilemmas for School Leaders Kindergarten-Lifelong
    In this TEACH Journal article, the authors raise ethical dilemmas that apply to all teachers, but may be of particular significance to administrators and beginning teachers.

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    Book Review: Sex, Gardening and God - Setting the Values for Christian Schools Grade 1-Lifelong
    In this TEACH journal book review, Herschell examines Leo's book, noting: "This intriguing text is a 'must read' for educators especially for Christian educators who are intent on developing authentic, responsive, transforming approaches to values education...

  • Carry on, Mr. Bowditch Grade 4-Grade 8
    Nathaniel Bowditch came from a line of sailors from Salem, MA. The book recounts his life as an indentured apprentice from ages 12-21, during which he learned Latin, sciences, mathematics, etc. He made several voyages including one as captain of the ship....

  • Adventist Resource
    Christian Classroom Booklist Wiki Grade 1-Grade 8
    This wiki provides Christian teachers with a place to share books they use in Christian classrooms. Teachers can read books reviewed by other teachers, or add their own.

  • Coming On Home Soon Grade 2-Grade 4
    A young girl misses her mom who goes to work in Chicago during World War II because the men are off fighting the war.

    Potential causes for concern with young Christian readers include the idea that possum and rabbit will be used for stew, if caught.

  • Coming On Home Soon Grade 2-Grade 4
    This moving historical picture book biography tells the story of a colored child, waiting for her mother, who left home to search for work in Chicago during World War II.

    Potential Cause for Concern: the picture of the Ku Klux Klan and cross...

  • Florence Nightingale Grade 1-Grade 5
    A small book that covers many facts about Florence's life. A drawing or picture is on one page and text is across from it. Each picture and accompanying text is a "chapter".

  • Freedom Summer Grade 3-Grade 4
    The story of two young boys who experience desegregation in Mississippi in the summer of 1964. This beautifully illustrated work will help young readers understand the issues and how they impacted the lives of children.

  • Getting to Know the US Presidents - Thomas Jefferson and others Grade 2-Grade 5
    Author and illustrator Venezia writes, "I was surprised to learn that each and every president had an exciting life story and made decisions that effect our lives today. Even those who were president over a hundred years ago!" Other titles in this...

  • Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists - Rembrandt and others Grade 2-Grade 5
    Rembrandt introduces young readers to the real person behind a famous artist's name with fun kid-friendly illustrations and a conversational style. Other titles in this series, Getting to Know The World's Greatest Artists, include: Henri Matisse, Mary...

  • Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers - Peter Tchaikovsky Grade 2-Grade 5
    This book provides an overview of Tchaikovsky's life and works, allowing children to see the composer as a real person. Other titles in the series, Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers, include: The Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Johannes...

  • Going to Town Grade 1-Grade 3
    Going to Town describes Laura's first trip to town as an American pioneer in the Mid-West United States. Illustrations are by the illustrator of the paper dolls and Kirsten books in the American Girls Collection. Other titles in the set of "My First Little...

  • Golem Preschool-Grade 3
    In 1580 the Jews in Prague are being persecuted because of misunderstandings and lies being told about them. Judah Low ben Bexalel, the chief Rabbi of the city creates a clay giant by using the mystical powers of Cabala. The giant named Joseph, rescues the...

  • Adventist Resource
    Harry Potter - Innocent Fun or Destructive Tool? Tertiary
    Media portrays witchcraft as a “safe, exciting, and spiritually empowering religion.” TV programs, films, fiction books and other forms of media are widespread and are becoming prominent not only in the United States, but also in other countries...

  • Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase Grade 1-Grade 3
    This is part of a series of 25 books about a boy and his dog and everyday events. Henry's family goes to a farm to get fresh items. Henry and Mudge are allowed to explore the farm and end up getting chased by a goose.

    A potential concern is that...

  • I Am David Grade 4-Grade 6
    "David's entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope...

  • Indian Captive Grade 5-Grade 8
    Twelve year old Mary Jemison took her peaceful days on her family's farm in eastern Pennsylvania for granted. But on a spring day in 1758, something happened that changed her life forever. "In this classic frontier adventure, Lois Lenski reconstructs...

