The holiday shopping season starts earlier and earlier each year; Black Friday might not be here until Friday, Nov. 23, but some retailers are planning on opening their stores Thanksgiving night or even Thanksgiving morning in an attempt to grab their share of the consumer spending expected to take place this year. It doesn’t matter if one is shopping for electronics, toys, small appliances or books, there are deals to be had on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The San Francisco Christian Fiction Examiner wants to remind readers of some great children’s books that Christian families will want to make sure are part of their gift giving this year. Each of these books can be found on Black Friday in any retail location that carries books and they will be part of Cyber Monday selections for online book retailers.
“Princess Stories” by Carolyn Larsen and Sergey Eliseev (Tyndale Kids, 2012) A collection of stories that looks at several women from the Bible as Heavenly Princesses, this is the perfect set of stories for reinforcing Biblical truths to little girls enamored with Cinderella and other fairy tale princesses.
“The True Story of Noah’s Ark” by Tom Dooley and Bill Looney (Master Books, 2003) The story of Noah and God’s command and instructions regarding the building of the ark is found in Genesis, chapters 6-9 of the Old Testament. While many details are given about the measurements of the ark and the reasons God wanted Noah to build it, many of the details regarding exactly how it was done and what Noah and his family thought throughout the building of the ark are absent from the Scriptures. Tom Dooley has done an amazing job filling in those gaps.
“All Is Well: The Miracle of Christmas in July” by Frank Peretti and Gary Glover (Thomas Nelson, 2002) This is the story of a young boy named Daniel and his mother, Ruth. They are struggling to make it on their own and the future looks bleak. When it seems all hope is lost, they are reminded through the kindness of others, that God is in control.
“Papa’s Pastries” by Charles Toscano and Sonja Lamut (Zonderkidz, 2010) Miguel and his family live in a small Mexican village. His papa is known for his delicious pastries and today Miguel and Papa must sell all the pastries because they need many things for the coming winter. Unfortunately as Miguel and Papa travel from village to village, everyone is in the same situation as Miguel’s family; no one has any money. Papa is so kind though that he gives away pastries anyway. The true meaning of Christmas, giving without regard to reward, is clear in this story.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson (HarperCollins, 1988) This classic tale of how a community learns to accept a family who doesn’t quite fit in, will have readers of all ages laughing out loud. The Herdmans are a family of six children, but not any ordinary children. These are children that inspire feelings of panic, fear, and dread wherever they go. They lie, cheat, smoke cigars, pick on kids smaller than them; and that’s just the girls’ bad habits!
“The Pink Ballerina” by Sheila Walsh and Meredith Johnson (Thomas Nelson, 2007) An adorable story about not-so-perfect ballerina, this book is part of the Gigi: God’s Little Princess series. Gigi is a unique little girl. She is all about pink, jewels and frilly dresses, but she is equally happy climbing trees, banging pots and pans and wearing cowboy boots.
“The Lord’s Prayer” illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson, commentary by Rick Warren (Zonderkidz, 2011) From the endpapers when one first opens the book until the last page is turned, the pictures of this book are breath-taking. Children of all ages from around the world are shown in various activities that illustrate ideally the words of the Lord’s Prayer. It is an inspiring picture book with the words of Jesus spoken to His disciples when they asked Him how they should pray.
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