Be a Star, Wonder Woman!, Michael Dahl, Capstone Young Readers, 2017.
Ever since I first read Bedtime for Batman to Toddler J, it has become a nightly ritual. After Good Morning, Superman, my hopes of a little girl version of these superhero books would become a reality. Michael Dahl delivers in Be a Star, Wonder Woman!
The sun has risen, and now it is time to get ready for school. The little girl in the story book uses her superpowers of being prepared, kind, brave, honest, and strong to make the day a great one! Just as with Batman and Superman, this little girl’s day mirrors a day in the life of Wonder Woman. As Wonder Woman fights off monsters, the little girl uses problem solving skills to master monster situations.
Gracie Meets a Ghost, Keiko Sena, Museyon Inc, 2016.
Gracie is a rabbit who has trouble seeing, and as such has to wear glasses. When she and her friends out to play, she looses her glasses. Oddly, she makes it all the way home before realizing that she has lost them. She heads out to retrace her steps through the woods, in the dark, to find her glasses.
As she walks through the woods, she thinks she sees her glasses, but they turn out to be other creatures living in the woods. A ghost, unnoticed by Gracie, decides to have some fun and scare the rabbit.
The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz, Maryluz Guerrero Salas, Westbow Press, 2014.
Everything about this book seemed perfect. It’s a children’s book about a dinosaur. What kid doesn’t like dinosaurs? It’s a children’s book about a place called Uz, a place we read about in the Bible. It is told in English and Spanish, a brilliant addition to every child’s library, both English and Spanish-speaking.
What Noise Do I Make?, Brian McLachlan, Owlkids Books, 2016.
We know that dogs say woof and cats say meow. But what about an ostrich or a peacock?
What Noise Do I Make? comes from the research and imagination of Canadian cartoonist Brian McLachlan. This engaging and interactive book introduces young readers to an wide range of animals and the sounds they make.
Not to mention plenty of humor.
The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep, Caroline Nastro, North South Books, 2016.
Some nights you just can’t sleep. Even when you are in your own home and it’s time for bed. This is Bear’s situation in The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep. While his whole family is a sleeping for the winter, Bear can’t seem to get to sleep.
The bear cub explores the snowy forest, but all of his friends are sleeping. He keeps exploring, and discovers the big city – New York. The city is filled with all of kinds of excitement. After all, it is the city that never sleeps.
Eventually, Bear gets sleepy.
Esther: The Belle of Patience, Erin Weidemann, Bible Belles, 2016.
We are living in an age of superheroes. They are everywhere! At the movies, in comic books, on television, the toy aisle, on snacks in the grocery store, diapers, clothes. . . . I could go on. The creators of Bible Belles want girls to know that superheroes can be found in an unlikely place – the Bible.
Bible Belles came to be out of the concern of an aunt waiting to get something special and unique for her niece. So, a book about the biblical Hannah was written and assembled for the niece Hannah. This creative gift is giving birth to a series of books, the second of which is Esther: The Belle of Patience. Other heroes in the series include Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah.
Snuggle Time Prayers, Glenys Nellist, Zonderkidz, 2016.
This little book, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, is a cute little book perfect for young children. There are sixteen prayers in this little book, each accompanied by a scripture verse. Each prayer is a rhyming prayer based on the scripture verse provided. Rhyming helps in building vocabulary for early learners. Why not do so with prayers to God?
Biscoe’s illustrations fill two pages each. They are full color and bright. The animals bring to life the prayer that accompanies the illustration. My daughter at 14-months, enjoys flipping through the book, easy for her to do with the hard, board-like pages. The illustrations are attracting to her. The illustrations can also be used as a teaching tool.
Author Sandra Hagee Parker has written her first book for children. An attorney living in San Antonio, Texas, Parker is the daughter of preacher John Hagee. Her book, The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen, draws inspiration from her own two daughters, Olivia and Elliana.
In the book, Ellie’s pajamas send her on various adventures when she goes to bed. On the night she wears her cupcake pajamas, she and her little sister are transported to a kingdom of cupcakes. They arrive in time for the coronation of the Cupcake Queen. But the coronation comes to a halt when sprinkles have gone missing. The sisters help find the missing sprinkles, and learn a lesson about being jealous.
Since 1962, Stan and Jan Berenstain’s Bear Family have ben introducing children and their families to the typical issues that face them every day. In the latest Berenstain Bears story, toddlers and preschoolers are introduced to the importance of saying, “Please,” and “Thank you.”
The author of this brand-new Berenstain Bear book, is Mike Berenstain. Mike grew up watching his parents together write and draw the Bear family. At one point he started drawing and writing with them too. After his father died in 2005 and his mother in 2012, Mike continues their love of these Bears and continues telling their stories.
Now when John heard in prison about the things the Christ was doing, he sent word by his disciples to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (Matthew 11:2-3, Common English Bible)
Do you remember P. D. Eastman’s book Are You My Mother? The little bird hatches out of her egg and begins searching for her mother. She walks right past the mother bird because she does not recognize her or know what she looks like. She proceeds to ask all kinds of different animals and such asking, “Are you my mother?”
We can identify with the little bird. There are times and moments in our lives when we search for Jesus. We don’t recognize him. We may walk right past him, not even knowing it is him.
Like John in Matthew 11, life can take an unexpected turn. For John, he was imprisoned, and in his way asks, “Are you my Jesus?” For us, we may be imprisoned in our addictions. Imprisoned in our fussing. Imprisoned in disease. Imprisoned in our busyness. Or perhaps we are imprisoned by the holiday.