  • Adventist Resource
    Is Left Behind Biblical? Tertiary-Lifelong
    "The Left Behind saga may be popular; its ideas going around the world. Yet solid biblical teaching is against every one of the four core positions upon which the phenomena of Left Behind is built. The Left Behind indeed leaves behind biblical truth and...

  • Adventist Resource
    JAE Editorial: In This Issue Kindergarten-Lifelong
    In this editorial, the editor gives an overview of topics covered in this general issue of the Journal of Adventist Education. Articles in this issue include:
    Measuring Quality in Adventist Schools

  • Joshua's Song Grade 4-Grade 6
    Boston, 1919. It's been a terrible year for thirteen-year-old Joshua Harper. The influenza pandemic that's sweeping the world has claimed his father's life; his voice has changed, so he can't sing int he Boston Boys' Choir anymore; and now money is scarce....

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder - My Favorite Writer Grade 4-Grade 6
    Introduces Wilder, her books, the craft of writing and the publishing process. Jewelry in illustrations may be a concern. Out of print, but available on Amazon Marketplace.

  • Lou Gehrig - The Luckiest Man Grade 4-Grade 6
    "The story of Lou Gehrig, the heroic Yankee who battled with ALS, was inspirational far beyond Yankee Stadium. David Adler's spare biography tells Gehrig's story just as the athlete lived: with unassuming simplicity. It's a wise choice, since the story...

  • Margaret Knight - Girl Inventor Grade 3-Grade 5
    By age 10 (about 1848) Margaret begins working at a textile mill in Manchester, NY. After seeing workers injured, she wants to invent a safer loom. She invented a stop. Margaret's 27 known inventions have affected the manufacture of many common items. One...

  • Minty - A Story of Young Harriet Tubman Grade 3-Grade 6
    This Winner of Coretta Scott King Award is a fictionalized story of Tubman's childhood. It introduces emotional aspects of slavery. Illustrations by Jerry Pinkney add to the book's value. Potential causes for concern include: "Old Ben lit his pipe";...

  • Not Yet Yvette Kindergarten-Grade 4
    Yvette waits impatiently as she and her father prepare a surprise birthday party for her mother. Reading level Grades 1-3. Illustrated by Irene Trivas. Uses repetitive language effectively. Features theme of families, and character trait of patience. A potential...

  • Rules Grade 4-Grade 6
    "Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from 'a peach is not a funny-looking...

  • Saving Grace Grade 4-Grade 7
    Reviewer did not read the entire book because it was determined early on not to be appropriate for Adventist students. Concerns include references to Ouija board, kids smoking cigarettes, bootleg liquor, stealing and inappropriate use of God's name.

  • Snowflake Bentley Preschool-Grade 3
    This picture book tells the story of Wilson A. Bentley of Jericho, Vermont. Born in 1865, Wilson loves snow and other aspects of nature. He used a microscope to view snowflakes. Awed by the beauty of each flake, he attempted to share it with others. After...

  • Adventist Resource
    Strength-based Leadership Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Bayer discusses "Strengths Finder," a book by Tom Rath that emphasizes developing strengths instead of strengthening weaknesses.

  • The Barn Grade 2-Grade 6
    The year is 1855 and Ben has been sent off to school by his father in fulfillment of a promise to his mother who has since died of diphtheria. Ben is retrieved from school by his sister with the news that his father has taken seriously ill and Ben is needed....

  • Christian Resource
    The Book Tree - A Christian Reference for Children's Literature Grade 1-Grade 12
    A guide for Christians seeking children's literature supporting a biblical worldview.

  • The Other Side of Truth Grade 5-Grade 8
    When Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over. Out of fear for their safety, their father, an outspoken journalist, decides to smuggle the children out of Nigeria and their...

  • The Secret School Grade 3-Grade 6
    When a country one-room school teacher is called away for the last few months of the school year and the school is closed, fourteen year old Ida decides to fill in so that students can continue their education and so that she and an older student can still...

  • Where Robins Fly and Why Grade 1-Grade 3
    This picture book gives an introduction to the life of a robin; beautiful color photography.