I had a problem.
I should have known it was going to happen when my daughter’s first words were, “Read it! Read it!” and she showed up at the hospital to meet her new brother with books for me to read.
I should have known when she could tell me the shortest route to Barnes and Noble using grunts and hand motions from her rear-facing car seat.
I had created a Bibliophile.
Noun: a person who collects or has a great love of books
This was a great problem to have, generally speaking. A daughter who loves books will never have enough money for makeup or enough time for boys. She will always have adventures and the very best friends. She will read to her younger siblings and teach them to love books until the entire family is one big, giant pack of book-lovers.
Which is exactly what happened. As my daughter grew, so did my problem. She out-read me. She read all the books I recommended and some I didn’t. She burned through a Kindle and would check fifty books out of the library at once—and read them all in two days. She taught her younger siblings to do the same until we were surrounded by books and yet had nothing to read.
I could not keep up with them, but my kids were too young to have carte blanche at the library. Not every book written for adolescents is worth reading, you see. Many are horrifying, especially in the genres that should be the most delightful of all: fantasy and adventure. They often had to wait for me to Google a review before plunging into a new series. But even then, how could I know my kids were reading the very best books, the ones that would enrich (not just entertain) their minds and hearts?
Enter my friend Gretchen, who graciously sent me a series of fantasy books for my kids to read. The Tales of Larkin, written by Alan Harris, a veterinarian and homeschool dad of six, are not just safe—they are rich with biblical truths and packed with the best kind of adventures of all: our adventures.
Every chapter of Hawthorn’s Discovery, the newly-released first book in the series, captivated my kids with its breathtaking escapades and witty humor. The parallels between this tiny world and ours left them chattering long into the night.
It is a gift to find a book that elevates my children’s understanding of spiritual things in such a fun way. ‘Mom! Listen to this!’ they exclaimed every time Larkin’s tale illuminated another portion of our own Story.
Nothing makes this mama happier than a book series I can wholeheartedly entrust to my bibliophiles. These are exactly the kinds of books I want my children to consume, and I’m happy to share them with you!
I am hosting a Friends of Bibliophiles giveaway! The prize package includes a freshly-printed copy of Hawthorn’s Discovery for a favorite reader AND a $25 Starbucks card for you. Maybe you and your book-lover can sneak away and read together?
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BUT WAIT! Bibliophiles need all the books! If you would like one more chance to win, head over to my Facebook page. I’ll be giving away another copy of the book over there. Enjoy!
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