Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Make This a Summer to . . . Read

As you think about making this a Summer to read with your  grandchildren, you may wonder what books are out there and would make great titles to include in your Summer Reading List. Well, there are many, many wonderful books, but the following are a few of my favorites. Let's start with books for preschool and early elementary age children.
  • Friends With God Story Bible: Why God Loves People Like Me - I recently reviewed this wonderful children's Bible (you will find my review at this link), but want to add this is a story Bible my grandsons love (even the nine-year old). I tend to read one account each sleep-over night (once a week) and the boys will always ask for another! The art is amazing - full of color and engaging - and I LOVE how this book tells the true accounts of real people in the Bible through first-person perspective. Unique and wonderful!
  • New from Group Publishing is a wonderful set of five board books - Best of Li'l Buddies Board Book Set. Group describes them in this way; "Little ones
    will be delighted to meet these five Li'l Buddies: Decker, Skyler, Bubba, Abbee, and Tina. They'll love these winsome characters, each of whom reinforces a key Bible truth in age-appropriate ways . . . 
    God made them (From Head to Toe, God Made Me) God is always for them (Mad, Glad, or Sad, God Is for Me) God is always with them (Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me) God will always love them (All Day Long, God Loves Me) God made them for a reason (Here’s the Reason God Made Me). Packed with vibrant full-color illustrations and relationship-reinforcing Bible truths, little ones will delight in these engaging stories as they discover how special they are to God, and parents/grandparents will love watching these lessons sink deep into the hearts and minds of the children they love." I agree! These board books are fun and a great way to start important conversations with the little ones in particular.
  • Another new series from Group - this time for early elementary
    age children - is their
    Best of Buddies Storybook Set. Group says; "Children will discover they are unique creations of God. And they'll love joining Decker, Skyler, Bubba, Abbee, and Tina as these buddies celebrate their God-given talents and discover five important, life-changing lessons: God made them for a reason (I’ve Got This!) God is always with them (Is Anyone Out There?) God made them (I Was Born for This!) God will always love them (Uh-Oh! I Did It Again!) God is always for them (I Can Do Anything!). The exact lessons parents/grandparents want to sink deep into the hearts and minds of the children they lovePacked with vibrant full-color illustrations and relationship-reinforcing Bible truths, children (ages 4+) will delight in these engaging stories as they draw closer to Jesus."
  • A favorite book of mine to read to my grandchildren has to be - I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug! . . . and clearly the
    title makes it clear why! This book you read - and hug your way through as you read - and your grandchildren will be laughing by the end! You'll find my review of this book at the following link.
  • This is another book I LOVE - The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and
    Happiness The illustrations are beautiful and it is such a lovely way to introduce grandchildren to the beauty of the Lord's Prayer! You'll find my full review of this book at the following link
  • God's Great Love for You is another book I LOVE from Zonderkidz! You will find my full review at this link - it is a wonderful book to
    give to your grandchildren - of any age. Yes, it is primarily written for little ones, but the truth of this book is one even your older grandchildren need to be reminded is true for them them as well!
  • I could go on and on recommending books for little ones from Zonderkidz, but another publisher also has some of my favorite titles, so the next few will be from Sterling Children's Books - not a
    "Christian" publisher, but the stories are fun and have so many wonderful lessons which we are able to talk about with our grandchildren. The first is just fun - and funny! The publisher even had to go to a second printing because this book is so excellent, they ran out of them! 
    A Couch for Llama has a story which will make you laugh and illustrations full of detail and delight! You will find my full review at this link - it will give you an opportunity to talk about helping others, sharing and giving to others rather than throwing things away.
  • Again, I could go on and on recommending books I love, but will put just one more for this age - it is simply for fun. Yes, it is not only okay, but encouraged to read (or in this case sing)
    books just for the fun of it! 
    Do Your Ears Hang Low? has a basset hound in it and we love bassets at my house, plus the song is just fun! (If you do not know it, check it out online, so you will be able to sing this story to your grandchildren!) You will find my full review at this link.
  • Okay, now a few books for upper elementary and teen grandchildren. My grandson who is on the verge of being ten loves to code, so any book on coding is a great book for him. Now days so many of
    our older grandchildren are learning to code, so giving them a book and then talking with them about what they would use coding for and how they might use it to let others know about Jesus is just one way to have a great conversation with them. Check out this book from Sterling Children's Books - 
    How to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding and you will find my full review at this link
  • There is a wonderful series of chapter books about a boy
    named Bash. These books are from Lifeway and are clearly written to challenge and help children grow in their walk with God - and very well written to do this. You will find my review for 
    Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows at this link.
  • A sweet friend wrote a wonderful series about angels which your older grandchildren will enjoy - The Threshold Series . . . The Blue DoorThe Hidden Deep and The Broken Window. You will find
    my reviews at the following link as well as links for additional titles she wrote and you are able to download for free.
  • One last title for older grandchildren is actually several titles - anything in the "Case for" series. We want our grandchildren to be able to confidently believe Jesus is real and the Bible is true. These books cover apologetics in a way teens will understand and be able to hold to solidly! Case for Grace for Kids which you will find my full review at this link, and The Case for Grace Student Edition
Well, these are some of my favorites - but I have LOTS of favorite books for sure! What are some of the books you would recommend for grandparents to include on their Summer Book Reading List?

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