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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…

Nonfiction for Tweens = Great Christmas Gifts

Are there book-loving tweens on your Christmas gift list this year? Help them know God better and enjoy a great read at the same time with any of these four new nonfiction titles.        Cold-Case Christianity for Kids and God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective, by J. Warner Wallace…

Children’s Books for Advent and Christmas

Books should be part of every child’s Advent and Christmas, whether you give them as gifts, stuff them in stockings, or pile them under the tree to enjoy throughout the season. Here’s a look at some of this year’s new Advent and Christmas books for the kids on your list. Snuggle Time Christmas Stories, by…

“Thinking Bigger” at the Ark Encounter

“Think Bigger.” Last month I obeyed the ads and finally was able to visit the Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky. At the center of the park, of course, is a life-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. And it is BIG. 510-feet-long-85-feet-wide-51-feet-high-BIG. According to the Ark Encounter website,…

Here’s How You Can Help Houston

I keep wondering how it would feel to be a mama or grandma in Houston today, needing rescue or shelter, food and necessities. How grateful I’d be for that bottle of water or box of diapers, and for the people who provided it. People I’d probably never meet. Strangers “out there” who simply care. But…

10 Kids Easter Books for All Your Easter Baskets

Helping children catch and understand Easter joy can be as simple as choosing a book to add to an Easter basket or give as a gift. Here are 10 good choices for you to consider. My First Easter (Worthy Kids/Ideals). Bright photos of Spring and Easter objects, one per page. Includes a simple cross. The…

Fun Facts and Books about the Presidents

Did you know that • Thomas Jefferson invented the first chair that could spin around? • John Quincy Adams kept his pet alligator in a bathtub in the White House? • Theodore Roosevelt’s children once gave a pony a ride in the White House elevator? • William Howard Taft was the first president to throw…

5 Children’s Books to Brighten Winter

When Punxsutawney Phil looks around tomorrow morning, will we know how much longer winter plans to stick around? Well, probably not. But whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, a few good books can warm up winter days and help children learn more about our good God. Here are five to consider. The Wonderful…

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…

8 Kids Devotionals to Start a New Year

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 devotionals for you to check out. Whatever Is Lovely: 90-Day Devotional Journal, by Allia Zobel-Nolan (Zonderkidz) for tween girls. May…