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Top 10 Tuesday — Thanksgiving Reading for Youngsters (And Young at Heart)

20 Nov

I am thankful for many things this year — my wonderful husband, my beautiful and independent kids, my family and friends, my health . . . the list goes on and on. Not every one in my family will be around the table this year, but I am grateful for texting and calling and the knowledge that we will be seeing each other soon. After the meal is devoured and the kitchen is cleaned, football takes center stage. Big games will be watched and the gang will be cheering (and coaching) for their favorite teams. And me? I am thankful that there’s a bit of quiet away from the TV to read!

Today, I am featuring some children’s books that focus on thankfulness — thankfulness for what we have and thankfulness for Who has given it. I hope you find a book to share with your kids/grandkids.

Check out other Thanksgiving lists at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Top Thanksgiving Children’s Books

Give Thanks to The Lord by Karma Wilson

The Marvelous Mud House by April Graney

Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn

Thank You, Lord, For Everything by P J Lyons

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

 

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First Line Friday — Love You Forever

14 Sep

Happy Friday and Happy Birthday to my daughter Allison! This sweetheart has been such a blessing to our family. In honor of her, I am featuring a book all my children enjoyed, mostly because it made their mother cry! When I brought Love You Forever by Robert Munsch home all those years ago, I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would make on me. My kids were tiny, so all the stages the mom goes through were mere glimpses of my future. I’m not quite living the ending . . . yet 😉 , but my husband is with his own mom. Life is sweet and beautiful and sometimes hard. I’ll conclude now because the tears are welling.

Please leave a comment with your first line, then head over to Hoarding Books for more from fabulous bloggers.

 

 

A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.

Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French).

 

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie’s Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).

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 — 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.)

 

 

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.)