15 Children’s Books for Valentine’s Day

“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Why not include a children’s book in your Valentine’s Day plans and purchases this year? The right book can help your child or grandchild understand more about God’s love!

Here’s a list of 15 new and classic books for kids for Valentine’s Day for you to check out. And now’s a good time—you’ll find a number of them on sale.

Good FatherGood, Good Father, by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett (Tommy Nelson). For the picture book set, ages 3-8.

St ValSaint Valentine, by Robert Sabuda (Atheneum). This one comes close to historians’ limited knowledge of the real man named Valentine. For ages 6-10.

BBearsValentine Blessings, by Mike Berenstain (Zonderkidz).

Love HideWhere Does Love Hide? by Mary Manz Simon (Tyndale Kidz). With large lift-the-flaps that uncover ways we can all give love away to others.

LoveLettersThe “Love Letters From” series by Glynis Nellist (Zonderkidz) helps children realize that the Bible is like a love letter from God to us.

GodGaveLoveGod Gave Us Love, by Lisa Tawn Bergren (WaterBrook).

Love LetterA Love Letter from God, by P.K. Halliman (Ideals).

Board books for littler ones

StoryOfThe Story of Valentine’s Day, by Nancy J. Skarmeas (Ideals).

ValentineForJesusBBMy Valentine for Jesus, by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton (Zonderkidz).

Big LoveHow Big Is Love? by Amy Parker (B&H Kids).

Just BecauseI Love You Just Because, by Donna Keith (Tommy Nelson).

LotsLoveLots of Love, by Kim Washburn (Zonderkidz).

Love You PrayerAn “I Love You” Prayer, by Amy Parker (Tommy Nelson).

ValStoryKindleOnlyMy Valentine Story, by Crystal Bowman (Zonderkidz), Kindle only.

baby-baby-cover-768x768My own Baby, Baby! (Worthy Kids/Ideals) features a high-quality mirror on the last spread so babies can see the answer to the question “Who does God love?”

Have I left out your favorite love-themed book for Valentine’s Day for kids? Let me know in the comments!

– Diane

Read through the Bible, Week 4

wgrb17textThis week completes the book of Matthew and begins Exodus, the account of what happened to Jacob’s family in Egypt and what God did about it.

Day 1     Matthew 16-18
Day 2     Matthew 19-21
Day 3     Matthew 22-25
Day 4     Matthew 26-28
Day 5     Exodus 1-3
Day 6     Exodus 4-6
Day 7     Exodus 7-9

– Diane

Reading to Babies? Yes! Here’s How

CindiSPDid you know that a book is a great investment in the spiritual development of a new baby? It’s true.

It’s never too early to read to a child, even a child still in utero. Babies learn to recognize the voices they hear repeatedly in the womb.

Then, during babies’ first year, introducing them to books is the first step to creating life-long readers. And someone comfortable with books is more likely to feel at home exploring God’s book, the Bible.

I gleaned these tips for reading with babies from the post “Weaving Reading into Baby’s Day” at GrowingBookByBook.com. (It’s a great site to bookmark!)

1. Babies are easiest to engage when they first wake up in the morning or from a nap.

2. Include books among babies’ toys.

3. Keep books in your diaper bag to pull out during waiting times.

4. Sing songs and rhymes from babies’ books during bath time.

5. End the day with a book at bedtime.

You might already be doing these things, not only developing a love of reading but also impacting your babies’ love of God’s Word as they grow. And if you haven’t started reading to your little one yet … well, today is the best day to start!

baby-baby-cover-768x768How about giving your baby a book for Valentine’s Day? My Baby, Baby! board book celebrates all the things babies can do and just how much God loves every one!


– Diane

Read through the Bible, Week 3


We’ll finish Genesis this week and read half of the Gospel of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament and the first of the four Gospels—accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus. Each Gospel has its own focus. In his Gospel, Matthew spotlights Jesus as the kingly Messiah predicted in the Jewish Scriptures.

Tip: As you finish Genesis, think back over all it has covered and how many basic questions of human existence it answers.

Day 1     Genesis 43-45
Day 2     Genesis 46-50
Day 3     Matthew 1-3
Day 4     Matthew 4-6
Day 5     Matthew 7-9
Day 6     Matthew 10-12
Day 7     Matthew 13-15

small WomansGuideBibleThis reading plan is from my book A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, published by Bethany House, on sale throughout January at major online retailers.


– Diane

Read through the Bible, Week 2


Intrigue, broken relationships, and deceit fill these chapters of Genesis, but God remains faithful to his promises and his people.

Day 1   Genesis 22-24
Day 2   Genesis 25-27
Day 3   Genesis 28-30
Day 4   Genesis 31-33
Day 5   Genesis 34-36
Day 6   Genesis 37-39
Day 7   Genesis 40-42

small WomansGuideBibleThis reading plan is from my book A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, published by Bethany House, on sale throughout January at major online retailers.


