Posts Categorized: Book Reviews

Three Picture Books About Hope—Book Reviews

Three recent picture books can help children feel safe and happy even though their routines have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Quinn’s Promise Rock Written by Christie Thomas, illustrated by Sydney Hanson Harvest House, 2019 hardcover, 32 pages, 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches Out on a night flight with her father, Quinn is…

Book Review—Jesus Heals and Holy Week (Baby Believer Series)

Want to add something with lasting value to your child’s Easter basket this year? Two titles in the Baby Believer board book series are especially appropriate. These books differ from the numerous board books available with a happy-Spring-and-new-life theme. (There’s nothing wrong with those, and this year’s new crop has some good ones. I’ll be…

Book Review—Picturing God

God’s many names and descriptive titles in the Bible give readers word pictures of His character, attributes, and actions. This new picture book explores 16 different biblical metaphors, describing God and our relationship with Him not just in words but in pictures too. When I first heard about this book, I was eager to see…

Book Review—God’s Very Good Idea

Looking at the cover, God’s Very Good Idea seems to be about the wonderful diversity of people in God’s world. And it is that! But as the subtitle A True Story about God’s Delightfully Different Family hints, this picture book covers so much more. In fact, this picture book packs a lot of biblical understanding…

Book Review—Courageous World Changers

Not everyone can change the world (not everyone is called to), but everyone can change their world—and the worlds of those they love and serve. “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). This is exactly what Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring…

Book Review—Words to Love By

Somehow a picture book titled Words to Love By just feels like a good book for Valentine’s Day. And this cheery, colorful exploration of how we use words to love others delivers well at Valentine’s or anytime. “Words may be small, but they can do big things.” What are some of those big things? Words…

Book Review—Love Is Kind

One of the cardinal rules of narrative picture book writing goes like this: Let the main character solve his problem himself. Reading is waaay more fun for children this way. But in the world of Christian picture books, what do parents (and therefore publishers) want? To teach children something we consider important. And often in…

Book Review—Wow! The Good News in Four Words

At its core, the gospel is quite simple. So simple that author Dandi Daley Mackall figured out how to express the good news in just four words. And then she wrote a picture book about it. Wow! The Good News in Four Words written by Dandi Daley Mackall illustrated by Annabel Tempest published by Tyndale…