Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas from ZonderKidz

Hi folks!  It's been a little while.  I know.  I'm a bad blogger!  But I'm back!  And I've got a list of some of the best new books from ZonderKidz!!!  At our house, we LOVE to give books for Christmas! Why?  Here are some reasons:
1.) They aren't toys!  Between grandparents and aunts and uncles, our kids get plenty 'o toys for Christmas!  We give them fun things.  We aren't Scrooges!  But we try to find learning toys, creative crafts, and fun books!
2.) When you get a book for Christmas, you get fun AND learning.  That's always a plus!
3.) Books are communal.  When we give our kids books for Christmas, we're giving them something that we can do together - read as a family!

So here are some fabulous new books that your kids will love this Christmas...

 The Beginner's Bible Collector's Edition - The Beginner's Bible is a favorite in our house.  In fact, my oldest just read the whole thing in school this year!  This Collector's Edition is fabulous! Not only does it include the beautifully illustrated, hardcover Bible storybook, but it includes the entire Bible on CD's AND a DVD with animated story videos!
God's Treasure Holy Bible (NIV) - This fun and creative study Bible is perfect for your little pirate or princess!  It contains "treasure verses" (special verses highlighted throughout the Bible), "marks the spot" features before each book (to give you a little info on what that book is about), and "pearls of wisdom" pages (to give you insight on various biblical subjects.  Give this Bible to your child this Christmas and help them dig for the treasures found in God's word!
Inspiring Words Holy Bible (NIV) - This lovely Bible is perfect for children AND adults!  Not only is the cover lovely, but the Bible contains 50 Bible verse coloring pages!  Pick one up for your daughter!  While you're at it, pick one up for yourself and make this something you can do together!
Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls (NIV) - The title says "for girls," but I'm telling you this is a beautiful Bible! I want one for myself! And it only says "for girls" on the outside packaging, which can be easily removed before gifting.  The cover of this Bible is such a lovely blue color! It's a "leathersoft over board" binding and also has thicker paper for coloring and notetaking.  Instead of full-page coloring pages, it's just coloring verses in the margins, which is perfect for that Bible journaling friend or loved one!
Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You - This is a great gift for that young woman in your life!  Written by Proverbs31 Ministries blogger, Lynn Cowell, it contains 100 mini chapters about Scripture and how to find confidence in God instead of someone else!
Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women - This devotional is great for young women!  It covers topics such as bullying, social media, and dating. Each devotional is just one page long, and includes a Bible verse, a devotional, and a small writing prompt.  Get your teen off on the right path by helping them discover the joy and great help found in daily spending time in God's word!
Once Upon A Time Bible For Little Ones - This is a great addition to your child's board book collection!  We have several of these types form Zondervan and we love them all!  This one has beautiful, engaging illustrations and simple Bible stories. Each story ends with a "key thought" to help your little one understand the meaning behind the story.
If You're Happy And You Know It: A Sing-Along Book - Sing along to the well-known children's classic "If You're Happy And You Know It" while enjoying the adorable illustrations in this precious board book!  You and your little one will have lots of fun singing the song and enjoying the pictures!
Little Jesus, Little Me - This is a cute little board book that will help your little one understand that Jesus was once a little one just like them. Read along and see that Jesus learned to walk, loved to read, and had a mommy "just like me."
The Beginner's Bible - Daniel And the Lion's Den - Now that my oldest is learning to read, we love these "I Can Read" books!  They're short, simple, have fun illustrations, and make for great reading practice!  A perfect stocking stuffer for your little reader!
The Books of the Bible: My Bible Story Coloring Book - This is more than just a coloring book!  Its a way to teach your child more about the books of the Bible!  The coloring book is broken up into 4 sections: Covenant History, Prophets, Writings, and New Testament. Each section is broken up into 8 weeks (one story per week).  They can color along as they learn the story!  Wonderful for any little one who loves to color!
 Kids' NIV Visual Study Bible - I may or may not have a serious study Bible addiction.  (OK, I do.) I love to read different perspectives, historical perspectives, etc.  So I love the idea that my children can have study Bibles too!  And this study Bible is great!  It has lots of great maps, illustrations, and full-color photographs! And lots of great little tidbits of information that will help them understand the Bible more!
The Beginner's Bible: My First Book of Prayers - We love the Beginner's Bible and all its related items!  And this book is no exception!  Its a board book with short prayers, so its perfect for toddlers.  But it also works well for kids like my oldest, who are just learning to read!  Every page has an illustration and a prayer on it.  Plus there's a Bible verse to point you towards a Bible character and story that relate to that prayer.  For example, with the prayer on "hard work," there's a passage from the story of Noah and the ark. So you can use the book in conjunction with a Bible story if you like!
Ready, Set, Find Noah's Ark - We have a couple of these Ready, Set, Find books and we love them!  It combines a Bible story with "seek and find" pictures.  Its also a board book, so its great for younger kids.  But the illustrations and the searching game keep even older little ones involved!
 Daniel and the Hungry Lions - Another great part of The Beginner's Bible collection, this board book is great for little ones.  It contains the same adorable, eye-catching illustrations as The Beginner's Bible.  And in board book form, its perfect for really littles!
 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories - We have the Adventure Bible for kids and my oldest loves it, so I was thrilled that they came out with a Bible story version that my younger kids can also enjoy!  This book is colorful and beautifully illustrated.  It contains 15 Old Testament stories and 18 New Testament stories.  Each story comes with a little treasure map illustration that contains an "Adventure Discovery" (an interesting fact about the characters in the story) and a "Words to Treasure" (a Bible verse to coincide with the story).
The Bedtime Book - I've always been a big fan of Mary Engelbreit's adorable illustrations, so I was thrilled to see she'd made a precious children's book!  This book contains several bedtime rhymes and songs, along with Mary's precious, colorful illustrations.  And there's nothing better to lull your little one to sleep than a sleepy rhyme!
I received these books, free of charge, from ZonderKidz, in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Zonderkidz March and April 2017 Releases - Great Easter Basket Gifts For Kids!

