Monday, December 29, 2014

It Will Be Okay

TITLE: It Will Be Okay
AUTHOR:  Lysa TerKeurts
ILLUSTRATOR: Natalia Moore
PUBLISHER: Tommy Nelson

Today I have a children's book to share with you.  It is called It Will Be Okay-- Trusting God through fear and change by Lysa TerKeurst.

About the book:
In the end, it will be okay because God is always with us.
Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don't have to be afraid?
Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances-and they don't like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids' faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God.
Written by New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us.
About the Author:Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued. She isn't shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But she's been learning God's lessons and sharing them on her blog ( and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.
My thoughts:  
I thought this was a cute book with a great message that is relevant for children today.  Children face many fears, changes, and challenges as they grow up.  These changes can be scary.  In this book the child will see how they don't have to be afraid as they follow along the story of Little Seed, Little Fox and the Farmer.

The illustrations are enjoyable as well and add to the beauty of the story.  Also, I liked that at the beginning is a list of verses to memorize about trusting and not being afraid.  This is a good book to read to your child.  
If you have a young child in your life, this book would be a nice one to add to their library.

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Have a day of blessings!

Monday, July 28, 2014

God Shows The Way

TITLE:  The Berenstain Bears' God Shows The Way
AUTHOR: Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain
ILLUSTRATOR:  Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain
PUBLISHER:  Zonderkidz

Book Description:
Now in a convenient 3 stories in one collection, young readers will learn from the Berenstain Bears just how important it is to serve and love one another. Written in level one of the I Can Read standards, this bind-up of stories from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights I Can Read series is sure to please young, emergent readers as well as parents and grandparents looking for good quality reading that will help practice early reading skills as well as teach lessons about serving and caring for others. Included in this collection are the following titles: Faith Gets Us Through Have No Fear, God Is Near Piggy Bank Blessings.

My thoughts:
I've always enjoyed the Berenstain Bears and the cute stories that always teach a lesson.  This book is three stories in one hardback book.  All three have a religious theme with a Bible verse at the beginning and another in the story. 

This book is appropriate for early readers, those who are beginning to read on their own.  These are written at a much simpler level than other books in the series. As you can see on the cover it is Level 1 reader.

While I liked the simplicity of the stories of these well-loved characters and the values taught through the stories, I always have an issue with books that include "scary" topics such as monsters, shadows, etc.  This is just a personal preference I've always had not to read books related to such topics to children.  I never would read these type of books to my son because he wasn't afraid of such things. I didn't want him to read these books and think he should be afraid of them!  Now if you had a child already scared of such things, this book would be fine. Both the first two stories talk of such things and your child could learn from how Sister Bear handled her fears.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Shape of My Heart

TITLE:  The Shape of My Heart
AUTHOR:  Mark Sperring
ILLUSTRATOR:  Alys Paterson
PUBLISHER:  Bloomsbury

There are shapes everywhere around us.  This is a fun book to look for specific shapes with your child.  I thought it would be good to read to a toddler who is learning to identify objects to help increase vocabulary.  Each page is filled with brightly colored objects that will be relevant to a toddler's life.  It's rhyming text make it fun to read aloud as well. I particularly liked the ending too!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Too Tall Houses

TITLE:  Too Tall Houses
AUTHOR:  Gianna Marino

Owl and Rabbit are friends who live beside each other.  Everything is fine until Rabbit's garden grows so tall that it blocks Owl's view of the forest.  This leads Owl to build a taller house.  Back and forth they go, building their houses taller and taller.

I enjoyed the beautiful illustrations in this book.  The warm colored scenes made such pretty backdrops for the actions of Owl and Rabbit.  This is a fun book on friendship.

The AR level for this book is 2.0.

Monday, April 21, 2014

You're Wearing That to School?!

TITLE:  You're Wearing That to School?!
AUTHOR:  Lynn Plourde
ILLUSTRATOR:  Sue Cornelison
PUBLISHER:  Disney Hyperion

Penelope the hippo gets advice about beginning school from her little mouse friend Tiny.  He thinks she has all the wrong ideas about what to wear, what to take to show and tell, and more.  Will Penelope listen to Tiny's advice or do things her own way?

This is a fun book with cute characters to read at the beginning of the school year or to your child who is beginning school.

This is AR level 2.1.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Along Came You

TITLE:  Along Came You
AUTHOR:  Karona Drummond
ILLUSTRATOR:  Estelle Corke
PUBLISHER:  Zonderkidz

Book Description:
Available for the first time as a fun and durable board book, the beautifully illustrated Along Came You is now perfectly suited for little hands and hearts. Ideal for Mother's Day, baby showers, birthdays, or any time a parent wants to express their love, this book's storyline highlights the positive ways in which parents' lives change when they have children. Author Karona Drummond, a certified elementary school teacher, employs storytelling techniques that will appeal to both the child and parent. The simple language and repetitive structure of the phrases make this a perfect read-along book that teachers, librarians, parents, and young readers will enjoy.

