A precious new picture book, The Mouse in the Manger, retells the nativity story from the perspective of someone who is small and helpless. That’s one reason children like mice characters. Children sometimes feel that way. The book asks a question we ask ourselves. What can we give? What is worthy enough to give the Christ child? (I won’t spoil it by telling you the mouse’s special gift.) Authors Eric and Meredith Schrotenboer gentle rhymes give this story a new perspective. They add cultural and historical significance to the setting in the story and include information in the backmatter. Bathed in softness and light, the artistic illustrations by Wolfordeer Colony Studios pull back the curtain and let the reader glimpse at that fateful night. This book will be enjoyed by families every Christmas. I was given access to a digital copy to write this review, and I’m so glad I was! The mouse learned, “No matter how small you are, you can still make a big difference!”
The adorable illustrations by Gabi Murphy in Laura Sassi’s new board book, Happy Birthday Christmas Child, make you want to hug it. They are charming! The artwork is perfectly paired with Laura’s fun rhymes. She tells the nativity story in an engaging way by counting the shepherds, the angels, and more. Numbers are interspersed with rhyming verses so you might not notice them (except for the bold type). The sweet story is perfect for young children.
Characters include mice and spiders in the manger—of course, there must have been! Telling about the birth of Jesus will delight the whole family. I had a hard time choosing my favorite verse, but finally decided on the angels:
Eight angels fill the sky with light
and sing, “Good news! This holy night
to you is born God’s precious son.
You’ll find him in a manger. Run!”
I was given access to a digital copy to write this review. Highly recommended to read this Christmas season with your little ones!
This is a really sweet book with a great lesson from the Bible. I love the positive relationship between Oliver and his mother. She shows wisdom and kindness and helps Oliver in this "teachable moment." I really enjoyed reading it. I think it would be perfect read in a Sunday school setting as an extension of a Bible reading or at home as a family. The illustrations are charming. I was given an advanced digital copy of this book to help the author, Barb Seregi, promote it. What a great addition to her series!
As a grandmother of three grade school age children, twin boys and a girl, I've observed their struggles with big feelings and would love to help them learn how to cope. I can't wait to share Valerie Coulman's book, Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings), with them! Valerie uses ordinary, daily experiences--exactly the ones my grandchildren are experiencing--like playing soccer on a team for the first time and moving to a new place, attending a new school. I love the way Valerie includes what's going on "on the outside" and "on the inside."
The analogies, a dragon, a roller coaster, a walrus, and more are so relatable and fun.Artist Alexandra Colombo's warm, wonderful, colorful illustrations help to bring the boy's story to life. And the focus isn't just on experiencing bad feelings, but good feelings, too, like the happiness of making a new friend. Helpful parent pages are included at the end, "Talking to Children About Emotions." I was given a complimentary copy of this book to help promote it, and I'm so glad I did! Children today have to cope with so much, and this book will help start a conversation and a road to understand. I highly recommend it!
From my 5-star Amazon book review: I love this precious picture book, God Made You Too! This book helps children know how special they are. After God created outer space, Earth, and the sea, he wasn’t done—YOU are his most awesome creation! Author Chelsea Tornetto wrote fun, descriptive rhyme children will love: “The God who made the octopus and taught the hawk to soar; the one who made the peacock’s tail and gave the lion its roar…” Illustrations by Kimberley Barnes are colorful, endearing, and active works of art. This would be perfect to give as a baby shower gift or preschool age child. I’m so glad I was given access to a digital copy of this book to write my review. Hurrah for Chelsea and her picture book debut! –Amy Houts, Christian Q&A Book for Kids
From my 5-star review on Amazon: Konni’s Byford book, Wrong Side of the Bed, teaches something very important. It’s not our circumstances that matter, it’s how we react to them. Told in rhyming verse through the viewpoint of a grade-school age boy who (at first) reacts negatively to normal, everyday events like itchy clothing, losing a soccer game, and going to bed early. We can all relate, right? By the end of the book, he’s learned how to change his attitude and his life for the better. And you know what? So did I! I’m honored I was provided with a digital copy of this book to write my review. The loving family portrayed in the illustrations by Savannah Horton warmed my heart. The artwork helped me feel and understand what this boy was going through.
