When God Made You, Matthew Paul Turner, Waterbrook, 2017.
Turner’s book, with bright and engaging illustrations from David Catrow, brilliantly connects being an individual with being loved by God. The book has extra emphasis on God-given gifts and using those gifts.
At times the text of the poem may be too much for a three-year-old. But with a parent’s help, meaning can be found. Children ages three to seven will enjoy this book. This would make a great addition to the resource bag for any Christian educator or Sunday school teacher.
Middle Bear, Susanna Isern, Kids Can Press, 2017.
Middle Bear is the second of three brothers. When the brothers go out into the forest to do various errands, Middle Bear is either too big or too small to be of any help. His older and younger brother both seem to be the right size. But Middle Bear seems to always be in the middle.
He seems to go unnoticed. And he longs to be different, to be as special as his brothers.
Susanna Isern’s little book is perfect for children to may seem that there is no place for them. And it is great for helping children experience some empathy for the child who reads alone or who cries because of his or her sadness.
No Room for Baby!, Émile Jadoul, Kids Can Press, 2017.
Leon is a toddler penguin who is not too sure about having a new baby brother. As long as the infant Marcel is in his crib, Leon is okay with him. But once the baby cries, and mom and dad’s attention are taken away, Leon begins describing all the ways in which there is no room for a baby.
The Penguin family lives in a spacious igloo with all the trappings of a human home that would be familiar to a toddler. This familiarity along with the cartoon style illustrations, make it appealing to the listening toddler.
Despite Leon’s hesitantly about Marcel living in his home, Leon does find one place that is big enough for the baby. Leon’s arms are just the right side.
When a Wolf is Hungry, Christine Naumann-Villemin, Kris Di Giacomo (illustrations), Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017.
Edmond Bigsnout is a hungry wolf. He leaves the forest and heads to the big city to find himself a “grain-fed, silky rabbit.” He enters an apartment complex and finds the name of Max Omatose, miniature rabbit. It seems perfect.
Maybe too perfect.
Each time Edmond attempts to “prepare” his meal, a neighbor in the apartment building has a need for Edmond’s tool – his chainsaw, his rope, even his big pot. Each time Edmond shares his item and rides his bicycle back to the forest to get something else.
Finally, mistaken as the new neighbor in the building, he is invited to the roof. There all the neighbors who borrowed things from him were there, having a cook-out for him, the new neighbor.
The Biggest Story ABC, Kevin DeYoung, Don Clark (illustrated),Crossway, 2017.
A few years ago Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, patterned with illustrater Don Clark to bring the Bible to color in The Biggest Story. It is a telling of the Bible in one big story, From Adam and Eve to the Resurrection to the End of the Story.
The duo has come together again to release a new board book for children ages 1 to 3. The Biggest Story ABC connects to great, big story of the Bible with learning the letters. Each page introduces a new letter of the alphabet with engaging and whimsical illustrations from Clark. The Biblical narrative is retold as one continuous story, much like The Biggest Story.
Little Miss Liberty, Chris Robertson, Xist Publishing, 2017.
The Fourth of July holiday is upon us. Families and friends will gather for cookouts and fireworks. No doubt tourists will visit the sites of early America, including the Statue of Liberty, a gift given to the new nation from its ally France.
Little Miss Liberty, recently republished in paperback and digital format, chronicles the statue’s life, beginning with her “birth” in Paris. She grows incredibly fast, that her parents can only wrap her in a sheet.
The Littlest Star, Richard Littledale, Lion Hudson Plc, 2016.
Have you ever wondered how many stars there are in the great, big sky?
Richard Littledale’s book, The Littlest Star, is the story about the littlest of all the stars. This particular star was not as sparkly or exciting as the other stars, but on one holy night, it had the biggest, most important job of all.
I Wanna Be a Great Big Dinosaur, Heath McKenzie, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016.
A few weeks ago, Toddler J came home from school roaring and stomping around the house.
It was a bit bizarre at first.
They were learning about the letter “D” that week. . . . . and dinosaurs. Remember the joy and excitement you had a kid when you were learning about dinosaurs? They are these mysterious beasts that roamed the earth. It was so unexplainable as a child, but we were so fascinated by the creatures.
Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends, Rachel Anne Ridge, Tyndale Momentum, 2016.
Flash is a donkey on his own. He and his blue wagon make the rounds around town as he collects discarded items that he sees value in. Then, as he and his loaded wagon make it up a hill, Donkey and the wagon crash into a tree.
Three Good Samaritans stop when they see Donkey with a bump on his head. They discuss the best options, including taking Donkey back to his home. When they find out that Donkey has no home, it is decided that he will go home with them.
Maxwell the Monkey Barber, Cale Atkinson, Owlkids Press, 2016.
Maxwell the monkey is the jungle’s barber. All the animals with out of control hair come to Maxwell. He is the best at what he does. He is able to tame Baboon’s curls, style Lion’s mane, and trim Bear’s beard.
Each time he declares to his customer: “Your hair’s the best I’ve seen today!”
Maxwell’s only challenge arrives with Elephant. He has no hair. Can Maxwell help him? After some careful pondering, Maxwell comes up with a plan to help the hairless Elephant.