Children’s Corner: M Is for Manger

18 Nov

51G+GZxzDdL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Travel through the alphabet with this beautiful rhyming storybook that tells the story of Jesus’ birth. Begin with the angel who tells Mary that she is God’s chosen vessel and follow along until you reach the zillions of stars that paled in comparison to the star that announced the birthplace of the newborn King. Beautifully illustrated and written, this book will be a classic for parents to read to their children every Christmas season.

Sneak peek:
Mary gently wrapped her son,
then rested in the shed.
She placed the newborn Savior
in a MANGER for his bed.

pic_lg_bowman_crystalCrystal Bowman is a former preschool teacher, author, and speaker. She graduated from Calvin College with a degree in elementary education and studied early childhood development at the University of Michigan.

Her writing career began in 1990 as a lyricist for children’s piano music. She began writing children’s books in 1993 and has since written more than 70 books for children and 3 for women. She has written books for many popular children’s series, such as Little Blessings, BOZ the Bear, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and I Can Read! She has also written two books of humorous poetry for children, three books for women, numerous magazine articles, Bible study materials, and educational resource books.

As a speaker, Crystal enjoys sharing her stories and poetry with students in the classroom and also with adults at teachers’ conventions, writers’ conferences, and women’s seminars. “Writing and speaking can be intimidating because in order to connect with your audience you need to be personal and transparent, exposing what’s in your heart and soul. But when readers or conference attendees respond positively to something I’ve said or written, it is humbling and rewarding all at the same time!”

Crystal and her husband, Bob, have enjoyed 38 years of marriage and are the parents of 3 grown children and 1 grandchild. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

For more information on Crystal, you can visit her website at

pic_lg_McKinley_TeriTeri McKinley grew up in the world of publishing, attending book signings and book conventions with her mother, Crystal Bowman. Teri began writing stories in elementary school, and her love for writing grew in college while attending Baylor University. She has been published in national magazines such as Susie Magazine and The Eleusis, and has also written greeting cards for Discovery House Publishers. She has a master’s degree in Interior Design from Arizona State University, and currently works as a student advisor for East Texas Baptist University. Teri and her husband live in Longview, Texas.


My Impressions:

M Is for Manger presents the powerful message of Jesus’ birth in a creative way. Arranged chronologically and alphabetically, with simple rhymes, beautiful illustrations and reinforcing scripture, the story of God’s plan unfolds for children. This book is a great addition for family read-alongs during the Christmas season. If you are planning a 25 days of Christmas reading program for your kids or grands, then be sure to include this book. The authors have also included a helpful plan for using this book for teaching the Christmas story. A great way to refocus the holiday on Jesus, M Is for Manger is a recommended read.


Audience: ages 4-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE

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

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