Candle Bible for Kids, Toddler Edition

Candle Bible for Kids, Toddler Edition

 There are a huge variety of baby, toddler, and children’s Bibles to choose from-and we have about 7 of them! I have to say that the Candle Bible for Kids Toddler Edition is now one of my favorites! It is absolutely perfect for toddlers and the stories are all “just right” for my 2 1/2 year old. I love how it includes enough details to stay true to the Biblical account without including so much that it looses his interest.

The size is also “just right” for little hands and the hardback cover makes it easy for him to grasp and turn the pages all by himself. I like that in addition to include the Sunday School Classic stories there are also not as well known tales like God speaks to Samuel and God feeds Elijah that are included.

One of my favorite parts of this Bible is the fun, bright, and colorful illustrations. They are so cute and really grab a toddlers attention! This would make a perfect first Bible for any little one!

Don’t take my word for it! Go check out the other Amazon reviews and grab a Bible for yourself-at $8.99 it’s a great price right now!


I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review of this book.

Nicole Elliott

Personalized Stories

Holiday Gift Guide

 Personalized Stories

 No Christmas would be complete without some kind of books making their way into the pile of presents! My favorite books to give as Christmas presents are personalized stories. I love that these days you can put your child in books when I was little that would have been super difficult or too expensive to do!
Personalized Stories

 If you have little ones you probably already know how much they love books where they are finding something hidden in a picture–now imagine how much more fun it would be if they were looking for themselves! That’s the whole premise of Find Me If You Can!

Bammco Find Me if You Can

Personalized especially for your child they take your child’s face and hide it in a “sea” of other cute kiddos. There are 30 pages each with their own cute rhythms at the bottom of the page. Amber “helped” me with the pictures while Tyler was sleeping and she (very carefully) “inspected” the book for quite a while. She had so much fun finding her brother that I can only imagine how much he’ll like it!

Personalized Stories
Found him! (I added the arrow so you could find him easily too!)

One very cool option is that you can actually include up to 5 faces in a book so that if you have more than one child you don’t have to buy multiple books! As you can see it is put together in a binder-type style. That’s because it helps the book to lie completely flat so that it’s easy to look at the full pages and the hardback keeps it sturdy and durable.

Personalized Stories

The backgrounds are bright, fun pictures and are different for each set of pages. The books are $29.99 with one image and then go up in increments of $5 for each additional face. I love that this book encourages fun, reading, and concentration now–and will become a perfect keepsake to pass along to Tyler for his kids when he’s grow (how fun would it be to find a baby picture of your daddy??!!)

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One Lucky Winner will receive their very own personalized story from Bammco!

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Christmas Literature for Children

Christmas Literature for Children

Since I’m a huge book lover-along with my kiddos-it’s no surprise that we also love Christmas books-reading them is a great tradition and they also make perfect gifts. Here are my very favorite books you’ll find in our personal Christmas Collection-we love them all and I’d highly recommend them-you can click through on the titles to read others reviews on Amazon and add them to your own collection!

The Snowman's Song: A Christmas Story
(you might remember My Review a few years ago!)

 

The Usborne Christmas Treasury (Usborne Miniature Editions)
A super fun hodge-podge of a Christmas book that includes a sweet version of Biblical Christmas Story, the story of the (real) St. Nicholas, Twas the Night Before Christmas, the story of Cinderella (though I’m not sure why that’s in there?), The Little Fir Tree (a sweet little story about a tree who becomes a Christmas tree) and a condensed version of the Nutcracker. It’s just right for Amber at 4 and it also includes several fun, easy craft ideas (shown step by step) and Christmas songs! Right now at $5.50 it’s a steal and definitely worth adding to your collection!

 

