November 2019

Let’s Celebrate God’s Blessings On Thanksgiving by Lise Caldwell ; illustrated by Priscilla Burris. (F Cal)

Saying Grace : a prayer of Thanksgiving written by Virginia Kroll ; illustrated by Timothy Ladwig. (F Kr)

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas ; illustrated by Shannon Stirnweis. (F Met)

Thanksgiving : what makes it special? Harold Myra ; illustrated by Jane Kurisu.(F Myr)

October 2019

As the weather gets cooler and the routine of a school schedule sets in, I thought these titles might be worth exploring:

God, I Need To Talk To You About My Bad Temper by Dan Carr ; pictures by Bartholomew. (F Ca)

Halloween, Is It For Real? by Harold Myra ; illustrated by Jane Kurisu. (F My)

Mommy, Why Don’t We Celebrate Halloween? by Linda Hacon Winwood ; illustrated by Al Berg. (F Wi)

My Big Family At Church written and illustrated by Helen Caswell.(F Ca)

My Happy Pumpkin : God’s Love Shining Through Me by Crystal Bowman ; illustrations by Claudine Gévry. (F Bo)

The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs ; illustrated by Nancy Munger. (F Hi)

Snuggle Time Devotions That End With A Hug! Created by Steven Elkins. (Dev El)

What Happens in Autumn? by Sandra Brooks ; illustrated by John Ham. (F Br)

July 2019

For this month’s newsletter, I’m providing a “slice” of the collection to review and encourage you to sample over the summer.

  • Finding Grace : a parable by David L. Erickson. (F ERI)   Love keeps Charlie looking for the lost butterfly Grace, although he faces blinding winds, an endless cornfield, an angry bull, and a dark forest.
  • Seven days to care for God’s world by Dean and Donna Erickson ; illustrated by Kathy Rogers. (F ERI) Rupert learns what it means to take care of God’s good earth (from the cover).
  • Six busy days : the wonderful story of creation written by Mary E. Erickson ; illustrated by David Acquistapace and N. C. Gary.  (B ERI)
  • Picture word Bible stories : a [book] of Bible stories for litte [people] retold by Mary E. Erickson ; illustrated by Bari Weissman. (B ERI)
  • God can do anything! written by Mary E. Erickson ; illustrated by Terry Julien. (B ERI)  Uses seven Bible stories to demonstrate that God can do many wonderful things, from healing the sick to giving eternal life.
  • What is God like? [written by] Mary E. Erickson ; illustrated by Anita C. Nelson. (B ERI)  Uses seven Bible verses describing God to explain his many attributes and how he cares for us.
  • Flying feathers : a Slav folk tale retold by Mary Kentra Ericsson ; illustrated by James Cummins. (F ERI)

June 2019

Summer’s coming!  Since it is a wonderful time to enjoy God’s creation, here are some books involving animals that might help you prepare for your outdoor adventures.

  • Fins, Feathers, and Faith : wisdom from God’s amazing creation by William L. Coleman ; illustrated by Chris Wold Dyrud. (F COL)

A collection of 60 devotions, each of which begins with facts about an animal and segues to a Biblical principle.

  • The Lion tells his side of the story : hey God, I’m starving in this den so why won’t you let me eat this guy named Daniel?! by Troy Schmidt ; illustrated by Cory Jones.                                                 (F SCH)

The story of Daniel getting thrown into the lion’s den told from a lion’s point of view.  The lion shares what he learns from Daniel through this encounter. The back cover includes a “Parent Connection” page which includes things to think about while reading, potential questions to ask the child, and a possible activity.

  • Miss Otter goes to the movies by Gary Richmond ; illustrated by Bruce Day.

(B CLE)

An anecdote told by a Christian zookeeper about an experience he had with an otter at the zoo.  He draws a parallel between his experience and God’s ability to tame the tongue.

