Bedtime Blessings by Marianne Richmond–Book Review

With colorful, cute illustrations (also by Marianne Richmond), this book will help parents instill the habit of grateful prayer in their children. Aimed at ages 4 and up, the bouncy rhymes teach the reader to give thanks daily for many blessings –family, home, food, God’s presence, our bodies, our friends. In addition, it teaches the value of prayer for others.

It could easily be incorporated into a family bedtime routine. The concepts are easy to grasp and portrayed in a way that will appeal to young children and be easy to understand.

VERDICT: 5 STARS. I recommend it!

For more Christian books for children see these posts:

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

Great and Small Prayers for Babies — Book Review

Win or Lose I Love You! by Lysa Terkeurst

How High is Heaven by Linsey Davis–Book Review

Children have lots of questions when someone they love dies. In this book, a little boy wonders how to get to heaven where his grandmother now lives. Can he get there by building a staircase, by jumping, by flying, in a hot air balloon, on a plane? Finally in church he learns that there is a way to get to heaven, but it’s not about travel or anything else we can do. It’s a gift that comes through grace and faith.

The illustrations are colorful and attractive, and the bouncy rhymes make it fun to read. It will also help parents to discussing death and heaven with young children.

I did have a few theological concerns. At one point, the author says that heaven “will be our reward.” Of course, as Lutherans, we know we don’t deserve a reward! Heaven is about getting what we don’t deserve. It also implies that grandma is “watching over me.” There’s no biblical basis for believing this and I personally wouldn’t teach it, even to children.

VERDICT: 3 STARS

For more books for children see these posts:

Birds of the Air by S.E.M. Ishida

Every Which Way to Pray by Joyce Meyer–Book Review

God is Hope by Amy Parker–Book Review

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Dream Big, My Precious One by Jill Roman Lord–Book Review

This book is a delight to all the senses! Lovely illustrations (kudos to illustrator Brittany Lakin), lively rhymes, excellent content.

Mom encourages her little one to dream big, listing the many jobs, tasks and roles that he may fulfil in his life. Some are achievable right now — ride a bike, paint and draw — others are for later –designing cars, exploring Mars. Some are secular–open a store–others are altruistic–serve the poor. She emphasizes that our dreams are not just for us, they are meant to help others in ways we may not even see. Best of all, God is with us in all our dreams, whether they are fully realized or not.

The book closes with this verse from 1 Chronicles:

“Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20

VERDICT: 5 STARS. I loved it!

For more books for children see:

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard — Book Review

Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You — Book Review

The Great Farmapalooza by Jill Roman Lord — Book Review

Birds of the Air by S.E.M. Ishida

God’s Son is going to be baptized and the birds are all atwitter. Which one of them will be chosen to represent the Holy Spirit. Will it be:

*The canary who can express the delight of God in a lovely song?

*The eagle who is strong and can represent God’s might?

*The parrot who is smart and can remind people of God’s wisdom?

*The peacock who might symbolize the beauty of God?

Because God’s ways are different than ours, He chooses an ordinary, small bird — the dove. He wants people to know that His Son came for everyone, especially the poor and humble.

This would be an excellent book to read aloud and discuss with young school age children. Through a beginning statement, the author clearly states that this is an imaginary story, but one that can point us to Biblical truths — just like the parables that Jesus Himself used.

The illustrations are bright and lovely (kudos to illustrator Wendy Tan. The Biblical account of the baptism of Jesus from the book of Matthew is included at the end, along with a verse to memorize, and some questions for further discussion.

VERDICT: 5 STARS. Both Biblical and engaging. Children and their parents will enjoy it.

For more books for children see these posts:

The Gift That I Can Give For Little Ones by Kathie Lee Gifford–Book Review

Because I Love You by Max Lucado–Book Review

God is Hope by Amy Parker–Book Review

Twas the Morning of Easter by Glenys Nellist–Book Review

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. Easter is still six weeks away, but it’s not too soon to begin teaching the young children in our lives about the resurrection and what it means. This delightful book would make a great Easter tradition for families.

