Monday, September 28, 2015

Gift Books for Children

I love to visit libraries and bookstores! I love to read about new books online. Books can take us to so many places beyond our actual surroundings.

As we head into the holidays, books can play a key role in exploring traditions, experiencing adventures, and accepting challenges to do more of what Jesus wants us to do.

It's not really that simple - is it? But books can help us (as well as the children in our lives) to take that next step, to climb a little higher.

Will books be a part of your Christmas giving this year?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Fun for Children

I love the library, don't you? I mean, what's not to like? Books, friends, activities...

I'm planning out my week, and one of my highlights will be meeting a friend at the library. I will be handing off several hundred bookmarks for a children's literacy event.

I'm excited to see my friend. I'm also excited to check out her library. I haven't been to that particular branch before, but I know it to be a place of awesome activities for children.

It make me think of all the things that libraries offer kids:

  • Author events
  • Summer reading programs
  • Movie nights
  • Book clubs
  • Story hours
  • Comfy chairs 
  • Computers 
  • Activity sheets
  • Art and craft times

And, of course...

thousands and thousands of books

that can take them just about everywhere.

Are you planning your week, too? I'm hoping it will include some time at the library.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Let's Hear It for Book Fairs

As you might imagine, I love books. I am drawn to places that have lots of books -- like libraries, bookstores, book sales, and book fairs.

Last week, I saw this.

Yay! Let's hear it for school book fairs! Book fairs have a special place in my heart. A school book fair is where I first got the idea for my tween devos from Zonderkidz. What better place is there to see what intrigues young readers?

This week marks the first birthday of Dare U 2 Open This Book and Just Sayin'.


Yes! We are planning a party, and you are invited. Keep an eye on my blog and on other social media for all the details. We are friends -- right? If not, let's connect. I don't want you to be left out of the festivities. It's not often we get to celebrate the birthday of twins.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Labor Day - A Day of Play

Adults celebrate Labor Day as a day of rest from our hard work, and a day to be thankful for the opportunity to work. While adults may be taking it easy today, I do hope that children are hard at work.

When I ask children what they will do, given a day off, I often get a similar answer. Almost without variance, the day will revolve around video games. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against video games per se, but I grew up in THAT neighborhood.

In THAT neighborhood, the children were all hard at work.

"Play is the work of the child..."

                  Maria Montessori

In THAT neighborhood, little girls were rocking their baby dolls and practicing being mommies. Little boys were digging with trucks in the dirt... and dreaming of building big buildings. Kids were swinging on tire swings and dreaming of the future... and every week the bookmobile stopped by with books that helped the kids learn about the world and the many possibilities for their futures.

I recently watched a video by a panel of Australian children's authors and illustrators. It was a wonderful tribute to how their faith is the force behind their writing, whether overtly in the words on the page or through a child's eyes of a Christian worldview.

I made me think of the power of preschool play -- or pretending -- and the role that children's books make on building Christian character.

Preschoolers love to pretend.

Pretending can be wonderful practice for the way that God wants them to live, as young children and later as teens and adults. It can instill a confidence to follow the plan that God has for their lives.

Christian children's books help them pretend, or practice, how to live God's plan for their lives.

I wish you and your family a wonderful day together of work - and of play.