  • Noah & the ark & the animals by Andrew Clements ; [illustrated by] Ivan Gantschev.                                                                         (B CLE)

Retells the story of Noah and the ark from the point of view of modern-day animals.  Look for a hard-working snail in one of the illustrations.  😉

May 2019

Need a hero? Here’s some books that might bring your inner-hero to life:

Heros & Villians of the Bible : real stories, actual Bible text compiled by Tama Fortner.
A. Hanna. (B HER)
Highlights how being a hero or a villain is less about superpowers and more about
individual choices made in everyday life.

Hero Tales by Dave & Neta Jackson. (F JAC)
A compilation of seventeen biographies of Christian missionaries. Each person’s
background information is condensed to 2-3 pages followed some stories that reinforce
Biblical character traits that they possessed. At the end of each story, the authors include
an italicized summary thought, a Bible verse, and a few questions for children and
parents to discuss.

April 2019

More Easter books and videos! Here another sampling:

The Easter story for children written by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis
Hill ; illustrated by Fausto Bianchi. (B Lu) Ages 4 to 7.

God’s Easter Plan : John 20:1-18 for children by Carol Greene ; illustrated by Michelle
Dorenkamp. (B Gr) Ages 4 to 8.

Jesus on Trial story by Penny Frank ; illustrated by John Haysom. (B Fr)

The story of Easter : adapted from the gospel of Mark, chapters 11-16 written by Barbara
Loots ; illustrated by Tammy Haddix. (B Lo)

“The First Easter surprise!” (JDVD K) Ages 3 – 7. Story of Easter and Bible songs with
lyrics on the screen.

“Miss Patty Cake’s Egg Stravaganza” (JDVD P) Ages 1 – 5. Includes songs.

March 2019

Please come check out our Easter books and videos throughout Lent!  Here are a few of our titles:

God’s Easter Love written by Mark S. Bernthal. (F Be)

The Easter Story by James R. Leininger. (B Le) (The Beginners Bible)

The Story of Easter retold by Gwen Ellis ; illustrated by Steve Smallman. (B El)

Easter Bunny, are you for real? by Harolod Myra ; illustrated by Jane Kurisu. (F My) (Ages 3-7)

Passion Hymns for a Kid’s Heart : volume 4. By Bobbie  Wolgemuth, Joni Eareckson Tada ; illustrations by Frank Ordaz. (F Ta) (Ages 3-13)

An Easter Carol : a lesson in the true meaning of Easter. (JDVD V) (Veggie Tales)

‘Twas the Night before Easter. (JDVD V) (Veggie Tales)

February 2019

May your February be full of cozy times with the ones you love and may some of these books be part of those moments.

For the toddler/pre-school set:

Children and Jesus.  Retold by Anne de Graaf ; illustrated by Jose Perez Montero. (Little Children’s Bible Books)  Recommended for ages 3-6 years.  (B DeG)  Teaches about listening for Jesus calling each of us.

Jesus, friend of children : the life of Jesus told in forty stories for young readers.  English text adapted by Pat Alexander ; illustrated by Noelle Herrenschmidt.  (B Al)  Good short stories that could be used as devotional or bedtime reading between parent and child.

The Children of the King.  By Max Lucado ; illustrated by Toni Goffe.  (F Lu)  A fun story exploring what it means to be adopted by a king.

For the Treehouse kids:

The big 10 for little saints.  By Matt & Lisa Jacobson ; illustrated by Sonya Wilson. “Helping children understand the 10 commandents” – cover.  (F Ja)  Beautiful illustrations and straightforward text invite discussion and understanding about each commandment.

For Route 45 kids:

I learn about the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Written by Marie Chapian ; illustrated by Peter Chapian.  (F Ch)  A discussion of what spiritual fruit looks like in a kids’ life.

Based on Matthew 6:3-4, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  A girl finds joy in doing thoughtful and encouraging things for other people.

