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Children’s Corner — Tiny Bible Tales

27 Jun

Tiny Bible Tales, a series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes with gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations.

Daniel in The Lion’s Den

When Daniel is thrown into the lion’s den, it will take all of his prayer and faith to save him. This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

Miriam And Pharaoh’s Daughter

To save baby Moses, Miriam and her mother place him in a basket and set him adrift on the river. As Miriam watches from the reeds, she hopes that someone will find and rescue him. And someone does — Pharaoh’s daughter! This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

W. C. Bauers is a husband, father, publishing industry veteran, bibliophile, and popular author of children’s books and science fiction. His works include the TINY BIBLE TALES and UNBREAKABLE and INDOMITABLE (THE CHRONICLES OF PROMISE PAEN).

His interests include Taekwondo, Military History, Munchkin (especially Space and Spy), small arms, and French-press brewing. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, three boys, and the best rescue in the ‘verse.

Contact him at:

write.wcbauers@gmail.com

http://www.wcbauers.com

 

My Impressions:

What incredibly adorable books these two are! These favorite Bible stories — Daniel and the lions and Moses’ childhood — are told in a charming and understandable way for even the littlest kid. I loved the rhyming verse that succinctly tells the story, hitting all the important parts. The illustrations are colorful and engaging and are sure to catch and keep your child’s eye. Both are sturdy board books that will stand up to the constant reading that is sure to come. These two are not the only books in the series — be sure to check out all of them.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 3-5.

(Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for complimentary copies. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

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Children’s Corner — Colorfull

19 Jun

Why be colorblind when we can be colorFULL instead?

Imani and Kayla are the best of friends who are learning to celebrate their different skin colors. As they look around them at the amazing colors in nature, they can see that their skin is another example of God’s creativity! This joyful story takes a new approach to discussing race: instead of being colorblind, we can choose to celebrate each color God gave us and be colorFULL instead.  

 

Dorena Williamson is a bridge buider, speaker, writer, and worship leader who knows the power and beauty of racial awareness. She and her husband, Dr. Chris Williamson, planted Strong Tower Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and have spent more than twenty years ministering to its richly diverse faith community. Dorena and Chris have four children.

 

My Impressions:

Wow! I was blown away by Colorfull, a children’s book by Dorena Williamson. While many in today’s world want us not to recognize our differences, this beautifully illustrated book celebrates the wonderful diversity throughout God’s creation. The story follows Imani, her little brother Christopher, and best friend Kayla as they explore the world right in their own backyard. Granny Mac points out the wonderfully colorful world that God created, pointing out that the variety makes the world beautiful. And God’s gift of color extends to people as well. I love that the book emphasizes the uniqueness of creation and our place in it. The illustrations  compliment the story — each picture wonderfully detailed and expressive. The book also provides a great parent’s guide at the end. Scripture references and discussion questions continue the conversation.

Colorfull is a great addition to a home library. I predict this one will be a favorite with your family.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-8.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to B&H Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Beautiful Name

6 Jun

“But what is your name?” Mo asked God.

From the author of Tinko, Matt Gosselin, comes a beautiful book about a spunky girl named Mo whose curiosity and imagination fill the pages and the minds of its readers.

After an argument with Mama, Mo asks God about His name. “Is it Marvin, Mike or Morgan?” she asks as any six-year-old might.

The lesson of the meaning of God’s name is one which teaches us who God is. Love. Over 30 illustrations fill the pages of this hardcover and digitally available book.

To purchase, click HERE

 

Matthew Gosselin is a father to three beautiful names, Evan, Aiden and Emma Grace. He is a corporate marketing leader, author, speaker and lives in Central Florida with his wife Nicole.

 

My Impressions:

In this world where the name of God is used cheaply, it is a pleasure to read a children’s book that emphasizes not only what God’s name is, but how it defines His character. Beautiful Name by Matt Gosselin tells the story of a grumpy 6 year old and her discovery of what God’s name is and means. I loved the the way the author introduces Mo and shows her to be not so different from other kids (and adults). Her search for the name of God will first bring chuckles and then awe as God makes His name real to her. Your child will learn right along with Mo that God is holy, always with us, and is Love.  The lovely illustrations filled with movement pair perfectly with Mo’s story — they are as engaging as the words. As you share this book with your favorite child, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to share what God says about His name directly from His word — Beautiful Name includes references to scripture.

All in all, Beautiful Name is a great addition to your family’s library. Whether you use it during morning devotionals or bedtime prayers, this book will be a requested time and time again.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-8.

(Thanks to BookCrash for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — 365 Trivia Twist Devotions

23 May

Explore a world of amazing trivia and exciting spiritual truths!
 
Every daily devotion in 365 Trivia Twist Devotions is based on a historical happening, intriguing invention, or offbeat holiday associated with that calendar day. From George Washington’s birthday to National Waffle Day, each reveals the truths of God’s Word in a fun new way. Bible verses and additional fun facts help to give every day of the year its own unique trivia twist.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

What a fun, fun idea for a devotional guide for kids! 365 Trivia Twist Devotions is divided into daily essays that touch on something special for that particular day — scientific discoveries, inventions, historic dates, fun and funky holidays, and people and places that will spark your kids’ interest to go a bit deeper. But even more, the book ties the topics to God’s word with thoughtful commentary for everyday use. A scripture verse is included (great for memorization) along with an additional fact to think about.  365 Trivia Twist Devotions is geared towards elementary aged kids, boys and girls. Boys are sometimes hard to engage, and this one is perfect for them. Here are a few topics for the month of May: John Wayne, Walt Disney, the US Penny, Pack Rat Day, Stargazing. Although this book is designed for daily use throughout the year, its use in summer activities will keep your kids learning and exploring — an added bonus for those days when you hear mom, I’m bored. I predict this book will become one this summer’s favorite activities.

