Book Review – The Great and Small Bible

March 28, 2018 by  
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Book Title:  Great & Small Bible

Published by:  B&H Kids

Version:  Christian Standard Version

Amazon info:  All creatures great and small . . . the Lord God made them all!

This full-text Bible, complemented by delightful illustrations of great-and-small animal friends, makes the perfect gift to welcome babies. Two dozen full-color inserts offer plenty of space to record all of baby’s special moments—from first measurements to first steps—creating a keepsake to always cherish.

Features include:

  • Complete text of the CSB (Christian Standard Bible)
  • 24 pages of inserts with full-color illustrations
  • Easy-to-read type
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Presentation page
  • Gift box

Part of what makes the Great and Small Bible so special is the readable, faithful-to-the-original text of the Christian Standard Bible. The CSB’s optimal blend of accuracy and readability makes it a trustworthy, easy-to-understand resource for kids to study and memorize today—and to live and share for a lifetime.

My rating: 5 stars
My review:

This is such a wonderful baby bible and keepsake book in one.  I absolutely love that this is a full text bible (the Christian Standard Bible – a wonderful translation) and not just a story bible.  If you are a Christian, you should be encouraging your little ones to carry their own bible to church (yes – even if other people don’t!) and the easiest way to do it is to start VERY young!

The illustrations throughout this are adorable and sweet.  They’re just animals – no compromise with illustrations of someone’s imagining of Jesus or anything.  Also included in the extras is what makes this bible even more unique. It doubles as a baby keepsake book with places to write down milestones as well as thoughts from the parents, etc.  It’s really great.





I really like it so much that I want to carry it myself. I like the translation and it’s a great size to have.  Plus I just think these little guys are so sweet!

If you’re looking for a baby gift, this is the bible to get!







Many thanks to BH/Lifeway for the opportunity to review this bible.  I was not compensated for this review but did receive a complimentary copy of the book in order to review it. All thoughts are my own.

The Marvelous Mud House -Book review

December 1, 2017 by  
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Title:  The Marvelous Mud House

Author:  April Graney

Published by:  B&H Kids

Amazon Info: Ben and his American family live in a hungry ranch house where they are always wanting more. But then they travel far across the world to Kenya and visit the marvelous mud house where George and Mama George live. There, among the mango trees, they discover a marvelous lesson about what it’s like to be full of joy instead.

My rating: 4 stars
My review: What a beautiful little book.  Sweet illustrations with a great message of contentment and joy, this is a great book for kids AND adults.  Great read aloud for the whole family. Highly recommended!


I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Book Review – Know Who You Are, Live Like It Matters

November 28, 2017 by  
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Book Title:  Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters

Author:  Tim Tebow (with A.J. Gregory)

Amazon info:

The World Does Not Define You!
Nobody said your life would be easy. And the older you get, the more difficult it seems to become. Deep down you may know your value as a person isn’t defined by wearing cool name-brand clothes, scoring points for a sports team, or even by having a huge number of social media followers. And you’re right! Your identity resides in something—in fact, Someone—much greater than anything this world can offer:

The only identity worth having…is found in Jesus Christ!

American sports icon, Tim Tebow knows firsthand what it’s like to face pressure head-on. In Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters, he shares the wisdom he’s learned—not from what the world says, but from what God says in His Word.

Tim will guide you through thirty-six weeks of lessons, each based on a key Scripture, to discover who you are—by learning more about whose you are! You will also have the opportunity to write down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas on topics such as:
* Building godly character
* Maintaining great relationships
* Standing out from the crowd
* Doing things that matter in the big picture

Get ready to live bigger than ever before…with your faith and identity secured in a God who loves you beyond measure!

 My rating:  4 stars
My review:

This is a fine devotional book for it’s target audience – which is pre-teen, young teen, homechooled boys.

A bit simple, it’ll reach that crowd because of who Tebow is. Unashamedly Christian in focus, this would make a nice gift for a young man in your life who is just starting out on his spiritual growth journey.

Divided into 36 lessons, it encourages young guys to journal their thoughts (needed!) about various aspects of christian living.