January 2019

Welcome to the new year!  Fresh starts and new opportunities call to us in the midst of our current habits and memories, both good and not-so-good.  Our children can feel this tension as much as we do.  For this month’s book review, I’ve selected some titles that deal with anxiety, hope, and encouragement to join God in creating positive change.

F BA The Stormy Night / by Sanna Anderson Baker ; illustrated by Fred Marvin.  Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, IL : c1991.  Recommended for children ages 4-8.

“Anna awakens and is frightened, but God speaks to her and calms her fears.  Using word pictures from the Psalms, Sanna Anderson Baker paints a God who loves and cares for his creation, who is stronger than any storm, and who has time for one small child.  Lavish, imaginative paintings by Fred Marvin perfectly complement the lyrical text.” – jacket.

F BO  The Snow Angel / Debbie Boone ; illustrations by Gabriel Ferrer.  Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR : c1991.  Recommended for children ages 2-8.

Akin to Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (KJV), Rose and her grandfather help their fellow villagers recover hope and joy with the assistance of a snow angel who comes to life.

F CA Secretly Do Good Deeds / Melody Carlson ; illustrations by Susan Reagan. (Just Like Jesus Said series)  Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, TN : c2002.  Recommended for children ages 4-8.

Based on Matthew 6:3-4, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  A girl finds joy in doing thoughtful and encouraging things for other people.

December 2018

The Christmas books are back!  Please come look over our collection for “new” holiday books & videos throughout Advent.

November 2018

Practice being thankful each day this month so that when the holiday arrives (with all its challenges), you’ll be a pro!  Here are some books to help you: one on thankfulness as well as some that support the Sunday themes this month.

I’m thankful for so many things.  [By] P. K. Hallinan. (F HA)

God gives us helpers.  Written by Jean Fisher ; illustrated by ….  Board book.  (F FI)

When I help my mommy.  [By] Robin Jones Gunn ; illustrated by N. C. Gary & David Acquistapace. (Jesus is with me)  Board book.  (F GU)

Children.  Written by Daryl Lucas ; illustrated by Robert C. Durham. (Famous Bible people)  Recommended for ages 4-8.  Contents:  Isaac, Samuel, David, Joash, Jairus’ daughter, the boy who shared his lunch.  (B LU)

Heroines.  Written by Daryl Lucas ; illustrated by Robert C. Durham. (Famous Bible people)  Recommended for ages 4-8.  Contents:  Sarah, Rebekah, Rahab, Jael, Abigail, & Mary.  (B LU)

Who will help? : Luke 10:25-37, the good Samaritan.  By Mary Manz Simon ; illustrated by Dennis Jones.  (Hear me read)  (B SI)

October 2018

It’s autumn – time for apples, pumpkins, & rain (in Baltimore this year, every season’s a season for rain)!  Best to curl up with some books about classic Bible stories, characters, and concepts.  Here are a few that your children should hear about during their Sunday School time.

For the toddler/pre-school set:

A basket bed for baby Moses.  Written by Joyce Davidson. “A surprise flap book” – cover.  Recommended for ages 2-5 years. (B DA)

Moses : baby in the bulrushes.  Adapted by Tess Fries ; illustrated by Cheryl Mendenhall.  (B FR)

Baby Moses.  By Linda Hayward ; illustrated by Barb Henry.  Recommended for ages 3-7 years. (B HA)

Moses : parting the Red Sea.  Adapted by Tess Fries ; illustrated by Cheryl Mendenhall.  (B FR)

Baby Moses’ river ride : Exodus 1:1-2:10 for children.  Carol Greene ; illustrated by Michelle Dorenkamp.  Recommended for ages 4-8 years. (B GR)

For the Treehouse kids:

The story of the tower of Babel.  Written by Alice Joyce Davidson ; designed by Victoria Marshall.  (B DA)

Job : the book of Job for children.  Written by Donna R. Rathert ; illustrated by Dennis Jones.  Recommended for ages 5-9 years. (B RA)

September 2018

Children’s Ministry has purchased some new books for the Children’s Library – come check them out!.

