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Children’s Corner — Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories.

19 Sep

Perfect for an on-the-go storytime or a fast bedtime reading for sleepy kids, Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories brings fans a new collection of nine VeggieTales adventures. As the Veggie cast stumbles and springs through hilarious scenarios, children will learn values such as being patient, being responsible, loving others, and doing their best. Full-color illustrations accompany the stories and will hold the attention of the read-to-me set. Ages 3-6 years.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

My Impressions:

Packed with all the fun and silliness you have come to love about Veggie Tales, Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories will become a new favorite when you have just a short time to share a story. Action-packed, bold illustrations accompany fast-paced stories with all your veggie favorites. Kids will love the adventures that the characters encounter. There are plenty of laughs (or parental snickers) along with a message highlighting God’s truth. For instance, The Good, The Bad, And The Silly teaches about good choices as the veggie cowpokes take on a cattle drive. And The Halfhearted Viking shows the virtue of doing your best as the Vikings vacation at a resort where things are only half done.

Fun for the whole family, Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories will become a new favorite for quick story time. But don’t be surprised when you hear just one more!

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 3-6.

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

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Children’s Corner — The Daily Question for You And Your Child

19 Sep

A fun, thought-provoking 365-question guided journal and keepsake that sparks daily interaction with your child to create a memory book capturing your child’s life, personality, and faith journey.

This interactive prompted journal allows a parent to create a keepsake of three years of their child’s life. By answering each of the 365 questions together on the same date each year, readers will get a unique and precious picture into their child’s feelings, development, and personality. Some of the questions focus on spirituality and the child’s heart, while some are meant to capture their creativity, spirit, and sense of humor. All questions spark conversations and memories that span well beyond the pages of this book.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

The Daily Question for You And Your Child is a wonderful resource for families. This small book packs 3 years of questions and conversation starters to track how your child grows in his perceptions of himself, his family, and his place in the world. I love the format — a brief prompt and then open space for your child’s responses. Arranged to be used daily, this book will not only open conversations today, but will be a treasured memento for the future. Here are just a few of the questions/thoughts to ponder:

If you could travel to the past where would you go?

Do you enjoy big storms? Why or why not?

What makes you a good friend?

If yo were a pirate, what would be in your treasure chest?

Some prompts will open up laughs, while others will go deeper into your child’s beliefs, fears, and dreams. The book is designed for one on one between parents and child, but I think it can easily be adapted for a whole family experience.

Recommended.

Audience: children and parents.

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

Children’s Corner + Giveaway! — My First Book of Prayers

6 Sep

With ten short prayers, this introduction to the act of praying will fast become a family favorite. Now I lay me down to sleep and other classic prayers show children how simple and reassuring talking to God can be. Each prayer is written in soothing verse and is accompanied by Gillian Flint’s soft and comforting watercolor illustrations. Newly illustrated and reformatted from its previous edition to better suit today’s families, this collection of prayers is a timeless treasure. Ages 2-5 years.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

My First Book of Prayers helps parents introduce their smallest children to the practice of prayer. Each of the 10 brief prayers from notable authors emphasizes gratitude for what God has created and the truth that He is present at all times. Your child will like the short rhyming verses along with the soft illustrations that feature kids just like them. I can see many of these prayers becoming staples at bedtime, meal times, really all during the day. This sturdy board book will withstand sticky fingers, soap bubbles, and the wear and tear of continuous reading. It is definitely a recommended addition for the home library.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 2-5. 

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

 

Giveaway!

The folks at Worthy are generously providing a copy of My First Book of Prayers to one of my readers. Leave a comment with who you will share this book. Giveaway is limited to the United States and runs through September 18, 2018.

 

 

Children’s Corner — Forever with Jesus

5 Sep

In Forever with Jesus, the sea kids learn that Jesus died for their sins, and that by believing in Him they will live in heaven forever. The cousins visit their grandparents for Grandma Pinky’s 80th birthday. During their visit, their grandparents’ neighbor, Mr. Higgins, passes away. Grandma reads the Bible and tells her grandchildren how wonderful heaven is and how there will be no more tears, pain, or suffering. The children understand that they do not have to fear dying because Jesus is building a wonderful mansion for them and all who believe in Him as their Savior!