Zonderkidz has some AMAZING new releases for kids of all ages!  These books and Bibles would make great additions to your child's Easter basket!  SO make sure you run out to the store or jump on Amazon and snap them up!!!  Let's dive in!

Ready, Set, Find Easter - We have the Ready, Set, Find Christmas book and love it, so I knew this one would be a hit! Its a board book, so it's perfect for little hands!  Each page has a very small part of the Easter story on it (just 2 or 3 sentences), a cute illustration, and a group of objects for you to find in the picture!  So great for little minds!

9780310757696, Ready, Set, Find Easter

Princess Prayers  - My girls just love Zondervan's princess collection!  And this book is a great addition!  Its a board book, so it's perfect for your littles! But the beautiful illustrations and simple, rhyming prayers make it perfect for young readers as well!

9780310758693, Princess Prayers, Jeanna Young

The Berenstain Bears: Friendship Blessings Collection - We love everything Berenstain Bears in our house!  The stories on fun and sweet and always teach a good moral.  These collections are always our favorite because they contain several books! This collection contains 5 books about friendship: Perfect Fishing Spot, Reap The Harvest, Faithful Friends, Kindness Counts, and God Made You Special.

9780310753384, The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection, Jan & Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Pets - We have 2 doggies, so this one caught my eye immediately.  It tells the story of pets blessing at the Bears' church. Everyone eagerly brought their animals.  The cubs were able to learn about lots of different kinds of pets.

9780310748823, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets, Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book - These activity books are another hit at our house and this one is no exception!  A perfect Easter basket gift (or give it to them early so they can work on it Easter week)! The book contains 50 reusable stickers and lots of Easter-related activities, like counting activities, mazes, coloring, and word searches!

9780310753810, The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book, Jan & Mike Berenstain

The Beginner's Bible Activity Book - As I mentioned, activity books are a big hit over here! This one is 63 pages! The activities start with creation and go all the way through the Bible!!!  A great way to cover the Bible with your kids!!!

9780310759799, The Beginner’s Bible Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book - Again, this coloring book starts in creation and goes all the way through the Bible.  Use this in conjunction with The Beginner's Bible as a great devotional for your kids!!!

9780310759553, The Beginner’s Bible Coloring Book

Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible - At first I wasn't sure about this Storybook Bible.  "Once upon a time" makes it seem like the Bible is a fairy tale.  But then I read the rest of the title: "The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time."  - Well, that's true!

This book reminds me of the Bible storybooks I had as a kid.  Great, kid-friendly illustrations, simple stories, etc.  I really enjoy the illustrations in this one!  SO colorful and lovely!  Any little one would love this!!!

9780310757924, Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible, Omar Aranda

Once Upon A Time Holy Bible - Have a kid who is a little too old for a storybook Bible but still young enough for a little more whimsy?  Try this! Its the best of BOTH worlds!  A full Bible, but with several illustrations complete with Bible storybook stories!

9780310757900, NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible, Hardcover

The Legend Of The Sand Dollar - This book isn't new, but it's been newly illustrated!  And This lovely Easter story uses the sand dollar to illustrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.  And the new illustrations are just lovely!!!

9780310749806, The Legend of the Sand Dollar, Newly Illustrated Edition : An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter, Chris Auer

Love Letters From God: Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart - We have a couple of these Love Letters from God books and really enjoy them.  The kids love reading the stories and then pulling the flap up to reveal the love letter.  And the illustrations are just lovely!  They look like paper dolls!  Very unique!  Any little girl would enjoy this book!
9780310753285, Love Letters from God : Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart, Glenys Nellist

The Bible Explorer's Guide: 1000 Amazing Facts and Photos - I'm gonna be completely honest.  I wanted to keep this for myself!  Haha!  I love books like this!  Its full of interesting Biblical and historical facts and jam-packed with great photos! Go through this book with your elementary-age child and learn together!!!

