What a special story, that will be told forever! I love the way this book was written, seems like it brings God back into a poem. Nothing like making a story lyrical to remember it! I don’t think that this story could ever be told too many times, and I love hearing the different ways from such creative authors!
The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men. The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich acrylic illustrations of ChristineKornacki.
’Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.
The moon shining bright in the heavens so high
gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.
The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places
with looks of contentment on each of their faces.
About the Author
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith is on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
About the Illustrator
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal’s Children’s Books. Christine’s recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut. Who is it for?
Kids ages 4-8 – The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
Family story time during the holidays
Children’s Ministers and Sunday school teachers
Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!
I love the age where I can sit and read a book to the little ones and they listen intently, then go back and try to read it on their own. Adding in questions and commentary throughout the book, always great fun! We really enjoyed reading Rufus and Ryan Go To Church! It was super cute! The book is perfect for new readers as there aren’t many words per page so there is a lot of room for conversing.
Rufus and Ryan Go To Church!
In Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!, four-year-old Ryan explains to his stuffed monkey, Rufus, what is happening as they attend church on Sunday morning. He lets Rufus know when it’s time to sing and to pray and to be quiet. Author Kathleen Bostrom brings a delightfully light touch to the text as she provides an introduction to an experience that most children are exposed to long before they understand why. And children everywhere will relate to the idea of explaining their surroundings to their favorite companions as they go about their daily activities.
This is just one of the first titles in a new series of inspirational books for preschoolers.
About the Rufus and Ryan
Rufus and Ryan is a new series of books for preschoolers, featuring Ryan, an energetic little boy, and his stuffed monkey Rufus. Basic Christian and church concepts serve as the foundation of the series, with an additional focus on character traits and development. The text is presented in young Ryan’s voice as he teaches Rufus about the concepts he is learning himself. Each story is about 150 words, using age-appropriate vocabulary and themes.
Also available now, Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers
About the Author
Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children’s author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master’s in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children’s ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois.
About the Illustrator
Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children’s books full-time in 1996 and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca’s vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles, including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.
Josh and the Jamtones have brought a super fun CD for the kids. Themed around the title, they have some funny bits of comedy in between hilariously fun songs to keep us moving. I reviewed the disc in my car on my way to run errands and Ihae to admit that they had me dancing a bit LOL. It’s all good though, Iwas having way too much fun to be worried about the staring passer-bys. LOL. Sometimes I worry about myself, given all the fun Ihave jammin’ out to the kids music. LOL. I’m having a hard time picking a favorite on this one, so you’ll have to check it out and pick one for yourself. They do a great job getting us to move and with the happy upbeat voices it’s hard not to have fun with them. I’m adding this one to the list of music to jam to with the little ones! In case you are worried, it’s not the kind of bear hunt that harms anyone, it’s a loving bear hunt, but you’ll have to listen to understand why! Put this one on your list and check it out!
Josh and the Jamtones perform live in various places and most recently performed at the Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th anniversary event! Plus, you can hear them on the Kid’s Place Live station! They are available for booking at events even! You could have them take you on a Bear Hunt at your own party! Now that would be awesome! If only I were a little kid… LOL. You can see a video of one of their birthday performances on YouTube! It’s an adorable video! The kids are obviously having a blast!
Some of you may remember my previous review of Birdie’s Playhouse that I did last year. If you don’t, check it out here. I loved Birdie’s first album, it is such a fun set of music even for not-so-little kids. Her music makes me want to move and I will admit to having cleaned the house to her first album, as it really is great for motivation!
Her new album is just as fun and catchy as the first one! I am still loving the way she puts in the educational aspect! Throughout all of the songs, she sings about various animals and you end up learning so much about so many species! My favorite piece of trivia from this album is about the butterflys, but I won’t spoil it. If you wanna know, you have to check out her Birdie’s Playhouse and figure out what it is!!! A little warning: you’ll be addicted and unable to stop the album from playing! Many times, reviewing music you get extremely tempted to skim through songs and have to force yourself to listen. This is NOT the case with Birdie! With the salsa feel of the songs, you’ll be dancing and moving to the rhythm from the first beat!
