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The other day, Ashley and I took a day trip to Ocean City, New Jersey. While we were excited to see the beach, walk on the Boardwalk, and enjoy some of our favorite beach treats, our main goal was a visit to our favorite used bookstore – The Bookateria Two. We have been visiting this bookstore since Ashley was in the womb – so this was our 23rd summer! We love taking books to return and building up a credit account, which we can use toward the purchase of more books. I came home with 10 new books in a variety of genres. I’m excited to read them all. But first, I must finish my current reads . . .
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Gracie’s been telling me for a while now that I need to read this one. I think I’ve been working on it for about a week now, and I don’t even know if I’m quite half-way through. While I’m not 100% sold on the book – I’m not sure if I’m reading too much into it or not enough – I think there’s a good underlying story there, so I press on.
I think my misgivings have something to do with the narration of this book. Supposedly Death is telling the story and I can’t quite wrap my brain around that concept. I think I need to stop thinking so much and JUST READ!
I’m going to treat myself to the movie once I’m done with the book. Normally, I don’t think movies live up to the books, but I think I may feel differently about this one. The trailer certainly looks good.
Over the past week or so, I’ve had lots of great children’s books cross my path, and this is the time of year to be starting to think about Christmas gifts, so I thought I’d start sharing them with you.
Guess what? The Beginner’s Bible isn’t just for preschoolers anymore! Now available in full-text versions (both KJV and NIrV are available), this new Bible is a large print, full-text Bible in the traditional King James Version, featuring 20 full color tip-in pages of art from the bestselling storybook The Beginner’s Bible®.
The large print makes this Bible appealing to little readers. No other notes are included on the pages, so it’s not distracting.
There are brief summaries of each book at the beginning, along with an outline of the book.
This would make a great first full-text Bible for any little one in your life.
Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to get Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. Told in gentle, lulling rhyme, Goodnight, Manger is an adorable and tender bedtime story, for Christmas or any time of year.
While there are definitely liberties taken with the nativity story, this book is cute. It’s filled with nice, bright illustrations and the text is written in poem-form, which I love in children’s books.
This book is best for TODDLERS and PRESCHOOLERS.
Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that Jesus was born.
A Night of Great Joy recalls that fateful night with wonder and awe. From the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to the gathering of many before the baby Jesus, this holiday treasure leads children through the tale of the birth of Jesus, guiding them with the star of Bethlehem.
This is just the sweetest book and an accurate retelling of the nativity story. The illustrations are lovely (exactly what you’ve come to expect from Ms. Engelbreit).
This book would make a great gift for a PRESCHOOLER or EARLY ELEMENTARY aged child, and will likely become a family keepsake, pulled out to share each Christmas.
In the newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, the cubs discover there’s more to angels than wings and flowing white robes!
It is almost Christmas and there is finally snow in Bear Country. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are ready for some winter fun! But when they can’t decide what kind of snowbear to build, Honey Bear’s snow angel gives the older cubs a great idea. Soon the cubs have built a Christmas snow angel. Later, as they warm up with some hot cocoa, Mama and Papa give the cubs a little lesson about some very special angels and the work they do for God.
Who doesn’t love the Berenstain Bears? I grew up reading books about these bears! That doesn’t mean they’re outdated, though. I love that Mike Berenstain is carrying on the legacy that his parents started. Any YOUNG ELEMENTARY student will surely enjoy this story this winter. In the back of the book is a list of more angel stories in the Bible – for further study and discussion.
The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional is perfect for little cubs settling down for a good night’s sleep. Including a devotion for each day with a reflection, Scripture, and a Bear Prayer for the End of Day from Brother, Sister, and even Honey Bear, these 90 reflections on simple Christian truths such as God loves us, love one another, be courageous and kind, and much more are the peaceful way to end a busy day.
It’s never too early to start your children on a devotional habit, and this little book is perfect for YOUNG READERS. These devotions are short and easy-to-read but pack some big concepts in them! There are illustrations of the beloved Berenstain Bears throughout the book. I think it’s a sweet book and am anxious to share it with a little one in my life!
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What have YOU been reading?