My thoughts:
In this sweet book a Mom tells her daughter how her life has changed because of her.  The child in the picture looks like a preschooler.  To me this would be a book that a Mom could read to her child as a toddler that could become a favorite as the child grows. I like the repetitive phrase of "before you" and "after you" used on each page.  It is just the right length as well to keep the child's attention and the right size of board book for young hands to hold on their own.

Children change all aspects of our lives, and this book celebrates those wonderful changes!  A child may not realize the way he or she has caused so many things to change, but this book shares those changes in a positive, loving manner.

Check out this book when you need a gift for a new Mom.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ready and Waiting For You

TITLE:  Ready and Waiting For You
AUTHOR:  Judi Moreillon
ILLUSTRATOR:  Catherine Stock
PUBLISHER:  Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Guess who is waiting for you as you head to school?  There are many people ready and waiting for you including the bus driver, principal, custodians, and others.

Young children will enjoy the bright, colorful illustrations of this book.  It would be appropriate to read before your child begins school.  It has fold out pages that reveal who is waiting for them at their school. This book would also be appropriate to read in the classroom at the beginning of the school year to introduce the titles of various school personnel.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Goodnight iPad

TITLE:  Goodnight iPad
AUTHOR:  Ann Droyd
PUBLISHER: blue rider press

Everyone these days seems to be plugged in with iPads, Facebook, texts, Nooks, and more.  This book is a parody of the famous children's book called Goodnight Moon.  The illustrations are fun and show all the modern gadgets that are mentioned in the text.

I saw this book on the new book shelf at our library and it caught my eye because of the title.  I think that the book will be appreciated by adults when they realize how attached to technology we have become in this society.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Harold Finds a Voice

TITLE:  Harold Finds His Voice
AUTHOR:  Courtney Dicmas
ILLUSTRATOR:  Courtney Dicmas
PUBLISHER:  Child's Play Inc

Harold is very good at imitating sounds.  He goes out into the world to find other sounds and is surprised by all the sounds he hears.  This makes Harold want to find out his own sound.  Will he like how he sounds?

This is a cute book with big, bright illustrations.  Young children will enjoy the various sounds that Harold finds.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Day the Crayons Quit

TITLE:  The Day the Crayons Quit
AUTHOR:  Drew Daywalt
ILLUSTRATOR: Oliver Jeffers
PUBLISHER:  Philomel Books

At school Duncan is going to color, but he finds a stack of letters from his crayons.  The crayons each tell him why they are quitting and what he needs to change.  Some feel over used (like red for all the holidays). Some feel under used (like pink since it is more of a girls' color).

I love crayons so the title and front of this book caught my eye.  This was a fun read to imagine crayons coming to life and writing letters.  It would be great to use in a classroom and have children write their own letters.

This is on the 2014 Bluebonnet Award list.  It is AR level 3.8.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Little Book of Cars

TITLE:  My Little Book of Cars
AUTHOR:  Michael Worek
COPYRIGHT: Firefly Books

Read this book with your toddler to discover cars and other modes of transportation.  This book is filled with great photos of all sorts of cars, trucks, and other things that go!

This is a good book to develop vocabulary for your toddler.  It uses some color words too to describe the cars.  One thing I noticed is some of the pages have simple two word phrases to describe the picture while other pages have sentences.  However, there are no capital letters or periods used on these pages which I found odd.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Drummer Boy

TITLE:  Drummer Boy
AUTHOR:  Loren Long
PUBLISHER:  Philomel

A boy finds a little drummer boy on his door step one day.  He enjoys hearing the drummer boy play his drum until one day it accidentally gets knocked into the trash can. This leads to a cold journey for the drummer boy through the community where he is able to make a difference for others he encounters.

I know this is a Christmas book but I enjoyed reading it and wanted to share it here with you.

This picture book is AR level 4.5

Friday, January 17, 2014

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

TITLE:  My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood
AUTHOR:  Tameka Fryer Brown
ILLUSTRATOR:  Shane W. Evans

Join Jamie through his day as he experiences various emotions.  He describes these emotions using color and a rhythmic text.

I thought this book was nicely illustrated and would be beneficial for a class discussion on feelings.  Then I can see this book turning into a great writing and art project for a class.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What's on my Farm?

TITLE:  What's on my Farm?
AUTHOR:  Michael Worek
PUBLISHER:  Firefly Books

Find out what you can find on a farm in this adorable children's book.

What I like about this book is that there are a lot of pages of pictures with one word/phrase per page about the picture.  Sometimes you find these picture books that only have a few pictures, and every farm book has the same 5 animals in it.  This one is different in that it has the regular animals and farm words but a lot of others as well.  It includes pictures of animals as well as foods grown on farms like grains, berries, and watermelon.

This would be a wonderful book for your young toddler to increase vocabulary.  The cover is puffy and thick; this is not a board book.