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Children’s Corner — 100+ Little Bible Words

26 Apr

These 100+ little words tell a lot about the Bible! 

On each page, toddlers will enjoy finding lots of favorite words and learning new ones too. Even the youngest readers will be introduced to all they can discover in the Bible — picture by picture and word by word! 

 

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

Filled with cute and colorful illustrations, 100+ Little Bible Words teaches your child vocabulary words while sharing beloved Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. Each two-page spread is introduced by a Bible verse and 15+ words that will encourage and challenge your child. Some of the words are easily recognized from the picture, while others represent concepts in the Bible story. For example, in the story Daniel and the Lions, children will recognize the king and the lion, but are also shown what it means to be safe. This book is a great way for parents to help build their child’s vocabulary and teach about God’s love, protection, and provision. With 19 stories to choose from, you and your child will have lots of great reading time ahead!

Recommended.

Audience: children 4 and up.

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

Children’s Corner: The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets

17 Apr

In the newest Berenstain Bear Living Lights title, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear love their pets Little Lady, Gracie, Swish, and Cutsie … they are just like part of the Bear family. So when Preacher Brown holds a special Blessing of the Pets service on Sunday, the Bear family joins in. But what starts as a peaceful gathering of Bear Country neighbors and their animal friends on the lawn of the Chapel — including dogs, cats, rats, goats, and even a snake or two — ends up needing a little heavenly intervention.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

The Bear family is just like us! They work, they play, and they have pets! In the latest book in the Living Lights series, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets, everyone in Bear Country comes to church to ask for God’s blessing on very special members of their family, their pets. Large and small, common and unusual, the pets are present. I especially liked the scripture verse at the beginning of the book — The righteous care for the needs of their animals (Proverbs 12:10). It is a wonderful reminder to children about God’s creation and mankind’s directive to care for it. The book is filled with fun illustrations and there is plenty to cause a chuckle — pandemonium breaks out at one point. This book, targeted at children ages 4-8, is also a great way to get kids reading. If you have a pet-loving child in your life, definitely check out Bless Our Pets.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-8.

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

Children’s Corner: The Legend of The Sand Dollar

10 Apr

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Sand Dollar renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Chris Auer. With new vibrant artwork from Bad Dog, Marley illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Sand Dollar tells the story of Kerry, as her cousin Jack reveals to her the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.

 

 

Chris Auer, an Emmy nominated screenwriter, is the author Molly & The Good Shepherd, The Littlest Magi, the 2:52 Mysteries of Eckert House series, and he adapted The Legend of The Candy Cane for video. He teaches screenwriting and producing at Savannah College of Art and Design. Chris is passionate about storytelling and hopes to reflect the reality of God in the lives of children through story. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

 

My Impressions:

Scripture tells us that God reveals Himself through His creation. The Legend of The Sand Dollar by Chris Auer is a good illustration of that. Based on a popular poem of the Southeast, Auer’s book clearly and beautifully tells the story of Easter, the real story of Easter. While the narrative of this children’s book tells of Jesus’ work on the cross, the illustrations confirm the beauty of God’s world. I really liked that the story is passed from one child to the next emphasizing the easy manner of sharing about God. The author includes interesting facts about sand dollars and the original poem — good jumping off points for more exploration. The Legend of The Sand Dollar is perfect for family reading time, easily understood by young children, but with challenging vocabulary and sentence structure for the readers among you. I think this book will soon become a favorite for Easter and throughout the whole year.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-10.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

Children’s Corner: The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book

5 Apr

The Berenstain Bears come to life this joyful Easter season with puzzles, activity pages, and more than 50 reusable stickers in The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book.

Featuring Papa, Mama, Brother, Sister, and Honey and the rest of the Bear Country gang, kids are sure to find lots to do helping Honey Bear find hidden Easter eggs and chocolates around the Bear family treehouse, doing crosswords and word searches with Brother and Sister, and even helping out at the Easter sunrise service at Chapel in the Woods.

To purchase, click HERE.

My Impressions: 

Combining fun activities and the truths of the Easter story, The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker And Activity Book will provide that special child in your life hours of enjoyment. There’s plenty to do — word searches, crossword puzzles, coloring pages — and it all revolves around the real meaning of Easter — Jesus’ resurrection. Sure there are references to bunnies and candy, but this book focuses on what is really important. A welcome addition to an Easter basket, this book is a winner!

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-8.

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

Children’s Corner: Where Do I Find Jesus?

30 Mar

Twins Emma and Liam are eager to introduce their new friend Abby to a special place and a special someone. As Abby uncovers the surprise, she gets help from a delightful dog duo to discover someone special who loves her very much—Jesus! With a letter from the author that includes the gospel message, this fun story offers a unique way to introduce young readers to Jesus and show them why and how to find Him.

This newest picture book in The Bible Is My Best Friend brand, Where Do I Find Jesus? joins Meet My Best Friend, The Bible Is My Best Friend Family Devotional, and The Bible Is My Best Friend Bible Storybook.

 

 

Sheila Walsh is a Scottish lass known as “the encourager” to the over 5.5 million women she’s met and spoken to around the world. She loves being a Bible teacher, making God’s Word practical, and sharing her own story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again.

Her message: GOD IS FOR YOU!

