Welcome to House full of Bookworms!
Here’s something I think we agree on. I believe reading and being read to are foundational. But it’s not just the amount of time reading that matters. I believe what children read is critical not only to their education but also to their emotional and spiritual formation. Children internalize books. They identify with characters. They adjust their world view. What they read is important.
But sometimes, as parents, we don’t know what to let them read (or not read).
That’s why I created this blog. I want to help you find books that your kids will love and that you will approve of. I want to encourage you with beautiful stories your family can enjoy together. And I want to give you resources to talk with your teens and tweens about the books they are reading.
Will you join me on this quest for great books for our kids? Sign up below to receive updates when I post a new book review. You’ll also receive a link to download my Best Books for Every Age list, which contains more than 300 book suggestions.
My name is Carolyn Leiloglou (lay-LAW-glue), and my obsession with books started early, which would certainly explain my choice to major in English and complete the Torrey Honors program at BIOLA University. During college, I fell in love with my sweet husband, in part because of his beautiful songwriting that shows his love for Jesus and encouraged my heart. Did I mention he is also a wonderful pediatrician, which is great since we have four beautiful, crazy kids.
I’ve always loved children’s literature. I love reading it to my kids or just for fun myself. And I love to share good books with people. So many mom friends have asked me for kid’s book advice that I gradually gained the courage to start this blog. I want to give other moms (and dads) helpful book recommendations from a Christian parent’s perspective (though you don’t have to be a Christian to benefit from my reviews).
On this site, I focus on book reviews and lists, but you can find me on other blogs, a podcast, in children’s magazines, and even on TV. Just follow the links below:
- Read-Aloud Revival Podcast: “Episode #41: Fantasy for Christian Kids“
- SA Live: “Book Recommendations” (my segment starts at 17:30)
Guest Posts and Articles
- Story Warren: “The Most Horrible Thing: A Child’s Perspective,” “The Books I Watched,” and “The Gift of an Unscheduled Summer“
- Simple Homeschool: “Caught Reading During (Home)School“
- Sunlit Pages: “How My Parents Raised Readers Without Being Avid Readers Themselves“
Poetry for Children
- “Snail Trail” — Caterpillar, winter 2016
- “Brave Dandelion” — Caterpillar, winter 2016
- “Buzzing Bird” — Bumples, winter 2017
- “Two Hands” — Clubhouse Jr., April 2017
Fiction for Children
- “Don’t Call Jack”–Amazon Rapids, March 2017
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If you’d like to contact me, feel free to use the form below. Keep in mind, if you are an author/publisher, I generally choose my own books to review, so I am not open to solicitations for book reviews at this time (with the exception of authors I have already mentioned on this blog).
If you are a self-published author, I understand it is difficult to get the word out about your book. However, I don’t have time to keep up with the books I want to read, and I won’t recommend books to my audience without reading them. If you query me, you will not receive a response (especially if you don’t bother to find out my name).