I'm excited to review the newest book in Graham Blanchard's Knowing God series - Jesus Helps Me.
I've been talking a LOT about books lately.
I research books. I 'pin' books. I organize books. I buy books. I borrow books (by the dozens...).
And... sometimes, I get the delight of reviewing books.
I don't have any babies in my home right now (sigh), but I still LOVE board books. And I know many of you have babies and toddlers and are seeking good quality, living books for your littles.
And you know what? There is something very special about those first books we read to our babies and toddlers. Why not choose deeply meaningful, God-honouring literature, even in the earliest years?
Honestly - I love all the titles that I've read from Graham Blanchard. This is a Christian publisher of books for young children that are created to inspire and deepen a child's relationship with God.
I love these words from their website:
"Bringing a new soul into the world is a profoundly spiritual passage of life for new parents. We welcome you to a loving community of moms and dads, mentors, educators and pastors who have developed helpful resources to support your growing family’s spiritual life."
I adore the way this publisher categorizes their books into three groups - Learn, Absorb, Praise. Jesus Helps Me is a 'learn' book by Callie Grant. The book shares truth about how Christ helps us by using John 12:44-47 as the basis of the writing.
“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
Yes! What truth to plant into the hearts of our children.
Each page includes a beautiful photograph from nature of various animals (a swan and her cygnets, a kingfisher diving for food, arctic tern, an owl, a cardinal in winter, a woodpecker feeding her young, etc.). These photographs are accompanied by text expressing how the qualities and habit of the animal reflect the truth revealed in the scripture.
Here's an example from one two-page spread:
Image - a beautiful owl perched on an Autumn branch.
Scripture - "So that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness."
Caption - "This owl rests in the day and works at night. Owls have special eyes that help them find their way through the dark. When you trust in Jesus, you use you special sense called faith that can lead you out in the darkness in the world."
At the end of the book there is a two-page feature for parents/kids. This gives parents tips and encouragement for applying and getting the most out of the book. the "What Do YOU Think?" page asks thought-provoking questions of the child.
I really love this book. I think it is a wonderful combination of scripture, truth, nature study, and application for young toddlers, preschoolers, and even early school age/elementary students.
Other nice features from Graham Blanchard:
There are links to various book-tie-ins on Pinterest.
You can get a good look inside the book, by clicking here.
Also, Graham Blanchard offers a 'Free Tips for Parents' section for this book on their website. This offers insight and ideas for engaging further with the book. Ideas include things like, encouraging our children to engage their senses in worshiping God for His creation, visiting the sea (or waterfront) and comparing the various aspects of the boy's day to your child's experiences, talking to children about the idea of water and how oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. cover much of the earth. I love these ideas!
Many of the books on the site include engaging ideas like these in the Tips for Parents sections. What a great tool for applying these books to our children's lives!
PS. Right now, if you visit GrahamBlanchard.com, you can sign up to receive a free ebook, called, Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years.