Check out the song ‘Big Feelings’. It seeks to teach the little ones, and even the grownups, how to express themselves. That song seriously made me giggle. Another song that really made me laugh, and made Monkey smile and roll her eyes, is Furry Belly Dancer. Between these two, my face hurts from laughing! Love love love it!!!
From Birdie’s Press Release
In addition to being soulful, upbeat and fun, Move Like An Animal teaches kids about animals and helps guide them through life. The song “Chimpanzees” shows us that all creatures are equal. And “I’m a Toucan” and “Running Far” explain how to overcome obstacles and pursue your passions. Find out why gerbils are doing the “Furry Belly Dance” and what the cottontail rabbit’s best defense is! And don’t miss stellar guest vocals from Mista Cookie Jar and Aaron Nigel Smith on the “Snail Cha Cha.” Other featured musicians include: stunning guitarist Omar Torrez (Tom Waits 2008 tour), kindie keyboardist Mike Schmid (Miley Cyrus tour), master drummer Chris Wabich (Sheila E, Sting recordings), two-time HBO Def Poet Joe Hernández-Kolski and crooner Jonny Blu.
Keep an eye out for the giveaway to come!
It will be part of our Little Ones Giveaway Event August 4th-31st!
We all know how much children love candy! Wouldn’t it be amazing if parents could propel their children’s love for God to be even greater than their love for candy?! Let the Little Children Come has very similar ideas in the matter. Today I received an adorable little package that got me thinking more than I would have on my own. It was a paper pumpkin that you punch out and fold up to create the free standing pumpkin, each side of the pumpkin has a child friendly lesson inside of it. So that each one has to be read before it gets folded to create the pumpkin; little sayings such as “God loves you very much and he wants to be with you not just here on earth, but forever in heaven as well!”
The package also included a really neat optical illusion booklet complete with a view finder, you slide the view finder across the image and the images move and/or change. It was centered on the verse John 3:16, each image portraying something relative to the verse.
How fun! Not only are the kids learning a verse and learning wonderful messages about the love that God has for each of us but they are also learning how to look at things from different perspective and that some things aren’t always as they appear to be, which is in itself a very valuable lesson for children to learn early on.
Living in a world where optical illusions are everywhere, 6 our brains are practically hardwired to misinterpret them as reality. Optical illusions use color, images, and lights to deceive or mislead our brains. It occurs so often in the world that we hardly notice it happening at all. The information that is gathered by our eyes and then relayed to our brain creates a perception that in reality does not match the true image. This fun piece of science can be used to teach some very valuable lessons!
5 Great Lessons Using Optical Illusions
Teaching children early on how to decipher their own perceptions into what is true reality will help them also learn how to build stronger problem solving and judgment skills.
Learning how to differentiate between reality and misconceptions will create a stronger defense against temptations that so often pull people from the path God has created for them.
Teaching kids not to take things at face value and that “things aren’t always what they seem” will teach them that temptation comes in many forms.
Optical Illusions can be utilized to practice more conscious caution.
Since their mind is automatically forming a perception based on the information that it is receiving when viewing the illusions, we can use that to teach how Satan fools and deceives us.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves. There are currently three books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, and a fourth to be released in 2014.
I have very much enjoyed going on this first adventure with Kitty! I really love that I can learn about the places she is at and be a more active participant in my book! There are tons of detail and I’ve learned quite a bit about whales, Alaska and so much more! More than once I’ve caught myself warning Kitty as I read. LOL. Something about her makes me want to climb in and make her follow that instinct we ignore when we are a little too curious for our own good!
If you know someone who loves adventure, this may be just the book for them! It will inspire them to follow their heart and dreams! I can’t wait to pass this book on to my niece, I think she will enjoy the adventure!