Kingsbury, Karen and Tyler Russell. Finding Home. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Children, 2020.
View the book trailer https://www.karenkingsbury.com/findinghome
Summary from Amazon
Much-loved storyteller Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family books have captured the hearts of tens of millions of readers who have come to think of the Baxter family as their own. Now Karen Kingsbury and her son Tyler Russell inspire and entertain young readers by going back in time to tell the childhood stories of the beloved Baxter children—Brooke, Kari, Ashley, Erin, and Luke.
Summer is over and Dad begins his important position at an Indiana hospital. Like it or not, Bloomington is the Baxter Family’s new home. As school starts, everyone finds reasons to be excited about the move. Everyone that is except Ashley. Ashley desperately misses the home and friends she left behind. As she realizes her siblings have their struggles, too, she can’t help but wonder if unlikely friends can be the best friends of all? And could time and love from her family be enough to make a house feel like home?
In the second book in the Baxter Family Children series, #1 New York Times bestselling Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell tell the funny and poignant tale of the Baxter children finding home!
While I have not read all of the Baxter Family books I have read and enjoyed many of them. Last year I was able to introduce some of the students at my school to the Baxter Family as children in the book Best Family Ever. I enjoyed seeing Kingsbury’s take on what these beloved characters were like as children. This year I was able to introduce a new group of students to the continuing story in Finding Home.
There is much in this children’s fiction for kiddos to relate to – moving to a new town, making friends, and having embarrassing moments. Children will laugh and cry with the characters as they see themselves in the actions of Ashley and the other characters
Authors Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell know how to appeal to the older elementary age group. They really do seem to understand children at that age. As an educator I appreciate the Readers Guide that the authors created which is available on their web site. https://77234cb5-0e4c-4bd0-80a1-135607400ba5.filesusr.com/ugd/a167bc_b637771ef8094d20ba3d5cd9c43ad4b8.pdf
While this is a series and there would be obvious benefit from reading the books in order, I do not think it is necessary (although I think you will want to).
I would not hesitate to add Finding Home and other titles in the Baxter Family Children series to a k-12 Christian school library. It is a great opportunity to introduce elementary children to characters who will grow with them as they age and approach adulthood. Finding Home would be a good classroom or family read aloud as well as an enjoyable read alone for an elementary student.
I received a complimentary copy of Finding Home as a member of Karen Kingsbury’s Street Team. This is my honest review.
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