Kristin Chapman

Kristin is the children's book page editor and an editorial assistant for WORLD Magazine. She graduated from two World Journalism Institutes, including one in Asheville and one in Austin. Kristin resides with her husband, Jarrett, and their three children in New Castle, Penn.

Resilient reads

Children’s Books | Nonfiction books for middle graders and teens
by Kristin Chapman
Posted 2/25/21, 01:06 pm

Torpedoed by Deborah Heiligman: This riveting but tragic World War II story chronicles the 1940 sinking of the SS City of Benares as it sailed for Canada with evacuee children aboard, all fleeing the German air raids on England. The government evacuation program had successfully relocated hundreds of English children to safety before a German U-boat torpedoed the Benares in stormy, frigid waters. Only 13 of the 90 children would make it home alive.

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Strength amid struggle

Children’s Books | Picture books for Black History Month
by Kristin Chapman
Posted 1/28/21, 01:14 pm

The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard: Mary Walker was 15 when the Emancipation Proclamation declared she was no longer a slave. Life, though, was still hard: Mary had to work long hours for a meager wage, and there was no time for school. One day an evangelist gave her a Bible and said, “Your civil rights are in these pages.” Mary promised herself she’d learn to read it, but never found time. Then at 114, Mary decided the time had come. Note: Parents may want to edit out one phrase taking the Lord’s name in vain. (Ages 4-8)

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Delightful discoveries

Children’s Books | Four recent picture books
by Mary Jackson & Kristin Chapman
Posted 1/14/21, 04:41 pm

The Bear and the Moon by Matthew Burgess: A curious little bear spots something “red as a berry and round like the moon” with a long silver string attached to it. The balloon goes everywhere with him, providing quiet company and new excitement, seeming to smile back at him like a friend. But one day, it pops. The bear desperately tries to fix it, to no avail, and sorrow and loneliness set in. Nature has a way of providing comfort, and the bear realizes that all good things are a gift, and loss is not always a result of bad behavior.

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