Say & Pray Devotions : first words, devotions, and prayers by Diane Stortz ; illustrated by Sarah Ward. (J DEV STO)

God Bless my School written by Hannah C. Hall ; illustrated by Steve Whitlow.(J FIC HAL)

God Bless my Boo Boo written by Hannah C. Hall ; illustrated by Steve Whitlow. (J FIC HAL)

Channing O’Banning and the Rainforest Rescue by Angela Spady ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon.. (J FIC SPA)

Channing O’Banning and the Turquoise Trail by Angela Spady ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon. (J FIC SPA)

Brave Girls Confidential : stories and secrets about faith and friendship written by Travis Thrasher ; illustrated by Aleksey and Olga Ivanov. (J FIC THR)

Gabby’s Stick-to-it Day : a story about never giving up. by Sheila Walsh ; illustrated by Natasha Kuricheva. (J FIC WAL)

August 2018

Now that the novelty of summer vacation has worn off and before the distraction of a new school year ramps up, is a good time to get back to the basics: the Ten Commandments.  The Children’s Library has a separate section on the right side of the collection dedicated to books on the Ten Commandments. The collection contains a wide variety of age-level-appropriate books and can generate good discussions even with secondary school children as you evaluate and compare the ways that each law is explained and illustrated.

The Droodles Ten Commandments Storybook by Ray & Sally Cioni. (F Ci)

(Ages 6-12)  A compilation of stories that illustrate each commandment.  At the back, it includes tips for parents & teachers written by Edit Schaeffer.

Hand Commands : the Ten Commandments for Little Ones by Ann Dunagan. (F Du)

(Ages 5 & up)  Uses hand motions as a memory-aid for learning the Ten Commandments.

The Big 10 for Little Saints by Matt & Lisa Jacobson ; illustrated by Sonya Wilson. (F Ja)

(Ages 3-8)  Provides a simple presentation and explanation of each command accompanied by a large, colorful illustration on the facing page.

Ten Ways to Please God : Exodus 20 for Little Ones. Written by Karen Ann Moore ; illustrated by Becky Farley. (F Mo)

(Ages 0-3)  This board book is made to look like Moses holding the two tablets that contain the 10 Commandments.  Each side contains a paraphrase and explanation of 5 Commandments.

The Ten Commandments for Little Ones. By Allia Zobel Nolan ; illustrations by Janet Samuel. (B No)

(Ages 3-7)  This version states each Command, gives an example of a story in the Bible that hinges on this Command and also an everyday example of what Command means.

July 2018

Summer … reading. They go hand-in-hand (at least in my mind). Keep coming to the Children’s Library to refresh your reading materials as you enjoy staying up watching fireflies, fly balls, and fireworks. Books are great at the pool or the beach, too, as long as they don’t get wet or sandy. And, it’s always good to have “extra” books on hand for the moments when someone is “bored.”

Enjoy the start of summer and may God bring refreshment to your soul!

June 2018

All good gifts originate with our Father in heaven. Perhaps Father’s Day, the end of the school year, and the beginning of summer come together this month on purpose to remind us of this truth. The New International Version of the Bible states:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

To help us celebrate the goodness of our heavenly Father, here’s a review of a book on The Lord’s Prayer and one on the monumental ministry that God has given to earthly fathers to reflect His character as they relate to their children.

Our Father by Sabrina Bus ; illustrated by Xavier Demeux. (B Bu)

This is a board book with very basic illustrations. It contains one or two phrases of The Lord’s Prayer on each page, the words of Jesus’ prayer appearing at the top, and the author’s application of / reflection on the meaning of the phrase appearing at the bottom. Recommended for young readers.

Daddy Promises by Kerry Arquette ; illustrated by Kevin McCain. (F Ar)

Marketed as a “Specialty / Gift Book,” the illustrations and format are very attractive and the text is geared toward new fathers. The promises of earthly fathers to their newborns are both lofty and practical. Ultimately, they reflect the character of our heavenly Father, of whom the earthly fathers’ promises emulate.

