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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.


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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.


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.


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 — I’m Going to Give You A Bear Hug!

25 Jan

61gulk9jgwl-_sx496_bo1204203200_I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.


81zzhk5cmwl-_ux250_Caroline B. Cooney is the bestselling author of teen suspense, mystery, and romance novels that have sold over 15,000,000 copies and are published in several languages. Of all her books, she is best known for the young adult novel The Face on the Milk Carton that has sold over 3,000,000 copies and was made into a television movie.

Caroline grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and spent most of her life on the shoreline of that state. She currently resides in South Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, playing piano, walking near her home, pottery, jewelry-making, and, of course, reading.

about-me-profileTim Warnes is an illustrator and author of children’s books. He also has his own online comic strip, Chalk & Cheese. Don’t forget to check it out!




My Impressions:

With charming rhymes and wonderfully whimsical illustrations, I’m Going to Give You A Bear Hug! is the perfect snuggle-time book for you and your kids. For bedtime reading this book is going to be requested over and over. Kids and parents alike will be smiling, giggling and guffawing as a little boy and his mom go through a bedtime routine of goodnight hugs likened to bears, cats, whales, and more. This winner is cute, cute, cute! (This book is available in hardback, board book or Kindle.)


Audience: children 4-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

Children’s Corner — A Servant Like Jesus

21 Dec

512rvay9thl-_sy385_bo1204203200_Charlie is a shy kid who hides behind the cleanup sink at school. However, after his teacher asks him to be her helper, he springs into action when the fire coral stings his friend Bernie. Charlie goes to bed a little bit early because he wants to make sure he gets a goodnight’s sleep. He wants to be a good helper for Miss Stella. He had decided that it was way more fun to be a helper than to hide behind a sink! Before he falls asleep, Charlie prays, “Dear Jesus, thank you for my great first day of school, and thank you for my mommy and daddy, all my new friends and for Miss Stella. Help me to always help others. Amen.” Charlie learns he can overcome his shyness and be a servant like Jesus.

b1wesdyn2s-_ux250_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 is currently an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She is also an award-winning, Christian children’s author.

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


My Impressions:

A new school filled with new friends is a little daunting for all children, but timid little Charlie the Crab is especially fearful on his first day at Fish-Care Cove School. But with the help of an understanding teacher and reliance on Jesus, Charlie has a great first day helping others. The theme of helping others is clearly expressed in the colorfully illustrated children’s book, A Servant Like Jesus, by Lee Ann Mancini. With cute and unusual sea creature characters, kids will be immediately engaged in this story that shows that Jesus is always as close as a prayer and that helping others leads to blessings to the helper as well as those who receive help. Easy to understand, this book is a good addition to your family’s library and a great way to teach what how Jesus wants us to live. I can see this book being especially helpful in times of change, such as a new school or new home. A Servant Like Jesus is definitely a recommended read for the younger set (and their parents!).


Audience: children ages 4-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to the author and Book Crash for a complimentary copy. All opinion expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner: Christmas Love Letters from God

14 Dec

51erywzt5ul-_sy447_bo1204203200_Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.


21elzywgdnl-_ux250_Glenys Nellist (in her own words) —

Although I live in Michigan, USA, I was born and raised in a little village in northern England.

I grew up in a big old house, with two wonderful parents and seven siblings. My dad was the one who introduced me to the gospel. My mum was the one who encouraged me to work with children.

And at primary school, my teacher was the one who urged me to write. One day a week, I was one of the lucky few withdrawn from the classroom to sit in big, comfy armchairs in the teachers’ lounge. There, in front of a roaring log fire, with pencil and paper at the ready, I would write.

I never would have imagined that four decades later, I would be blessed enough to be an author of children’s books, or be married to a wonderful husband, or be mum to four sons, and a grandma too. But of course, no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

And to God, alone, be the glory.

My Impressions:

Nothing I can say can improve on the description of Christmas Love Letters from God at the top of this post. Scripture told in easy to understand language combines with rhyme that makes the characters come to life giving your child a big picture view of the birth of Jesus foretold by ancient prophets and come to earth as God’s greatest gift. The book is beautifully illustrated and captures the awe and wonder of the Christmas season. I loved how the author includes promises from God’s word that apply to the stories as well as to life today. Special letters from God help personalize each story. There is even a blank letter at the back that your child can address to Jesus!

A wonderful addition to family reading time, Christmas Love Letters from God is a recommended read!


Audience: children ages 5-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

Children’s Corner — The Best Christmas Gift Ever!

30 Nov

6144nu7pchl-_sx460_bo1204203200_A new VeggieTales board book about the true meaning of Christmas.

In this festive VeggieTales book, the Veggies are celebrating Christmas — decorating the tree, singing carols, and exchanging gifts. But even though it’s so much fun to give and receive presents, the Veggies all know that the greatest gift of all was God’s gift of Jesus, his Son. Children will love the colorful art featuring their favorite Veggie friends. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to the reason we rejoice at Christmastime — Jesus’ birth.



My Impressions:

Kids just love VeggieTales! There is just something about those green, red, and yellow characters that kids connect with. So it is great that there is a new book for the smaller set that tells the true meaning of the Christmas season. With catchy rhyme and colorful illustrations, The Best Christmas Gift Ever! captures all the excitement of the holidays — singing, presents and fun, fun, fun! But children will learn that without Jesus, there really wouldn’t be a reason for the season. I loved the last stanza — So at Christmas we sing, we give gifts and have fun, but the reason we’re glad is the gift of God’s Son — an important concept for parents to reinforce in a time when the real meaning of Christmas often gets lost. So if you are looking for a book for your preschooler that will keep the focus on Jesus, then check out The Best Christmas Gift Ever!


Audience: children ages 2-5.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

Children’s Corner — The Berenstain Bears Love One Another

23 Nov

61i22vb1kvl-_sx460_bo1204203200_An engaging lesson from the iconic Bear family about showing our love through our actions.

Stan and Jan Berenstain launched the Berenstain Bears books in 1962 with The Big Honey Hunt. Since that time, more than 400 Berenstain Bears books have been published, making it one of the best-selling children’s series ever. Today, Mike Berenstain continues his parents’ tradition of creating warm and engaging stories featuring the lovable Bear family.

In The Berenstain Bears Love One Another, the cubs are helping Mama make berry muffins for a neighbor. When the cubs ask why they can’t have the muffins, Mama reminds them that when we love one another, we find ways to help each other. The short, simple story and well-loved characters provide toddlers with a perfect introduction to the concept of showing love and kindness. 


My Impressions:

The Bible verse love one another is an easy verse for children to memorize, and with The Berenstain Bears Love One Another, it is a verse that can become real to them. Brother, Sister and Honey Bear learn what it really means to show love as they do things for others. I was reminded of 1 John 3:18 (Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.) as I read this book. It’s important for kids to see faith in action, and The Berenstain Bears Love One Another shows how the Bear family lives out their faith in every day ways. The colorful illustrations match well with the text, and this sturdy board book will withstand the multiple readings your kids will demand. 😉 And who knows? You may see an increase in willing helpers after the book is read! All in all this is a good book for family reading times.


Audience: children ages 2-4.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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