Emily Whitten

Emily is a book critic and writer for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Mississippi graduate, previously worked at Peachtree Publishers, and developed a mother's heart for good stories over a decade of homeschooling. Emily resides with her family in Nashville, Tenn. Follow her on Twitter @emilyawhitten.

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How to meet kids’ spiritual needs while homeschooling

Parenting | Practical tips on spiritual training for home-educated children
by Emily Whitten
Posted 2/12/21, 05:49 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced many first-time homeschool parents. This edited Q&A is the fourth in a series in which we pose questions about home education to several experts. In this installment, Kristyn Getty, John Kwasny, Cathy Duffy, and Mystie Winckler describe how best to help and encourage homeschoolers. (Click here for a short biography of each.)

Kristyn, how can singing help grow kids’ faith? 

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Lives and memories

Books | Four autobiographies of black Americans
by Emily Whitten
Posted 2/11/21, 02:35 pm

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Doug­lass: First published in 1845, Douglass’ autobiography recounts his harrowing journey from slave to freedman. His earliest memories include horrific mistreatment of slaves and separation from his mother. But Douglass proved resilient, teaching himself to read and mastering skills and a work ethic that would benefit him in freedom. In this account, he avoids the flowery rhetoric of the age, instead writing concise descriptions of the cruelty he saw.

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Seeing past and present

Children’s Books of the Year | Good books for kids on race and history
by Emily Whitten
Posted 2/11/21, 12:01 pm

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

Caldecott-winning artist Pham presents a heartwarming take on the COVID-19 pandemic, helping children see their place in the worldwide, historic event. The book’s narrator begins by snuggling her cat and watching through the window as disease forces those on the street to go inside. Vietnamese-born Pham then captures the highs and lows of quarantine life with warm, sentimental spreads of resilient children and families around the world. (Ages 3-6)

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