The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special is a book that addresses differences in others. These differences in others covered could be those that are mental or physical. Children will learn that God makes us all different in a number of ways and they shouldn’t be scared or confused about it and that it’s never a problem to ask questions pertaining to it.
The Bible verse the book begins with is Matthew 19:14 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. The cubs meet a new friend named Tommy. He is different than them and they were told he was developmentally delayed. They never say in what way. But I feel that was a good choice as it covers and endless spectrum of differences whether it be a child with autism, growth delay, down-syndrome, etc.
I Breathe My Own Breath by author Kathleen Aharoni is book that reminds readers of all ages something very important. It challenges us to embrace our uniqueness! It’s something in the world that goes both ways, part of society says be you and the other side of society pushes trends and ever changing movements upon us. As children get older this pull can become overwhelming and just going with the flow seems the easiest thing to do. But in doing that, we lose often lose our inner-selves and end of breathing breaths that are not our own! So, we in turn spend much time in our lives searching for our breath. I think if children can understand the importance of being themselves early on in their life that they’ll be much happier and joyful as they grow older.
The Berenstain Bears And The Biggest Brag is great book written to teach kids the importance of not gloating and being boastful! It’s an excellent choice book for life lessons and personal character study. It gives children the opportunity to look to the Word of God for answers and instruction.
I so very much want my kids to learn not to be a poor sport in interacting with those around them. No one likes someone that floating their own boats. I really want them to take into the consideration of others and what they may feeling. Traits such as this don’t come naturally so I’m glad the Berenstain Bears offers a book on the subject.
I Can Learn the Bible: The Joshua Code for Kids has made learning more about God through scripture exciting for my son and daughter! We’ve only just begun this weekly study as a family and so far, it has been a huge blessing. It’s encouraging to see how committed my children have been to go through this book together. I will say memorization has not been the easiest tasks for one of my children, but with the way each verse is presented it hasn’t been an issue! I’m quite impressed.
In this book, there are 52 Bible verses and plethora of kid appealing illustrations that’s pretty appealing to kids. The book is designed that children learn one scripture a week. The way each verse is presented is done exceptionally well. Each weekly scripture spans about 3-4 pages, it’s not strung out but instead simple and to the point. The author has broken each verse down with a series of thoughts and questions a child might would ask about it. Children will understand how the verse applies to them and learn more about God’s love and guidance for their lives.
If as a parent one is needing a bit more direction in helping their child or children to memorize scripture, there’s a letter to parents in the the beginning of the book and tips at the end. One of my favorite tips suggested is to write down the scripture where one could see it throughout the week. I wrote the first verse in this book on our white board and the results were good!
I can think of no better way than to start the New Year off than to commit to learn a new verse for all 52 weeks. You don’t have to start at the beginning of the book. There are weeks but not yearly dates. You can pick it up and start anywhere you’d like. After having such promising results, I think this study would be an excellent choices for families with 4-10 year olds. I highly recommend it!
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My children have asked what God thinks about them. In answering this question, I tell them that God speaks to us through his Word the Bible and if we take time to look around we can see His love continually surrounding us. To give my kids more of a visual and tangible example of this, I’ve turned to author P.K, Hallinan and illustrator Laura Watson’s latest book A Love Letter From God.
My son and daughter adore this book. They were drawn in right away by the colorful illustrations and the unique cutout designs of stars, flowers, circles, and hearts on each and every page. The nature scenes are comforting and beautifully done. There are boys and girls off all colors and race! There are also many insects and animals! My kids had fun pointing out something on every page. I can tell that careful thought went into creating this children’s book, even certain words of the text is highlighted!
The writing is lyrical and in rhyme making it flow well as it is being read. I think this book is wonderful. It’s a good bedtime read or for when your kids may be having a hard day. This book to us is beautiful, encouraging, and comforting. I certainly recommend it and think it would make a great gift with Valentine’s Day coming up.
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Maddi’s Fridge by author Lois Brandt and illustrator by Vin Vogel is a children’s book about childhood hunger and poverty. It’s a book that most probably won’t be running out to pick up to read to their kids but I believe it’s important to do so. Issue books are so very important as they prompt readers to look beyond their lives and to reach out to those around them. Not just family or friends but those we don’t know either. Being kind, considerate and thoughtful in big or small things can cause more of an impact and blessing than one would imagine.
In this book, we are introduced to Maddi and her best friend Sofia. These girls are neighbors as well as classmates. After playing in the park together, the girls are hungry. At that time, Sofia discovers her friend has very little in her families fridge. But Maddi makes Sofia promise not to tell anyone. A dilemma is presented because Sofia wants to do something to help her friend but she doesn’t want to break a promise either.
Throughout the story we see Sofia asking questions and learning about nutrition. For instance. she learns that fish is a good source of protein, that eggs are good for you, and burritos are very good as well. There’s a lot of talk about different foods. Foods that are generally staples in most peoples homes. The foods mentioned are usually those that most food banks gather and give to needy families. She starts sharing certain things at lunch with her friend but decides it was better to break her promise of not telling and do something more.
At the end of the book, there’s a page dedicated to helping those who have empty fridges. There are many things listed to do and what to look for in knowing if someone might need help. It handles a weighty topic extremely well. The story is easy for children to comprehend. The illustrations are done well and express the feelings and emotions of the characters perfectly.
This book I can’t recommend enough. Children ages 4-8 years old I believe would most benefit and I believe in would be a good call to action read in a home, school, or church group meeting.
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