Award-Winning Children’s Author, Speaker, Adjunct Professor Lee Ann Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Aurora, Ohio. She graduated from Aurora High in 1976 and moved to Florida in 1978.

Lee Ann Mancini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Regent University (1990), a Masters in Biblical and Theology Studies from Knox Seminary, Magna Cum Laude (2014), and a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Cum Laude (2014). Lee Ann also received her certificate of completion from the Ravi School of Apologetics (2011).

Lee Ann is currently an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She is also an award-winning, Christian children’s author. She is has taught Bible Study for over 10 years and has been an active community volunteer/​leader for over 20 years: Representing children as a Palm Beach County Guardian Ad Litem, International Affairs commission Chair for St. Joan of Arc Council of Catholic Women, Community Support Chair for the Junior League of Boca Raton. Initiated and chaired the Auction for Boca Raton High School for six years, and initiated and chaired the PTSA for Boca Raton High School for two years. In addition, Lee Ann is involved in the Women’s Ministry at Spanish River Christian Church and is on board Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D., seeking to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of Scripture. In addition, Lee Ann speaks to women groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented though the types of brides of the church.

Lee Ann is married and has two children. She loves to read, jog, and teach the Word of God.

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My Impressions:

Forever with Jesus is the newest book in Lee Ann Mancini’s Adventures of The Sea Kids series. Featuring big and bold illustrations of fanciful sea creatures that kids can relate to, this book looks at what it really means to live forever with Jesus. As the young cousins gather to celebrate their grandmother Pinky’s birthday, they enjoy all of the things a young child would at a grandma or grandpa’s house. They also have a chance to learn more about a relationship with Jesus. Questions are asked and answered according to God’s word. The sea kids hear the truth of God’s plan, but also see it lived out. After a wonderful day of fun ending in a sleepover, they wake up to find that a neighbor has died and now lives with Jesus forever. The whole process of death and its beginning rather than end is experienced. I like that the author shows what it is like to lose a beloved family member and friend, and yet have peace and joy in the midst of the sorrow and loss. Forever with Jesus is a great way to teach your kids the true meaning of eternal life. It is also a great resource for parents in a time of loss in their family.

Recommended. 

Audience: kids ages 5- 8.

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

Children’s Corner — Journey to Jericho (The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls)

24 Aug

In this fourth installment of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Peter and Mary find themselves in the middle of the battle of Jericho.

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series follows siblings Peter and Mary and their dog, Hank, as they discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to key moments in biblical history. In this fourth adventure, the time-traveling trio journeys to an ancient desert and finds the Israelites preparing to enter the Promised Land. With limited time to solve the secret of the scroll, Peter and Mary join Israelite spies on a reconnaissance mission to Jericho; sneak Rahab to safety; and ultimately face the scheming man in black as the walls of the city begin to crumble. Fans of the series will love this whirlwind adventure that brings the Bible to life. Ages 6-9 years.

M. J. Thomas grew up in Florida playing sports and riding his bike to the library and an arcade named the Cosmic Cowboy. He graduated from Liberty University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies.

When his son Peter was nine years old, Mike went searching for books that would teach Peter about the Bible in a fun, imaginative way. Finding none, he decided to write his own series. In The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Mike combines biblical accuracy with adventure, imagination, and characters who are dear to his heart. Peter is named for Mike’s son Peter; Mary, for his niece; and Hank, for the family dog.

Mike lives in Tennessee with his wife, Lori; two sons, Payton and Peter; and their dog, Hank.

 

My Impressions:

Bringing a fresh perspective to Biblical stories — that’s what M. J. Thomas’ The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls series does for kids. In the fourth book of the series, Journey to Jericho, Peter, Mary, and their dog Hank find themselves with Joshua and the whole company of the Hebrew people on the cusp of entering the land God had promised them. Peter and Mary soon find themselves in the middle of the action, and your child will be too as they gain insight into the familiar Bible story. This book is a good way to get kids excited about reading the Bible. Recommended.

