Children’s Corner: The Plans I Have for You

9 Sep

51ciYzw6JLL._SY416_BO1,204,203,200_The Plans I Have for You combines playful rhyming text written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker with whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Vanessa Brantley-Newton to create a book that inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future. God has great plans for each and every one of us, and this book encourages children to think about the talents that make them special and will help them imagine how God may use our unique traits to make the world a better place.


71ucuLQl-hL._UX250_Amy Parker has written more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults, including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer, Thank You, God, for Mommy, and Thank You, God, for Daddy. She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations — Firebird and Courageous Teens — are recipients of Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.

Vanessa-Brantley-Newton-167x300Vanessa Brantley Newton is an artist swathed in retro chic while keeping up with all the trappings of modernity. She loves all things vintage – especially books and clothes from the 40s through the 60’s – and keeps an active Pinterest account to show off her finds. Vanessa’s greatest strength as an artist is her versatility: she feels equally at home designing for the juvenile, adult, and inspirational markets. She loves to add unique touches to her work, including mixed media accents, collage, and hand lettering. Vanessa approaches each project with the goal of uplifting and inspiring happiness through her art. Her work has appeared on greeting cards, wall art, plush, and over a dozen children’s books.


My Impressions:

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my very favorite Scripture verses, and I love how the collaborative team of Amy Parker and Vanessa Brantley-Newton have brought God’s Word to life with their children’s book., The Plans I Have for You. Written for children ages 4-8, this colorful book shows children how they fit into God’s plan. As I was reading it, I kept thinking this would be a perfect book for story time at the library or Sunday School. It can certainly be read at home too, especially for a group of children. There’s a lot for the kids to talk about — how God makes us unique for the work He has for us to do and the many jobs that fulfill His purposes. There are also allusions to other Bible verses, such as Galatians 5:22 and Ephesians 2:10, that parents can include in the conversation. The rhymes and illustrations also add to the fun.

I loved this book and think you will to0. Be sure to add it to your wish list!


Audience: children ages 4-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



2 Responses to “Children’s Corner: The Plans I Have for You”

  1. Being Woven September 12, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    This looks to be a fine book for teaching kids how God knows us and has a plan for our lives. I wish I had learned that when I was young.


    • rbclibrary September 12, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      It is! It has an exciting message for children. Thanks for stopping by!


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