Posts Categorized: Book Reviews

Book Review—Brave Heroes and Bold Defenders

When Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God came out earlier this year (see my review here), you knew there had to be a follow-up for boys, right? And here it is. Spanning the globe and 800 years of history, this new book presents the inspirational stories of “men of true grit”…

Book Review—God Gave Us the Bible

This book of Bible stories begins with Mama Bear inviting her Little Cub and his sleepover friends to come into the house so she can share the best story ever with them—the story of the Bible. I know, I know … that’s a strange opening for a Bible storybook.

Book Review—Nothing

Growing up can be filled with missteps—children aren’t immune from bad choices and wrongdoing, and circumstances out of their control can cause them suffering. So the truth of Romans 8:38-39 is an important concept kids need to hide in their hearts. This picture book is a good way to help them do it.

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….