If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book Cover If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Laura Joffe Numeroff
Balzer & Bray
January 10, 1997

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day...

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is just plain fun.  The pictures command the reader’s attention and delight with the use of bright colors and whimsical images.  The tale of the mouse who seems to always have yet another request is a great tool to teach cause and effect as well as a highly enjoyable story for young and old alike.

This review was originally posted on March 12, 2012.







Goodnight Already! – John Jory

Goodnight Already! is a delightful story featuring two friends – bear and duck.  Bear is tired and more than ready for bed, but duck is wide away and eager to spend time with bear which leads to a silly story that young readers will enjoy.  The bright, colorful illustrations which feature engaging details enhance this fun story.


Goodnight Already! Book Cover Goodnight Already!
Jory John
Juvenile Fiction
December 2, 2014

Corrie ten Boom: The Courageous Woman and the the Secret Room (Do Great Things for God Series) – Laura Caputo-Wickham

The Do Great Things for God Series introduces young children to the idea that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.  Each book in the series features a woman of faith.  Corrie Ten Boom’s story is shared in an age appropriate manner and coupled with engaging illustrations.  This series is a new favorite!

Corrie Ten Boom Book Cover Corrie Ten Boom
Laura Wickham

Giraffe Problems – Jory John

The things that make us different can make us self-conscious.  This is definitely true for Edward the giraffe.  He sees his long neck as a frustrating problem until he is befriended by Cyrus the turtle.  Cyrus helps Edward see the beauty in what makes him different.  Giraffe Problems is a beautiful illustrated book with an important message.

Giraffe Problems Book Cover Giraffe Problems
Jory John
Juvenile Fiction
Random House Books for Young Readers
September 25, 2018

The Couch Potato – Jory John

The Couch Potato is another winner by Jory John.  It shares a powerful message about screen time that can be appreciated by all ages.  Beautifully illustrated and engaging, this book is perfect for a read aloud and can serve as a starting point for discussion about screen use and the impact it has on our lives.

The Couch Potato Book Cover The Couch Potato
Jory John
Juvenile Fiction
November 3, 2020

Mortimer’s First Garden – Karma Wilson

Sweet Mortimer Mouse discovers the joy of spring and the delight of watching a seed transform into a plant in this beautifully illustrated book.  Mortimer’s First Garden would be a fantastic book to use for a read aloud option.  This one is a winner!

Mortimer's First Garden Book Cover Mortimer's First Garden
Karma Wilson
Juvenile Fiction
Margaret K. McElderry Books
February 24, 2009

Little Mouse’s Big Valentine – Thacher Hurd

This is my favorite Valentine’s Day book in our collection. Little Mouse has a very big valentine that he wants to share, but none of his friends are interested because it is just too big.  As he ponders how to solve his dilemma, Little Mouse makes a new friend and together they come up with a solution that allows everyone to enjoy a Valentine’s Day treat.

Little Mouse's Big Valentine Book Cover Little Mouse's Big Valentine
Thacher Hurd
Juvenile Fiction
Harper Collins
December 20, 1991

Little Hoot – Amy Krouse Rosenthal

With a similar slant to the previous best seller Little Pea, Little Hoot is a fun bedtime story.  Rather than stay up late as his parents desire, Little Hoot wants nothing more than to go to bed early like all of his friends.  A truly charming story.

Little Hoot Book Cover Little Hoot
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Juvenile Fiction
Chronicle Books

God Made Babies: Helping Parents Answer the Baby Question – Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb

God Made Babies is a wonderful introductory book from a Christian world viewpoint that is age appropriate for preschool and early elementary-age children.  This is the latest addition to the God Made Me Series, and it is another winner.  It uses easy to understand text, engaging illustrations, and scriptural truths.  Of particular note is the “Things to Consider” section in the back of the book.  It provides additional insights and support for parents to engage in meaningful conversations about where babies come from with their children.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

God Made Babies Book Cover God Made Babies
Justin Holcomb, Lindsey Holcomb,
March 14, 2022

The Light Before Christmas: A Family Advent Devotional – Marty Machowski

The Light Before Christmas is an outstanding advent devotional for the whole family.  The devotionals focus on light and the role it has in the Christmas story and ultimately our salvation.  Thirteen devotionals are included in the book which allows for three devotionals each week of advent plus a final devotional for Christmas day.  Each devotional follows the same format and includes an activity, music, and prayer.  Whether your family has participated in family devotionals during advent in the past or this is the first time doing so, The Light Before Christmas is an outstanding resource.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

The Light Before Christmas Book Cover The Light Before Christmas
Marty Machowski
October 10, 2022