Sunday Special

Kids Study Bible – Airship Genesis: Legendary Bible Adventure NKJV

David Jeremiah

Tommy Nelson Publishing

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Go on a legendary adventure with this new study bible for kids from Thomas Nelson Publishers. David Jeremiah has created the bonus content for this exciting edition of the New King James Version of the Bible.

This edition has an obvious theme of going on a space adventure. There are pages throughout the Bible with special messages from the team and before each book, there is a “Mission Overview” which gives insight into the book. There are full page illustrations generously placed throughout the text and full color maps of several regions as they appeared in biblical times.

The book is well-made and the cover is padded and brightly colored. It is a lovely edition that would make a great gift.

Highly recommended as a study Bible for Sunday school groups or as a useful tool during Vacation Bible schools. This would be a great stepping stone Bible as a child graduates from a beginning Bible to something more advanced. Overall, this would be a fantastic book for pre-teens or young teens, and is sure to get them excited about reading the Bible, as well as providing unique insights geared toward young readers.


Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers and Book Look Bloggers for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday Special: Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional

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Once again, I get to review a fun Berenstain Bears book 🙂

Growing up with the Bear family makes me nostalgic every time I review one of these new books from Zonderkidz. I love that there is a whole new series of Bear stories that can be enjoyed by our youngest generation.

As you know from previous reviews, the new Berenstain Bears books have a Christian theme to them. The messages focus on love, kindness, working together, and solving disagreements. All the same messages the original books encouraged, but now with a Bible verse tied in.

The Bedtime Devotional book is a great compilation of 90 devotions to be shared with your child at bedtime. Each page includes a Bible verse, a short Bear family story or reflection, and a small prayer. Some pages also include a paragraph encouraging children to think about something in particular as they fall asleep. Accompanied by an illustration featuring the Berenstain Bears, this book is perfect for short attention spans and for a quick read before bed.

Bound in a small hardback format with an attached ribbon for book marking pages, the size and format is perfect for small hands.

The book opens with a longer bedtime prayer and then the book is divided into nine chapters, each with a specific focus. For example, in the “Be A Good Friend” chapter, each of the devotionals relates in some way to being a good friend to others. If your child has had a trying day, the chapters make it easy to locate a devotion that might resonate particularly well.

Overall, a beautiful book that would make a great gift for little ones.


Thank you to Book Look Bloggers and Zonderkidz for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday Special

Hello to all and I hope you had a wonderful and rejuvenating weekend!

I’m bringing you a new review today thanks to Book Look Bloggers and Zonderkidz!

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I received a copy of Love Letters from God Holy Bible NIrV, and once again, I am impressed with the Bibles Zonderkidz produces for children.

This book contains the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version of the Bible alongside letters for the reader which are formatted to be “written by God”.

The idea of God writing letters directly to the child is fun and a creative way to engage young children with Biblical text. Unlike some other children’s Bibles that only have a few inserts throughout, there are 80 letters throughout the book plus other bonus content like full-color inserts and writing prompts.

The letters encourage personal reflection and offer greater understanding of selected verses. By encouraging children to write their own letter to God, children are offered a different way to connect with God and the scripture.

Something to perhaps keep in mind, is to make sure children understand the letters aren’t really from God and those aren’t his true word, but they are a lovely way to facilitate his word and interpret it for children.

This Bible would be great for church libraries, children’s church and other church lessons for younger children.


Thank you to Zonderkidz and Booklook Bloggers for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: One Small Donkey

Christmas is coming slightly early with this week’s Christian book review.

I received a new book from Tommy Nelson publishing and I’m happy to welcome Christmas a little early to share it with you. 🙂

One Small Donkey

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Written by Dandi Daley Mackall

Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens

One small donkey dreams of being big and important. But one small event is much bigger than a small donkey could have ever dreamed. When one small donkey plays a part in the first Christmas, he gets to be part of something that will change the whole world.

I love Christmas and I love Christmas stories, so I just had to review this book when I saw the chance. The cover is precious and the illustrations continue to enchant the reader throughout this charming book.

Christmas always strikes me as a magical season when it feels like anything can happen. In a way, this book captured that feeling with the small donkey getting his chance to do something big. And the illustrations capture the wonder of the first Christmas with Mary and Joseph surrounded by sweet animals.