May 2018

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

~ Luke 11:13

On Sunday, May 20th, the Church celebrates Pentecost. Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit came and rested on the disciples which made the birth of the Early Church possible.

The Holy Spirit may well be a difficult concept for children to grasp since, by nature, a person cannot see, feel, or touch Him. Quite honestly, it’s a difficult concept for adults, too. Thankfully, we have a couple books that may help adults explain the person and workings of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit in Me by Carolyn Nystrom ; illustrated by Wayne A. Hanna. (F Ny)

Laid out as an elementary-age boy’s description of the Holy Spirit. The book uses scripture references at the top of each page as references for what the boy relates about the Spirit’s role throughout history, characteristics, and work in his life. The illustrations and word choices make it appropriate for all elementary levels.

I Want to Know about the Holy Spirit by Rick Osbourne and K. Christie. (F Os)

This attractively formatted book covers topics about experiencing the Holy Spirit, the Spirit’s role in our personal spiritual growth, and how the Spirit empowers us to live out God’s commands. In addition to photographs and illustrations, the book contains cartoons, games and activities. (Recommended for ages 8 to 12)

The Early Church : Acts by Anne de Graaf ; illustrated by José Pérez Montero. (F DeG)

The book overviews the growth of the early church after Pentecost. It begins by focusing on Peter’s ministry and then moves on to Paul’s, mirroring Acts’ layout. Additional teachings on living by faith and the fruit of Spirit are interspersed in the text. The book seems appropriate for older elementary students.    

April 2018

Christ is risen; He is risen, indeed! Happy Easter!

Here are some books which tell the glorious story of Christ’s death and resurrection in some different ways:

Little Rose of Sharon by Nan Gurley ; illustrated by Tim Jonke. (F Gu)  “A story of self-sacrifice …,” this book tells the story of a lovely rose whose act of generous sacrifice reveals an even greater beauty in her heart.

The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs ; illustrated by Nancy Munger. (F Hi)  This is the story of a farmer’s daughter who receives a mysterious, though unimpressive, gift. After neglecting it over a long period of time, she eventually throws it away. What happens afterward greatly surprises her. Bible verses accompany the text. (Recommended for ages 3 to 7)

This is No Fairy Tale by Dale Tolmasoff ; illustrated by Corbert Gauthier. (F To)  This book is a biography of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Each page contrasts the actual events of His life against the typical traits and plot developments of fairy tales. The book is richly illustrated and succinct. (Recommended for ages 4 to 8)

March 2018

The kids I know all seem to like stories. Since I also like stories it’s a great way to connect. Jesus apparently like stories too and used them to teach people who came to Him.

Here are a couple of books that focus on parables:

A Child’s Book of Parables illustrated by Trace Moroney ; retold by Lori Froeb. This book retells seven parables, making them age-appropriate for very young children. Each short story is accompanied by one or more large, child-friendly illustrations as well as a scriptural reference.

Once Upon a Parable: timeless stories about God’s Kingdom by Mack Thomas. The author has created a series of stories that reflect the concepts of sixteen Biblical parables. Each re-telling would work well as a bedtime story. The book is attractively laid out and illustrated, too. Since the stories are adaptations, a scriptural reference accompanies each one for clarity.

February 2018

A Valentine’s gift from God? Perhaps this is another way we can think of Jesus and the way He has brought the Father’s grace and mercy into our lives and to the world in general. Since this is a difficult concept for anyone to comprehend, Here are some suggested titles that might help you and your children comprehend His love more.

From the children’s section:

Love Your Neighbor by Melody Carlson (F Ca). Recommended for ages 4-8.

I’ll Love You Anyway & Always by Bryan Chapell (F Ch). Recommended for ages 3-8.

I Couldn’t Love You More by Jason Ingram & Matt Hammitt (F Ha).

