The Nature Bible!

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I’ve talked on here before about our Bible and devotional shelves for the boys’ morning Bible time, and we have a great new children’s Bible to add to those shelves that the boys are really enjoying!

Nature Bible

The Nature Bible from Tommy Nelson is a full International Children’s Bible translation with an outdoorsy flair!

Nature Bible with Zipper

Whether you’re taking this Bible on an outdoor camping trip with you or in your own backyard, the zipper closure and fabric covering of the Nature Bible helps keep the pages safe from being torn, getting wet or dirty, or being attacked by little brothers!

Nature Bible Reading

Of course the zipper closure is fun and it’s the perfect size for a kid to handle, but there is great stuff inside as well!

Nature Bible Inside Features Nature Bible Inside

I love the emphasis on God’s amazing creation throughout this whole Bible. My boys are fascinated by animals and weather and all things nature, so they’ve loved digging into these special features! I also love the Bible dictionary at the back that explains a little more about words, people, and places they might not understand. You’ll also find sections for memory verses, maps, God’s promises, and much more!

The Nature Bible, available now from Tommy Nelson, would be a lovely gift for any outdoor-loving child!

What do your children love most about nature? How do you point them towards God while enjoying the outdoors?

 

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Books and Bibles for Kids: July Edition!

Welcome to our monthly feature, “Books and Bibles for Kids!” I get so many great kids’ books and Bibles to review and I want you to know about some of our favorites each month! I hope you enjoy these new finds!

Books & Bibles for Kids July 2013

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For Little Ones

The Blessings Jar by Colleen Coble

Both grandmas have visited our house this past week and I’m reminded of how fortunate we are to have such loving grandparents for our boys. The Blessings Jar not only teaches children how to be more thankful, but also celebrates the special bond between grandparent and grandchild. This sweet board book is intended for children ages 2-5.

My ABC of God Loves Me

There is just something SO adorable about our littlest, Double J, carrying around these cute little padded board books that have handles now! And this one has a fabulous dual purpose – sharing God’s love with your little one AND teaching them the ABCs! I think the illustrations are so cute and so will your kiddos!

For Elementary Age

The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West

We discovered this series of chapter books through one of our language arts books this past year and it has totally captivated Big J since then! Written starting in 1953, the books follow the children of the Hollister family as they go on adventures and solve mysteries. We’ve found many of them at the library, but I’m considering buying the whole set because he loves them so much!

Christian Heroes: Then & Now by Janet and Geoff Benge

Big J was introduced to the world of biographies this summer with these inspiring stories of real Christian heroes and how they impacted the world for Jesus. He is just finishing up the one about George Washington and we’re going to read about Gladys Aylward next! This series would be ideal for children 8 years old and up, and even exciting enough to be of interest to early teens. There are many, many books in this series, so you can find a biography just about any child would enjoy!

Who’s Who and Where’s Where In the Bible for Kids by Stephen M. Miller

My husband has this book called How to Get Into the Bible that he’s had since before I knew him. It’s a great reference book for lots of biblical background, so I was excited to see the author had released a similar book geared to kids! The book features information on 100 important people and places from Scripture and is intended for 8 to 12 year olds.

Summer is winding down, so I would love to know the best book you and your kids {or just your kids} read this summer! Share your favorites!

 

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Books & Bibles for Kids: June Edition

Welcome to our monthly feature, “Books and Bibles for Kids!” I get so many great kids’ books and Bibles to review and I want you to know about some of our favorites each month! I hope you enjoy these new finds!

Books & Bibles for Kids June 2013

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Bibles

The Great Outdoors Bible for Kids – This is a great compact Bible for a child to throw in their backpack for camp or an outdoor family adventure weekend! Along with some great devotions connecting nature and the Word, there are lots of fun and useful outdoor tips, such as knot-tying, fire-making, and geocaching!

Fruit of the Spirit Bible – I’m a sucker for cute kids’ Bibles like this one, but I also REALLY love the focus on the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians. I kind of want to carry around this adorable little watermelon one in my purse because I need the fruits of the Spirit reminders as much as them!