I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Where Does Love Hide – Book Review

January 5, 2017 by  
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Book Title: Where Does Love Hide

Author:  Mary Manz Simon

Illustrator:  Hannah Wood

Published By: Tyndale House Publishers

My rating:  4 stars

Amazon info:  “In Where Does Love Hide? children are reminded that they not only receive love but have the opportunity to share love. Looking under the fun, lift-a-flap feature, children will see examples of everyday love opportunities. Each page includes a memory verse and an example of a way to share God’s love. In life, children hear the words “I love you” repeatedly, often beginning before birth. However, because love is an abstract concept and young children are concrete thinkers, they must gradually learn to understand love by what they experience. In Where Does Love Hide? children are given the opportunity to see love in action and learn what love looks like.”

My review:

It’s pretty hard to review short children’s books like this because, well, they’re short!  But this is super cute. It’s a nice, study board book with simple text and cute hidden “surprises” on each page spread.

Great for cuddling with mom and/or dad in the evening or on a snowy day, I’d recommend this affordable, sweet, book.



Snuggle Time Psalms

August 19, 2016 by  
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Book Title:  Snuggle Time Psalms

Author:  Glenys Nellist

Illustrator:  Cee Biscoe

Age: 0-5

Amazon Blurb:  Did you think the book of Psalms was only for adults? Think again! Snuggle Time Psalms, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, is the perfect way to introduce little ones to the poetry book of the Bible. This padded cover board book uses simple concepts, rhyming text and adorable art to help children engage with the Psalms. Beginning with ‘Bedtime Peace’ and ending with ‘Wonderful Me!’ this collection of fifteen bedtime poems enables young children to discover the One who holds them in his arms, leads them like a shepherd, created them just as they are, and cherishes them with a love that never ends…snuggle and see!

My rating: 4 stars
My review:

This is such a sweet book. The illustrations are warm and inviting, the scripture verses before each poem help to get your kids thinking about the importance of memorizing scripture, and the accompanying poems are sweet, calming and nicely compliment the verse referenced.

I love any type of book that encourages a parent to read to and along with their kids and just by the title you can tell that’s the focus of this book.  So pick a comfy spot, snuggle up with your young one and enjoy a poem or two before bed.  You’ll be glad you did.

The book is sturdy so even little curious baby hands (and mouths) shouldn’t ruin it and it has a nice chunky feel for toddlers too. This is a lovely little book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts are my own.

Book Review – Jesus Talked to Me Today

August 16, 2016 by  
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Book Title:  Jesus Talked To Me Today

Complied by:  James Stuart Bell

Publisher:  Bethany House

My rating: 2 stars (or lower)




My review:

If you like the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, you might like this. I hate giving low star reviews but feel like I need to in this case to warn parents NOT to get this book for you or your kids.

Complied by James Stuart Bell, this collection of 41 little stories is supposedly out of the mouths of babes, but the stories are mostly written by adults from childhood (mostly teenage) memories. Some stories include things like “Jesus appearing in a dream” etc. One story in particular talks of a sexual abuse situation and a suicide attempt … and though while not detailed, it’s too much information for a book that seems to be targeted to read to young kids.

God speaks through His Word, the Bible, and not as a man in white in a dream. I appreciate that all of these folks see the hand of God in their lives, but I’d stay away from this book.

From Amazon:

From the Back Cover

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Children have a special place in Jesus’ heart. He told His disciples to “Let the little children come to me,” encouraged them to welcome children in His name, and said that their angels continually see the face of God. Maybe that’s why children are often more receptive to miraculous experiences than adults.

This collection of awe-inspiring true stories reveals how God works in the lives of these precious little ones. Through heartwarming accounts of children who have heard Jesus speak, encountered angels, and experienced miracles, we get a glimpse of the way God cares for the most vulnerable among us. Just as Jesus told His disciples, we could all use more childlike faith, and these stories “from the mouths of babes” will encourage you to hear from the Lord in a fresh, sweet, and pure way.