Love Is … adapted … by Wendy Anderson Halper (B Ha).

I Love You, God by P. K. Hallinan (F Ha).

I Love You This Much by Lynn Hodges & Sue Buchanan (F Ho). Includes CD. Recommended for ages 3-6.

The Best Thing is Love by Linda Parry (F Pa). Recommended for ages 1-4.

From the Parenting section:

Raising Your Child to Love God : What the Bible Teaches About Parenting by Andrew Murray (AdG Mu)

January 2018

“Where to start?” Many things can make us ask this question and one of those times is when your child asks you to tell them about faith, love, or eternity. Thankfully, author Joel Anderson addresses these issues in his “big topics for little kids” series which can be found under F An on the Children’s Library shelves. Each book explores its topic through an analogous story, both in word and art. The text remains simple and accessible but highlights the characteristics of the topic it’s exploring. Each book opens and closes the story with a verse of relevant scripture and then finishes the book with a discussion aid and activity to deepen understanding of the abstract ideas discussed. Check them out and see if they help you start a good conversation with your children (or anyone) this new year!

Tell Me About Eternity by Joel Anderson (F An).

Tell Me About Faith by Joel Anderson (F An).

Tell Me About Love by Joel Anderson (F An).

December 2017

As we celebrate God’s tremendous gift to us in the form of the baby Jesus, here are some books to consider from our collection:

Little Rose of Sharon : a story of self-sacrifice by Nan Gurley. When the little rose of Sharon sacrifices her beautiful red petals to save a baby dove, she hears the Creator say that her love is like that of His Son.

For God So Loved the World : my John 3:16 Book by Dandi Daley Mackall. Incorporating many blessings we experience as Christians, the text and illustrations remind the readers that we enjoy these blessings because of God’s gift to us in the life and death of Jesus. It also presents the first part of John 3:16 in nine different languages.

The Legend of the Three Trees based on the screenplay by George Taweel and Rob Loos. (picture book) adaptation by Catherine McCafferty; (board book) Text by the staff of Tommy Nelson. A timeless retelling of the classic folktale of three distinct trees, each with its own hopes, dreams, and aspirations and how they find fulfillment through their interaction with Jesus Christ.

November 2017

Prayer Books

In a prayer rut at bedtime? Have you given thanks for Mommy & Daddy through Fido but feel like there’s more that be said? The “Prayer” shelf of the Children’s Library could help. Here’s a sampling of some of our Prayer books:

Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field. Recommended for children ages 4-7, this book could be read by early readers. Using items from everyday life, the prayer includes gratefulness, intercession, and trusting in God’s protection.

The Lord’s Prayer by Alice Joyce Davidson. Formatted for parent-child sharing, this book incorporates the Lord’s Prayer into a story about girl’s Bible-reading time. As the girl reads the prayer she also reflects on each line, expanding on the concept that it highlights.

Bible Prayers for Bedtime by Jane Landreth. For several nights of prayer material, this 253 page book is a great one to share. The author prefaces each prayer with a Bible verse and some explanation that can be read by an adult and concludes with a simple prayer that can be recited by the child. The illustrations and layout are bright yet simple and create interest without detracting from the meat of the text.

October 2017

Last year, the Children’s Library moved into the hallway outside of Route 45 so that it might be more accessible to all children and their parents as they move around the Children’s Ministry area.  Please stop by to read some beautiful books while you wait or sign some out to enjoy at home!

How to sign out books/videos:

  1. Find the cataloging card in the back of the book/video case
  2. Write your name and phone number on it
  3. Drop the card in the front of the Card File box
  4. Pick up a “Date Due” card from the wooden organizer
  5. Write the date of one week from your sign-out date
  6. Put the “Date Due” Card om the back of the book/video case

** Note that some of our books have been arranged in topics such as “Prayer”, “Devotionals”, “Holidays”, etc.  Also, our DVDs are on the lower shelves under the check-out area and there is a shelf of small board books on the shelf above that.