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You Are Special book
#1
You Are Special
Written by Max Lucado and illustrated by Sergio Martinez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones―those with smooth wood and fine paint―always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello.

In this heartwarming children’s tale from best-selling author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is―no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It’s a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.

This tale originally appeared within one of the chapters in the award-winning children’s bestseller Tell Me the Secrets.

Bible Stories: Illustrated Stories from the Old Testament book
#2
Bible Stories: Illustrated Stories from the Old Testament
Written by and illustrated by Manuela Adreani
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-18

Introduce children to some of the most remarkable stories ever written: tales from the Old Testament, all stunningly illustrated by Manuela Adreani.
 
From God creating Earth to Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and Daniel in the lion’s den, this collection features 12 of the most famous stories told in the Bible. Children will learn about Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and other protagonists of the Old Testament. Not only do these tales offer lessons and advice, they’re filled with incredible adventures, promises broken and kept, repentance and forgiveness, and faith and love.

We All Need Forgiveness (Mercer Mayer's Little Critter) book
#3
We All Need Forgiveness (Mercer Mayer's Little Critter)
Written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Join Little Critter as he learns forgiving not only helps others-it makes him feel better too! Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about Little Critter and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Tommy Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the Inspired Kids line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.In We All Need Forgiveness, Little Critter is glad he has such nice friends who forgive him when he makes mistakes. But when one of his friends accidentally does something that affects him, Little Critter gets upset and stays angry at his friend for a while. But Little Critter’s pals teach him that saying ‘it’s okay’ helps the person who acted up-and it helps him feel better much sooner. Just like Mama says, ‘As God forgives, we must forgive each other.’ Based on Matthew 6:14, Little Critter learns why forgiveness helps heal the one who does the forgiving just as much as the one who needs forgiveness. Features & Benefits: - Little Critter brand has humorously portrayed issues kids face for almost 40 years - Faith-inspired message shows kids how to develop a spirit of forgiveness - Over 150 million Little Critter books sold.

Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter book
#4
Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter
Written by W C Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiny Bible Tales, a series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes with gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations. To save baby Moses, Miriam and her mother place him in a basket and set him adrift on the river. As Miriam watches from the reeds, she hopes that someone will find and rescue him. And someone does–Pharaoh’s daughter! This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

All Aboard Noah's Ark! book
#5
All Aboard Noah's Ark!
Written by Mary Josephs and illustrated by Katy Bratun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Flaps alter the illustrations of this retelling of the Biblical account of Noah and the great flood

  1. Night Night, Mommy - After enjoying a day with its mother, a small otter settles in for the night with a bath, a story, and a prayer.

  2. Ruby Lee the Bumblebee - When young Ashley is given a gardening task she is sure she can’t do, Ruby Lee, a bumble bee, reminds her of her abilities and to trust in God.

  3. Baboushka and the Three Kings - A Russian folk tale [adapted by Ruth Robbins] about an old woman who, declining to accompany the Three Kings as they followed the star in search of the Babe and failing to find Him on her own, each year renews her endless search. The strikingly effective pictures are distinctive in design and rich in color. ~~Booklist (Awarded the Caldecott Medal as the Most Distinguished American Picture Book for Children in the year of its publication)

  4. Refuge - A timely rendition of the nativity follows Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus as they travel in a strange land, hoping to find refuge in the kindness of strangers. $1 from the sale of each print book sold until October 2017 will go to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Everyone knows the story of how Jesus was humbly born in a manger when was no room at the inn. But here is a lyrical depiction of what came next: the new family’s travels through the desert, fleeing Herod’s soldiers in order to find a safe place to welcome their son into the world. A refreshing look at the classic Christmas story that’s never been more relevant, Refuge asks readers to consider the modern day implications of being forced to flee your home country.

There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve book
#10
There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve
Written by Pamela Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Dennis Nolan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

There was no snow on Christmas Eve. Instead, a desert zephyr blew And palm fronds sang a rustling tune To welcome the awaited birth. There was no snow, no fireplace, no need for woolen caps and gloves on that very first Christmas. Instead there was a humble stable, and weary travelers with light robes and sandals on a desert night.

A Stowaway on Noah's Ark book
#11
A Stowaway on Noah's Ark
Written by Charles Santore
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The original story of a charming mouse who didn’t want to be left behind is now available in a beautiful oversized board book format featuring Charles Santore’s award-winning illustrations. New York Times bestselling illustrator Charles Santore retells the beloved Bible story of Noah’s Ark through the eyes of a charming new hero that children will love: a stowaway mouse! Achbar the mouse hears a kindly old man tell the animals that there will be a great flood, and that he has built an ark big enough for two of each kind. By the time Achbar works his way through the tangle of paws and hooves, two other mice have already been selected. Achbar is terrified and does not want to be left behind! His survival instincts tell him to stow away. But will the old man discover him—and will they ever see dry land again?

The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game book
#12
The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game
Written by Jan Berenstain and illustrated by Stan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a fight breaks out during Brother and Sister Bear’s soccer game, Missus Ursula reminds everyone about fair play and sportsmanship.

