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Children’s Corner — Learn Your Numbers

28 Jul

The Beginner’s Bible Learn Your Numbers is a great resource for parents of preschoolers and early learners. This sturdy book comes with a dry erase marker to allow your child to directly practice writing letters and numbers. I love that each number — 1-12 — includes references to scripture too! The illustrations are colorful, and the book is a great accompaniment to your family’s Bible reading time. Whether you use it to supplement what they learn at school or as part of a homeschool curriculum, your chiId is going to love it! I look forward to sharing this book with my grandchild.

Recommended.

Audience: preschool — 1st grade

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

The Beginner’s Bible Learn Your Numbers offers early readers (and early writers) a fun, interactive way to learn their numbers. Children will practice writing numbers alongside the signature illustration style found in The Beginner’s Bible using the wipe clean format.

Children ages 3-7 will enjoy:

  • The fun, cartoon-style illustrations–lions and wise men and pigs, oh my!
  • The chunky, easy-to-hold dry-erase pen, included with the book
  • Traceable numbers to build confidence

Parents will enjoy:

  • The easy-to-read, biblical concepts
  • The easy-to-clean, board book pages
  • The small and light-weight size, easy-to-pack for errands and vacations

The Beginner’s Bible Learn Your Numbers is perfect for:

  • Birthdays, Easter baskets, Children’s Baptism and holiday gifting
  • Road trips, boredom busters, and activity time
  • Home school and Children’s Ministry (Sunday school) use

Children’s Corner — First 100 Animal Words

21 Jul

Not only does The Beginner’s Bible First 100 Animal Words have tons of colorful and cute animal pictures — 100 to be exact 😉 — each is introduced in the context of scripture. From the OT creation story through the NT, animals are introduced to toddlers. I love that references are given to scripture to build upon the idea of different animals and knowledge of the Bible. I think it is never too early to introduce a child to God’s word, and First 100 Animal Words is a great way to do just that for your toddler/preschooler. Parents can paraphrase Bible stories using the animals as well. And the sturdy board book design will make sure this book lasts a long time. This one is definitely recommended!

Recommended.

Audience: toddlers/preschoolers.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Are you looking for a fun way to teach your toddler about animals? Early readers will learn their first animal words set within classic Bible stories with The Beginner’s Bible First 100 Animal Words.

Presenting child-friendly illustrations, this beautifully illustrated board book offers:

  • Emerging readers ages 0-4 an opportunity to learn words from beloved Bible stories
  • A sturdy format that is perfect for toddlers’ little hands
  • Engaging 3D art with plenty of details to hold a young child’s attention

The Beginner’s Bible First 100 Animals Words is great for:

  • Birthdays, Easter baskets, Children’s Baptism and holiday gifting
  • Road trips, boredom busters, and activity time
  • Home school and Children’s Ministry (Sunday school) use

Children’s Corner — Fiona, It’s Bedtime

2 Jul

Join your favorite hippo, Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, in this cuddly read-aloud picture book as she says good night to all her animal friends before snuggling up with her mama — encouraging your own child to drift off to sleep with their own bedtime routine.

A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Fiona the HippoFiona, It’s Bedtime showcases the fearless hippo that’s as much of a star at the zoo (in the real world) as she is online!

This board book edition is great for little hands that love to explore, and is the perfect bedtime story to read aloud to children ages 4 to 8. Fiona, It’s Bedtime:

  • Features art by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey (Fiona the HippoBad DogMarley)
  • Takes kids on a nighttime adventure to see how the zoo animals sleep at night
  • Presents fun, rhyming text that will engage children while soothing them for their own bedtime ritual

Richard Cowdrey‘s favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and his creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard’s bestselling children’s books include Fiona the Hippo, Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas.

My Impressions:

My granddaughter loves being read to. So we are always on the lookout for a good book that will engage her curiosity with fun verse and colorful illustrations. Fiona, It’s Bedtime does just that. Each page of this soon-to-be bedtime favorite shows members of the zoo family getting ready for bedtime. The cheetahs snuggle in their mother’s fur, the koalas wrap themselves around the trees, and the flamingo’s balance on one foot. I loved how the animals’ uniqueness is expressed. The book is sturdy as well and will hold up against the many times it will be presented for reading time. I can’t wait to share it!