Waterproof Bible – This isn’t new for the month, but it is THE ultimate Bible for kids + summer + camp + anything outdoors. The Waterproof Bible can stand up to just about anything, including being dropped in the bathtub or chewed on by a toddler. Trust me.

Books

Precious Princess Bible Doodle Book – Well, it’s pretty obvious that this won’t be used at our house, but if your girls love to draw as much as my boys do, then they will adore this book! This would be great for those long summer car trips!

I Can Read books:

The Case of the Couch Potato CaperDo Not Fear, God Is Near, & Piggy Bank Blessings – Zonderkidz is publishing lots of great I Can Read! books these days, including many Veggie Tales and Berenstain Bears stories! Little J LOVES reading these during afternoon reading time!

You Were Always in My Heart: A Shaoey and Dot Adoption Story – Just last month, we met our sweet niece adopted from China for the first time and we all fell in love fast! We know lots of people who have adopted or are in the process of adopting, and this book from Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman is just a beautiful celebration of the heart of adoption!

Children’s Altas of God’s World – MasterBooks puts out amazing God-centered educational books that kids are instantly attracted to, and this is the latest release! It is bright, colorful, informative, and all points back to our Creator! My kids also love how big it is!

Do your kids read much in the summer? What books are they loving?

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Books & Bibles for Kids: May Edition

Welcome to our new monthly feature, “Books & Bibles for Kids!” I get so many great kids’ books and Bibles to review and I want you to know about some of our favorites each month! I hope you enjoy these new finds!

Books & Bibles for Kids May 2013

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Books

The Whale Tells His Side of the Story: Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up! – The boys and I are in love with this hilarious, comic-book style book telling the Jonah story from the whale’s perspective! There are more of this type of book in the works from B & H Kids and we can’t wait to check those out as well!

The Growly Books: Begin by Philip and Erin Ulrich – The very first night I started this brand new chapter book with the boys, it received the highest compliment it can get from them: “Keep reading, Mommy!” And that went on chapter after chapter until we had read for much longer than any of us had planned! The characters, the setting, the adventure – we are all enthralled and can’t wait for more!

Sammy Experiences God: An Experiencing God at Home Storybook – The Experiencing God series has been a powerful series for adults longing to have a deeper relationship with God and now there is a wonderful storybook for kids to help do the same! As you read about Sammy, the book has activities and discussion questions to help you as a family experience God together!

Bibles

My Learn to Read Bible: Stories in Words and Pictures – We have stacks of Bibles for the kids to choose from to read during Bible time. This is the on Little J {4 1/2} has been stuck on for a while. He is a reader already, but this Bible combines pictures with words to help kids explore and expand their reading vocabulary!

Brave Knight Bible {KJV} – We’re not a big King James family, but this is a COOL Bible for boys! I love any book or Bible for boys that highlights godly strength and courage! And I am a big fan of having several different translations in the house for reference and study!

Which of these books and Bibles for kids would your family love?

 

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Favorite Family Easter Books {Old & New}

Christmas is such an easy time to get the kids excited about Jesus. We celebrate His birth with much happiness and fanfare. The books and activities are full of joy and hope and wonder. It’s not hard to gather the family around to talk about such beautiful things.

Easter is a different story. It involves death. A really ugly, horrible death. The story also includes hate and betrayal and many other hard subjects for us as parents to explain and for kids to understand.

But as hard as it may be, the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus is the most important story we will ever tell to our children. And while the Easter season gets cluttered with candy, bunnies, eggs, and all sorts of other harmless fun, there are plenty of resources for making Jesus central to this holiday.

Easter Books

We have some old and new favorite family Easter books to help us do just that…

The Tale of Three Trees by Angela E. Hunt

I just keep this book out year-round because it applies to Easter, Christmas, and any time! I’ve read it many, many times, but I still got all choked up reading it to the boys yesterday! The thing I love the most about this book is that the dreams of each tree turn out differently than they imagined, but so much more wonderful because they happened with God and to glorify Him. Talk about God-sized dreams, right?!

The Easter Story for Children by Max Lucado

This goes along with The Story, which we are reading as a family this year. I feel like the illustrations in this book capture a lot of intense emotion not shown in other children’s books about Jesus’s death and resurrection. I found it very powerful.