The illustrations by Elena Selivanova are lovely. The words follow the rhyming cadence of Clement More’s well known poem, ‘Twas the Night before Christmas.’ Children will love to hear or read this over and over and may even memorize the words. It correctly chronicles the events of Easter morning, from the sleeping guards, rolling away of the stone, the encounter of Jesus with Mary Magdalene and her race to inform the disciples. All of creation rejoices on this important day.

VERDICT 5 STARS. I loved it!

For more books for children see:

The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury–Book Review

Manger by Lee Bennett Hopkins — Book Review

God is Hope by Amy Parker–Book Review

David and Goliath–Book Review

This board book is part of a series published by The Clever Factory. The other stories available are: Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Moses, and Joshua and the Wall.

The illustrations are bright and colorful, but not exceptional. The story is told briefly and it is biblically accurate. However, in my opinion, some of the vocabulary is above the understanding of the age group who would find a board book appealing.

I was not particularly impressed by this book, and probably wouldn’t purchase it. I can imagine it best in a Sunday School library.

VERDICT: 2 STARS.

For reviews of more books for children:

Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You — Book Review

When I Hold You by Ashley Huffstutler–Book Review

The Gift That I Can Give For Little Ones by Kathie Lee Gifford–Book Review

Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors by Sue Kassirer–Book Review

This colorfully (no pun intended) illustrated book is one of Simon & Schuster’s books for young readers and is targeted for children ages 3-8. If your youngster is just beginning to read, this would be an excellent choice. It is also simple enough to be read to younger children. The story of Joseph and his brothers is told in short sentences that are easy to read and understand. It would be a good way to begin a discussion about jealousy, anger and the need for forgiveness to youngsters.

Sunday School teachers and parents will love this resource. It is both attractive and biblical.

VERDICT: 5 STARS.

For more Christian books for children, see these posts:

I Wanted to Know All about God by Virginia L. Kroll–Book Review

Song of Creation by Paul Goble — Book Review

Nothing by Natalee Creech –Book Review

I Am -The Names of God for Little Ones by Diane Stortz–Book Review

This board book literally sparkles! It will attract toddlers with the bright, colorful illustrations by Diane Le Feyer, and is sturdy enough to withstand lots of handling. Starting with Genesis, and ending with Revelation, each page features a very short Bible story about one of the names of God. It also includes a Bible verse and a short prayer.

Some of the names (Savior, I Am) will be difficult for the target audience (age 0-4) to completely grasp. Others, (teacher, friend) will be easier. However, all the stories are basic and offer a starting point to discuss the attributes of God with young children. It’s a book to read again and again with your children as their grows.

VERDICT: 4 STARS.

For more books for children see these posts:

Because I Love You by Max Lucado–Book Review

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard — Book Review

Every Which Way to Pray by Joyce Meyer–Book Review

I Wanted to Know All about God by Virginia L. Kroll–Book Review

How do I teach my young child about God? In this beautifully illustrated book (kudos to illustrator Debra Reid Jenkins), author Virginial Kroll offers some interesting ideas. We can see God in His creation –the gentle touch of a butterfly, the power of the ocean, the beauty of the snow. We feel God’s love through other people –people who share, who hug, who smile and offer their friendship.

The book is aimed at 5-8 year olds, and gives concrete examples that this age group will understand. Children from a variety of races and cultural backgrounds are depicted, along with daily experiences that youngsters will be able to relate to their own lives.

VERDICT: 5 STARS.

For more Christian books for children see:

Great and Small Easter by B&H Kids Editorial Staff — Book Review

Thanksgiving Graces by Mark Kimball Moulton — Book Review

The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury–Book Review

The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury–Book Review

This is a typical fairytale for children, dressed up with a bit of Christianity.

The king is in search of the perfect knight to marry his daughter. He must be not just courageous, strong, and loyal — he must also be kind and have a deep faith in God. Only this sort of man would be worthy of the Princess. After a variety of tests, the final three must perform one last feat — and the winner is not the bravest or the most accomplished, but the one who loves the Princess best and will always protect her.

The book begins with a quote from 1 Corinthians:

“Love is patient, love is ind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard are charming, and If you’re expectations for the story are not high, you may enjoy it and be able to begin a conversation about kindness with your children

VERDICT: 3 STARS

For more books for children visit these posts:

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard — Book Review

Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You — Book Review

Gracie’s Garden by Lara Casey — Book Review