4th of July Book Fun for Christian Kids

Happy 4th of July!

Are you looking for some simple, yet meaningful, ideas for children and preteens to celebrate the 4th of July? Please join me on the Christian Children’s Authors blog. . .

I turned into a subdivision that, just a few weeks ago, was the site of a neighborhood-wide garage sale. I had been delighted with the lemonade and cookie stand hosted by a little girl from my church. Aren’t lemonade stands a part of your childhood memories, too? Everyone smiles at a lemonade stand.

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A Mother’s Day Book Bag Gift

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day! Let’s make a book bag gift for Mom!

We have been looking at book bag ideas for children and teens. Today, let’s talk about a book bag for Mom.

Join me on the Christian Children’s Authors blog to get the steps of how to make this Mother’s Day gift.

10 Reasons I Attend the Write-to-Publish Conference

Write-to-PublishI have attended the Write-to-Publish Conference in Wheaton, IL for more than ten years. AND I will attend the conference again this year.

Why would I attend the same writer’s conference again – and again?
Location – The Write-to-Publish Conference is on the campus of Wheaton College. It is a venue that is saturated in prayer. You sense that as you walk and pray. It is obvious that God’s Holy Spirit is there filling, guiding, and encouraging attendees. Continue reading

Interview with Diane Stortz

DianeStortzPic1_color-200x300I am very excited to share this interview with Diane Stortz. Diane is an author and former editorial director whose heart’s desire is to “tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4). Her most recent release is I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God.

What is unique about this Bible storybook?
The focus of the book is on the names and descriptive titles of God in the Bible. So every story shows how either an Old Testament or New Testament name tells us more about who God is. For example, the story of Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, shows us that God is The LORD Who Heals. Each story also contains a short devotion about the name and what it means for a child’s daily life. There’s also a prayer, a “Learn More” section, and a “What Happened Next?” section that links all the stories together from Genesis through Revelation.

How did you come up with the idea for this book?
“I’m not sure! Some time back, I was introduced to the idea of reading the Bible to get to know God — as opposed to studying it for information or as rules to be followed. Since this book is designed to help children get to know God better, I suppose the idea actually began forming then.

You’ve written the Bible storybooks besides this one. Why is this type of book important to you?
I love creating engaging books based on the Bible that children want to return to again and again! An age-appropriate Bible storybook makes such a good entry point for children to engage with God’s Word. When the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, he noted that Timothy’s faith began with this mother and grandmother and with the Scripture they taught him: “From childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). Sometimes parents get introduced to God and the Word through a good Bible storybook too!

I hope you will take a few minutes to check out this lovely new book from Diane. It would make a perfect gift for a baby shower, birthday, or Easter!





I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God
ISBN-13: 9780529120663




I’d like to thank Diane for this interview and pray many blessings on her writing and the lives it will touch.

Three Reasons to Give Kids Books on Valentine’s Day

Books to Share Gods Love

Valentine’s Day is coming! Many children will be showered with cards and candy. Both are sweet expressions of love, but books also offer a great Valentine’s Day gift option. Here are three reasons to consider books for a child or preteen’s Valentine’s Day treat.

  1. Books can be shared between parent and child or between grandparent and grandchild. Children crave time with the adults in their lives. Sharing a book is a great way to spend time and a perfect invitation to discuss the important things of the Bible.
  2. Books can teach the nature of God’s love. Whether the recipient is a preschooler listening to a Bible storybook, a beginning reader reading an easy text Bible story, or a tween completing a devotional, books are a fantastic way to introduce or reinforce the concept of God’s love.
  3. Children can enjoy books again and again. Young readers love being able to read books on their own. They love rereading the same books, savoring the success of becoming an independent reader. What joy to give a book to a beginning reader for Valentine’s Day! What a privilege to give the child a book that affirms God’s love for him. Middle grade readers also love books. They are at such a critical time in life. Suddenly, they must decide what they believe and what choices they will make when mom and dad are not always with them. Offering the right books can help middle graders make God-honoring choices.

Will you share a book with a child this Valentine’s Day?