Recommended.

Audience: elementary-aged children.

(Thanks to B&H Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Nighty Night and Good Night

9 May

Nighty Night and Good Night is the first book in a series of bedtime books by multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Michael W. Smith and VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. In Nighty Night and Good Night, the stuffed animal band the Nighty Nights are called upon to help their friend Ben try to fall to sleep. This cute and sleepy adventure leads Lamby, Bear, and Sleepy Puppy to discover that a classic lullaby might just do the trick.

This book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith sing the same lullaby that helps put Ben to sleep.

Founded by Michael W. Smith, Nurturing Steps is an infant and toddler series of children’s music and books with a simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.

 

Michael W. Smith is an American musician, who has charted in both contemporary Christian and mainstream charts. He has also starred in 2 films and published 13 books including This is Your Time, which he worked with Christian author Gary Thomas to write.

 

My Impressions:

Dove Award winner and grandfather Michael W. Smith has a new venture — Nurturing Steps. The debut book in this series of music and books for infants and toddlers, Nighty Night And Good Night, is an adorable book that will become a favorite night time addition for your family. Targeted towards preschoolers, the book features young Ben and his 3 stuffed animals as he searches for a way to go to sleep. The four friends try their hardest to get Ben in a sleepy state of mind, but it is only after a lullaby that Ben indeed falls asleep. The soft words and pastel illustrations are perfect for drawing your child into the quiet of bedtime while reinforcing the care that God has for His children (the book begins and ends with prayer). The book also includes a link to the Smith’s original lullaby so you can combine reading time with music. Nighty Night And Good Night will be a wonderful addition to your family library.

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers.

To purchase, click HERE.

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

Children’s Corner — Amos Faces His Bully

11 Apr

Amos is targeted by the town bully because he is so small. When word reaches Amos of his friend David’s battle with Goliath, he thinks back to what David told him about putting his faith in God’s protection. Perhaps the same God can help Amos face his bully too.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

 

 

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author, and editor. A 2005 graduate of Long Ridge Writers Group, Cheryl began her career focusing on article writing. She specializes in time management and organization, but has also written about everyday life in the 1800s, gardening, parenting, and women’s health issues. In 2008, she changed her focus to fiction writing for children. Her first picture book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing (GAP).  A Christmas Kindness, an early reader, was released by 4RV Publishing in 2012, with a digital version following in 2014, and Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving (Guardian Angel Publishing, 2016).

Ms. Malandrinos has edited numerous manuscripts in a variety of genres and ghostwritten a Christian chapter book. Cheryl has been a panelist at the WriteAngles Conference that takes place each fall at Mount Holyoke College and offers writing workshops in her local school district. A book reviewer and blogger, Cheryl lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

 

My Impressions:

Cheryl Malandrinos has written a clever book that combines a beloved Bible story with a lesson for modern day kids. Amos Faces His Bully, targeted towards children ages 4-8, introduces a young boy who endures name-calling and ridicule from bigger boys in his village of Bethlehem. But his older friend, seventeen year old David, shares wisdom gained from experience. It’s not about being brave or big, it’s about having faith that God can and will protect with His presence. I loved the creative twist Malandrinos brings to the David and Goliath story. The reactions of Amos and the other boys in Bethlehem mirror the awe many probably had at the audacity David exhibited in facing down the Philistine’s giant. While teaching about standing up to bullies, the book also opens the door for reading and talking about scripture — a win-win for parents!

Whether Amos Faces His Bully is part of family reading time, or used to practice reading skills, it will definitely become a favorite with your kids.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-8.

(Thanks to the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds And Epic Creations

28 Mar

Begin your adventure here! The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations: 60 Ultimate Try-Something-New, Explore-the-World Activities contains lessons on knot tying, writing coded letters, building tree swings, and more, perfect for kids ages 8 and up. Boys and girls will love this interactive book filled with step-by-step guides and fun, full-color illustrations, and parents will enjoy the key verses and biblical takeaways that make this the perfect companion to the NIV Adventure Bible, the #1 Bible for kids. From easy, do-it-yourself crafts to fun outdoor activities, this book will show kids how to find adventure indoors and out.

Adventures include:

  • Top-secret coded letters
  • Geocaching fun
  • Identifying animal tracks
  • Camping like a pro
  • Learning sign language
  • Bible arts and crafts
  • And more!

To purchase, click HERE

My Impressions:

Mom I’m bored! I bet we have all heard that refrain at least one or two (or a hundred) times over the course of school breaks and summers. I know when my kids were young I did. How I wish I had had a book like The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds And Epic Creations way back when! This book is geared for kids ages 9-10 and has 60 fun activities and crafts that will keep them engaged. Each activity has a list of what you need and instructions on how to do it. It also has a statement to think about along with a scripture reference that ties into the activity. Some activities are perfect for rainy day crafting while others will get your kids up, out, and moving.  I loved the variety of the activities, but I really loved that each one pointed to God and His work in the world and in our lives. The Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations is great for kids and parents to connect with each other and to start conversations about the world around them and the God Who created it.

Recommended.

Audience: kids ages 8-10

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