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Children’s Corner: Baby, Baby! + Giveaway!

21 Sep

61lokwm4fl-_sy498_bo1204203200_A sweet, colorful board book that appeals to a baby’s interest in looking at other babies.

Babies enjoy books, looking at other babies, and their own flowering abilities. This short rhyming poem combines all three in a sweet and happy way, while introducing babies to God’s love for them. The simple words are paired with colorful images of babies engaging in familiar activities, allowing the book to be used as an introductory concept book as well. And it ends with a reminder that Baby is always loved by God.


dianestortzpic1_color-682x1024After more than twenty years in publishing as an editor and editorial director, Diane Stortz now writes best-selling books for children and adults. Her goal: making God’s wonders known to the next generation.

Her books include I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers, and Say & Pray Bible (all Tommy Nelson); The Sweetest Story Bible and The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers (Zonderkidz); A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year (Bethany House); and Parents of Missionaries (IVP). Two books for babies and toddlers, Baby, Baby! (Worthy Kids-Ideals) and Say & Pray Devotions (Tommy Nelson) release in Fall 2016.

In 2003 Diane cofounded the National Network of Parents of Missionaries, a nondenominational ministry to help parents of missionaries connect with one another and learn to succeed and thrive as POMs. In 2008 she coauthored Parents of Missionaries: How to Thrive and Stay Connected When Your Children and Grandchildren Serve Cross-Culturally.

Diane blogs at DianeStortz.com. She and her husband, Ed, a retired juvenile court probation officer, have two married daughters and four young grandchildren — all boys! When she’s not writing, Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and planning her next trip to visit her grandchildren.

ailie-promo-1_1__copyAilie Busby has been illustrating books for children for more than 15 years, and her work is published in the UK, Italy, France, Korea, USA, to name but a few.
She has published with Random House, Bloomsbury, Egmont, Scholastic, Orion and many others.

Ailie attended 2 Art schools, Nene College in Northampton, where she studied Graphic Design, and Cambridge school of Art where she specialized in Illustration.

When not illustrating, Ailie enjoys cooking, going to the cinema, rummaging around flea markets, walking her dog on the beach and chocolate.

Allie lives in the North East of England, Newcastle, with her husband, two children, two cats and a new edition to the family, Queenie the Fox Terrier.


My Impressions:

Baby, Baby! is a great book for connecting your young child with the world around them. Whimsical illustrations of all the wonderful things babies do — giggling, clapping, sneezing, kissing — combine with simple rhymes that lead to the final fun thing about your baby — God loves him/her! As the story progresses your child will see other babies doing all the things they do, and then the big finale — a mirror to include them in the story. Perfect for mom and dad and baby time, it is also a good way to include an older sibling in the joyous life of a brother or sister. I have just the family to share this book with — two sweet sisters and a new baby brother!


Audience: families with babies.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Worthy Kids for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


Thanks to Worthy Kids and FlyBy Promotions, I have a copy of Baby, Baby! to give away to one of my readers. Just leave a comment to enter. The giveaway will run through September 30. Good luck! (US entrants only)

(Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.)

Book Review: A Woman’s Guide to Reading The Bible in A Year

30 Mar

9780764210730You CAN Read the Bible in a Year

When Diane Stortz was invited to join a study to read the whole Bible in a year, she went for it. It changed her life, even though she’d been a Christian a long time. Now, more than ten years later, she still reads through the Bible every year with a group of friends.

“I didn’t start to really know God until I made knowing him my goal as I read the Bible. Getting to know God changed me. It changed how I think and what I do. It changes me still.”

God put the Bible together for you. Reading it through in a year helps create a rich experience and a focused understanding of what God wants to reveal about himself. And with week-by-week reading plans, easy-to-use reference material, and stories of encouragement from women like you, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year is the perfect companion for this life-changing practice.

Gather your Bible and some good friends to join you in your journey, or go for it on your own. Either way, God will change you.


15902Diane Stortz is the bestselling author of several children’s books and has over twenty years of Christian publishing experience, both writing and editing. She and her husband, Ed, live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Learn more at dianestortz.com.

Twitter — DianeStortz

Website — http://www.dianestortz.com/


My Impressions:

There are a lot of Bible reading plans out there. Plans to help you tackle the daunting task of reading the Bible through in a year. But Diane Stortz’s A Woman’s Guide to Reading The Bible in A Year is the first one I have seen that is especially for women and for use in a group! The book begins with personal stories of how reading the Bible in a year impacted lives. Then it moves on to practical tips for use in a group setting. It also includes an overview of just where our present Bible came from. And then the adventure begins! Each week presents an overview of the week’s scripture passages, a seven day plan and a few questions to facilitate group discussion. I think this book would be great for mentoring, lunch groups, weekly Bible study or anytime that women want to get together to discover God’s Truth. It can definitely be used for solo reading, but the design for group study brings a richer experience. The back of the book presents Biblical timelines, a complete reading plan and helpful resources. This book is definitely the whole package. So if you want to embark on a life-changing journey along with your friends or co-workers, pick up A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in A Year.

Highly Recommended.


(I received this book compliments of Bethany House Publishers. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)