Saturday, September 21, 2019

PBT Discernment... What works for you?

Thanks for your patience while waiting for the next PBT post. Family circumstances and technical difficulties have kept me from posting. Now that I’ve been away, I’ve decided to take some time to discern the direction of PBT.
I’m interested in your feedback. 
Consider how PBT helps you and how it’s lacking. Then comment below. 
Would you prefer shorter posts, short podcasts, or both? 
Which books...Theme-based? 
I've been focused on secular books that you can’t easily find 
and God books about the nature of God. Does that still meet your needs? 
Do you like book lists or 1 book at a time? 
Children’s literature is getting better and better! Are you mostly interested in the best picture books coming out now
or classics that you might be forgetting?
Do you like my comments where I give you ideas for using the books or is this not a good use of my time?
All suggestions are welcome.
Remember you can access the 800 or so books here at PBT using the search box in the top right corner or using the large number of search labels at the bottom of your screen. If you’re on your phone, you’ll have to click on “view the web version.” 
I want you to be pleased with my work because it helps your ministries and helps ALL your families serve God better. 
Please make a comment, continue to use PBT, and check back to see what direction I've decided to take. Grace and peace, h


  1. I am new to your blog, but have appreciate every blog as they have come, and also being able to research topics with your excellent labels. Personally, I see please do not change a thing, and PLEASE keep posting! With appreciation from Romania.

    1. How wonderful to hear from you and to be affirmed in my work! Thank you! I know it reaches across the globe in ways that I can not even imagine so I am especially glad to hear from you. So glad you are using the labels; they are the keys to accessing the right books at the right time. I'm sure the posts will continue in some form. Blessings! h

  2. I use this fantastic resource in two settings! First in my work as a Library Director for my area conference of Mennonite Church USA. I frequently help patrons find books for children's time in worship as well as resources for parents to teach/talk about faith concepts. (I also direct church library committees to check here when they are looking to add to their children's collection). Secondly, I use your blog in my Children's Literature Course at the local college where I'm an adjunct.

    To answer your questions, I am more likely to access written posts than podcasts. I find your comments about possible uses of the book one of the most helpful features!! Also getting to see multiple pages from the inside in order to see visually whether I like the book is helpful. Finally, for my uses, the newer book posts are some of the ones I've been most excited about--but I love them all! Book lists are great sometimes, but the in depth posts on a single book are not to be missed. :) Thank you so very very much for this ministry! It is truly making a difference!

  3. Wow, Jen! Thanks! This kind of specific feedback is exactly what I wanted. And thank you for telling your students about PBT! It sounds as if you, like me, easily see the many benefits of good children's literature on spiritual development. I read just yesterday that experts believe children develop an image of God by age 5 with or without religious instruction. Encouraging rich and positive images of God are what PBT and your work are all about! h

  4. Tammy Johnson Felder9/25/2019

    Hanna, I love your blog!! I use it all the time so when I saw you were discerning, I thought I'd weigh in on the discussion. I love children's literature so I appreciate the way you take secular books and pull out themes for us and provide ideas for teaching. I lead chapel for preschoolers once a week. Not all of the children have home churches or access to religious settings so we keep it light, but I love the moral character lessons that often overlap with biblical truths we teach. To answer your question, I love the posts vs. the podcast. I like the search tool, especially when I can put in a scripture reference or a theme word. I love theme based suggestions. We can take those many different directions. I see that you reference books that are not easily found. I use the public library and amazon to find books so it is helpful for me if they are books that are currently in print or fairly new. I also love learning about new books that come out and how to use those in my setting. Plus, I love adding new books to my personal library of children's books. I like the lists of books but I also like when you dive deep into one. The list is helpful so that we have a variety of books to choose from. The recommendation of how to use the books are super helpful. I have been teaching in children's ministry for a long time and I still find the notes helpful, but I think they would be invaluable to newer teachers or volunteers looking for connection points. Thank you so much for the work you do. I love just getting on this page. I get so many ideas and I appreciate the effort you put in. Thank you so very much.

    1. Tammy, your words made me feel a little goose-pimply! I'm so glad read that PBT is so helpful to you. I think our little preschoolers soak in so much of what we say about God (rich food) and too often they get shallow candy and busy work. Bless you for your work and thank you so much for your specific affirmations. They are very helpful as I discern what God is calling me to do at this time in my life. Pray for me, please. H

    2. I am most certainly praying for you!!

    3. How nice! I am very grateful for any prayers offered regarding my discernment for the future direction of PBT. I want this website to serve Christ's church as well as possible. Thank you! h

  5. Hello! THANK YOU for this amazing ministry. I have been teaching second grade in a Catholic school for many years. Last year, I left my beloved classroom to become a "traveling teacher" within our very large school (over 1000 students, K-8.) I am teaching Theology of the Body to every student in grades K-5, using children's literature as the primary vehicle to bring TOB to my students. Your ministry has been invaluable!! I LOVE the way you have set this up... I can search by virtue, or topic, or simply browse your rich list of literature. I am pursuing my Master's Degree in Theology, and the focus of my thesis involves children's literature. I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done and continue to do to bring images and words to life in the light of God's love and presence. Your ministry has done so much good for me, but more importantly, hundreds of students. Please continue to bless the world with your work. I am praying for you and your intentions.