Books For Easter 2017

Am I the only one that still feels like Easter should be a month away, if not more? Where did March go? But with just over a week left, it’s the perfect time to finish up your Easter shopping with some books. We all want our kids to learn more about following Jesus, so why not place a book in their Easter baskets with that candy?

I’ve got one book recommendation for each age group – preschoolers, early readers, tweens, and teens. If you have a girl in your life, these books are great additions to their book collection. Fresh new books, reading outside in the sunshine – perfection. (Now we just need sun here in Northern New York!)

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{review} Children’s Easter Books

One last #booksforEaster post! This one focuses on two affordable books for the young children in your life.


The First Easter Ever is a great book for introducing IMG_2499children to the story of Jesus. It starts with Jesus beginning His ministry around age 30 and includes his baptism, gathering His disciples, Judas’ betrayal and gently tells of how Jesus was tortured by the guards before being hung on the Cross. The books details Jesus resurrection and his time with the disciples before His ascension. I think it’s easy for children’s books to gloss over the difficult details of this story. Jesus experienced terrible pain to die for our sins and I think it’s important that children understand that from a young age. This book communicates that in a way that isn’t graphic or scary. I recommend The First Easter Ever for ages 3-9.  And with the price being $1.99 – you can’t beat it!



The Beginner’s Bible Stories About Jesus is a solid, well made board book.I don’t know if I’m the only one but when my girls were toddlers, they were excellent at destroying cheap board books. This book would have challenged them, for sure! Stories About Jesus starts with Jesus’ birth and continues on to tell of some of the miracles He performed. It ends with a simple telling of the Easter Story. The illustrations are colorful and fun. Each story is well communicated for children up to age 5.


We have really enjoyed looking at some new books that are available for Easter this year. What are your favorites?


{I received these books from Zondervan as a part of the ZBlogSquad. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}

{review} How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?

Another round of #booksforEaster! This one is for you, Momma. Rachael Carman (maybe you know the company she and her husband have built) has written a book based on her experiences as a mom over the years, raising her seven children. It’s called How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? and here’s more about the book from the publisher:

You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you’re saying?

“I remember the day you were born.”

“Turn down the music!”

“This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”

“Hold my hand.”

Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.

Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart’s desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

I have been a fan of the curriculum side of Apologia for years. So when the opportunity came up to review a book from Rachael Carman, I jumped at it. And I’m so glad that I did. How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? is a fun, encouraging book for any mom. With chapter titles like ‘Come Here!,’ Answer Me When I Call You!,’ and “Please Stop That!’ I’m sure every mom can relate to the lessons and stories in this book. Rachael takes many of the phrases that moms use on their children every day and turns them into lessons on what God wants us to hear.


At the end of each chapter, there is a moment of introspection section. With questions and prayer prompts for a mom to journal or just pray through the lessons in the chapter, these sections are brief but helpful. Each chapter is short – averaging around five pages – but they are the perfect length to be added to a devotional time. It’s the kind of book you can pick up and read a chapter or two at a time without feeling like you have to finish the whole book. It’s encouraging and very well written.

So Mommas, grab this book. Put your feet up. Read a chapter and remember that God still speaks to us and wants us to grow closer to Him as we are raising our children.


{I received this book from LitFuse Reads in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}



{review} The Pirate and the Firefly

I don’t know a single little boy that doesn’t like pirates or swords or being a bit wild at times. Oliver, the ‘Pirate’ in this book, is all boy and he learns a valuable lesson about friendship in this book by Amanda Jenkins and Tara McClary Reeves.


More about The Pirate and The Firefly from the publisher:

Oliver loves pretending to be a pirate, but learns that blindly following others doesn’t leave him with a good feeling inside.

In this Scripture adventure, kids join Oliver as he rights the wrongs done by his so-called Pirate friends.

Though it all, Captain Oliver learns that following God’s way is the true way to wisdom!

The second book in the Firefly Chronicle series brings entire sections of Scripture to life via imaginative, fantastical stories that use a passage from Psalms to help children understand and apply biblical truths to their lives. Each book in the series will depict Oliver wearing a different costume as he imagines and adventures his way through God’s Word with the help of Phineas, the firefly. The series will address the felt needs of children ages 4 to 8 including courage, confidence, friendship and more with biblical truths about God.

IMG_2412Even though this is the second book in the Firefly Chronicle, The Pirate and The Firefly stands on its own. My younger daughters, ages 4 & 7, loved this book. The illustrations are fun and really help expand the story. Phineas the firefly communicates solid Bible truth to Oliver and helps him make the choice to be a Godly boy, even if it means standing on his own.

IMG_2409One part of the story that made me chuckle was Oliver’s questions. “Mom! … ?” ” Mom! …?” The questions just keep coming! But that’s how kids are when they’re trying to figure something out. I loved the illustrations for this part as well.

At the end of the book, there is a great section called Parent Connection. It’s filled with Scripture references, craft ideas and discussion questions. I was very impressed with this, as there is a lot of material here to discuss.

IMG_2413So if you have a little Pirate at home, check out Oliver and his adventures. I know you won’t be disappointed in The Pirate and The Firefly!


{I received a copy of this book from Shelton Interactive in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}

{review} The Case for Grace

If you have middle school through teen age kids in your house, this review is for you. We had the opportunity to review two different editions of The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel.

The Case for Grace for Kids is written for ages 8-12. Here’s a bit more about it from Zondervan:

caseforgracekidsWhat does “grace” really mean? How can God’s grace impact your life? How can you experience grace every day?

This new book by New York Times bestselling author, Lee Strobel, shows how God’s love is for everyone—no matter what. Through stories of everyday people whose lives have been changed, you will discover God’s love and the power of forgiveness. You will experience God’s amazing grace and be able to share it with others.

Lee Strobel has rewritten this book perfectly for middle school students. Alyssa, my 11 year old, read it. She does not enjoy reading but I would find her around the house with this book. It’s standard orders around here that she has to read at least one chapter from a book every day. This has been conveniently forgotten more times than I care to remember. But with The Case for Grace for Kids, she remembered and she read. Alyssa did think that some of the chapters were very long. For students that don’t enjoy reading, I could see how that could be a deterrent. Overall though, she enjoyed the book. The stories and messages are clearly written and understandable for this age.

The Case for Grace Student Edition is written for ages 13+. Written in a more mature tone, this book is equally as powerful. Here’s what Zondervan has to say about it:

caseforgracestudentWriting with unusual candor, Lee draws upon his own journey from atheism to Christianity to explore the depth and breadth of God’s redeeming love, including those whose lives have been radically changed after discovering the “how” and “why” behind God’s amazing grace. You’ll encounter racists, addicts, and even murderers who have found new hope and purpose. You’ll meet once-bitter people who have learned to forgive those who have harmed them—and, equally amazing, people mired in guilt who have discovered that they can even forgive themselves.

Through it all, you will see how God’s grace can change your eternity and relationships… starting today.

Lael, my 13 year old read this book. She loves reading and enjoyed this book. The challenging message of The Case for Grace Student Edition really resonated with her. I appreciate that there are books like this for teens – honest, a bit raw and right on their level. Sometimes teens need to hear the same things mom and dad have said from a different voice. The Case for Grace Student Edition is that different voice. Lael said that this book was very eye opening for her. She really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this for teens.

If you’re looking for books that will challenge your middle or high school students this Easter, check out these great offerings from Lee Strobel and Zondervan!


{I received copies of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}