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Love You, Little Peanut

26 May

Love You, Little Peanut is a heartwarming padded board book about the deep bond between a parent, grandparent, or any loved one and their little one. The sweet rhymes and adorable illustrations help show all the wonderful moments shared with a child, reminding even the youngest readers how special they are and how much they are loved.

Little hands can comfortably hold this durable board book, and little fingers can point out pictures and follow along with the easy-to-read text. 

The adventures we’ll have

each day as you grow

just wait, Little Peanut —

there’s so much to know.

Whether you’re reading out loud, reading together, or being read to, Love You, Little Peanut will help you snuggle and hug your way through one cherished story time after another.

Annette Brashler Bourland has been writing books, poems, cards, cartoons, and jingles ever since she can remember. With more than 25 years in the publishing world, Annette has a love for creating entertaining, great content for children. She earned degrees in English and Business Administration from Hope College, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Annette lives in Michigan with her husband and son, and runs her own publishing consultant business.

Website: http://www.bourlandstrategicadvisors.com

Instagram: annette.bourland

My Impressions:

My little granddaughter loves to be read to. I am so pleased that I will be able to share Love You, Little Peanut with her. The rhyming text talks about the love for a small child and the adventures that life together (whether with a grandparent or parent) will bring. I loved that each page features different animal pairs, adult and child — skunks, alligators, elephants, etc. — exploring the world. The pictures are detailed and boldly colored capturing a child’s attention as they listen to the narrative. And while Vivian loves to be read to, she also likes to look at her books independently. This sturdy board book will stand up to her perusal. 😉

A fun book to share with your little one, Love You, Little Peanut is recommended for your family library.

Recommended.

Audience: toddlers – preschoolers.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Pugtato, Let’s Be Best Spuddies

21 Apr

Pugtato is back in a new board book that will appeal to the littlest of readers. Pugtato, Let’s Be Best Spuddies is as cute as the first book in the series with all the vegetable critters showing how to be friends. My granddaughter loved the original Pugtato book, but let’s be honest, at 16 months old she is a bit rough on standard children’s books. Besides engaging her with colorful illustrations and easy to understand text, she can throw it, stand on it, and chew on it to her heart’s content! I know this book will become a favorite. I can’t wait to give it to her!

Recommended!

Audience: toddlers to preschoolers

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

What does it mean to be a best spuddy? Spend the day with Pugtato and his very best spuddies and find out! A best spuddy likes to play and listen, share, and give a helping hand. Spend time with Pugtato and his very best spuddies as they show us exactly how to be a best spuddy too.

Pugtato, Let’s Be Best Spuddies:

  • Features adorable and silly illustrations by Sophie Corrigan
  • Shows the youngest readers ages 0-4 how to be a good friend
  • Written in delightful, giggle-inducing rhyming text
  • Is great for discussions and story times focusing on friendship, sharing and helping others

Children’s Corner — Near

25 Mar

I am excited to share a wonderfully engaging children’s board book based on Psalm 139. With Sally Lloyd-Jones‘ verse and Jago’s illustrations, Near is sure to become a favorite in your family.

From Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, comes an uplifting new board book in a soft padded format that is a perfect fit for little hands. Inspired by Psalm 139—which begins, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me — Nears lyrical text reminds little ones that God is with them anywhere they go in God’s wide world.

God is my Father who made everything.

And I am a little explorer of the wide world.

He is near me

And he protects me.

He sees me

And he knows me.

He is strong

And he looks after me.

He is with me—always!

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Brit who came to the US in 1989 “just for a year.” She’s still here.

Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East, and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, the first book she ever remembers reading all the way through was THE COMPLETE NONSENSE by Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.

She lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back.

http://www.sallylloyd-jones.com

My Impressions:

I loved Near by Sally Lloyd-Jones. The author takes the beloved Psalm 139 and presents it in a way that even the littlest of readers can understand. The verse shows God as creator, provider, and sustainer in all situations and in all places. The accompanying illustrations by Jago are wonderful. Not only are they vivid, but they help a child visualize what the Psalm means to them. I am looking forward to sharing this one with my granddaughter! Highly recommended!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Valentine’s Day Treats

3 Feb

Looking for a special way to spend Valentine’s Day with your littlest sweetheart? Consider Valentine’s Day Treats by Tara Knudson — all the inspiration you need to have a fun-filled day.

