Saturday, June 22, 2024

Summer Reading - Today is a Great Time to Get Megabats, Bengal Tigers, Quetzals & More!


As a grandma/mom I know there is nothing more important than handing down confident faith to the ones I love. I wish I knew when my children were young and when my grandchildren were younger, handing down confident faith must include teaching the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real, the Bible is true, God and science DO go together, and God is good - just as we teach the "whats" - what the Bible says and therefore what we believe. It is essential for us to teach the "whys", but sadly, there are not many resources to help us do this. There are some, but not many.

Summer Reading - Under the Table

For the past several days I've been sharing with you some of the wonderful books Candlewick Press sent me for review - I have two more, so today I'm very happy to let you know about a book which is so silly and fun, the children you love are sure to enjoy it - Under the Table by Alan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman will have you all laughing!

Friday, June 21, 2024

Get Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapos & More! and Hand Down Confident Faith


I have truly enjoyed learning more about animals with which I am familiar - such as Komodo Dragons,  Blue Whales, and Whale Sharks. I have also enjoyed learning about animals I did not know existed - such as  Red-Lipped Batfish, Rufous Hummingbirds, Gharials, Asiatic Lions, Giant Purple Squirrels, Dumbo Octopuses, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Baikal Seals, Guanacos, and Kakapos! Yes, all of these are real animals and you will find all of them are in Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapos & More!

Today is National Arizona Day

Today is National Arizona Day, so of course we will take a look at some of their silly laws and some interesting facts about this State - be sure to share with the children you love. Did you know . . .

Summer Reading - Yippee! Rabbit

Candlewick Press sent me several books for review, so today I'm happy to let you know about one which will delight the young children you love - Yippee! Rabbit by Jo Ham.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Summer Reading - Get Civets, Tree Kangaroos, Batoids & More! and Hand Down Confident Faith


If you could do something which has the potential to equip the children you love with a confident faith, would you do it? Well, the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books are not only engaging, interesting, surprising, and fun books, but they are a tool which will help you connect with your children/ grandchildren as you learn together the "whys" - why you are able to believe God is real and God and science DO go together!

Summer Reading - Bear and Bird

Reading to and with the children we love is one of the most important things we are able to do to help them when it comes to talking, developing a vocabulary, and reading on their own, so let's be intentional about surrounding them with books! One book you might consider for the young children you love is Bear and Bird the Picnic and Other Stories by Jarvis from Candlewick Press.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Summer Reading - Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, Pangolins & More!


I have always found learning about animals to be interesting and fun - as do most people - especially children, so what could possibly be a better way to help the children we love learn the "whys" - why they are able to believe God is real and God and science DO go together? The Life on the Goldilocks Planet books are a fantastic tool to help parents and grandparents hand down confident faith because as they help the children they love learn about interesting animals - many of which they may never have heard of before - they will also be learning the "whys"! 

Summer Reading - Blue Stars: Mission One - The Vice Principal Problem

The other day I received a package of books from Candlewick Press - one of them is a graphic novel which my youngest grandson finds interesting. I love it when he finds books interesting! Today I am happy to let you know about the book - Blue Stars: Mission One - The Vice Principal Problem, by Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Molly Murakami - maybe a child you love will find it interesting, too!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Summer Reading - Hand Down Confident Faith with Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More!


Are you looking for something you can do to make this Summer a time where you are intentional when it comes to handing down confident faith by teaching the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real and God and science DO go together? If so, the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books will help you do exactly this.

Summer Reading - Keep Up Duck!

Summer may officially be a few days away, but here in Michigan it is in the 90's and humid - not very comfortable for sure. But warm or not, Summer is the perfect time to engage the children we love in reading books. Studies consistently show if we begin reading to children when they are babies they will begin to talk sooner, will have a larger vocabulary, will read for themselves sooner, and will do better in school. Even one of these reasons for reading to children are enough of a reason to do this, but all four make it clear - reading to and with the children we love is something we are able to do which truly matters.

So, over the coming weeks I'm going to share with you about some wonderful books you could get to read to and with the children you love. Today I'm very happy to let you know about Keep Up Duck! by Ivan and Rachel Bates, published by Candlewick Press.

Monday, June 17, 2024

A Family of Her Own for Candy - Great Story to Encourage Reading in the New Year


Two summers ago my husband, grandsons, and I went to the Humane Society to get a kitten. I wanted my grandsons to go with us because, first of all, they love all animals, secondly I wanted to be sure whatever cat we got was one which was able to be around my grandsons without being aggressive. We spent some time at the Humane Society and finally settled on a very sweet calico - which we named Candy, because she is sweet (and my middle grandson said she reminded him of candy corn.) 

More Summer Fun . . . Water Balloon Pinatas!!!

Okay, on a hot summer day - such as today, what could possibly sound more fun than making - and breaking - water balloon pinatas???!!! Just think of all the fun you could have with your grandchildren and a bag of balloons!!! I found this idea on Pinterest and then bought a bag of balloons, because as much as my grandsons love to play in and with water, I knew this was something they were sure to LOVE - and they did!

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! I have MS, so I use a cane to help me get around. It has an elephant on the handle and when I am out and about, it is not unusual for people to stop me and comment on how much they like my cane. When this happens I usually share a few "elephant facts", which I'm going to share with you today.