The text is written in a rhyming scheme that sometimes feels a bit off, but overall the story is cute and fun for kids. The message is clear, that being little doesn’t mean you can’t do big things, and it gives parents a chance to talk to kids about big or little things they can do to help others.

Some readers may not enjoy this book as much as I did, but if you love Christmas stories you’ll likely enjoy this lovely tale.

4 stars that won’t shine nearly as brightly as the Christmas star.


Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishing and BookLook Bloggers for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Miracle in Music City

Hello all!

Time got away from me! I have been busy reading and reviewing and getting new things lined up for the blog, and I completely forgot to put up posts last week.

I’ll get caught up with a few posts today and tomorrow full of new books!

In September, I will be participating in two blog tours for fantastic new picture books from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. I continue to be impressed by the content and quality of picture books from this publisher. As part of the blog tour, the publisher will be providing links to enter a rafflecopter for giveaways. I will also share a book trailer and author interview during the tour as well! Exciting times! 🙂

In other writing news, I registered for the SCBWI Middle of the Map conference in Overland Park, KS this fall.

Anyone else attending?

The last conference I attended was in Pittsburgh and I absolutely loved it! My excitement will be off the charts by the time November arrives.

Now, what you came here for….the book review!

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Miracle in Music City (2016, Zonderkidz, Middle-Grade Mystery)

The Glimmer girls have spent all summer on tour with their Mom. Now they are home and trying to readjust to normal life. The girls soon find out that might be easier said than done. Then their Mom asks them to help her with an annual benefit and auction, and the girls find themselves drawn into another mystery they are determined to solve. It seems life may never get back to normal for these smart and sassy sisters.

Miracle in Music City, written by Natalie Grant, is the third book in the Glimmer Girls series. The series is reminiscent of older, popular mystery series such as Boxcar Children and Babysitter Club, through the structure of the book and the situations the young characters find themselves in. This series is likely to be more popular with girls than boys as the plot often focuses on the dynamics of sisters, and female friends. As this is published by a Christian publishing company, the book does make reference to God, Jesus, and praying several times throughout the book. Overall, a sweet tale with a mystery and great message of helping others.

Though this is considered a middle-grade book, younger readers might enjoy it as well. Strong independent readers should have no trouble reading this book on their own.

Thank  you to Zonderkidz and Book Look Bloggers for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday Special

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and are enjoying your Sunday.

I received a copy of the Minecrafter’s Bible last week and wanted to share it with you all today. I’ve received quite a few Bibles from Zonderkidz lately, and they share a similar theme of reaching children through the use of current trends.

While the text of the Bible, in this case the New International Reader’s Version, remains the same, the addition of page inserts, trivia, etc. in each of these Bibles makes the text more relevant to today. For children especially, they want to understand how the stories in the Bible have any significance in the world they live in today.

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The Minecrafter’s Bible by Zonderkidz brings together the complete text of the NIrV Bible with 24 pages of Minecrafter inspired text and illustrations. Minecrafter is a wildly popular game among young people today, and showing the similarities between how God created the world to the world-building game, will likely intrigue many fans.

Each Minecrafter page features a significant event in the Bible along with the appropriate passages. Then the game is tied in to the verse by suggesting an activity to try within the game. For example, when talking about Noah’s Ark, the text suggests building a large boat in the game and putting animals on it.

The Bible is attractive and fun with a full-color, illustrated cover. The inserts are great, but I would have liked to see little tidbits included throughout all the pages. Some of the other children’s Bibles had small blocks of trivia or facts on nearly every page. Also, many children’s Bibles include summaries at the beginning of each book of the Bible which helps young people understand the main takeaways.

Overall, a great concept which many fans of Minecrafter will be eager to check out.

Life Lessons From Bear Country

I read this Berenstain Bears book collection recently and it got me thinking.

Children’s books are full of lessons on kindness, caring, politeness, respect, and so many more fantastic concepts related to growing into a functioning and considerate adult. Society wants our children to respect their elders, care about others, not say mean things, help out in the community, and ultimately not be a bully.

Life Lessons: Not just for kids

But that Bear family in Bear country made me think not just about kids needing life lessons, it made me think about adults too.

Have we forgotten that showing compassion to others, being kind, saying nice things, and not being a bully, aren’t just lessons for kids?

Do as I say, not as I do.

I’m not perfect. People aren’t perfect. Adults, parents, grandparents, kids, dogs….ok dogs are pretty perfect.