 

Author Tara Knudson and illustrator Pauline Siewert — the team behind Christmas Cookie Day and Easter Egg Day — offer these sweet rhymes, illustrations, and a cherry on top . . . a recipe to make your very own heart-shaped cake with your little one!

From sparkly cards to heart-shaped cakes to a party with friends, Valentine’s Day Treats captures the joy and fun of holiday traditions. The fun, read-aloud rhymes and bright, adorable illustrations are perfect for evoking favorite holiday memories and — with the included recipe to make your very own heart-shaped cereal treats — creating new ones!

 

 

 

My Impressions:

Valentine’s Day Treats is a cute board book with lots of Valentine’s Day activity going on throughout. Bright illustrations and rhyming verse introduce the raccoon family as they make cards and a special treat to share with their neighbors. After reading this book together, your little ones will be eager to create their own Valentine’s Day fun. There’s even a recipe for a sweet treat of their own included. So make sure you have some colored pencils or markers, doilies, and construction paper, not to mention some pantry items to recreate all the fun!

Recommended

Audience: children aged baby to preschool

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Children’s Corner — God Loves You, Little Peanut

2 Dec

Aww, what a sweet, sweet story for a newborn and his or her parents! I loved the message of love in God Loves You, Little Peanut.

God Loves You, Little Peanut is a heartwarming premium picture book about the deep bond between a parent, grandparent, or any loved one and their little one. From playtime to bedtime, silly time to cuddle time — the sweet rhymes and adorable illustrations show many different wonderful moments shared with a child, reminding boys and girls how special they are and how much they are loved.

Little Peanut there’s so much to know.
At night we’ll share stories or maybe tall tales
of giants and lizards and huge talking whales.

God Loves You, Little Peanut!

Annette Brashler Bourland has been writing books, poems, cards, cartoons, and jingles ever since she can remember. With more than 25 years in the publishing world, Annette has a love for creating entertaining, great content for children. She earned degrees in English and Business Administration from Hope College, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Annette lives in Michigan with her husband and son, and runs her own publishing consultant business.

Website: http://www.bourlandstrategicadvisors.com

Instagram: annette.bourland

 

My Impressions:

What a sweet, sweet story! I have to admit that God Loves You, Little Peanut brought a couple of tears to my eyes as I imagined reading it to my granddaughter. The message of love for a child — both of his or her earthly parents and God — is told in rhyming verse with charming illustrations. The story tells of all the special, yet everyday moments in a child’s life. As I was reading the book, I kept thinking that my son and daughter-in-love just had to have this book! Perfect for a newborn’s library, this book will be cherished for years. I can’t wait to share this book when my son’s family visits in a couple of weeks.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: children.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Corner — Two Books to Delight Your Toddler

25 Nov

I have two board books to share with you today — Fun Fall Day and Sleepy Time Colors. The pages of both books feature a surprise. Textures and colors teach and entertain your child. All the details are below.

 

Fun Fall Day by Tara Knudson

Fun Fall Day is a sensory celebration of the season for little ones. Young children can scratch a leaf, feel a smooth pumpkin, and brush a horse’s coat in this colorful touch and feel board book.

Parents, grandparents, and anyone else with little loved ones in their lives will be kicking up some leaves and some laughs this autumn every time they read Fun Fall Day. The magic and splendor of fall comes to life at the harvest fair, where there’s a petting zoo, corn maze, pumpkin patch, and plenty of treats for everyone!

It’s a celebration of the unique sights and sounds of fall through adorable and engaging illustrations, simple and playful rhymes, and touch and feel elements on every page of Fun Fall Day.

 

My Impressions:

I read this book to my grandbaby when my son’s family came to visit. At eleven months of age, her curiosity of the world around her knows no bounds! She loved feeling all of the textures each page features. The bright colors are engaging, and this sturdy book took all of her abuse, including chewing the corners. LOL! And children a little older than my grandchild will enjoy finding all their favorites of the Fall season. Fun Fall Day is a good book to introduce to the smallest of readers.

