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Brayden the Great Warrior

While playing on the beach one day, young Brayden declares himself to be a great warrior, indeed. Always the thinker, Brayden begins to ponder how he will become this great warrior. With some help from his father, Brayden soon learns exactly what he will need to do to shape himself into the brave and fierce warrior he has always wanted to become. The advice his father gives him is not what he expected to hear from his father, but is exactly what he needed and could not have come at a better time.

Brayden the Great Warrior, written by John Livingston, is a beautifully crafted story illustrating how a father teaches his child to have faith, pray to God, and listen for his guidance. With an emphasis on the metaphor of becoming a warrior in this world, the author does a wonderful job of teaching young readers to become prayerful and devout. Patience is also emphasized in Livingston’s work as Brayden’s father gently instructs him on how to listen for God’s word. 

Brayden the Great Warrior, written by John Livingston and illustrated by Lynn Livingston, is a heartwarming Christian book for children. This sweet book is a quick read and serves as a wonderful devotional book for parents, Sunday school teachers, and vacation bible school curricula. I recommend the Livingstons’ book to any parent struggling to find the words when helping their children find their faith and become prayerful.

Pages: 24 | ASIN : B092LCRX7L

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The Scary Snakes

Shelly is terrified of snakes, so much so she is unable to enjoy outings with her family for fear there is a snake everywhere. When out on a picnic with her family, she is afraid to even walk on the ground, and her dad has to carry her all over. She is worried that when she gets bigger and her dad can no longer carry her that she will not be able to go out with her family on these adventures. When she gets home, she calls her Grandma to tell her how upset she is, but Grandma has a plan to help her. The next day Grandma shows up with her yarn and knitting needles and together work out a plan to get past her fear of snakes.

The Scary Snakes by Tuula Pere and illustrated by Catty Flores is a creative picture book about one girl overcoming her fear of snakes. With her help of her, Grandma Shelly knits all sizes and colors of snakes to put all over her house. Seeing the harmless, fun snakes all over helps her overcome her fear.

What I love about this story is that no one makes fun of Shelly’s fear; it is taken seriously, and instead of making her feel bad, her family does things to help her overcome them. In addition, there is a strong bond between Shelly and her Grandma; it is heartwarming to see them connect over making snakes.

I loved how Catty Flores gave the characters so much energy. You can feel the excitement as Shelly gets over her fears and has fun with her Grandmother. The illustrations are colorful and have great details bringing the knitted snakes to life.

The Scary Snakes is a beautiful children’s book about overcoming fears and building confidence. This is an excellent story for kindergarten and young elementary students to learn how being afraid of things is normal.

Pages: 32 | ISBN : 9523572989

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Write a Children’s Book Was on My Bucket List

Cindy Van Rooy Author Interview

Ten Precious Pigs follows a family of piggies as they finish eating and head off on their own adventures, eventually all coming back together at bedtime_._ What was the inspiration for your story?

I knew I wanted to write a children’s book, and of course I love numbers and counting (I’m an accountant). I have loved anything to do with cute little pigs since I was a little girl. So, I decided to write a book about counting and cute pigs who go on exciting adventures.

What was your favorite scene in this story?

I had so much fun creating each pig’s adventure scene, but I think my favorite scene in the story is when all the pigs come home. They are all exhausted from their fun escapades and they pile up together by the fireplace to sleep.

What inspired you to become a children’s author?

A long time ago, I was in college studying for a degree in Elementary Education. One of the assignments in my Children’s Literature class was to use any means available to create artwork for a scene of a children’s book. I enjoyed this assignment so much that I decided to add “write a children’s book” to my bucket list.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Actually my husband, Bill, and I are working on a book together. It’s going to be a series of books. The series is going to be focused on a variety of everyday life events which cause children to be nervous or have anxiety. The first in the series is about a brother and sister going to daycare for the first time. I am hoping we will have it ready to publish by the end of 2022.

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Ten precious pigs are munching at the trough. One by one, each pig runs off to go on an adventure. What fun adventure does each pig choose? After each pig runs off, can you count the pigs still munching at the trough?

Ten Precious Pigs is an adorable picture book for children ages 3-5 years. It tells a story full of the fun and silly adventures of ten pigs. By using rhymes and repetition, the story teaches young children how to count to ten.

If you like counting, pigs who do funny things, and adventures, this book is for you!

To complement learning, ask your child the name of each animal in the farmyard.

Do You See Me when We Travel

Traveling with small children is a challenge at times. They often don’t understand why things take so long, they get bored easily, and do not like having their routine changed. Do You See Me when We Travel by Tuula Pere is a whimsical look at traveling from a child’s perspective. It helps children with things like long car rides, strange food, new places, and sleeping in a strange bed.

As a parent, I recognize many of the questions and comments the small child makes in this picture book. This is an amazing book to read to a preschooler or kindergarten child before taking a long trip to someplace new. It will help them understand that things may look and feel different, but that is ok. The child in the story was able to find things that were more like they are used to and learn to enjoy being someplace new.

Majigsuren Enkhbat illustrations are colorful and fun to look at. Seeing the child and only the legs of the adults really puts the perspective on a level for small children to relate to. The use of different color text in for the adults vs the child was also a brilliant choice. The text is written like a conversation between the adults and the child so having the different colors makes it so young readers can easily identify the parts that are from a kid’s perspective.

Do You See Me when We Travel is a heartwarming picture book that children and adults can appreciate and enjoy? This book is perfect to take when traveling to help keep kids entertained on the way anticipating all the fun they can have on their adventure.

