Way Back Wednesday ~ The Kissing Hand – Audrey Penn

This post is a flash from the past.  It was originally published in 2011.

The Kissing Hand is an old favorite to read at the start of the school year.  Little Chester Raccoon is hesitant to leave his mother’s side and go to school.  She assures him that he will love school once he is busy playing with new toys, new books, and new friends.  She also shares a special secret that has been in their family for years – the kissing hand.  The kissing hand allows a little love from home to be with Chester at all times and gives him the confidence he needs to tackle his first day of school.  Quite simply a heartwarming story that provides true comfort to little ones and perhaps a few Mommies and Daddies too!

Best Books of the Summer

Next week I am taking a blogging vacation in order to enjoy the last week of summer vacation with our little lady.  It has been a terrific summer filled with lots and lots of great books.  As a recap, here are our top five summer favorites:

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The Circle Maker for Kids: One Prayer Can Change Everything – Mark Batterson

The Circle Maker for Kids: One Prayer Can Change Everything is a children’s version of the adult best seller The Circle Maker.  This book shares the story of Honi the Rainmaker which comes from Jewish legend and focuses on the power of prayer.  The amazing illustrations cannot help but pull in the reader, and the impact and influence of prayer are powerfully shown through the text.

Always Daddy’s Princess – Karen Kingsbury

Always Daddy’s Princess is one of the sweetest picture books ever.  It follows the relationship of a father and daughter from birth through adulthood.  The text is charming, and the pictures truly capture the special relationship shared by father and daughter.  Throughout the book there are also Bible verses that correspond with all of the different stages of growth and development that the daughter is going through during the story.  This one is a winner!