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Found based on the 23rd Psalm, was written by Sally Lloyd Jones and illustrated by Jago. It was published by Zonderkidz in 2017. Although a board book, Found is a book that will resonate with all ages.

Children will immediately feel the calm and quiet as Sally Lloyd Jones’ retells the well-known 23rd Psalm in her own words. The author’s simple way of stating things makes this beloved psalm accessible to young children and shows them how much God loves them.

Jago’s bright and colorful illustrations begin with the rising sun, move to the full noontime sun and end with the setting sun as the book progresses. Children will look for the illustration of the little lamb that Jago has placed on each page and feel as though they are being protected as the little lamb is.

To show the valley of the shadow of death, the author uses rain–a downpour. She uses words like dark, scary and lonely and so brings this passage to a child’s level. Jago’s lost look on the lamb will also help children to relate.

A child will enjoy snuggling with a parent or grandparent as they share the 23rd Psalm. Found is a must for a children’s library.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

 

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The Baby Wren and the Great Gift was written by Sally Lloyd- Jones and illustrated by Jen Corace. It was published by Zonderkidz in 2016.

Without mentioning God or the Bible, Jones introduces the reader to the wonders of God’s world and how a tiny wren struggles with the question of what she can do that is wonderful. As a backdrop, the monarch milkweed and gurgling river are threaded throughout the story, continuing the theme of God’s amazing world. However, the biggest wonder is the magnificent canyon where the little wren lives. This adds to the contrast of the smallness of the baby wren.

The baby wren peers out from a crevice in the rocks of the canyon and sees many wondrous things, from the blue sky above to two eagles flying on the wind. During a terrifying thunderstorm, she wants to be like the eagles.

Finally, the young wren discovers what she can do that is wonderful. At sunset, she bursts into song that travels throughout the canyon walls and reaches to the sky. This enables the reader to see the beauty that is all around, as well as appreciate the wren’s song.

Two simple words, “Thank You,” expand across the last page and are a great point for ending this story, emphasizing that small isn’t necessarily small.

Jen Corace’s vivid and striking watercolors splash across each page in a stylized manner and enhance the book’s charmingly poetic text.

This beautiful book will delight children, ages four to eight, but adults much older than eight will also find it a delight and a blessing.

BTW: Don’t miss another of Jones’ books, Thoughts to Warm the Heart.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is a widow and the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

Tiny Bear’s Bible (Furry Bible Stories) was written by Sally Lloyd Jones, illustrated by Igor Oleynikov and published by Zonderkidz (2007).

Jones begins her book with: “Before time began God had a great plan … He painted the sky. He lit up the sun … Yes, Tiny Bear, God made us too.” What a great way to introduce a toddler to the Bible! Jones’ rhyme flows with God’s love as she retells eleven stories from the Bible. Some of her story titles from the Old Testament are: “God Keeps Moses Safe,” ” David Fights a Horrible Giant” and “God Protects Daniel in the Lion’s Den.” From the New Testament she has: “Jesus Is Born,” “The Lord’s Prayer” and “God Makes Jesus Alive Again.”

I give Tiny Bear’s Bible (Furry Bible Stories) high marks for its freshness and family friendliness. It’s unique how Jones is able to capture many difficult bible truths with her poetry and economy of words. Throughout she emphasizes how God keeps His promises and is always with us.

The illustrations by Oleynikov are colorful and child-friendly with a touch of whimsy. Each story includes some actions of Tiny Bear, yet still holds true to the basic Bible story. Including illustrations of Tiny Bear allows the toddler to feel apart of the story and to better understand the focus of the lesson. The adult reader will feel like a child again, gaining new insight into the fact that Bible is God’s love letter to us.

This book could be read at any season but what a perfect way to start out the new year.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

 

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing was written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago. It was published by Zonderkidz in 2012.

Lloyd-Jones wrote this after hearing about the bullying of her eleven-year-old niece. She wanted to show her niece God’s love and how her niece might learn to listen to God and love Him. There are over one hundred thoughts with eye-catching headings and appropriate scriptures.

For example, the first headline is “Dance” with a fascinating illustration of whirling planets. The thought is that at creation God was at the center of everything like the sun is at the heart of the planets. We were born to dance for joy (Job 38: 7). God shouted for joy.

The second continues with the headline “Cataclysm.” God’s perfect world was no longer perfect because we put ourselves in the center. But God had a perfect plan. He would send His Son, Jesus (Jeremiah 31:4).

Lloyd-Jones’ poetic style is heart lifting yet solidly based on scripture. Each illustration adds a new depth and dimension. Other intriguing headlines are “Loving Heavenly Father,” “Bird’s Nest” and “By the Hand.” Each one draws you in–wondering what could this mean?

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing has a challenging depth and delivers what the title says. It will bring joy and comfort to many hearts from ages eight to teens. It would also be great for families gathered around the table for a time of sharing.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is married and the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

Christmas is coming! Why not give those kiddos on your list a picture book? It may become a favorite for a lifetime. Here are some suggestions.

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Alison Jay was published by Zonderkidz in 2011.

Refreshing, imaginative, suspenseful, what more can I say about this one of a kind Christmas find. Dramatic language such as, “rustled,” “rang out” and “drifted” heighten the movement of the story and add to the excitement of its theme that the time has come. The reader travels from the opening scene of a farm with its whispering wind and barn owl taking flight to the ocean’s waves swimming with white whales and starfish. The repetition of “It’s time. It’s time,” ends with the animals holding their breath in a spellbinding moment. Finally the reader discovers that Jesus has come. Interwoven in this most creative presentation of Jesus’ birth are hints that he is the Mighty King, the Prince of Peace and the Shepherd.

Jay’s simple and flowing illustrations capture the momentum and suspense of this imaginative narrative of the Christmas story. It is a gem that I will definitely add to my collection of Christmas classics.

Two others not to be overlooked are:  Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki and illustrated by Ivan Gantschev (Aladdin Picture Books, 1997) and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by P. J. Lynch (Candlewick, 2007) . Two newcomers are: My March to the Manger (a board book) by Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Kristina Frye (Standard Publishing, 2011) and The Story of Christmas (Carry Me) by Michael Berghof (Concordia Publishing House, 2011 ). This last title has four puzzle pieces and a carrying handle.

May the love and joy of Christmas be yours throughout the New Year.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is married and the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.”

She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

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