Jesus Enters Jerusalem and He Is Risen: The Beginner’s Bible Easter Flip Book

This book tells the story of Jesus’s last days on one side, then the story of His resurrection when you flip it over, all in the style of The Beginner’s Bible. The book also includes stickers that represent each part of the story. I think this would be a great sequence activity with kids – cut out the stickers and have them line them up on paper in the correct order of the story! Great discussion opportunity! {The teacher in me never stops thinking!}

The Story of Easter

This is a new board book from Tommy Nelson this year and it is SO cute! The bright illustrations and little handle have our one-year-old carrying it around as he goes! The story is short and rhyming – great for keeping his attention – but it also covers the key parts of the Easter message. It’s never too early to help our children know of the love Jesus had for us when He died on the cross.

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

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Well, you already know how much I love this Bible and how we read through the first 24 stories leading up to Christmas, but the New Testament portion is just as wonderful and powerful. If you’re reading in the week leading up to Easter, start with “The Servant King” on Wednesday, “A dark night in the garden” on Thursday, and “The sun stops shining” on Friday. Take Saturday to reflect, and then wake up bright and early Sunday morning to read “God’s wonderful surprise” together! And bring your Kleenex. This story Bible makes me cry EVERY. TIME.

I learned of Resurrection Eggs at our MOPS group a few years back, but only last year did I learn of a book to go along with them! And this year, another Resurrection Eggs book was released. If you’re looking for a book to use as a guide, check out these two:

Lily’s Easter Party: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Crystal Bowman

Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Melody Carlson

I also wanted to let you know about a wonderful new Easter family devotion ebook written by my friend, Katie Orr!

Christ-Centered Easter

Find More Jesus: How to Make Easter All about Jesus is an 8-day devotional for keeping Christ at the center of the holiday. You can also do all of the activities together on Easter morning – it is very adaptable! Katie’s heart for helping children see the real meaning of Easter shines through in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use book for the whole family.

Katie includes a supply list, Scripture readings for each day, a personal focus to emphasize with each activity, and discussion ideas. I think this is the PERFECT book for families, especially those with young children just starting to learn of Easter and those who want to change the way they have normally celebrated the Easter holiday.

I look forward to starting this with our boys on Sunday and you can join us! The ebook is only $2.99 both for PDF and on Kindle!

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I Love You No Matter What: The Story of the Prodigal For Kids

The story of the prodigal son is popping up all over my world right now.

Nathan Clarkson has written some FABULOUS posts about it over at The MOB Society lately – this one is my favorite.

We talked about it at our Bible study this week as we’re going through Desperate. We even watched The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s, the Veggie Tales retelling of the parable!

And then this book from Tommy Nelson arrived…

I Love You No Matter What

A little bit about I Love You No Matter What:

Prince Chirpio likes growing up as royalty, but his selfishness and thirst for adventure prompts him to leave the kingdom and fly off to where he can make his own rules. He soon discovers that adventures can be lonely, and he misses the love and protection of his father. Can he go back home? Will his father still love him? Luckily, his father the king is eager to welcome Chirpio back and to convince his young prince that he will always love him—no matter what.

I became very emotional as we read this book because THIS is what I want my children to know, both about my husband and I, and about their Heavenly Father.

The story is sweet and adorably illustrated, but more importantly is offers an age-appropriate illustration of unconditional love. We’ve been talking about love all month because of Valentine’s Day, but not romantic love. We’ve talked about loving one another through actions, loving each other with words, loving our enemies, and this love that God has shown us.

I was so pleased when the boys recognized this parable from reading it during previous Bible times, but even if your children have not heard it before, I Love You No Matter What is a great introduction to the story of prodigal son for young children. And it is a great way to end a hard day, reminding your children that YOU love them no matter what they have done!

I would love to bless one of you with a copy of this precious book! Just enter the giveaway below! 

