Posts Categorized: Book Reviews

Book Review—Dinosaur Devotions

Any kid, boy or girl, who loves dinosaurs will find this devotional hard to resist. And while learning about 75 different dinosaurs, they’ll also explore 75 different biblical concepts about living as a child of God.

Book Review—Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know

What’s your greatest hope for your children and grandchildren? That they will love and follow Jesus all their lives, of course. This bedtime- or anytime-read plants that prayer in young hearts in quite a winsome way. The look and feel of this story in rhyme has an obvious connection to Oh, the Places You’ll Go…

Book Review—Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Max Lucado’s classic text for every child (and parents too) got an endearing visual update last year, and may have opened up a whole new group of readers—parents of adult kids (like me) who love those kids as fiercely as we did when they were little. Now the narrator is a big lovable bear (it…

Book Review—You See Me, God

Christian publishing for children needs more books written by people of color, illustrated by people of color, and depicting people of color. This new picture book is all three. I could be happy to see this new picture book for that reason alone. But I have other reasons as well!

About My Book Reviews and Recommendations

My career as a children’s book editor, acquisitions editor, and editorial director greatly influences my response to books. I have high standards for text, illustration, book design, and the purpose of a book. I understand too that parents, grandparents, and others who buy books want and need good value in the books you choose. Your…

Book Review—Different Like Me

We’re ALL different. That’s the message of this new picture book. We’re ALL alike. That’s the message of this new picture book too. Different Like Me written by Xochitl Dixon, illustrated by Bonnie Lui published by Our Daily Bread for Kids (August 2020) hardcover picture book, 32 pages, 9 x 9 inches Cultural diversity, check….

Book Review—I Love Me!

The text is simple and never mentions God, but this new picture book has lots to say about our appreciation of God’s gift of our bodies and the diversity within the human race. I Love Me! written by LaRonda Gardner Middlemiss, illustrated by Beth Hughes published by Beaming Books (2020) hardcover picture book, 32 pages,…

Book Review—My Breakfast With Jesus

Meals on the go aren’t unusual in our busy world, but in the world of the Bible, eating together often has great significance. This new picture book captures that for kids while it also communicates lots of fun information about foods and cultures around the world. Deuteronomy 12:7, part of God’s instructions to the Israelites…

Book Review—Far from Home

Good children’s books lead to empathy, something our nation and our world surely needs right now. Stories about diverse cultures show children of all ethnicities and backgrounds that we are all human, all equally valuable, all very much alike. In Far from Home, children will empathize with the emotions of a young refugee who journeys…