A Prayer for the Animals book
#13
A Prayer for the Animals
Written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

May all of the animals of the earth And the animals of the sky And the animals of the sea Be at peace. This lyrical picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Daniel Kirk encourages young children to be kind to all the animals of the world. Kirk’s loving and hopeful verse blesses and gives warm wishes to farm animals, house pets, wild animals, and other creatures. Sure to warm the hearts of children and parents alike, this book is perfect to curl up with at bedtime.

The Little Drummer Boy book
#14
The Little Drummer Boy
Written and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This classic Christmas story about a shy boy who plays his trusted drum for the newborn king will charm children and parents alike. A brand new story from Bernadette Watts, never before published.

  1. Noah's Ark - The story of Noah’s ark filled with animals, and the terrible flood that covered the earth, has always held particular appeal for children—and great fascination for artists. This retelling, faithful to the spirit of the Bible text, is graced with distinctive illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Lisbeth Zwerger. Fanciful yet reverent, her full-page pictures and charming vignettes offer an imaginative interpretation of this favorite Old Testament story.

  2. Your Magnificent Chooser - We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

  3. This Is Christmas - From the author and illustrator of Night at the Stadium and Day at the Beach comes a modern holiday classic about a chipmunk who has to learn the true meaning of Christmas. It is Christmas Eve and Little Chipmunk asks his mother, “What is Christmas, Mama?” His Mama tells him that Christmas is many things and as they walk together through the woods, Little Chipmunk sees badgers decorating their burrow with bright red berries, ducks exchanging holidays greetings on golden leaves, beetles carrying presents on their shiny backs, and geese singing in the winter sky. Each time he asks his mother if this is Christmas, and each time she answers, that yes, this is part of Christmas. Night falls and Little Chipmunk and his Mama snuggle in to sleep. When he wakes up on Christmas morning, he is surprised by the wonderland that greets him: all the world is blanketed in deep snow. And, then, one by one, Chipmunk and his mother see the geese, the badgers, the ducks, and the beetles, as well as some new forest friends—all gathered to celebrate joy and friendship, beauty and wonder, love and kindness—all of what Christmas truly means.

  4. The Nativity - The biblical story of the Nativity is one about faith, love—and a miracle. With illustrations that are enchanting and unexpected, Julie Vivas reveals the human side to Mary’s story, beautifully imagining the Angel Gabriel delivering the news to her, the exhausting journey with Joseph to Bethlehem, and at last the deliverance of the baby Jesus.

Miracle Man book
#19
Miracle Man
Written and illustrated by John Hendrix
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“This picture book written and illustrated by John Hendrix focuses on the Biblical accounts of miracles performed by Jesus and concludes with the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. There is a detailed author’s note and a list of Biblical passages.”—

Stories Jesus Told Us book
#20
Stories Jesus Told Us
Written and illustrated by Su Box
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

The perfect introduction to Jesus’ stories, six much-loved parables from the New Testament are re-told simply and clearly and accompanied by beautiful picture-book style illustrations. Each story can be read to the child but can also be enjoyed by children on their own as their reading skills develop. Next Steps are included at the back of the book to encourage further discussion and there’s a rhyme for children to join in with and lots to spot throughout the books.

The Legend of Old Befana book
#21
The Legend of Old Befana
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this beloved classic picture book, Tomie dePaola retells and illustrates an Italian Christmas folk tale, breathing warmth and humanity into the character of the lonely Old Befana and her endless search for the Christ Child.

Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps with her broom. “Cranky old lady,” the children say. “She is always sweeping!” Sweep, sweep, sweep.

But when a brilliant star glows in the eastern sky one night, and Old Befana encounters the glorious procession of three kings on their way to Bethlehem, her little world will never be the same.

God Gave Us You book
#22
God Gave Us You
Written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question—one that little “human cubs” often wonder about, too: “Where did I come from?”

As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: “We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because—God gave us you.”

Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children’s self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from the Lord.

Who Is Coming to Our House? book
#23
Who Is Coming to Our House?
Written by Joseph Slate and illustrated by Ashley Wolff
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus.

“Who is coming to our house?

Someone, someone,” says Mouse.

As Pig makes room, Lamb cleans up, Goose stacks the hay, and Duck lines the crib with eiderdown, Mary and Joseph are on their way by donkey. All the animals are eager to welcome the baby Jesus to their home.

  1. Bible Stories - Introduce children to some of the most remarkable stories ever written: tales from the Old Testament, all stunningly illustrated by Manuela Adreani. From God creating Earth to Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and Daniel in the lion’s den, this collection features 12 of the most famous stories told in the Bible. Children will learn about Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and other protagonists of the Old Testament. Not only do these tales offer lessons and advice, they’re filled with incredible adventures, promises broken and kept, repentance and forgiveness, and faith and love.

  2. The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree - When Cousin Fred accidentally damages Brother’s brand-new bike,Brother Bear is angry. Can Sister Bear help him see that forgiving hisfriend is the right thing to do?

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