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LullaBible: Baby’s First Bible Stories & Songs {Giveaway!}

When I was pregnant with our first child, I dreamed about rocking him to sleep, singing lullaby after lullaby from the vast repertoire of children’s music in my music-teacher brain…

Big J Sleeping

It was a sweet thought, but after he was born, mommy brain set in and, even though he loved to be held and rocked, I would sit in that chair with not a single song coming to mind! Not. Even. Kidding.

Little J Sleeping

Little J didn’t like to be rocked and didn’t really care whether I sang to him or not, so I was kind of off the hook there!

Double J Sleeping

And fast forward to baby #3 – he won’t have anything to do with being rocked to sleep either, BUT he loves it when I sing to him, so I am loving the adorable LullaBible: Baby’s First Bible Stories & Songs from Tommy Nelson!

LullaBible

This sweet book is full of Bible stories and lullabies to share with your little one! To make it a special keepsake, the LullaBible also includes journaling pages to record those beautiful memories you make with your child! Go ahead, take a look inside the book by clicking here!

The lullabies in the LullaBible include hymns, old favorites, and some new songs by the author, Stephen Elkins. I have so enjoyed curling up in the rocking chair with Double J to read and sing about our wonderful God and His love for us as we get him ready for bed!

For music types like myself, the sheet music is included for each song. And for those who would rather not sing the songs themselves, all of the songs are on the enclosed CD as well!

You can purchase the LullaBible on Amazon or Christian Book!

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10 Christmas Children’s Books to Love

We have a whole stack of Christmas books that come out the day after Thanksgiving every year along with the tree, decorations, and music! Reading Christmas books with the boys is a true delight of the season for me! Here are a few of our favorites, some old and some brand new to us this year…

Who Is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

This adorable board book is written from the perspective of the animals in the stable awaiting the arrival of a special guest on Christmas Eve. I love the anticipation of Jesus’s birth the book portrays in the animals – it has always made the boys excited as well!

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones

This book is written by the author of the Jesus Storybook Bible – enough said, right?! Song of the Stars shows all of Creation rejoicing at the coming of the Savior – lions and trees and stars and more!

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T. Bergren

We love all of Lisa’s God Gave Us books, but the Christmas is super sweet. Inquisitive Little Cub starts by asking his mama, “Who invented Christmas?” and she goes on to answer his many questions about the holiday. Little Cub reminds me of our own curious boys!

The Friendly Beasts: an old English Christmas carol

I’m just noticing how many of our favorite Christmas books involve animals…

This beautifully illustrated book also comes with a CD featuring Rebecca St. James singing the featured Christmas carol! The boys recognized the song right away as the music played by their Veggie Tales nativity! They love the animals and I love that we are learning the song better!

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Emma Kragen

Not a single spiritual thing about this book, but I had to mention it because the boys sing through it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. They absolutely love it. There is also a movie by the same name, which we have enjoyed as a family as well!

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham

A new book for us this year, we were totally captivated by this story of a boy who gets stuck in a mountain cabin during a snowstorm and hears the Christmas story for the first time, told from Creation through the Resurrection. It is a gorgeous book and one we will read every year!

The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy by Lori Walburg

The boys always turn their candy canes upside down to show me they turn into a J – and they quickly add “J for Jesus!” That’s the same focus this book takes – telling the legend of the candy cane that points to Jesus! This is a delightful new addition to our Christmas collection this year!

A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker

Perfect for younger children, this board book features a small child praying prayers of thanks and blessing on Christmas night. The child mentions each of the important figures in the Nativity as she prays, and the charming rhyme will be fun to read with your own child!

Christmas Angels (Read and Share) by Gwen Ellis

From the popular Read and Share series from Tommy Nelson, Christmas Angels tells the stories of the angels that had important jobs throughout the Christmas story, including Gabriel and the angels who greeted the shepherds to announce the Savior’s birth!

The Real Twelve Days of Christmas by Helen Haidle

I hesitate to add this book because it is out of print, but it is just so unique and wonderful, I had to include it! There is a lot of history behind this Christmas carol, but I didn’t even know a tenth of it until reading this book! The Real Twelve Days of Christmas explains the Christian symbolism found in the song, which was actually used to teach Christian doctrine to children in 16th-century England when persecution was happening! If you can’t tell, this book fascinates me!