I pray that you and your family will have a sweet Valentine’s Day spending time together and enjoying words that bring your child closer to God.


A portion of this post appeared first on the Christian Children’s Authors blog. Have you visited us there?

Write Exciting Things for Kids

Today, I am on the Write2Ignite! blog. I hope you will stop by.
ButtonsSome of you know that I am a teacher as well as an author. I learn from my students and fellow teachers every single day, even – and sometimes especially – those who are brand new to the profession.

What does teaching have in common with writing?

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If You Take a Children’s Author to a Bookstore

If you take a children’s author to a bookstore, what will she do?

  • She will carefully examine the new releases specially displayed for young readers to see.
  • She will check out the end cap displays of the titles that have bookstoregained a high level of popularity.
  • She will stop to look at the seasonal books, with an eye for her own proposal ideas… and consider purchasing a few (or more) for the young readers in her family.
  • She will explore the creative, reading areas that call to young readers and their families and consider making such a magical place, again, for her own young reader family members.
  • She will stop to chat with the manager about what is popular with kids and what the manager wishes would be published.
  • She will search for books in all the genres she writes – devotionals, nonfiction, chapter books, and middle grade fiction.
  • She will sit for a bit and make notes, all the while listening to the excited requests from young readers for this title or that one.
  • She will check the shelves for her own titles and be thankful for the opportunity to be there.

What do you like to do when you visit a bookstore?

Bedtime Bible Story Routines

BedtimeBiblestoryroutinesThis is the first Monday in January. Many kids are returning to school. Many parents are returning to work. Many of us are returning to the our routines.

Some activities will be the same as before Christmas. They are established routines. Other activities will be new ones that we hope will reach the routine status.
The New Year is a wonderful time to start a bedtime Bible story routine.

What are some benefits of a bedtime Bible story routine? Here are four benefits for the child who ends the day with a Bible story.

  • Predictability at the end of the day
  • Calming activity to wind down
  • Reassurance that Jesus loves them
  • A natural connection to bedtime prayers

What benefits would you add to the list? What are some of your favorite bedtime Bible story books for children?

Establishing Devotional Routines with Kids

Are you looking for some new routines to study God’s Word in the new year? Maybe you are hoping to establish the same routines for your children and preteens.

A new year is a great time to start a new devotion book.

Here is a portion of my post on the Christian Children’s Authors blog from last January on that very topic.

Kids of this age might not say that they thrive on routine, but they do. And tweens who have a routine devotional time are much more likely to chillax as they learn the promises of the Bible. Psalm-1_2-300x300
For example, the child who understands that there is a set time to complete school work, expects it to be so. He or she might not verbally welcome doing school work, but knowing that there is a designated time to get it done is calming in a way.
What about learning God’s Word? Again, if there is a routine, the tween will automatically expect it. Having a ready mind set goes a long way on the path to achievement.
Here are four considerations that parents can use to create and maintain a devotional routine to help tweens chillax in God’s Word.
Time – Let’s face it. We are all creatures of habit. If an activity has a regular time in our lives, it is likely to get done. Otherwise, well meant intentions can go by the wayside. Help tweens establish a regular time for their devotions.
Place – When a devotional time happens in a regular place, there can be fewer distractions. For example, perhaps the tween devotion takes place every evening in a quiet place in his room (perhaps with an adult). It is much more likely to be productive than if it is in the family room in the midst of video games and conversation.
Material – It is important to have a devotion book to use with the tween’s Bible. Choose a Bible translation that fits the tween’s reading ability and a devotional book that engages him. There are devotions of many different formats available.
Participants – A time of devotions can be alone or with a family member. With a child who is old enough to read independently, it is a great idea to incorporate some individual time and an additional time of reading, discussion, and praying with an adult family member.
I hope you will join us on the Christian Children’s Authors blog for more posts about all things reading with Christian kids.

Fostering a Love of Reading in Children

Today I am on the Christian Children’s Authors blog. . .

This week, I ate at a popular hamburger chain. The sign said that kids could read four books and them get a free hamburger.