Peter and Mary are visiting their great uncle Solomon for a month. An archaeologist by trade, Solomon has found a way for his young niece and nephew to visit the Holy Land — back in time. Ancient scrolls take the two kids away to many adventures. In Journey to Jericho, they not only witness history, but are a part of it as they become spies. They encounter Biblical figures such as Joshua and Rahab as they search for a message of God’s truth. I liked the way Thomas brings the story to a kid’s level adding adventure to the historical record. But Peter and Mary’s trip to the past is fraught with danger, and they are guided and protected by the angel Michael. There is also a man in black (definitely NOT Johnny Cash 😉 ) that they are warned to look out for. Satan is always on the scene seeking to thwart God’s plans. That is a good lesson for kids as well. But parents, you may want to read the book first in order to be ready for questions your child may have about the power Satan has in the world. The book opens up all kinds of discussion — life in ancient Israel, the struggles of God’s people, and the promises He always keeps. At the end of the book there is a helpful outline of the book of Joshua to guide the discussion back to God’s word.

All in all, I really liked Journey to Jericho. The book is a good choice for family reading time or for kids to practice their reading skills. Make sure to check out the other books in the series as well.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 6-9.

To purchase, click HERE.

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

 

Children’s Corner — Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids

22 Aug

Any kid can be a comedian with a little help from award-winning author/illustrator Sandy Silverthorne’s Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids. Perfect for kids ages 6-12, this zany collection of one-liners (Did you hear about the missing barber? Police are combing the city.), knock-knock jokes (Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Pizza. Pizza who? Pizza nice guy, don’t you think?), riddles (What’s red and goes up and down? A tomato in an elevator.), puns, and funny lists represents some of the world’s best clean humor. Add in the author’s hilarious illustrations and cartoons, and kids will get hours of fun with the kind of laughs that make milk come out your nose — that is, if you’re drinking milk while you read!

Sandy Silverthorne in his own words:

I’ve loved drawing all my life but I started doing it as a profession kind of by accident. I grew up in Southern California and went to San Diego State University. During the summers I worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios, what a great job! And I met some really good friends while I was there. I was an actor in Los Angeles for a while doing plays, some TV and a few commercials. I was even on some soap operas. It was during this time that I met my awesome wife Vicki in Newport Beach. After we got married we moved to the northwest. We love it here. We have a beautiful daughter, Christie and a black and white Rescue cat – Gracie.

When we moved, I couldn’t find a full time job so I started drawing for ads and TV and clients around town. Then God got me hooked up with Harvest House publishers and my writing and illustrating career took off. Since then I’ve gotten to work with some really great people like Focus on the Family, World Vision, The Los Angeles Times, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Charlotte Hornets.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11- “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.”

I know that’s been true for me and I know it’ll be true for you too. I hope you enjoy this site and learn some stuff from it. We’ll keep adding new features all the time so make sure you keep coming back and visiting.

Things I love: summer, ice cream, hamburgers, drawing, Duck football and basketball, working on books, speaking to groups of kids

Things I don’t love: broccoli, getting up early, committees

 

My Impressions:

When my son was a kid, he loved jokes, and he loved to share them. While not very successful at writing his own, he would make us chuckle, groan, and roll our eyes with jokes he read in books and magazines. He would have loved Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids. This book is filled with hundreds of jokes, riddles, knock-knocks, one-liners, and some pretty funny lists. And though I had years of my son sharing, most of them were new to me. Perfect for a birthday gift, stocking stuffer, or just because, this book will provide hours of fun and hilarity, if not for the whole family, then for the young comedian in your life 😉 . No worries about who will hear them either — these are definitely clean jokes. Be prepared to be entertained, because even if you find some of the jokes groaners, you are going to love the kick your kid(s) get out of them.

Recommended.

Audience: kids ages 6-12.

To purchase, click HERE.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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.)