Sheila also enjoys being an author — in fact she likes to write everyday — and has sold more than five million books. Her newest, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MESS, STRENGTH FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL, BROKEN LIFE, (book and Bible study) releases in November 2017. She is also the co-host of the television program Life Today, airing in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.

Her favorite way to spend a day is to support missions work through the Life Today ministry, working worldwide to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, provide medical help to the sick, and rescue boys and girls from sex slavery. She most recently traveled to Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Southeast Asia.

Calling Texas home, Sheila lives in Dallas with her husband, Barry; her son, Christian; and three little dogs — Belle, Tink, and Maggie.

You can stay in touch with her on Facebook at sheilawalshconnects, on Twitter at @sheilawalsh, on Instagram at sheilawalsh1 and on Pinterest at @sheiladwalsh.

 

Sarah Horne grew up in snowy Derbyshire, UK with some goats and a brother.

She learnt to draw whilst trying to explain her reasoning for an elaborate haircut at the age of nine. Sarah then honed her skills on the mean streets of Falmouth, studying Illustration. Here, there were daily street battles of scribbling resulting in many paper cuts, but some very nice drawing.

Alongside working on some very funny children’s titles, Sarah has also worked on commissions for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Kew Gardens, Sesame Street and for IKEA as their Children’s Illustrator In Residence.

She now draws, paints, writes and giggles from underneath a pile of paper at her studio in London.

Sarah’s books have sold internationally in Mexico, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Germany, US, Australia and NZ.

 

My Impressions: 

For Christian parents, the most important part of raising their kids is introducing them to Jesus. From singing Jesus Loves Me to tucking them in at night with bedtime prayers, parents consistently tell their children of God’s love and care. But what about explaining the need for a savior and instructing them on how to know they are a child of God? Sheila Walsh has written Where Do I Find Jesus? to help parents lead their children to a personal relationship with Jesus. With quirky and colorful illustrations, twins Emma and Liam tell their new friend about Jesus in a natural and simple manner. With funny commentary from some four-footed friends, the book is easy to read and understand by children ages 4-8. While your kids will enjoy the story, there is a big, big bonus for you as well: a guide to explain the need for a savior and the way to accept Jesus into one’s heart, complete with scripture references. Where Do I Find Jesus? is the perfect launch pad into deeper discussions about God and Jesus.

Recommended.

Audience: kids 4-8 and their parents.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

Children’s Corner (+ A Giveaway) — NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible

8 Mar

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. — Jeremiah 29:11

God has great plans for you. It’s true. The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible will inspire readers to dream about their future and to trust that God has great plans for each and every one of us.

The features of this latest addition to The Plans I Have for You collection include:

Introduction from author Amy Parker
50 God’s Big Plans pages tell how God had big plans for individuals in the Bible and his people as a whole, for example, Moses, Noah, Jonah, Esther, and YOU!
25 Promise Prayers pages focus on children asking God to help them fulfill his plans for them.
100 highlighted verses, including God’s promises as well as hopeful and uplifting verses
Presentation Page
Index to features
Index of highlighted verses
Lively two-color art from Vanessa Brantley Newton, illustrator of The Plans I Have for You picture book

My Impressions:

I loved Amy Parker’s The Plans I Have for You — a children’s book with Jeremiah 29:11 as its foundation. Now a Bible is available for children ages 8-12 that reinforces God’s big plans for them and the world. Using the very readable NIV translation, The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible includes highlighted key verses featuring the plans God has for His people, explanations of God’s plans with applications for kids, and prayers that can jump start quiet times. If you are looking for a Bible for that special child in your life, you need to check this one out.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 8-12

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

 

Giveaway

I have a copy of NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible to give away. To enter, leave me a comment stating who you will be sharing this Bible with. I will pick a winner on March 22. (Due to shipping costs, US entries only please.)

Children’s Corner — NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible

8 Mar

Have you ever used a magnifying glass? It makes everything bigger and easier to see, right? Detectives and scientists magnify things to understand them better. Well that’s just what this Bible does—it’s a magnifying glass to help children understand the Word of God better.

The Bible is a gift from God, but many of the things written in the Bible are hard for kids to understand. In fact, sometimes they’re downright mysterious to kids. Using kid-friendly language and a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible explains the Bible text for kids ages 6–10. Two central mystery-solving characters invite children to investigate the Bible using the following features:

Evidence—Bible book introductions answer what kind of book it is, who wrote it, what happens, and the “best part”
Breakthrough—answers questions kids might ask, such as “Who were the Philistines?” and “What is The Spirit of God?”
Scene—includes descriptions highlighting geographical information pertinent to a verse
Witness—explains the meaning and history behind Biblical names
Detective—quizzes students on what they have learned
Case Closed—explores how the events of a particular book of the Bible relate to children as individuals

 

My Impressions:

Wow! What a great Bible for kids! The NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible is a study Bible that will appeal to elementary aged children as they discover all that God’s Word holds for them. Using the easily readable NIV translation, this Bible adds a number of features that will make the Bible real — information on setting and author, meanings of names, and explanations of concepts. There’s even a quick quiz to help kids retain what they have just read. This Bible is just the thing to engage young minds and encourage them to explore what God has for them.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 6-10.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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