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Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of kids books. Yes, kids books. I’ve always been a sucker for a good kids book. So, I thought I’d do a special Words Worth Reading this week, just to share some of my recent favorites. These are all worth a look and would make great gifts for that special child in your life.
Pumpkin Patch Blessings
Pumpkin Patch Blessings celebrates fall and shows little ones there are blessings all around us, especially in the pumpkin patch! The sweet rhyming text by Kim Washburn and whimsical illustrations by Jacqueline East bring autumn alive for readers young and old as they take in the fun of the fall season and remember how much they have to be grateful for.
This book is so sweet. It’s a board book, so it’s easy for little hands to help turn the pages. The illustrations are bright and colorful and visually appealing for children. I know because I spent several hours exploring this book with a dear little 2-year-old friend of mine. She immediately identified herself with the little girl in the book. We had fun reading the rhyming text and exploring the illustrations to find bunnies, butterflies, pumpkins, and other objects. She even surprised me by pointing out a goose.
Preschool – Early Elementary
Time for Bed, Sleepyhead
Ten-time New York Times bestselling author and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen teams up with artist Gail Yerrill to create a book that helps facilitate sleep. Time for Bed, Sleepyhead pairs whimsical illustrations with storytelling techniques to tire your child’s imagination in order to help them settle down at bedtime and fall asleep.
Read aloud the story of little bear and his friends as they have a big day at the beach, then return home to eat dinner, take their baths, and head to bed, falling gently to sleep alongside your little one.
I have to admit, I was afraid to sit down and read this one! I was afraid I might fall asleep, but I managed to make it through. My youngest child is just outside of the target audience for this book and he doesn’t have any issues going to sleep at night; but if you have a child that doesn’t want to settle down at bedtime, I can totally see how reading this book together (and yawning when the book prompts you to) will help your little one to settle more quickly and fall off to dreamland.
The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook
Be part of the fun and join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear as they cook up holiday favorites and some unique eats for friends and family with the all-new The Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook. Filled with traditional holiday favorites like Frosted Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, Hot Apple Cider Punch, Cranberry Stuffing, and some unique and fun recipes like Papa Bear’s Paw-Licking Good Chicken Wings, this kid-friendly cookbook will help Bear Country families, and families and friends everywhere, have the most wonderful year of eating ever!
Young cooks and their adult assistants will find recipes for beverages, meals and sides, and sweets and treats.
I have to admit something . . . I’ve always been a fan of the Berenstain Bears. I remember, when I was little, my aunt had a large collection of Berenstain Bears books and I used to love reading them (and looking at the pictures).
This cookbook is adorable! It’s divided into 6 holiday sections – Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Fall Festivities, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Each section starts out with a Bible verse and a description of that holiday, told in traditional Berenstain Bears fashion. Then, each recipe is a two-page spread with the ingredients list and directions on the left and a huge, full-color picture on the right.
My 10-year-old son and I enjoyed looking through this entire book, page by page, and adding some of the recipes to our family menu. We have tried the Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob recipe (using corn we grew in our garden) and will definitely be making it again – it was a simple way to prepare corn.
This book will definitely be a family keepsake.
NIrV Kids’ Devotional Bible
Complete with a year’s worth of devotions, the Kids’ Devotional Bible, NIrV will help children develop a habit they’ll want to keep. Engaging weekday devotions, fun weekend activities, interesting illustrations, and a dictionary make this a Bible they’ll want to read and apply to their lives. It includes the complete New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)—the stepping stone to the NIV—making it easier for young readers to read and understand.
Short weekday devotions that help young readers apply Bible lessons for a full year.
52 weekend devotions that teach kids about God’s creation through fun activities like visiting the zoo and gazing at the stars.
“Got It” feature that encourages kids to find answers to Bible trivia themselves.
Book introductions that give helpful information about each book of the Bible.
A dictionary to look up words they want to know more about.
The complete NIrV text, which uses shorter sentences and easier words. Kids can read this Bible on their own!
I recently purchased a devotional Bible for homeschool moms. I never thought I would like a devotional Bible; but, I must admit, I’m really enjoying it. So, I was anxious to check out this devotional Bible for kids.
The cover says “over 300 devotionals” because Saturday & Sunday are together, and then there is a devotional for each individual weekday of the year. The devotionals are short and easy to read as well as being applicable to kids. Each one concludes with an “ask yourself” question to get kids thinking beyond the devotional. There is also a checkbox to check once you have read the devotional.
I would think any 4th-6th grader would be thrilled to own this Bible.
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