What are your favorite, must-read books at Christmas time?

 

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Nerdy Ned + The Bible = Stories Your Boys Will Love! {Giveaway}

Friday sounds like a good day for a giveaway, don’t you think?! I’ve got one from Tommy Nelson that your elementary-age boys will LOVE!

Totally Awesome, Super-Cool Bible Stories as Drawn by Nerdy Ned has been a big hit with six-year-old Big J!

Perfect for ages 6-10, this breakthrough product in the super-popular sketch comic art genre shares Bible stories from the International Children’s Bible with commentary by “Ned!” The boys have been reading and laughing out loud at Ned’s take on Bible stories!

The illustrations look like they are right out of any kid’s doodling notebook and the book includes blank pages for your guy or gal to do some doodling himself…

Such a fun, engaging idea for visual learners and artistic types!

We’re giving away one copy of Totally Awesome, Super-Cool Bible Stories as Drawn by Nerdy Ned to one of you!

To enter, just answer this question:

Do you keep every piece of art/craft your child creates in Sunday School?

And for a fun extra {optional} entry, post a picture of your chlid’s Bible artwork on the Home with the Boys Facebook wall! Leave an additional comment letting me know you posted a picture!

This giveaway will be open until Monday, December 3rd at 9:00 p.m. CST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

 

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Jesus Storybook Bible: Advent, Curriculum, Collector’s Edition, and More!

It’s definitely the favorite story Bible in our house. There’s no contest in that catergory.

I even hesitate to call the Jesus Storybook Bible a “children’s Bible” because it has been just as powerful for me as it has been for the boys!

The way every single story points to Jesus is just what we want our children to learn. And to live. Everything we do should point to Jesus. I feel like this Bible brings a new level of understanding of the Good News of the Gospel to all who read it.

I first wrote about the Jesus Storybook Bible two years ago after I learned about it at the Relevant Conference and then found an Advent reading plan using it. The reading of the first 24 stories in this Bible at bedtime during Advent has become one of my favorite family Christmas traditions.

I’ve put together this free printable for you to use if you are following the Jesus Storybook Bible Advent reading plan! You can print it out as one sheet and hang it somewhere, or cut apart each day {tiny strips – sorry about that!} and place them in/on your Advent calendar! Click on the image below to download and print this plan!

I’ve also found many more reasons to love the Jesus Storybook Bible since then…

There are several different editions which make great gift ideas in several different price ranges and packages!

The Jesus Storybook Bible original hardcover edition was what got us started. It is wonderful just as it is.

The Read-Aloud Edition is similar to the original, but larger overall, including bigger pictures – great for reading to groups or even your own children!


The newest edition is the Collector’s Edition

Just when I thought the Jesus Storybook Bible couldn’t get any better, this bundle came about and I swooned when I opened the package.

Included in the Collector’s Edition are the original Jesus Storybook Bible, three audio CDs with each of the 44 stories narrated by David Suchet, AND an animated DVD with every story! We can use this SO many ways!

Zondervan also just released a leather-bound edition that is gorgeous. What a beautiful gift or keepsake for a loved one!

Now, for those of you who teach Sunday School or homeschool or want to use the Jesus Storybook Bible for teaching in some format, I must recommend to you the Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit.

I am just blown away by the work that was put into this Bible curriculum for early to middle elementary age children. The 44 lessons are creative and well-planned, the activities are fun AND educational, and the introduction and instruction for teachers are very helpful! Included in the kit are:

  • 1 DVD-ROM containing 44 printable lessons (both teacher material and student handouts)
  • 44 bonus animated videos, promotional materials, as well as instructions for implementing the curriculum
  • 1 hardcover The Jesus Storybook Bible
  • 3 audio CDs containing David Suchet’s recording of The Jesus Storybook Bible

I will be using many of the lessons from this curriculum as part of our Advent study this year! We’ll be learning more about the Old Testament, prophecy, prayer, and so much more!

If you don’t own a Jesus Storybook Bible for your family yet, I highly recommend adding it this year! And join us in reading through it this Advent season!

 

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