New Books to Explore, November 2022

My Advent Nativity Press-Out-and-Play-Book, by Tama Fortner (Tommy Nelson). Day by day from December 1 to 25, families can learn about the true meaning of Advent and Christmas and build a childlike nativity scene with figures and stable that actually press out of this board book.

Fly High: Understanding Grief with God’s Help, by Michelle Medlock Adams and Janet K. Johnson (End Game Press). This new picture book helps children give names to the emotions they experience as they go through grief. A sister and brother enjoy watching a mama bird care for her babies, but the mother bird dies. When the baby birds learn to fly, the children experience the promise of hope that’s found in new beginnings. Features layered text (story text for children plus explanatory text for adults).

Fanny Crosby: The Girl Who Couldn’t See but Helped the World to Sing, by Laura Caputo-Wickham (The Good Book Company). An easy-to-read children’s biography of Fanny Crosby, known for her joyful life and some of the world’s most famous hymns despite the blindness she developed at just six weeks of age. Part of the Do Great Things for God series.

All About Christmas: Over 100 Amazing Facts Behind the Christmas Story, by Alison Mitchell (The Good Book Company). This colorful hardback book provides at-a-glance content about the first Christmas to help young readers learn that the Christmas story they hear so often is an actual event rooted in real places, real people and real history. Includes fun facts about how Christmas is celebrated around the world today.

The Worried Wiseman, by Susan Eaddy (Morehouse Publishing). What if not all the magi began their journey from the same location? What if one of them felt compelled to search for the newborn king but worried about every detail of the trip? An imaginative take on the biblical account that strays in details but stays true to the reason the magi followed the star—to find and worship God’s Son, Jesus. Well written and designed, with 3D clay illustrations by the author.

– Diane

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