Thursday, August 20, 2015

Snuggle Time with Bible-Related Books for Toddlers

I hate to admit it, but it's taking some dedicated effort to make sure that I get snuggle time reading in with my youngest little guy right now, and sometimes even my Bumblebee. Grasshopper loves for me to read to him, and I'm reading more and more with him, attempting to make sure we're getting in all his "schoolwork". It's too easy to leave out my younger two right now. Most the time, they're all too happy to jump in my lap with a picture book, though! Here are a few we've enjoyed recently.

First up,

Say and Pray Bible: First Words, Stories, and Prayers by Diane Stortz, with illustrations by Sarah Ward

This book is perfect for the littlest of learners. It would be a great book for the nursery class age, but my Bumblebee(2 1/2) has enjoyed it, too. Each "story" gets two pages, with a brief little "story", a Bible verse, and a prayer. Some of the pictures are labeled with words, so it's a great way to introduce words to little ones. My bumblebee has enjoyed pointing at pictures, and attempting to say the words. He's a late talker, so his words are still in the super precious stage(when we can understand them).

This definitely isn't a book to use exclusively for Bible lessons, by any means, but it is a sweet way to get in a little Bible lesson(and snuggles) with younger babies/toddlers.

*We were provided a review copy, in exchange for our honest opinion, from BookLook.



The Plans I Have For You by Amy Parker, with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

We have a couple of Amy Parker's other books on our nighttime bookshelf(Night Night Blessings and A Night Night Prayer), and they're some of my most favorite books to read to the boys before bed. They're short and sweet and comforting. I have to admit I don't like this one quite as much, but it's still a nice read. I like the illustrations most of all. They're fun!

This is a good book to introduce some of the professions out there that they might not have heard about yet. Mostly, though, it's a reminder that God has a plan for your child(for EACH of us), and it's an important one(even if someone else doesn't think so).

The story is written as if God is talking directly to your child, which I didn't know before getting it. I didn't really care for it at all in that format, so I changed the words a bit. Instead of saying "I" as if God is talking, I just changed it to "He" and we discussed how God DOES have a plan for each of us.

Overall, it's a fun read.

*We were provided a review, in exchange for our honest opinion, from Booklook.


And, finally(for today)

Jesus Calling for Little Ones by Sarah Young, with illustrations by Antonia Woodward

I've never read any of the Jesus Calling books, and to be perfectly honest, I have no intentions of doing so. As you may already know, the Jesus Calling books are written as though Jesus is talking directly to you/your child. This isn't really my thing, but I've learned if I'm willing to edit a few words here and there, we get in on some great books that we'd miss out on otherwise. (Dinosaurs come to mind here!)I knew that the 1st person narrative wouldn't be super hard to edit within a board book, so I gave it a chance. I'm really glad I did, too! It's a sweet book.

The pictures are the sugar sweet kind, which I can't seem to resist. They also appear to be within Bible times, though a few could pass for present.

We love precious little board books around here. They're perfect for throwing into bags to carry to various places for entertainment AND perfect for quick little snuggles here and there. This one is a sweet reminder that Jesus loves each of us, and He's always with us.

*We were provided a review copy, in exchange for our honest opinion, from Amazon Vine.


1 comment:

  1. The Plans I Have For You sounds precious. Evie is just now sitting still long enough for me to "read" board books to her. I'm loving it. :)