Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist | Book Review

Do y’all remember The Jolly Postman? It goes down as one of the best children’s books ever. I still have my copy (it was the Christmas version). It was full of different kind of letters you can pull out from the pages. Full of colorful characters and postman adventures, this was a hit in all my classes.





After seeing Love Letters from God pop up on my radar, I had to pick it up, only if to fulfill my nostalgic whim. Written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, this book is perfect for young readers!

What child does not love to receive mail? What if that child could receive, open and read his or her own personal mail from God? The Love Letters from God will invite them to do just that! Accompanying each story in this unique children’s Bible is a very special and encouraging letter, each tucked away in its own lift-the-flap envelope, just for them. Written for children ages four to eight, the Love Letters from God includes eighteen of the most popular Bible stories—nine from the Old Testament and nine from the New Testament. Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how each letter elaborates on the Bible story being told. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words To You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a mere memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope. This book will culminate in an invitation for the children to write their own RSVP to God.

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Covering keys stories in the Bible, this colorful and fun read will share stories in a new way for your young ones. From creation, to Adam and Eve, to King David, to the calling of the disciples, to key parables, to stories from Jesus’ time on earth, and of course the Resurrection, I know children will love reading through the stories, learning scripture verses and reading the letters.

Each letter from God takes lessons from the biblical story and what God’s heart is. Like this one from the story of David and Goliath:





I have something very special to tell you: No giant is bigger than me! No giant is stronger than me!

So do not be afraid of giant things in your life that might frighten you. Never forgot I am bigger and stronger than anything you might be scared of. So try to be like David-do not be afraid. Remember, I am always with you.

Your Big Strong Friend,
God

Plus there’s even an invitation and spot for children to write their own letter to God!

I love all of the creative and fun bible stories for young ones these days! How about you? Did you have a favorite story as a child from the bible? Or are there current ones you love sharing with kiddies?

(Thank you to Zonderkidz for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)





Where to Buy: Amazon | | Christian Books

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Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi | Book Review

Even though I don’t have kiddies of my own, I enjoy the occasional review of children’s books. Part of the reason is I have two adorable young nieces, but I also know the impact of reading on children’s lives. Some of my earliest memories are stories my Dad read to us and getting my own books.

Now, if you’re looking for a funny and creative book about Noah, be sure to check out Goodnight, Ark.

Beds are ready.
Food is stored.
Noah hollers,
“All aboard!”
It’s bedtime on Noah’s ark, but the animals can’t sleep because of the storm. Two by two, they crowd into Noah’s bed, creating a sticky situation. Will Noah ever get them back to their own beds? Climb aboard the ark for this rollicking, yet ultimately restful bedtime story as Noah finds a way to make things calm and cozy, even in the midst of a storm.

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It doesn’t follow the “normal” Goodnight story lines (I’m not even sure if that’s a thing, but just go with it), so it was fun to see that.

It’s not only a cute rhyming story, but with all the colorful and fun illustrations, it’s an opportunity to teach young children about animals, what they look like and a bit more about them!

So what are some of your favorite bible stories?

Where to buy: Amazon | | Christian Books

(Thank you Zonderkidz for the copy in exchange for my honest review)

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Wonder | R. J. Palacio

You know what I think about Wonder? I THINK EVERYONE ON THE PLANET SHOULD READ IT. Yep, it was worth the all caps. Not only does R.J. Palacio do an absolutely wonderful job writing this story, it’s a heart-warming, tear-jerking and all around awesome read.

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I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Need more reason to read this? My friend, who isn’t a big reader, was the one who highly recommended this one. That’s right people. A non-avid book reader suggested this book. She’s a teacher and reads it to her students as well. It’s that kind of story. One that impacts you at any age.

“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the word.” – Auggie’s Precept

It’s mostly told through little Auggie (who I just want to hug), but there’s a few chapters that are told from other people’s perspectives. I wasn’t prepared for it at first, but it works perfectly. Plus the book is full of gems to hold on to.

“…but what I want you, my students, to take away from your middle-school experience,” he continued, “is the sure knowledge that, in the future you make for yourselves, anything is possible. If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”

It’s amazing that this is a debut novel. I can’t wait to see what R.J. Palacio comes out with next! I’ll probably cry in that one too. Really, read this one people!

Have any of you read this one? What did you think? I think I need to go read it again.

“He is the greatest,” he finally continued, “whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.”

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The Duck Princess | Zach Wilkinson

Recently, I’ve been part of the fantastic Start Experiment, a community of people punching fear in the face and pursuing their dreams (whether it’s to run a marathon or write a book). I’ve connected with awesome and incredible people and one such connection was this one! Zach Wilkinson is a writer and illustrator and I get to share about his new children’s picture book!

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to The Duck Princess!

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“The Duck Princess” is the wonderful story of a duck named Juniper, a monster and a bear wizard. Juniper faces a problem she thinks she can’t overcome but finds out the solution was within her the whole time. Written and illustrated by Zach Wilkinson, with photos by Paul Jarvis, this beautiful children’s picture book will take kids of all ages on a journey of self discovery and friendship through mountains and streams, forests and fields.

This sweet children’s book is such a creative use of different artistic elements – mixing photography and illustrations.

Plus, the lesson is one we can all hear, but especially the younger ones – don’t judge a book by its cover and you never know what you can learn when you take the time to listen to someone’s story. Because, as we all know, it’s often in those times, we’re pleasantly surprised.

I think my favorite illustration was the monster. Especially him hanging out in the tree – so cute! It’s fun, it’s unique and one I wouldn’t mind reading to my little nieces. :)

(Thank you Zach for the review copy!)