Recommended.

Audience: toddlers. 

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Sleepy Time Colors by Deb Gruelle

If you’re looking for that one colorful and cozy book your little one wants to read before bedtime again and again … you’ve found it! A follow-up to the bestselling Ten Little Night Stars, snuggle your little one in their favorite jammies as they lift the flaps to learn their colors alongside cuddly animal friends in this bedtime board book.

Sleepy Time Colors:

    • Is an early learning concept book of colors in a playful format that includes sleepy-eyed, bedtime rhymes and an interactive lift-the-flap element that’s perfect for little ones age 0 to 4
    • Is written by Deb Gruelle, the author of bestselling Ten Little Night Stars, with over 100,000 units sold
    • Is the perfect gift for birthdays, baby showers, adoption parties, Valentine’s Day, Easter baskets, stocking stuffers, and holiday gifting
    • Deb Gruelle is the great-great-grandniece of Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and AndyTeach your child colors as you read these playful, sleepy time rhymes together. Utilizing calm, play-based learning,‎ your child will love to lift the flaps to reveal all the different colors while they gain fine motor skills and learn basic concepts.

       

My Impressions:

Sleepy Time Colors is a great book for bed time reading. Each page introduces a little one getting ready for bed. The focus is on colors as each rhyming verse introduces the pajamas that the animals are donning for night. A color is hidden behind a flap — what fun to discover their favorite colors. While my grandchild is a bit young for this book’s color concepts, its bright colors and rhyming text will engage her. And its sturdy board book format will withstand all of her exploration 😉 . I look forward to reading this to her in the near future.

Recommended.

Audience: Toddlers.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Top 10 Tuesday — Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child

8 Sep

While I have always been a voracious reader, my tastes have always run towards mysteries. Nancy Drew was my first book heroine, and I soon moved on to all things Agatha Christie. I visited the library frequently, both public and school, and was gifted books for every occasion. Yet somehow I missed reading all the standard children’s classics. So today’s Top 10 Tuesday post is all about missed opportunities 😉 . My daughter didn’t like to read as a child, so I missed some vicarious reading. Her brothers made up for it, but Poulson and Dahl were their favorites. I have another chance though — my first grandchild ( a girl) will have all the books!

What books do you wish you had read as a child?

Find out more bloggers’ lists at That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

 

Top Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child

 

Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. Since her parents’ deaths, she’s bounced around to foster homes and orphanages. When she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she wants to stay forever. But Anne is not the sturdy boy Matthew and Marilla were expecting.
 
She’s a mischievous, talkative redheaded girl with a fierce temper, who tumbles into one scrape after another. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special, a girl with an enormous imagination. All she’s ever wanted is to belong somewhere. And the longer she stays at Green Gables, the harder it is for anyone to imagine life without her.

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis

Four adventurous siblings — Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie — step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

Open the door and enter a new world! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been captivating readers of all ages with a magical land and unforgettable characters for over sixty years.

Little House on The Prairie series (this book is actually #3 in the series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls and her family are heading to Kansas! Leaving behind their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, they travel by covered wagon until they find the perfect spot to build a little house on the prairie. Laura and her sister Mary love exploring the rolling hills around their new home, but the family must soon get to work, farming and hunting and gathering food for themselves and for their livestock. Just when the Ingalls family starts to settle into their new home, they find themselves caught in the middle of a conflict. Will they have to move again?

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to settle in and make friends at boarding school. But when she learns that she’ll never see her beloved father gain, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for hard work and a room in the attic. Will she find that kindness and genorosity are all the riches she truly needs?

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Ten year old Mary Lennox, a spoiled and pompous child from a wealthy family, is suddenly turned on end when her parents die. She is sent to live with her wealthy Uncle in his isolated house in Yorkshire, England. Her spoiled nature and aggression again take form in her new home, but soon a servant informs her of a private, walled-in garden with the entrance’s key missing. The mysterious and cordoned garden intrigues young Mary as much as the mysterious cries that echo the hallways during the night.