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
As a children’s author, I love reading and reviewing picture books. I was especially drawn to Nana the Great Comes to Visit by Lisa Tawn Bergren because I called my amazing, Ukrainian grandmother Nana.
And, being a grandmother now myself, I could relate to spoiling my grandchildren “in the best sort of way.” Nana the Great has a special relationship with her grandchildren. The story is told from the granddaughter’s point of view. Nana is “naughty,” but she is also lots of fun. While Mom scolds when Nana makes a mess, gets carried away, and pushes the limits, Mom ultimately agrees that “God gave us grandparents.”
Nana encourages self-expression, confidence, and esteem. And of course, above all, shows how much she loves them.
Lisa Tawn Bergren is well known as a best-selling author of the God Gave Us series. I am so happy I was given a complimentary copy to help her promote this new book. I can’t wait to visit my grandchildren to share it with them!
I'm so glad I was able to read a digital copy of a new book for 6-10 year olds, Faith & Science with Dr. Fizzlebop (aka author Brock Eastman) in exchange for writing a review. I love that it combines faith and science. I believe God created the universe and science is a way to explain it. Dr. Fizzlebop makes it fun! With 320 pages, it's a great value featuring 52 easy experiments (one for each week of the year). Each experiment begins with the Bible basis and an introduction then lists supplies, step-by-step instructions, scientific explanation, AND a related devotional, questions and prayer, helping kids (and adults) make important connections. The author includes warnings to keep kids safe. Plus, you can see videos of the experiments on the author's website. This book is a winner!
I love seeing what other authors--many of whom have become my friends--are writing and publishing. Some are their own original ideas. Others, like the following, published by Callisto Media, were written on assignment. All of them are inspiring, enjoyable, and fun!
Search the Rainforest, Find the Animals
by Nancy Coffelt
Illustrated by Sara Lynn Cramb
Search the Rainforest, Find the Animals features a wealth of easy-to-read information written by author Nancy Coffelt. Children ages 5 to 7 will enjoy the fun facts about animals, insects, and plants in the rainforest. Easily scannable, with titles and subtitles written in kid-friendly language, each animal in the book is highlighted. Artist Sara Lynn Cramb’s engaging illustrations fill the colorful, well-designed pages and include a can-you-find feature? to show how animals live in the wild. Containing 48 pages and a glossary, this informative book will help kids have fun learning. The concluding section shares how to protect the rainforest and what species are endangered. A detailed answer key shows how to find every animal. This book is nice addition to others on this fascinating subject. I’m happy I was given a copy to write this review. I can’t wait to share it with my 5-year old granddaughter and her brothers. I will look for other books in the series, too.
Here's my review of a sweet, new board book from a new publisher, End Game Press.
Bedtime with Mommy
by Nancy L. Sanders
Illustrated by Felia Hanakata
Sweet Bedtime Story!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2021With a comforting, loving tone, the book Bedtime with Mommy cleverly includes different habitats—from the grassland to the ocean—where animals settle down to go to sleep. More importantly, it incorporates everyday ways that Moms and their children praise, thank, and pray to God. I was sent a digital copy of this book with a request to review it, and I purchased a copy as a gift for an upcoming baby shower. Talented author Nancy I. Sanders’ sweet rhymes and Felia Hanakata’s dreamy illustrations make this book really special, one your child will ask to be read again and again. --Author Amy Houts, God's Protection Covers Me (Beaming Books)
Dachshund Through the Snow
by Michelle Medlock Adams
Illustrated by Ana Sebastian
Description from Amazon:
The size of your stature is not the measure of your heart. For one tiny Dachshund, this was a mighty big lesson.
Crosby was teeny. Even for a miniature dachshund. In fact, he was the teeniest dachshund in the whole town. But his small stature and big heart made Crosby one of the best burrowers in all of the North Pole. That’s why he couldn’t wait to enter the North Pole Animal Olympics and burrow his way to a gold medal. Finally old enough to compete, Crosby goes to town to register on Dec. 23, but when he encounters lots of hecklers and bullies who make fun of his small size, Crosby loses his confidence. With his tail tucked between his legs, he burrows as fast and far away from town as he can, running smack dab into a stranded Santa and his divine destiny.
Humor and Heart!
Three cheers for the tiny dachshund who helps save Christmas! Written with humor and heart, author Michelle Adams shows how our God-given talents help us to win in unexpected ways. Children will ask for this book to be read again and again. --Amy Houts, author of 100+ books for children
I love reading and reviewing picture books!