In addition to children's books for Easter, this roundup includes children's bible stories, bedtime stories and bibles that entertain and teach the Christian message of cross and salvation in words and pictures young children understand.
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"The Rhyme Bible: Storybook for Toddlers," by LJ Sattgast, Illustrated by Laurence-Cleyeet Merle, Zonderkidz Board Book—2014, 40 Pages, Ages 4-8, 978-0310730163, $9.99
This sturdy, toddler-sized collection introduces youngsters to Bible stories with colorful pictures and lighthearted rhyme. The simple narratives feature a rhyming, sing-along cadence children enjoy. For example:
"The shepherd ran to see him.
They knelt and bowed their heads
For Jesus was the Son of God.
Upon a manger bed."
Ten classic stories, retold in rhyme, feature narratives of creation, Noah's Ark, Moses, Christ's resurrection and more. The attractive, inexpensive book is an excellent choice to read, exciting and memorable Bible stories to little ones.
Pups of the Spirit, by Jill Gorey & Nancy Haller, Zonderkidz Hardcover—2014, Ages 4-8, 978-0310730613, $15.99
Children are introduced to the spiritual gifts and what they mean with nine super cute, playful, cuddly puppies who portray one of the gifts from 1 Corinthians 12. From Frankie's faith, to Pete's peace, Max's love, Peanut's patience, Goose's goodness, Kay's kindness, Squeaky's self-control and Gigi's gentleness.
These romping puppies will bring smiles, laughter and clapping hands, each ones antics representing what the "Fruit of the Spirit" really means. "Pups of the Spirit" is a fantastic teaching tool children will long remember.
One Lost Sheep, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Margaret Spengler, Zonderkidz, 2013, 32 Pages, Ages 4-8, 978-0310731788, $9.99
This cute story retells the well-known parable of the lost sheep and the Shepherd who finds the missing sheep from Luke 15:1-7. The story captures youngsters attention with rhythmical rhyme from the very first lines:
"White and wooly, hungry sheep grazing by a mountain, steep.
Shepherd watching them with care, guards each one from beast and bear."
This creative narrative entertains and teaches youngsters God will never desert them and will even leave the "99" just to find them. What a precious teaching for anyone, young or old.
"My Bedtime Story Bible," by Jean E. Syswerda, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth, Zonderkidz Hardcover, 2014, 120 Pages, Ages 4-8, 978-0310739753, $9.99
This sturdy, hardcover story book perfect for babies through pre-school age, features twenty-eight loved bible stories, twenty-one from the Old Testament and seven from the new Testament. Simple, four page narratives encourage sweet dreams as children snuggle into the covers prepared to listen.
Stories begin with Adam and Eve and end with Paul singing in jail with stories of Moses, Noah, David, Elijah and more sandwiched in between. Narratives of Jesus include His birth, the shepherds visit, calming the sea, and feeding thousands with "five loaves and two fish."
The author suggests personalizing story time by talking with your child about the story and looking at the colorful illustrations together. Stories end with a "Tuck in" feature that encourage children to talk to God in prayer.
This is an excellent choice for families with young children or as an inexpensive gift to expecting moms or young parents .
Noah and the Mighty Ark, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Margaret Spengler, Zonderkidz, Releases April 22, 2014, 32 Pages, Ages 4-8, 978-0310732174, $9.99
Youngsters will love the sweet story of Noah, the ark and the animals that find Noah and his family hurrying to finish as Noah's sons walk the gangplank filling the "ark by night and by day."
Soon God said, "When you're through, bring the creatures two by two."
Margaret Spangler's whimsical and colorful illustrations add to the rhyming text for children's enjoyment, along with the charming story sounds of buzzing bees and animals. I'm sure youngsters will quickly imitate the story sounds and frequently ask for Noah's story to be read again and again.
101 Bible Stories From Creation to Revelation, Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Zonderkidz, Hardcover, 2014, 224 pages, 978-0310740643, $12.99
This collection of Bible stories could be used for all ages, but is "perfect for independent readers." Stories are one-page in length for a quick story time or quick read for children ages 6-10, throughout the day or at bedtime.
Stories begin with creation and end with "Jesus is Coming Back." The colorful illustrations of the main character or event, featured on the opposite page enhance the narratives, engage children's imaginations and bring stories to life.
The split index features Old Testament stories such as Adam, Eve, Noah and the flood, Moses, David, Goliath and many more. The New Testament stories include Bethlehem's manger scene, Jesus' baptism, the parable of the lost lamb, Jesus' return and more.
From the durable hard cover, to the beautiful illustrations of positive refreshing Bible stories, this well-done Bible story collection is destined to become children's favorite book.
Midwest Book Reviews: April 2014
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