From my 5-star Amazon book review: Gardens Are for Growing by Chelsea Tornetto surprised me. I thought the story would focus on the basics of a garden and it started out that way with a father and daughter planting seeds. But this book elevated the story, went much further than a simple garden primer. This is a book about family, about generations, about growing up—that was the surprise. This touching story shows a father growing old and his “little girl” leaving, seasons changing, and finally coming back again, this time with her own baby. Of course, they have to go to the garden. The illustrations by Hsulynn Pang have a lovely, old-fashioned, Americana quality, especially the one filled with fruits of the harvest, pumpkins, apples, pears, sunflowers. I am honored I was given access to a digital copy of this book to my review. I highly recommend it. –Amy Houts, author of Christian Q&A Book for Kids
After I received a copy of my new book, the Christian Q&A Book for Kids, which as a rainbow on the cover, I was amazed when a rainbow appeared in our backyard!
fter a LOT of hard work behind the scenes for the past several months, I'm so excited to finally announce that I have a new book coming out, Christian Q&A Book for Kids, releasing today(!) August 2, 2022.
My favorite part of writing Christian Q&A Book for Kids was asking my grandchildren what questions they had about God and the Bible. Jacob, age 8, asked a tough one. “How did Jesus come back to life?” I loved doing the research and reading the Bible to find the answer to Jacob’s question and over 100 others! I hope this book is a starting off place to foster discussion as well as deepen your child’s knowledge and faith.
One of the most challenging aspects of writing the Christian Q&A Book for Kids was answering the questions on a child's level. The book answers tough questions, but the target age group is 6-9 year olds. Although I've authored over 100 books for children, writing this was different. I tried to stay away from jargon words and imagined I was talking to my three grandchildren who (fortunately!) are in the target age group.
There are over 100 questions and answers in the Christian Q&A Book for Kids. Do you want to explain and discuss the Bible, God, and religion with the children in your life but don't know how to start? Then this book would be a valuable resource. To order, visit Amazon at: https://amzn.to/3zBo3Of
Help kids investigate their faith—a guide for 6 to 9 year olds
Religion is awe-inspiring—but it can also be overwhelming for young children. This Christian kids’ book offers children much-needed insight. Written as a straightforward Q&A, it helps kids clarify their own beliefs by introducing them to frequently asked questions on topics like forgiveness, sin, and so much more.
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We've met this sweet, child-like character, Little Mole, previously in Little Mole Finds Hope and Little Mole's Christmas Gift. Author Glenys Nellist and illustrator Sally Garland team up again with the new book Little Mole Goes to School. He is a worrier, as many of us are. True to the characteristics of a real mole, Little Mole can't see well. He is envious of Little Squirrel who has excellent vision, and other animals who have skills and characteristics he lacks. But Little Mole is given the opportunity to show his strength when they get trapped in a tunnel. He finds out that everyone is good at different things. This precious story explores the anxiety children feel when starting school and includes a parents page to address this important issue. Little Mole was hesitant about starting school, but by the end of the book, he can't wait to go back the next day. This a great book to help children prepare for that important milestone. I was asked to help promote this book and will receive a free copy, but I also preordered this book for a special child in my life. I highly recommend it! -- Amy Houts, author of Christian Q&A Book for Kids
Here's my 5-star Amazon review: There’s so much to love about this new picture book by best-selling author Michelle Medlock Adams and Cecil Stokes. I Love You to the Sun and Beyond! takes readers on a journey from the depths of the Mariana Trench to the International Space Station, from the Great Wall of China to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, from the Taj Mahal to the Amazon River. Why? For a father and son to show how high, how long, how loud, how great their love is for each other. Gorgeous artwork by Jonathan Bouw illustrates this multicultural book with text that employs humor, rhyme, and fun, child-like language. Plus, the “Fact & Figures” listing in the back helps children learn more. So glad I was given access to a digital copy of this book to write my review. I highly recommend this book for parents, grandparents, and anyone who wants to communicate their love. –Amy Houts, author of Christian Q&A Book for Kids
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