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Children’s Corner: The Bedtime Book

9 Aug

Mama comes to tuck you in,

Pulls the covers to your chin,

Squeezes fingers, squeezes toes,

Lays a kiss upon your nose.

New York Times bestselling author Mary Engelbreit presents The Bedtime Book, a beautifully-illustrated picture book that pairs sleepy time text with Mary’s beloved, timeless art. From endearing poems and snuggly stories to sweet blessings and precious prayers, each page of The Bedtime Book features ways for you to read your little one to sleep. 

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country.

 

My Impressions: 

The Bedtime Book illustrated by the very talented Mary Engelbreit will be your child’s go-to book when the sun goes down and sleep beckons. Filled with whimsically detailed illustrations of creatures of all types, the poems, prayers, and stories all focus on the process of bedtime. I loved this book! The pace is slow and easy; the pictures sure to engage your child’s imagination. My favorite in the collection is titled Counting Sheep, a story sure to induce giggles and smiles. Perfect for snuggle time with your child or grandchild! The Bedtime Book is a great edition to your family library or the just right gift for the special child in your life.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

Children’s Corner — The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Grans

20 Jul

In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran, the newest title in The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, Mama, Papa, and the cubs decide it’s high time they honor Grizzly Gramps and Gran.

It’s almost Grandparents Day and the Bear family has never celebrated this special day before. So working as a team, the cubs, with a little help from Mama and Papa, come up with a fun and creative way to show Gramps and Gran just how much they are loved and appreciated.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions: 

The first Sunday after Labor Day has been designated Grandparents Day, and the Berenstain Bears will help you celebrate with Bless Our Gramps And Gran. In this book, the Bear Family shows their appreciation for their grandparents as well as sharing a favorite Bible story with a new perspective. Colorful and fun illustrations accompany the read-along text. Vocabulary is challenging enough for developing readers as they learn about Noah and his family while thinking of ways grandparents add to our lives. Kids will find the story engaging, and adults will have a chuckle or two as the Bear cubs put their own twist on Noah’s family. The book includes ways to celebrate Grandparents Day in your own family or church — love that!

Just in time for Grandparents Day, Bless Our Gramps And Gran is a great addition to your family’s library.

Recommended.

Audience: preschool — 3rd grade and their parents/grandparents.

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

Children’s Corner — BibleMan Flip Book

31 May

 

 

What’s better than a new Bibleman adventure? Two new Bibleman adventures!
When you open this Bibleman Flip-Over book, you’ll find two exciting stories and learn two lessons from God’s Word! Read about how the Bibleteam teaches obedience in Disabling the Disobey Ray. Then flip the book over to see them use faith to take on another villain in Lighting Up the Shadow of Doubt

1. Disabling the Disobey Ray (An Adventure in Obedience)
Let’s face it: Bibleman has a soft spot for Christian kids. And everybody knows it—including villain Luxor Spawndroth. So while it’s easy to lure the Bibleteam into rescuing kids in danger, the hard part for bad guys begins when the purple crew shows up. Will Bibleman be able to spot Luxor’s trap? Bible story: Adam & Eve. Key verse: Ephesians 6:1–2.

2. Lighting Up the Shadow of Doubt (An Adventure in Faith)
Cypher and Bibleman are going to jail!? Oh, they’re visiting some young men at a juvenile detention center. And Pastor Lewis is taking Logan there on Bible study day to visit his brother and meet Bibleman. Wait — who is that shadowy character in the waiting room? Bible story: Jesus & Peter Walk on Water. Key verse: John 8:12.

 

My Impressions: 

Keep your kids reading this Summer with the action-packed Bibleman Flip-Over Book featuring two stories inspired by God’s word. Especially good for elementary school-aged boys, this book has lots of superhero fun while pointing the reader to truth. The two stories, Disabling The Disobey Ray (obedience) and Lighting Up The Shadow of Doubt (faith) show Bibleman and the entire BibleTeam in action against the schemes of the bad guys. BibleMan always wins the day using weapons of truth. Each story begins with a Bible verse — a great way to reinforce Scripture memorization. Readers are then directed to read a passage of Scripture that the stories illustrate. There are several follow-up questions great for quiet reflection and sharing with the family. More verses are shared to further the quest for Bible truths. This book is a good way to introduce your kids to the spiritual warfare that surrounds the believer, with an emphasis on the power of God’s word and His Holy Spirit. Not scary in any way, its illustrations are those easy for kids to relate to and understand.

Whether your kids read this book on their own or it is used for family time, the Bibleman Flip-Over Book is a great addition to the family library.

Recommended.

Audience: kids ages 5-10.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to B&H Publishing 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 — 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.)

Recommended.

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.

http://glmpublishing.net
http://www.leeannmancini.com

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!).

Recommended.

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.)