Understanding what we are feeling inside and the emotions that follow those feelings can sometimes be a difficult thing for children to understand or word. The book In My Heart can help. In a delightful kid-friendly approach it educates and opens the door for discussion in a safe and caring way.
As soon, as my children ages 3 & 6 laid on this book they wanted to look at and have it read to them. The book is a work of art as it features a giant cut out heart on the cover that changes up with the turn of every page. The Hearts are in every color of the rainbow. The vibrantly bold and super colorful illustrations within are very attractive and capture each and every feelings quite well, in my opinion.
The feelings expressed are happiness, braveness, madness, calmness, brokenness, sadness, hopefulness, feeling afraid, silliness, and shyness. I feel that the feeling included are all which children will feel. I think it’s a good book to pick up and talk about. Perhaps your child is having a hard day, why not pick up the book a read through. They may be more open to talking about their feelings with this as a prompt.
I would certainly recommend this picture book to children ages 2-8 years old. I believe we’ll be getting a lot of use out of it when sharing our feelings and perhaps it’ll even be a artistic inspiration to create as well.
About the author: Jo Witek is the author of Hello in There! She is an author, journalist, and screenwriter who has published several books in France. She lives in Hérault, France. Christine Roussey is the illustrator of Hello in There! She works in advertising, as well as with newspapers, magazines, and publishers. She lives in Paris.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.
It’s December and during this time of the month, I like pulling out all of our favorite Christmas & Holiday titles to read with my family. This year I’m excited to have three new additions added to our collection from Zonderkidz. Why not check them out and see if you might want to share these with your family too!
The Legend of St. Nicholas The true story behind the legend of Santa Claus
In The Legend of St. Nicholas, the new artwork, created by Marley and Me illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, captivates audiences and tells the story of a young man named Nicholas, who was moved by the plight of the poor and needy. Nicholas spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. This gentle Christmas book introduces the original St. Nicholas and offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves. The final pages in the book include fun Father Christmas traditions in other lands.
This is a wonderful book that explains and illustrates the Legend of Santa Claus well! My daughter recognized the art by Richard Cowdrey from recently having read The Legend of the Candy Cane and having enjoyed that tale, was eager to read this one too!
We meet a young boy and his father out doing some last minute Christmas shopping. The young boy was not entirely eager to get shopping done for his siblings. He was busy pondering the idea of getting himself something with whatever money he had left over. He however comes across a mall Santa telling other kids the legend of St. Nicholas and rethinks his choice.
The story kept my whole family captivated from start to finish. The message that it’s better to give than receive is very present and also that of the greatest gift we could ever receive, Christ Jesus.
The Bible verse James 1:17 is included at the ending of the book which reads, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”.
I would certainly recommend this title and plan on pulling it out to re-read every Christmas season!
The First Christmas Ever Retelling of the Christmas Story
A simple retelling of the Christmas story, from the angel’s visit to Mary to the shepherds’ joyful praise of the new born Baby, this small format paperback, The First Christmas Ever is sure to be popular with young readers. Using the vibrant and popular artwork of Dennis Jones, families can share this timeless story of God’s love each holiday season.
This retelling of the very first Christmas is done well. The illustrations are very kid-appealing! The colors aren’t dull but not overly vibrant either. I found the imagery to be rich and satisfying! There are full pages of illustrations, 4 panels on one page, and other variations. All done quite well and kept the story moving along.
I appreciate the accurateness of the story. For example, it’s accurate as in the sense that the wise men didn’t show up to visit Jesus as soon as he was born. Often we see the shepherds along with the Wise men all at the stable together. It was nice to see this done right!
This book is great for reading to children or having a child read it on their own. My six year old daughter read this book with ease all by herself. I will be pulling this one out to read during Christmas this month as well as for years to come for my children!
The Christmas Story for Children
by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill
Ages 5 and up
Follow the events of Jesus’ birth as you read this lovely picture book written by Max Lucado with Randy Frazee and Karen Hill and illustrated by Fausto. The Christmas Story for Children tells readers about the birth of a special baby whose story is filled with love for us all. Young readers as well as their parents will appreciate the beautiful words and artwork that convey the message that we are loved and cherished.
This book doesn’t just follow the event of the birth of Jesus but goes well beyond that. I frankly was quite surprised but over all delighted. The story begins with introducing us to the people of God, the Jews whom had been awaiting a Savior. It ends shortly after Jesus gets baptized and begins his ministry.
The illustrations are very attractive and the story written quite elegantly. The book paraphrases Biblical text . I feel the three people involved in creating this book did an excellent job.
The age recommendation for this story is ages five and up. I would possibly recommend it for children a little older than that. There’s quite a bit of text, and I question attention spans. Though you could break up reading this book into parts over several days.
I like that we see Christ’s birth, baptism, and beginning of His ministry. This displays who Christ was and is to us. It gives children more than the journey of Mary & Jospeh and baby Jesus being born. I feel this makes it an excellent choice for reading during the Advent season.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary copies of Zonderkidz Christmas books for this posting. I was not financially compensated for this post.