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone says things they don’t mean or didn’t mean to say or sometimes the words just come out wrong.

What saddens me, is the amount of hate, bullying, and complete disregard for others’ feelings that takes place on social media. People comment without thinking or considering that there is a real life person with feelings on the other side of that computer. The internet allows everyone to voice an opinion in whatever manner they choose.

Social media can be a wonderful thing when it is used as a means of connecting with others and lifting people up, but it is so often used to divide people into groups of like-mindedness and tear others down.

So today my book review is about the Berenstain Bears Caring and Sharing Treasury.

Five books in one! Can’t beat that.

But this is not just a collection of books for kids, it’s a reminder that bragging is still annoying, gossiping is unattractive, generosity is always in style, there is no one career or life path that determines success, and the world needs more unconditional love.

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The Berenstain Bears Caring is Sharing Treasury (2016, Zonderkidz, Picture Book)

This treasury of Berenstain Bears books contains five books on the theme of kindness. Brother and Sister Bear learn about jobs, helping others, being good neighbors, gossiping, and bragging as they explore Bear Country. There is a lot going on in Bear Country, and Brother and Sister get into trouble along the way, but with the help of each other, their family and friends can set things right?

The Caring is Sharing Treasury written and illustrated by Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain, consists of five books in one volume. The books included are: Jobs Around Town, Get Involved, Love Their Neighbors, Gossip Gang, and The Biggest Brag. This is an impressive collection of Berenstain Bears tales, reminiscent of the original stories. Children will love these fun stories, and parents will love the heart-warming messages. Great stories to get children thinking about their actions and interactions with others.

Five stars

Thank you to Zonderkidz and BookLook Bloggers for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Mud Show Monday!

Happy Monday! Time for a picture book post!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. I hope everyone had a fabulous day with loved ones. I have two great books for Fathers or Grandfathers to share with children, and another Berenstain Bears book.

How are those summer books going? Anyone reading something spectacular? I would love to hear about your latest read, or any other summer projects, in the comments section below.

Happy Reading (and Writing)!

 

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With Dad, It’s Like That

Written by Nadine Brun-Cosme and Illustrated by Magali Le Huche

Albert Whitman & Company

That’s not how Mom does it! When Dad is left in charge for a night, Clare points out everything Dad is doing wrong. Clare likes the way Mom does things, and she’s not too sure about Dad’s way. But soon Clare sees, with Dad, it’s like that, and that might be ok.

With Dad, It’s Like That written by Nadine Brun-Cosme and illustrated by Magali Le Huche emphasizes the importance of the father-daughter bond. The message is clear and well delivered, and the illustrations are detailed and engaging. It may not appeal to many as a book to be read again and again, but it is still a sweet story. Just in time for Father’s day, this book would be perfect for Fathers to share with daughters, especially on a father-daughter night in.

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Grandpa Loves You

Written by Helen Foster James and Illustrated by Petra Brown

Sleeping Bear Press

“I’ll twirl you around and swing you so high. Hold on to grandpa and reach for the sky.” Grandpa loves his little grand bunny and finds many different ways to say it. Grandpa and grand bunny have such fun together in this charming tale of family and love.

Grandpa Loves You, written by Helen Foster James and illustrated by Petra Brown, is a beautiful story to be shared between grandfathers and grandchildren. The verse is sweet and easy to read, with a resounding message of a grandfather’s unconditional love and support. The soft illustrations are perfect for the text, creating a gentle book ideal for quiet moments or before bed. This book would be a beautiful gift from grandfathers to young grandchildren.

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The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings

Brother and Sister Bear are excited for school to start! Honey Bear will be going to nursery school for the first time too. When Honey Bear gets nervous about starting school, Brother and Sister get nervous too! Will they worry too much about Math and History to do their best and have fun or will they remember that God is always there for them?

In The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings, written and illustrated by Mike Berenstain, Brother and Sister Bear face first day of school fears. This topic is appropriate for children facing their first day of school or starting at a new school. It will help children to realize that their nervousness is perfectly normal, but that everything will turn out ok. This book provides a great opportunity for parents to talk with children about their fears and reassure them. Children will recognize their favorite Bear family and love the colorful illustrations. Another fun Berenstain Bears installment, with a sweet message and Christian themes.