About the Author

James Stuart Bell is a Christian publishing veteran and the owner of Whitestone Communications, a literary development agency. He is the editor of many story collections, includingAngels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters; Heaven Touching Earth; and Encountering Jesus, as well as the coauthor of numerous books in the Complete Idiot’s Guide series. He has cover credit on over one hundred books. He and his wife live in a western suburb of Chicago.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

First Virtues for Toddlers

April 23, 2016 by  
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Book Title:  First Virtues; 12 Stories for Toddlers

Author:  Dr. Mary Manz Simon

Published by:

# of pages:  253

My rating:  5 stars



My review:

My girls would have loved this book when they were little.  Adorable illustrations (by various illustrators), cute little poems, and bible verses.  This would have been one of those books where I would have heard “can we read it again, Mom” at bedtime.

This is a thick book (especially with the padded cover) and a little heavy for toddler hands to hold but it will be a great bedtime or read aloud time book for mom or dad with their little one.

Each of the 12 stories has a summary page at the end with some thoughts for parents who wish to instill the virtue into their child as well as some tips for how to “catch” the child living it out.  Complete with ideas for toddler’s first memory verses, this book really is a great find.

Purchase it on Amazon (click) 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book

Book title:  Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book

By:  Jan and Mike Berenstain

Link on Amazon (click)

My rating:  4 stars

My review:

When my girls were little we had a few of the Berenstain Bears book. In fact we had a small book that my oldest daughter read every night – before she could read. We had read it so many times that she had it memorized and flipped pages reading every word with emotion.  I’ll always remember her saying “the gnarled old bee tree deep in the dark forest” in her little 1 year old voice.”  Sigh…

So when I had the chance to give this little activity book a try I thought, “why not?”

In typical Berenstain fashion, the illustrations are simple and cute – and quite colorful. There are a lot of different activities including mazes, matching, counting, crossword, coloring and more.  For a thin paperback it’s pretty extensive.  The age range is 4-8 – I think a 4 year old would need some help with most of the activities and and 8 year old would probably burn through the book pretty quickly so I’d say it’s perfect for a 5 or 6 year old child or younger with the fun help of a parent.

At only around $7 at this typing, it’s a nice little activity book to have around or bring in the car or the bag for those moments when you need to have something for your little one to do.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Homer Price Book Review

July 17, 2013 by  
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Have you read this book with your kids yet?

Homer Price by Robert McLoskey is a sweet read along book and read alone introduction to chapter book for a bit older children.  Great for boys and girls the little stories within a story make for great before bedtime reading or any time storytime fits in your day.

Amazon’s description reads:

Welcome to Centerburg!  Where you can win a hundred dollars by eating all the doughnuts you want;  where houses are built in a day; and where a boy named Homer Price can foil four slick bandits using nothing but his wits and pet skunk.

The comic genius of Robert McCloskey and his wry look at small-town America has kept readers in stitches for generations!


The stories are fun, funny, pretty fast moving and very engaging for the parents as well as the kids.

I’m a fan of many of McCloskey’s books and this one ranks right up there. My other favorites:


Make Way for Ducklings   – Make sure you get this one in hardback. It’s a keeper. And buy one for each of your children to take with them when they leave home.  I believe this is one of those books that must be in every home. Yes – it’s that good.


Blueberries for Sal – Another must have. Delightful story and engaging pictures.


Oh forget it… just go to Robert McCloskey’s page on Amazon (click) to find all his children’s books and buy them all. Really!

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Book Review – Merrilee Mannerly


Recently I got this delightful little book in my mailbox to review:

Some books are cute. Some books are not as cute but still have life lessons packed into the stories.  This particular book is both!  The authors, Cynthia Whipple and Mary Cashman, have made manners FUN and presented the story in a whimsical and entertaining way for kids (girls in particular) and the parents who read the books to them. The illustrations, by Meredith Johnson, are delightful too.

This book would make a great birthday party gift as the setting of the story is at a party or make for a fun “read aloud” activity at a party or girls’ tea.

Find out more about the book or contact the authors when you visit their website at

You can purchase Merrilee Mannerly and Her Magnificent Manners on Amazon when you click here.


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