The Littlest Christmas Elf (Little Golden Book)
I’ve mentioned before that I Don’t Like Santa and that post still rings true. However this is one of my very favorite Christmas books ever! We had it when I was little and it brings back such nostalgia that I just had to find and purchase a copy! The story of Allister the little elf with big dreams who finds that he gets in the way and “can’t do anything right” once he arrives at the North Pole. Luckily he makes friends with a nice old elf named Nicholas and well…I won’t ruin the ending! A great story that helps teach that you’re never too small to be a big help! Used copies (like the one I purchased in great shape) start at a penny!
I actually received this book as a present when Amber was born. The gift giver explained that although she knew it would be years till I could use it she just loved it so much that she felt every family needed to have a copy. Of course that got my attention! This is the story of 2 little children who go to visit their Grandpa during Christmastime. While looking for decorations they end up finding all sorts of different items and the Grandpa describes how each item portrays an aspect of Jesus character (the manger, the door, the vine, the giver of living water, etc). This book is beautifully illustrated and I’ve never seen a book with such depth and truth written in a way that a younger child could understand-now I know why I was given it and I’m excited as this is the first year I’ll get to read it to Amber!
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 There are so many great Christmas books but it’s hard to find many board books. I love this one because while it includes the well known Away in a Manger the rest of the lullabies are either English Traditional or Czech. They have poem like rhythms that are fun to read and that toddlers love-the CD (if included) is pretty fun–a little tinkly and “baby nursery music” sounding but over all sweet and nice. You can get a used copy for .99 cents!
Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift
When I became a mother myself Mary’s role in Jesus life became so much more real and special to me! How would it have felt to hold the King of King in your arms? This book dives into those kinds of thoughts with beautiful phrases like, “I swaddle you in cloth, safely nestle you in hay. The sheep and cows are calm as I bow my head and pray. The precious donkey that brought us safely here Nuzzles you so softly, sensing God is near.” Deep enough in thought that it touches my heart with each reading the sweet rhythms also keep Amber & Tyler’s attention. I love that it easily also draws out discussion of how the babe in the manger is the King of Kings!

The Littlest Angel

Another beloved Christmas story from my childhood–this book is one of my all time favorites and as soon as I saw the new version I snatched up a copy for Amber! The story of a young Jewish boy who is sent to Heaven when he is only 4 years old it is a charming tale of God’s unconditional love and the power of a pure child like heart and faith and how the Christmas Star that lead the way to Jesus came about. Definitely should be read as an allegory/fable (as, no, I don’t believe people become angels when they die). This new edition has different pictures than the one I grew up with-and while they are beautiful I will still always have a soft spot for the 1980s version!

So there are all my favorites! What are your favorite Christmas Children’s Books? Please let me know in the comments!

Nicole Elliott

The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power To Change Christmas

Holiday Gift Guide
The Sparkle Box

I’ve been sharing lately how much I adore Christmas and all that it includes and represents. I’ve also shared, however, that I am saddened when I see the over commercialization, greed, and wrong mindsets that it can represent. Now–don’t get me wrong–I’m all for presents, for buying great products from wonderful companies–I’m hosting a gift guide for goodness sake! But if you’re doing it to fuel your child’s “gimme gimme gimme” attitude or going into credit card debt to do so then something is wrong and you need to take a step back.

I loved reading The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmasto Amber. It’s designed for children ages 4-8 and it really fit her perfectly! This touching story is about a very special gift under the tree and how giving to others shows a child the true meaning of Christmas.

Sparkle Box

 During the Christmas season Sam (the little boy) family focuses on all the fun of Christmas–but also focuses deeply on giving to others without. On Christmas morning Sam gets to open the sparkle box to discover pieces of paper listing all the acts of kindness they preformed throughout the season of joy. His mom explains that the Sparkle Box was the families gift to Jesus on his birthday.

The book also contains a Sparkle Box for you-you can see Amber holding ours up above! I’m excited to fill it with our acts of kindness–like filling up a Operation Christmas Child Box!

Though designed for children–what a great concept this carries for adults as well–how many scraps of paper will you be able to put in this year? What are you doing for Jesus during his special season of the year??!!

A wonderful book destined to become a classic–I think everyone needs a copy of The Sparkle Box don’t just take my word for it though–go read the Amazon reviews-5 stars so far!

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Sadie The Paper Crown Princess

 There is a new favorite Princess in the Elliott household and her name is Sadie! I think she stole my heart when I read that she loved pretty dresses and tea parties, but that she also loved to climb trees and play in the mud. Sadie is just like me in this–so my kind of girl!

The story Sadie: The Paper Crown Princess is not only adorable and fun with it’s darling artwork and darling lines, it drives home the point that kind actions mean so much more than being and acting how we are “supposed to”.  It teaches that true beauty is more than what you wear and how you preform.

This is exactly the kind of story that I want Amber to be loving, and that I want to be reading to her!

We’re all in love with Sadie-and I’m sure you will be as well!