Thank you to Albert Whitman & Company, Sleeping Bear Press, and Book Look Bloggers for copies of these books in exchange for my honest review.

Book Reviews!

Happy Monday Evening! Hope your Monday was as wonderful as a Monday can ever hope to be 🙂

My store is officially open so I’m hoping my blogging will return to a more consistent schedule. I have lots of reviews to post too!

I’ve been reviewing lots of titles lately that would be great for summer reading. I remember reading Babysitter’s Club Little Sister books and Boxcar Children or catching up on all the Animorphs books over the summer.

Anyone else an Animorph fan? Those were my absolute favorite!

Reading children’s books brings back so many wonderful memories of the excitement I felt getting a new book or rereading an old favorite.

No Animorphs today, but I do have two new books for beginning readers.

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Memoirs of a Parrot

Written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers

Published by Sleeping Bear Press

Brock the parrot chronicles his days spent in Tik Tok’s pet shop. He’s not too happy here with all the people staring at him and insisting his name is Polly, but he’s even more unhappy when he becomes Todd’s new pet. Does Todd even know anything about parrots? Todd and Brock don’t exactly understand each other, but can they give each other a chance?

Memoirs of a Parrot written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers presents a pretty heavy message of responsible pet ownership. Striving for humor, Brock’s narration comes across as bitter and preachy, though his tone may be lost on children. Encouraging children to think about pets and realize some pets have special needs is a great topic, but the delivery feels a bit overpowering and detracting from a story that wants to be a humorous account of a parrot’s life. The book does provide a nice starting point for talking about pets, and choosing an appropriate pet, with children. Overall, the illustrations are lovely and the story ends with a nice message.

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5-Minute Nighttime Bible Stories

Stories retold by Charlotte Thoroe

Illustrated by Gil Guile

Published by Thomas Nelson

Created especially for those quiet moments before bed, this large volume of Bible stories is perfect to read aloud. Covering both Old and New Testament, the stories are retold in concise, clear language appropriate for young children. The selected stories are engaging and the illustrations will keep children interested. Not just for bedtime, these stories could also be read anytime parents have a few quiet moments with their children.

This is a fantastic book for parents to share with children. The oversize format and padded cover will interest children along with the bright, fun illustrations. The book has a nice feel to it and is fun for children to look through on their own or with an adult.

Stories include Creation, Noah’s Ark, Moses, Joshua and Jericho, David and Goliath, Jonah, Jesus’s birth, Stories about Jesus, Jesus’s parables and many more! This book is packed with excellent selections that will have children asking for just one more story. Short prayers and questions help children engage even more with the text and illustrations.

This book would make a wonderful gift or addition to any home or church library.

 

Thank you to Sleeping Bear Press and BookLook Bloggers for copies of these books in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Teen Study Bible

I received a Teen Study Bible this week from Zondervan and Booklook Bloggers. I have reviewed many children’s books from Zondervan/Zonderkidz but this is the first selection for young adults. I was impressed with the Kids Quest Bible I reviewed a few weeks ago, and this Bible for Teens doesn’t disappoint.

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The New King James Version Teen Study Bible is a fantastic resource for teens. On almost every page, additional information, facts or an analysis of some aspect of the Bible is provided.

Features include an analysis and line-by-line explanation of the Apostles’ Creed, indexes to help with in-depth Bible study, special sections devoted to key issues discussed in the Bible, teen Q&A section offering life advice to teens, Biblical trivia, highlights Bible verses to remember, and has an 8-page full color map at the end showing important locations of Biblical events.

The Bible trivia is especially interesting and could encourage teen youth groups to start a Bible trivia team or learn more about each passage. Through trivia and other small excerpts and insights, teens are able to better relate to passages and see how the words impact their lives.

The “Dear Jordan” section is written in a format similar to “Dear Abby” questions. A question from a teen is answered by referencing passages of the Bible and providing advice inspired by the Christian lifestyle. While this format is engaging, easy to read, and the advice is well meaning and supported by Bible verses, the tone felt condescending or patronizing at times. The information was good and the format was intriguing, but for a teen, the tone of the section might be off-putting. This was not the case for every “Dear Jordan” section, but that tone did come across in many of them.

Overall, this is a fabulous reference Bible for teens and provides a wealth of fun facts and reflections as teens study certain passages of the Bible, or attempt to read it all the way through.

Thank you to Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.