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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.)

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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.)

 

Children’s Corner — May The Faith Be With You

28 Mar

Life in the Spirit isn’t about cushioned pews and easy living — it’s about adventure, risk, daring, and the pursuit of wisdom. It’s about letting the awesome power of God work through you to do things you never thought possible.

In this brand-new 180-day devotional, you’ll learn the highest, truest, and most rewarding way to a life of wisdom, apprenticing with the Ultimate Master himself — Jesus Christ. May the Faith Be With You will give you a devotional experience that’s out of this world.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

It is sometimes hard to find a devotional guide that is suited for elementary-aged children, but I think I found just the right one in May The Faith Be With You (180 Devotions That Are Out of This World). Each day your child can start their quiet time out right with a scripture, a statement that sums up the verse in a nutshell, a bit of info about the story surrounding the scripture, and a quick prayer to get them started talking to God. There is a mix of Old and New Testament verses that are just right for kids — ones that point towards God and our relationship with Him. I liked the format of this book and the way it leads to more investigation into God’s word. Your kids will definitely want to know more. The book is also a great discussion starter for kids and their parents.

May The Faith Be With You is a good choice as a birthday gift or Easter basket filler — really anytime you want to give something special to enhance your child’s walk with God.

Recommended.

Audience: kids ages 8-10.

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

 

Children’s Corner (+Giveaway!) — Numbers in The Bible and Colors in The Bible

20 Mar

In this energetic counting primer, children are taken on a number-filled tour of beloved Bible stories. Little ones will learn their numbers and be introduced to the world of the Bible as they count the Ten Commandments, the seven days of Creation, and the three lions in the lions’ den. Created with fresh, modern illustrations, this educational board book is sure to captivate curious toddlers.

To purchase, click HERE.

In this energetic board book, children are taken on a colorful tour of beloved Bible stories. Little ones will learn about colors and be introduced to the world of the Bible as they read about the green Garden of Eden, the yellow deserts of Egypt, and the blue Jordan River. Created with fresh, modern illustrations, this colors primer is sure to captivate curious toddlers.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

Bright and colorful illustrations, bold letters and numbers, and glimpses into beloved Bible stories combine in two new board books for the toddler set. Colors in The Bible and Numbers in The Bible are great ways to teach your kids the basics plus create a love of reading. But the biggest perk to these books is the introduction of Bible stories to your littlest kids. Each number or color features a story that your kids are going to want know more about. With scripture references provided, you can use these books to launch into a deeper reading of the Bible. And learning about God is an activity for all ages!  Sturdy board books, these two will take a beating. And that’s a good thing because you can depend on them being requested over and over again.

Recommended.

Audience: toddlers.

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

 

Giveaway!

The folks at Worthy Publishing are generously giving away a copy of each book to one of my readers. To enter just leave a comment with whom you will be sharing these books. The giveaway will run through March 28.

Children’s Corner — 1, 2, 3 God Made Me

14 Mar

Count along and you will see how wonderfully God made me!

Freckles, fingers, toes, and nose—this delightful counting board book helps toddlers recognize parts of the wonderful bodies God gave us. Count from 1 to 10, and then start over again, thanking God along the way! 

In the Little Words Matter™ board books, it only takes a few words to tell a big story. Crafted especially for toddlers, these books make biblical truths easily understandable and enjoyable for little ones and their parents too!

To purchase, click HERE.

My Impressions:

1,2,3 God Made Me is more than a preschool counting book or a book to help kids recognize parts of their body. Its colorful illustrations that include a diverse group of kids and the message that God is our creator make this board book a perfect way to introduce God’s love. I loved the inclusion of complimentary Bible verses — it’s never to early to introduce scripture memorization! This one is apt to become a favorite read for your toddler, so get ready to enjoy this one over and over!

Recommended.

Audience: toddlers.

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

 

Children’s Corner + Giveaway! — Planet 316 Story Bible

7 Mar

An innovative Bible storybook with a free augmented reality app that brings the characters and stories to life

This innovative Bible storybook features more than 100 favorite stories from the Old and New Testaments. From the story of Creation and the Garden of Eden all the way through the life of Jesus and the acts of the Apostles, the stories are told in kid-friendly, yet biblically accurate, language and accompanied by bright and whimsical artwork. The book is paired with a free downloadable app that brings the stories to life through the use of augmented reality. By holding a smart phone or tablet over the page, the app allows characters, animals, and objects in the stories to spring up in 3-D, with audio that reveals additional character dialogue and sounds. Together, the book and its app are sure to engage children’s imaginations and start them on their faith journey. Ages 4-7.