{other’s love Sadie too–check out these Amazon reviews to read about it and pick up your copy!}

Howard B. Wigglebottom And The Monkey On His Back

“Howard had a monkey on his back because he was lying. And lying is NOT good!” ~ Amber

You might remember that we first met Howard B. Wigglebottom when he was learning to listen.  We enjoyed listening to that so much that we jumped at the chance to review Howard B. Wigglebottom And The Monkey On His Back

In this book Howard learns the consequences of telling lies–even if they seem to be for a “good reason” or one that might seem like “little white lies”.

Again this book came for a perfect time for us! I was shocked to recently catch Amber in her first lie. I mean, I shouldn’t have been-I knew it was coming-but it’s still a little stunning when it happens!! We’ve been working hard with her to teach her that the truth is ALWAYS better to tell than a lie!

I was so proud of her the other day because she came out of her room where she’d been playing, tears in her eyes, and told me, “Mommy I’m so, so sorry. I broke my doll crib.” 

Sure enough she had (it was actually fixable, thankfully!! But she didn’t know that at the time) I was so happy, not about the cradle, but about the fact that she owned up to her mistake and came to me about it without trying to hide it or lie about it. It seems Howard, along with our other lessons, have made a great and positive impact!

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Little Super Personalized Storybook

It’s no small secret now that I’m crazy about children’s books! My very favorite books are ones that can be personalized. There is something so special about your child having a book that is all about THEM! We have several personalized storybooks for Amber, but hadn’t gotten any for Tyler up until now.

I love that even though he’s my *super* busy boy the one thing that Tyler will actually sit for is to listen to a story! (even if it is just for one minute….while he’s a “naked baby”…. haha)

The Little Super personalized story from Paper Hat Press was absolutely perfect for my little super hero! Unlike personalized storybooks that use pictures these books have artwork-but that doesn’t mean that they’re not totally personalized! You help write the storyline in a fun and easy process, and then you can even pick the super hero character that best represents your child. The storyline is as adorable as the artwork.

Tyler absolutely *loves* this book! It’s one of his first “big boy” books and I can tell it will be a favorite for years to come. Amber actually loves it just as much as he does-she gets a kick that her name gets to be in the story too!

Such a fun product and such high quality-I’d highly recommend this for a birthday, Christmas, or just an “I love you” present!

The Donkey No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano

The only holiday related books that stay in our bookcase year round are those that have to do with Easter.

The way I see it the story of Easter is relevant year round–every day in fact!

This year Amber got The Donkey That No One Could Ride in her Easter basket and we have been enjoying it ever since! A story about the little donkey who was used for Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, it focuses on an often over looked but crucial part of the Easter Story.

The story is simple, yet powerful, and the pictures are absolutely amazing!

Continue reading The Donkey No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano

A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Gary Chapman

I recently talked about reading The 5 Love Languages for Children and how interesting I found it. The Perfect Pet for Peyton is a wonderful children’s book that works hand in hand with the other one.

In this book two twins, Penny & Peyton, set out to find the “perfect pet pals” on their birthday. Along the way they learn a little more about themselves–and their friends–by the pets that are chosen that match their love languages perfectly.

This book would be great for young school age children. Amber absolutely *adores* it and we’ve been reading it over and over and OVER for bedtime each night. It’s a little on the longer side–but the amazing sounding pet emporium and all the different animals keep her entranced! Even though she’s a bit young to grasp the concept of love languages it’s still great for her to be learning the different ways we have to show people that we love them!

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Cooper & Me & the Military

As I mentioned in my Deployment Resources for Kids video, when Bob was deploying last year I was shocked at the complete void of resources for kids whose parents were gone–especially when it came to books!

I was so happy to see our friends at  Cooper and Me are helping to solve this problem! Cooper and Me and the Military is about Cooper’s best doggie friend, Trooper. He’s a former military dog who comes to live with two military brats while their parents are deployed. I thought the perspective of two parents being deployed at once was a very interesting one.

The book is fun and was very easy to read aloud. Amber loves it and we’ve been reading it over and over and OVER for bedtime each night! I think we’re both excited to see a military book! This book is great for military kids or non-military families, as it is written from the non-military child’s point of view. It would be great to use for building empathy and understanding-something I think it really needed!

I also loved that there are activities that help children name and process their own feelings about what they’ve read included at the back of the book to help take everything one step further.

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