9780310758105, The Bible Explorer’s Guide : 1,000 Amazing Facts and Photos, Nancy I. Sanders

Promises For You Coloring Devotional - Coloring and Bible journaling are all the rage right now!  I love to do both!  This 60-day devotional is perfect for your preteen or teen!  Part of the FaithGirlz series, each day has a small devotional, a Bible verse, and a page to color!

9780310761198, Faithgirlz Promises for You Coloring Devotional : 60 Days Discovering God’s Hope and Love

I received these books, free of charge, from Zondervan Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quarto Publishing Children's Books Review

I discovered Quarto Knows a year or two ago, and since then I've just been in love!  As a mom of three littles, I'm always looking for new creative and educational books.  And Quarto Knows delivers!  So today I'd like to share some of their amazing books!

Animal Babies Do The Strangest Things

This book is so precious!  And full of interesting facts!  For example, did you know that baby koalas ride on their mommies' backs, while baby alligators ride in their mommies' jaws!?! Colorful illustrations and a minimal amount of words (just a couple of sentences per page) also make it perfect for little ones!

ABC Yoga -

This book is perfect for exercising with your little one!  I used it with my 6 year old and she just loved it!!! It uses the alphabet to teach little ones yoga poses (using animal names). So creative, colorful, and fun for you and your little ones!

A Walk On The Wild Side -

As a homeschooling mama, I love this book!!!  Its a great introduction to animals AND habitats!  The book is broken up 7 sections: Farm Animals, Ocean And Island Animals, Jungle Animals, Grassland Animals, Woodland Animals, and Animals AT Home!Each section begins with a little intro about that habitat.  Then there are lots of fun illustrations and interesting facts about the animals in that habitat!  So cute, creative, and educational!!!

"Little People, BIG DREAMS" Series -

As a mom of little girls, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!!  I received the Maya Angelou book and the Amelia Earhart book and they're wonderful!  Simple enough for beginning readers, they are the perfect introduction into the world of biographies!  I love that the Earhart book teaches little girls to reach for the stars and not give up!  And I love how the Angelou book teaches that EVERYONE has a voice and you can express yourself through the written word!  Wonderful, beautiful books!!!

Adventures In Lettering -

My oldest is very creative!  She loves arts and crafts, so this book is perfect for her!  Its full of great information, explaining different types of creative lettering.  There's lots of room to practice and really get creative!  This is great for the mind and the body!And this book is perfect for a parent-child activity!  Get in there and participate with them!  They'll love that!!!

I received these books, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.

Zonderkidz February Releases - Great Books For Kids!!!

Zonderkidz has some GREAT books releasing this month and I wanted to share some with you!  The first one is AH-MAZING!  The Jesus Storybook Bible is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month!  Can you believe it!?!  If you don't own this book, you need it!  Even if you don't have kids!  The stories are so beautifully written and the illustrations are so unique and colorful!  I NEVER make it through reading one of the stories without choking up!  That's how good this book is!  And just in time for the 10th anniversary, ZOnderkidz has released The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition!  This book is a beautiful robin's egg blue!  Perfect for boys or girls!  And now that I think of it, its the PERFECT EASTER GIFT!!!!!

Another FANTASTIC Easter gift - from both the writer AND the illustrator of The Jesus Storybook Bible, is Found: Psalm 23!  Sally Lloyd Jones and Jago have teamed up again for this precious board book retelling the story of Psalm 23! It breaks the entire Psalm down into easily understandable phrases.  And the illustrations are out of this world!!!!

Another great new release is Angels In The Bible For Little Ones. My little ones love the Bible story board books!  We have several of them and they're alway big hits!  This one tells the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Elijah, Daniel, Mary, The Shepherds at the Birth of Jesus, Jesus and the Children, the Angel at the Tomb, and John's Vision of Heaven.  The stories are simple and the illustrations are colorful.  And I love that the stories cover many duties of angels in the Bible: protecting God's people, providing for God's people, delivering messages to God's people, rejoicing and praising God, worshipping alongside us in Heaven!

We have book The Plans I Have For You and really like it.  Its all about how God has a special plan for each of us.  Now Zonderkidz has a study Bible to go with it!  The Plans I Have For You Holy Bible includes:
"God's Big Plans" pages - pages about different Bible characters and the big plans God had for them!
"Promise Prayers" pages - to help kids pray for God's fulfillment of His plans for them.
Highlighted verses - including God's promises and uplifting verses

Last, but not least, is the Investigator's Holy Bible!  This is a great Bible for little kids!  Especially if, like mine, they love playing "spy" or "investigator."  This Bible has:
Evidence - Bible book introductions to answer questions like what kind of book it is, who wrote it...
Breakthrough - answers questions kids might ask like, "What is Pentecost?"
Scene - Describes places related to the passage
Witness - Explains the meaning behind biblical names
Detective - Detective - Quiz on what they learned from the passage
Case Closed - Explores how the event of a Bible story relate to kids

These books and Bibles are all great additions to your child's library!  I plan on giving them as birthday gifts and Easter basket gifts!!!

I received these books, free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion.