Parent’s Corner – Let’s Learn about The Lord’s Prayer

Children Lord's prayer

Let’s Learn About the Lord’s Prayer (HeartSmart Series)
Author – Catherine DeVries
Illustrator – Ryan Jackson
Age Range: 2-4 years
Pubisher: David C. Cook, September 1, 2015
Board Book


From Amazon:

In this first book of the HeartSmart series, preschoolers are invited on a playdate with
Emma. Together they learn the Lord’s Prayer and practice “teaching” it to Emma’s favorite
teddy bear.

Introducing HeartSmart, a Scripture memory series designed to create opportunities for
children to fill their heart with God’s Word. HeartSmart combines key Scriptures with songs,
giving parents a spiritual formation path for building a strong foundation of faith.

The entire Lord’s Prayer is included, along with a custom song (free download with access

My thoughts:

A sweet and inspiring story of the Lord’s Prayer told from the point of view of a four year
old. Simple and clear text. Lovable illustrations. A great read-aloud book for toddlers.

A copy of this book was given to me from David C. Cook Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest opinion.

About the Author:

Catherine Devries

Catherine DeVries




Parent’s Book Corner – How to Live Like a Viking Warrior


How to Live Like a Viking Warrior
Author: Anita Ganeri
Illustrator: Mariano Epelbaum
Publisher: Hungry Tomato; August, 2015
32 pages
Content: Some violence


Description from the back cover:

Join Olaf the young Viking on a voyage of discovery around his world. Learn
how to survive in those tough, adventurous times as he teaches you how to:

● train for battle
● choose your armor
● sail in a longship
● raid other lands

Do you have the skills and guts to be a Viking warrior?

My thoughts:

I thought the book was well researched and organized.
It was teeming with clever, colorful and charming illustrations.

I think the key word for this book is “warrior.” So even though I didn’t
care for the parts about plundering, that’s what Viking warriors did. The
author stayed with her goals and succeeded in bringing to life the plight
of these ancient warriors. I especially liked the savvy format.

I was given a copy of this book from Hungry Tomato Publishers through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.

About the Author

Anita Ganeri

Anita Ganeri

Goodreads page

Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or early teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit



It’s Tuesday so it must be time for The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten.


Black Beauty

Black Beauty

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

dr suess books

All the Dr. Suess books

five Little peppers
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

anne of green gables

Anne of Green Gables

lion witch and wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


little engine
The Little Engine That Could

charlotte's web
Charlotte’s Web

Polar Express

The Toothless Tooth Fairy – Children’s Book Review

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The Toothless Tooth Fairy
Written by Shanelle Hicks and illustrated by Anca Delia Budeanu
Publication: Mirror Publishing, April 2014
28 pages
For ages 3 – 9


From the back cover:

Bella had it all. The hair, the dress, and the smile. One day, her most important asset was
missing…her tooth! Will Bella find the perfect tooth in time for the contest? Will Zelda, the
meanest of the fairies, destroy Bella’s chances of winning the crown? Take a journey onto Cloud
Nine as Bella searches for a new tooth only to discover the tooth…I mean truth…behind her true


My thoughts:

The Toothless Tooth Fairy is cleverly written by Shanelle Hicks and charmingly illustrated by Anca
Delia Budeanu. The cover will draw children to it and they will want to sit for hours being read to
over and over again. The colorful illustrations cover three-fouths of the page.
The Toothless Tooth Fairy is a powerful story of kindness, forgiveness, and friendship. I thought
it was cute that the tooth fairy checked on her computer to see who was scheduled to lose a tooth.
There’s even a catchy phrase that children will have fun mimicking. I can easily see this becoming
a child’s favorite and recommend it highly.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

More about the author and illustrator:

Shanelle Hicks: Goodreads

Anca Delia Budeanu: Goodreads

Oliver and the Seawigs – Book Review

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Oliver and the Seawigs
Author: Philip Reeve, Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, July 22, 2014
208 pages (lots of illustrations)
Kindle, Hardcover
Children’s Books


From the back cover:

Oliver’s parent are missing at sea!
And when he sets sail to find them, he meets some unexpected friends. There’s a grumpy seabird, a nearsighted mermaid-even a living island. Oliver and his new crew are ready for mischief, mayhem, and high-seas adventure…but can they outsmart a wicked captain and his army of sea monkeys to time to rescue Mom and Dad.

My thoughts:

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre take you on a wildly wonderful and whimsical adventure as Oliver heads off to find his exploring mom and dad. The language is appropriate for 7 to 10 years old and the many illustrations, some full pages, are full of capricious characters. The dialogue is very charming, using catch-on phrases that children love to repeat.

This is a wonderful instrument to light up the imaginations of young girls and boys. It can be read by the child or can also be a fun read aloud book with parents or grandparents.

What I can see happening is the children reading the story than going on and play acting as their favorite character. Iris the near-sighted mermaid was my favorite character.

This is an entertaining well-written adventure. One that you will want to read and read again.


I received a copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Psalms and Prayers for Little Ones – Book Review

Psalms and Prayers for Little Ones
Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Illustrator: Tammie Lyon
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers, July 1, 2014
32 pages


Amazon’s Description

The Psalms are one of the most beautiful sections of the Bible. They are a wondrous collection of heartfelt poems, songs, prayers, and thoughts written to God or about him. They talk to God about things like joy, love, and the wonders of creation. They also touch on forgiveness, bullies, and question why sometimes things don’t seem to be fair.  In Psalms and Prayers for Little Ones, author Allia Zobel Nolan unlocks the beauty and wisdom of these conversations with God in a special treasury  that speaks directly to a child’s young life experiences. This charming book also features  kid-friendly illustrations by Tammy Lyon, a “Digging Deeper” section to reinforce what children have learned, and a  “Words and Their Meanings” glossary at the back.  Let Psalms and Prayers help you introduce this important section of the Bible to your little ones—as you share the knowledge therein—words  just as relevant now as they were when the Psalms were first written.

My thoughts:

Like Allia Zobel-Nolan’s other children’s books, this one is easy to read and understand. The book uses a page to read about a psalm, paraphrased so it will make sense to little ones and then on the opposite page it has a simple prayer that reinforces the psalm. Words that may be unfamiliar are printed boldly and there’s a glossary at the end of the book that explains these words in simple terms a child would understand.

I can easily picture a loving parent or grandparent reading this to their child or grandchild. Then I picture the child taking the book and “reading” it to their favorite pet or toy. I can hear the children saying, “Grandma, will you read it one more time!”

Although the title of the book is Psalms and Prayer for Little Ones, I’m a firm believer that adults should read more children’s books and this is no exception. I loved Psalm 46, A Safe Place.  It could have been written just for me.

Tammie Lyon did a beautiful job of illustrating. The colors are vivid and all races are graciously represented.

I’m so glad to finally get to review a children’s book and I want to thank the lovely people at Harvest House Publishers for giving me this opportunity through NetGalley. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.


Cat Confessions: A “Kitty Come Clean” Tell-All Book, 2010
What I Like About Me!, 2009
The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, 2009
My Giant Fold-Out Book of Bible Stories, 2006
The Secret Fairy Garden, 2005
The Easter Story, 2006

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Image from Google Images

Children’s Picture Books


I’m sitting at my laptop,sipping my peppermint hot chocolate and thinking about how lucky I was as a child to have a mother and grandmother who read to me when I was young. I know that contributed to my love for books. I remember Pokey Little Puppy and my favorite, Madeline. If you want your child to love books, read to them. If they ask you to read it again and again and again, do it because that’s how they learn. Below is a list of some of my favorite great books for starters:

Goodnight Moon
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Finders Keepers
Madeline’s Rescue
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper by Marcia Brown
A Tree Is Nice , illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry
The Polar Express
Angelina, and Angelina Ballerina
Dr. Suess books
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Eric Carle books

hungry caterpillar


Caldecott Medal goes each year to a picture book for children. You can find a list of these winners

For Parents:
The Read Aloud Handbook
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

Also here’s a link to an interesting article on picture books: PICTURE BOOKS ARE NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN: 10 REASONS WHY