Monday, October 1, 2018

PBT Series: For Our Youngest Children #2

Here's another book (and series) that I discovered while writing my lectionary-based curriculum for very young children. These books offer a fun start to a growing spirituality with very basic concepts and loveable fun characters. Itty-bitty peeps in your home or faith family will really enjoy these books. 
Picture Book: Here’s the Reason God Made Me
Author: Mikal Keefer
Illustrator: Paula Becker
Summary: When young children experience this board book, they learn that God made them for affectionate loving. They are made for hugging,  
 snuggling,  
tickling,
and even napping - the quiet happy times. 
For children who love to dance and sing, they will be urged to do so because God wants them to.  
What's really nice is this book ends with a kiss from the child to you, the reader!
Hanna’s Comments: Be sure to engage in some of these affectionate and joyful behaviors when appropriate given your setting and your relationship with the audience, even if it's in the middle of reading. The point is that we are made for joy! The series is entitled Best of Li’l Buddies. Here are other titles published as of this date:
Everywhere I Go, God is with Me
From Head to Toe, God Made Me
Mad, Glad, or Sad, God is for Me
All Day Long, God Loves Me
Never Fear, God is Here
Original Publisher & Date: LifeTree (Group), 2017
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 1 and up, Toddler and up
Formats other than Book: Tablet
Scripture Connections: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm 100:1); A joyful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22); Love one another (John 13:34); ...above all these, put on love (Colossians 3:14); Rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to very young children who are beginning to embark on their faith journeys.