– Diane

8 Kids Devotionals to Start 2017

The right children’s devotional book helps you as a parent or grandparent involve kids you love in forming the joyful habit of spending time with God’s Word each day.

Here’s a list of 8 newer and upcoming devotionals for you to check out.

lovelyWhatever Is Lovely: 90-Day Devotional Journal, by Allia Zobel-Nolan (Zonderkidz) for tween girls.

forceMay the Faith Be with You: 180 Devotions That Are Out of This World (Zonderkidz), for ages 6-10.

hopeHope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids, by Billy Graham (Tommy Nelson), for ages 6-10, releases March 7 and available for preorder now. I was privileged to get to work on this book with the teams at Nelson and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

all-of-meJesus Wants All of Me, by Phil Smouse (Discovery House). Based on Oswald Chambers’s My Utmost for His Highest, for ages 6-8.

happyDuck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids: Fun and Faith-Filled Stories, by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard (Tommy Nelson), for ages 4-8, releases February 7 and available for preorder now.

bedtimeBedtime Devotions with Jesus, compiled by Johnny Hunt (Tommy Nelson), for ages 4-8.

snuggleSnuggle Time Prayers, by Glenys Nellist (Zonderkidz), for ages 2-4.

51xal4gqil-_sx361_bo1204203200_My own Say & Pray Devotions (Tommy Nelson), for ages 1-3. It’s never too early to start connecting your child’s daily experiences with our heavenly Father!

Of course, there are many other tried-and-true devotional classics for kids too. Does your family have a favorite? Let me know in the comments.




– Diane

Read through the Bible, Week 1

wgrb17textReady to get started? Let’s go! You can leave questions or insights in the comments anytime throughout this week. Remember, keep your focus on getting to know God as you read.

Genesis is a book of beginnings—from the creation of the world to the entrance of sin into the world and God’s rescue plan.

Day 1    Genesis 1-3
Day 2    Genesis 4-6
Day 3    Genesis 7-9
Day 4    Genesis 10-12
Day 5    Genesis 13-15
Day 6    Genesis 16-18
Day 7    Genesis 19-21

small WomansGuideBibleThis weekly reading plan is from my book A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, published by Bethany House, on sale throughout January at major online retailers.

– Diane

Come, Read through the Bible with Me in 2017

wgrb17Looking for friendship, connection, wisdom, and understanding? Wondering if the Bible can help? Make 2017 the year you discover the answer is YES.

I’ll be posting the weekly readings from A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year here on my blog each Sunday beginning January 1. Choose any Bible version you’d like and dive in.

Get Ready for Life Change

With just three chapters a day, we’ll read the entire Bible in 2017. You can ask questions and post insights in the comments each week.

Reading through the Bible with other women can be a life-changing experience—I know!

The reading plan alternates Old Testament and New Testament books, and you’ll start early on to make connections between both parts of the Bible. There’s no homework required. Just read each day with a focus on getting to know God better.

You Can Do This!

Want to know more? Here’s a sample.

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If you’d like a little more background each week and a place to jot down notes and questions, pick up a copy of A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year. (At major online retailers, the e-book is on sale for $0.99 right now, and the print version will be just $5.99 January 4-31!)

WomansGuidetoReadingtheBibleI’m excited to have you join me on this journey through God’s Word!


– Diane

Read through the Bible in 2017? Yes, You Can!

740752_4635049471057_1058156698_oHey friends, want to make 2017 the year you read the Bible all the way through? You can do it, and here are two great deals to help!Today through January 3, download the e-book version of A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year for just $.99.

Or mark your calendar now, and January 4-31, purchase the print version for $5.99.

You can find these deals at most major online retailers, so choose your favorite and go!

Women of all ages agree that A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year is the just-right guide to get you reading God’s Word regularly. There’s just enough background each week to get you started, and no homework questions—because the goal is getting to know God by reading His Word.

Invest 15-20 minutes a day to discover who God is and what He does. Let Him speak to you in His Word—and He will!

The reading plan alternates Old Testament and New Testament books. You’ll read about three chapters each day and complete book before going on to the next—no hunting back and forth in your Bible every day.

You can read on your own or get together with friends each week to discuss what you’ve read. A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year includes proven tips for using the book with a group.

Either way, reading through the Word in a year can be a life-changing experience. I know!

And I want you to know too. This can be your year! So take advantage of these great deals from Baker Books/Bethany House Publishers and get your copy of A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year soon!

– Diane

From My Family to You and Yours, Merry Christmas!

It’s been quiet here, I know. And I miss connecting with you all. Today I’m thinking of the encouraging comments you have sent my way this year, and I’m looking forward to continuing to write encouragement and book news for you in 2017.

Our daughter from Savannah surprised us this week with a short but sweet trip to see us and meet her newest nephew. We miss her three as well, and we’re already plotting how to get us all together at Christmas next year.

I’m praying many blessings for you as you watch for your own Christmas surprises and find moments to truly celebrate and be thankful for our Father’s gift of Jesus to the world.

Merry Christmas!

– Diane


You CAN Read the Bible in a Year … Here’s How!