Pages: 32 | ASIN : B09JMFWKRM

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Ava and the Last Bird

Ava discovers a bird’s nest outside her window. Each day she enjoys watching the nest to see what they will do. She loves watching the little chicks as they hatch and grow to wait to see if they can learn to fly.

Now Ava is very curious and wants to help the birds. So she tries reading to them. Her best friend Axel hears her outside reading and soon is bird watching with her as they watch the little birds learn to fly. Then a tiny little bird falls out of its nest. Ava and Axel don’t know what to do, but Ava’s grandmother does. He says, leave the baby alone it’s parents will come to rescue it when we go away. Sure enough, that is what happened. So Ava and Axel continue to watch the birds until they can all fly.

Ava and the Last Bird is a wonderful picture book for kindergarten and young elementary school children. Author Tuula Pere teaches children that nature is a wonderful place full of amazing creatures to discover. He also teaches children that they need to not interfere with the animals that surround them. Birds know what is best for them, and people must let them take care of their own families.

The artwork by illustrator Nyamdorj Lkhaasuren is fun and colorful. I loved how Ava dressed up as a bird to sing and dance for the baby bird that fell. The whimsical characters will keep children entertained as they follow along with the story.

Children and teachers will love following the adventures of Ava and Axel as they discover how the birds in their backyard live. This is a great way to introduce children to bird watching and how to properly observe the animals that live around them without causing distress or getting hurt.

Pages: 36 | ASIN : B09K4BTNW1

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Ten Precious Pigs

Ten Precious Pigs by Cindy Van Rooy is a delightful and educational children’s book. It takes place on a farm, showing ten precious piggies in their pen. Over time, they slowly leave one by one to do their own thing. From beach days, and car rides, to yoga in the forest, these pigs do it all! Eventually, it becomes time for the piggies to get into their pajamas and prepare for bed. Their long day comes to an end, and now it’s time for them to huddle up and rest by the fire!

Author Van Rooy provides children with a charming and colorful story that also educates kids on counting and rhyming. As the pigs leave one by one, children are asked to count how many pigs are left in the pen. The rhyming scheme also gets young readers engaged while making it fun. The author provides multiple educational tools to children from rhyming, counting, and learning colors all in one book. The art in the book is beautifully illustrated and pleasing to the eye as it looks like watercolor painting. With vibrant colors and playful animals, this book is sure to entertain young readers. Van Rooy includes a riddle in the short story and made this book an interactive read which allows little ones to immerse themselves into the story. It’s definitely a must-read for young children!

Overall, Ten Precious Pigs is an inviting story that I would recommend all parents to get for their young children. Especially those who are just learning to read, rhyme, or count! The aesthetic of the book is appealing and cute, and all the vibrant colors and fun illustrations would keep any child interested! All the characters look so lively and enthusiastic, you can’t help but smile! So, if you’re looking for a fun book to read as a bedtime story, or to practice reading, this is definitely the best choice.

Pages: 46 | ASIN : B09V4G2LX7

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Molly the Mallard Duck: The True Story of Kathy and the Mallard Duck She Named Molly

When Kathy finds a mother duck sitting on a nest of eggs near her home, she takes it upon herself to protect the mother. But when the ducklings hatch, they fall into a nearby sewer. Will Kathy be able to return the ducklings to their mother? Follow the noble true story of Kathy and her urban crusade to save a duckling and return it to its mother.

Molly the Mallard Duck is a charming and educational children’s book that shows how caring for wild animals is a lot more challenging than expected. With simple language that is suitable for early readers, this children’s book tells a lovely story that conveys compassion and kindness.

Illustrator Karen Welch does a fantastic job of reflecting that same warmth through magnificent sketch art that children will be able to relate to. I love how readers are able to see all of Kathy’s emotions in the illustrations as she is very expressive. This makes the story more emotional that I would have thought and shows just how much Kathy cared. Every time the ducklings were on the page my young child was glued to the book.

With a hilarious ending Molly the Mallard Duck is a picture book that will tug at the heart strings while it tells a delightful story about caring for all living creatures and helping when needed. With lovely illustrations and cute ducklings running around, kids are sure to be wrapped up in this entertaining story.

Pages: 32 | ASIN: 1466985240

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Chubby Wubbles & Coco : 2 Missing Ferrets

Having ferrets as pets can be great fun, and can lead to some amusing adventures as well. Jeffrey agrees to take care of his sister’s ferret, Chubby, because she is too busy and Chubby needs attention. Jeffrey and Chubby play together and become great friends. But Chubby is missing his ferret friend, Coco. Chubby decides to go look for Coco, but gets into some trouble along the way. Luckily Jeffrey is there to save the day. Will Chubby ever find Coco?

Chubby Wubbles & Coco: 2 Missing Ferrets is a charming children’s book that shows the loving relationship that people can have with their pet ferrets. Chubby is so cute and the delightful illustrations throughout the book will appeal to young readers. The art focuses on the characters emotions and shows Chubby being very playful and getting into things.

Throughout the story readers, along with Chubby, are wondering where Coco is. While Jeffrey and Chubby have a wonderful relationship, which really shows you how close a pet and its owner can be, we are always left longing for Coco. This adorable kids books shows just how charismatic ferrets can be and children will love seeing Chubby throughout the colorful pages.

2 Missing Ferrets is a fun picture following a pair of friendships and shows how ferrets can bring joy, and a bit of playful mischief, into your life. Early readers will have a great time reading about Chubby and Jeffrey, and this will also be a wonderful bedtime story that parents can read to their young children.

Pages: 28 | ASIN: B09R84FL34

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