Noah by author Mark Ludy is an exceptionally beautiful picture book! I was truly in awe at the amazing imagery and detail put into each and every page. The intricate details have been a delight to gaze upon again and again and make this Biblical retelling come alive! There are no words or verses other than Methuselah welcomes his grandson, Noah on the very first page.
As the story begins, we get a feel of the area and people Noah may have lived near and how he wasn’t very young in age. We see that God calls him to do this amazing task of building the Ark. The illustrations shows the feelings in the faces and body actions of the characters extremely well. We see how constructing as well as gathering animals as well as nurturing them may have been. We see Noah’s family grow ensuring that most of this certainly didn’t happen in a short amount of time either. From the call, being obedient, and a wait through the storm it ends with God’s delivering promise to not just Noah but us all.
An additional bonus is that the author made it a bit for fun for children studying the pictures to find a little mouse named Squeakers on each and every page in the book. It’s actually not as easy you would think to find the mouse but the challenge was welcomed by my nearly four year old son and 6 1/2 year old daughter.
As a parent, I would like to point out this this book could be scary or confusing to younger children. This is a pretty accurate book so there;s obviously shady people depicted and some images of the rain coming down to flood the earth and of the people not living for God outside of the ark drinking wine and partying. There’s nothing explicit or violent. Just use wisdom and be ready to explain and answer questions.This book gives a pretty accurate portrayal and I applaud it for that.
Overall, this book has been a joy and real blessing to share with my children when retelling the story of Noah. I think it would be a welcome addition to any home or church class.
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The Farmer, The Flower Man,The Grump, When I Was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.
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What’s the Big Idea, Charlie Brown? features the fun loving Peanuts Gang in a story that’s not just fun but educational as well. This story leads children to learn about some of American history’s greatest inventions and inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Orville Wright, Thomas Edison, and another that even I didn’t know about! I won’t give it away but know readers are in for a sweet surprise!
The story features Charlie Brown and his friends throwing a big celebration in honor of great inventions. Each friend sets out to come up with their favorite big idea and to share about it at the party. It’s quite a big party full of posters, prizes, music, and a blue ribbon for the one that found the best big idea. Charlie Brown is a bit discouraged and has trouble though coming up with an idea. Oh whatever will he chose to share about?
There’s so many great inventions in the world, so it was fun when reading this to my kids and asking them what they thought he and the others might would share about.
Near the end of this book there are several pages that go into detail about the the inventors Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, and Sally chose to spotlight at the party. These pages feature a quote from the inventor and bit of details about specific inventions they created. In ending the book, there are two pages that challenge children to describe an invention in writing they might would want to invent and also draw a picture of it. You can allow a child to write and draw directly on these pages or on a separate sheet of paper.
I really like this book and my children ages 3 and 6 did as well. The illustrations are quite colorful and kept my children engaged. This book is an excellent classroom addition. I plan on incorporating this book into a homeschool US history unit study with added additional activities. It’s a great book that introduces biographies in a kid-friendly way! Definitely ideal for children ages 4-8 years old.
The Adventure Bible, NKJV by Lawerence O. Richards is a great choice for children ages 8-12 years old eager to learn and grow in the Word. This Bible does a great job of drawing children in with its colorfully well done jungle and safari theme illustrations! The features are many and really everything you really could want in creating a welcoming introduction to the Word. Children have to make the choice of coming to God as well as growing in their journey with Him on their own, and I think presenting them with the right tools such as this is key.
Among the first few pages of this Bible is a section that instructs the reader how to use the Bible. It goes into detail from how the table of contents is like a map and the concordance in the back helps you find verses by a specific theme of word. It continues on teach kids in how the Bible is broken down into books, chapters, verse and so on. I really like that this section is included in guiding children how to navigate the Bible!
This Bible has many fantastic features which are found all throughout that helps children understand and grasp what will be read. The Book introductions give a powerful first look into what’s covered.
There are many sections which I will explain. Words to Treasure highlights Bible verses that would be good to memorize. There’s Did You Know section which includes fascinating facts and further details into the verses. Life in Bible times features illustrations and articles from what kinda of food was eaten, how houses were built, and so forth. People in Bible Times is a short but close up snippet of the people talked about in the Bible. And last but now least Let’s Live It is a section that provides many hands-on activities for children to apply what is being read in their own lives.
This Bible is well thought out. Since it’s hard cover it’s likely to withstand a lot of use and last for quite some time. Amongst all the features is a How to know you a Christian page, reading plans, how to pray, full color maps, and much more. I can’t say enough good things about this Bible. It would make a wonderful gift and I would recommend it for any child, church, or Christian school.
Interested in Purchasing? Adventure Bible, NKJVcan be purchased right now on Amazon.com for 21.59 as of this posting. It is also available at other known retailers!
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