 

My Impressions:

Wow! What a seriously cool book! Your kids are going to love Planet 316 Story Bible (and you will too)! First the obvious — this Bible storybook contains 100+ beloved stories from both the Old and New Testaments with high energy and cute, cute illustrations. The stories are true to scripture and include the Bible reference. But this book holds a big surprise. With a free downloadable app, the stories come alive with sound and motion. What fun! You hear the lions growl as they surround Daniel, the clip clop of camels as Nehemiah travels back to Jerusalem from Babylon, the wedding guests comment on the marriage of Mary and Joseph, and the interaction of Jesus and children. The app allows kids of all ages to experience the Bible in a great interactive way. Every story in this collection is just waiting to be explored. Planet 316 Story Bible is a perfect addition to family reading time. So gather the kids, read and discuss the stories, and then get ready for oohs, ahhs, and giggles when the stories come to life.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: kids of all ages.

To purchase, click HERE.

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

Giveaway!

Worthy Publishing is very generously giving a copy of Planet 316 Story Bible to one of my readers. Just leave a comment with who you hope to share this fun book. Giveaway ends March 14.

Children’s Corner — Sunrise, Easter Surprise!

19 Feb

A lively Easter board book depicting the joy that spread with the news of Jesus’ Resurrection.

All of creation is alive with the news: Jesus lives! From chirping birds to chattering rabbits to buzzing bees, the pages of this Easter board book spill over with joy. With cheerful verse and lighthearted-yet-reverent illustrations, Sunrise, Easter Surprise! imagines Jesus’ Resurrection from the perspectives of those who might have seen and heard of it first: the sun as it rose, a flower as it bloomed, and the first people at the empty tomb. This exuberant Easter book offers even the littlest listener a better understanding of what the Resurrection means to all creation: new life through Jesus. Ages 2-5.

To purchase, click HERE.

Hannah C. Hall is a bestselling author, award-winning blogger, follower of Jesus, lover of Josh, mother of five, cooker of meals, changer of diapers, and an unashamed enjoyer of desserts. Visit her at HannahCHall.com.

 

My Impressions:

Hannah Hall writes the best children’s books! They are whimsical, yes, but also have a great message of God’s love and promises. In the board book, Sunrise, Easter Surprise!, all of creation is bursting to share the news of Jesus’ resurrection. I loved the rhyming verse that highlights each little creature — bunnies, bees, lambs, and flowers — and its eager anticipation. The colorful illustrations will capture your child’s attention while a message of the Easter story is told in easy to understand terms. And if your grown-up heart scoffs at such a story, just remember what God’s word says:

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12-7-10)

Sunrise, Easter Surprise! is the perfect book to introduce small children to the wonder that is the empty tomb. While it would make a great addition to an Easter basket, this one really should be brought out early and often!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: kids ages 2-5.

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

Children’s Corner (+Giveaway!) — That Grand Easter Day!

5 Feb

An engaging picture book about the first Easter Day, with a fun cumulative story structure.

That Grand Easter Day! is a cumulative story that begins with the stone in front of the tomb and ends with a new beginning — the Resurrection of Christ. The lively narrative builds as it progresses, adding people, objects, and animals that may have witnessed the events of that day long ago. Little ones will love the repetition, which adds a pleasing level of predictability and helps to make the story of the first Easter more memorable.

The upbeat, reverent story is accompanied by luminous illustrations which bring the story to life. This engaging picture book will be a read-aloud favorite at Eastertime and throughout the year. Ages 4-7.

 

Jill Roman Lord is a wife, mother of three amazing kids, runner, author, writer, nurse anesthetist and Jesus lover. She is an author of Christian Children’s books. It is her desire in her writing to draw children closer to Jesus and to provide books that parents (or grandparents or caregivers) can enjoy reading with the kids snuggled on their laps.

Jill is a Christian and loves Jesus to her core. He is her all-in-all. She tries to follow His lead but messes up a lot. She looks forward to all God still has in store for her in this journey called life. Charlotte, NC is home to Jill and her family, and you can find her running, hiking, and golfing.

Connect with Jill on Facebook, Goodreads and also on her Amazon author page, Jill Roman Lord.

Alessia Trunfio is an Illustrator, Background Artist and Animator based in Rome.

 

My Impressions:

Does anyone under the age of 50 remember the poem The House That Jack Built? It was a favorite of mine while growing up. I loved the repetition and the fun associated with this beloved nursery rhyme. In the same vein of cumulative story structure, Jill Roman Lord retells the most important story in the world, the story of Jesus’ resurrection. With the beautiful illustrations, the rhyming structure, and the message of the gospel of Christ, That Grand Easter Day! will soon become a favorite with your family. Unlike the old English nursery rhyme, the story that Lord tells changes as the miracle of Easter Day unfolds. You and your child will meet the many people involved in the story — the Roman guard, the women who came to anoint Jesus’ body, the disciples, the angel, and finally Christ Himself as He appears alive! The story begins and end with scripture promises of eternal life — a great way to introduce the story and begin discussion. A great addition to a family library, That Grand Easter Day! will become a perennial family favorite.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-7.

To purchase, click HERE.

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

 

Giveaway!

A big thank you to Worthy Publishing! They are generously giving away a copy of That Grand Easter Day! to one of my readers. Leave a comment letting me know who you will share this book with. The giveaway ends February 19th.