Monday, January 25, 2016

Good Night, Little Love by Laura Neutzling.

Good Night Little Love is a chunky cardboard book written in rhyming verse.  The pictures and plot are whimsical and warming just the thing for putting young ones to bed.  It assures them of things you'll do tomorrow as they drift to sleep with assurance of your love and most of all God's love.  I totally recommend this book.  I will be adding this book to our church nursery.  It is just right for 1-4 year olds. 

Book Description

Getting ready for sleepy time has never been so sweet.

It’s time to put on pajamas, snuggle up, and look forward to all the happy adventures and togetherness that God will bring tomorrow. Help your child wind down with this imaginative lullaby with whimsical illustrations, and then drift off to sleep reassured of your unconditional love and affection.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Rainbow of FriendshipTitle: Rainbow of Friendship
Author: Joni Klein-Higger
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 16
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
“Is it safe to play with colors different than you?” This is the question a little red girl asks herself when she moves from the safe comforts of her little red town to Rainbow Row City. On her journey, she discovers that friendship comes in many colors, shapes and sizes.
Suggested age range for readers: 2-8

Charming, colorful and cheery are words to describe Joni Klein-Higger's book Rainbow of Friendship.  It's a wonderful story in rhyming meter to teach diversity.  Shape, size, color it doesn't matter we all need friends and that is what this book teaches.  Rainbow of Friendship is a book that will be enjoyed by preschool aged as well as the beginner reader.  You couldn't asked for a more needed book than one that teaches diversity, tolerance and friendship all in one. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hockey Agony by Donna McDine

Hockey AgonyTitle: Hockey Agony
Author: Donna McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 25
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Peer Pressure and Honesty many times go hand-in-hand. What is Larry to do when his teammate asks him to cheat when he is given the responsibility to run the clock during the big hockey game? Outwardly, it may seem he will follow suit, but his conscious tells him otherwise at the moment of truth.

Donna McDine's book Hockey Agony is just the book for a young reader that is interested in sports especially the hockey lover.  It is also a good book to use if you want to talk about honesty, peer pressure, attitude, respect or responsibility.  These are all good themes that the author has incorporated into Hockey Agony.  I felt this book was very well written and the message is right to the point.   It was a book that kept me wanting to see what was going to happen.  It was very well paced in plot, not too slow.  I have read many of McDine's books this is at top of my favorites of hers. Yes, I highly recommend this book. 
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi

Since we don't know the exact day of Christ's birth why not have a Christmas book review after Christmas.  Yes, I'm a wee bit late for the Christmas that just passed my by, but we have a Christmas future to look forward to. Goodnight, Manger would be an excellent book to add to your holiday book library.   It was added to our church library this past year.  I never can get enough of the Christmas story.  Our children need to know the true meaning of Christmas, too many of kids today don't know the real reason for the season;  And that is truly sad.  Goodnight, Manger will help teach the youngest the true meaning of Christmas. Sassi has written this book in a fun rhyming meter.  Beginning readers will love being able to read the book by themselves.  The illustrations are bold, colorful, and very eye appealing. 

Book Description

Written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Jane Chapman, Goodnight Manger is an adorable and tender bedtime story, for Christmas or any time of year.
Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. It's bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels' joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it's just too loud. Finally Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd baby Jesus into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars.

With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Goodnight, Ark, Goodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the nativity story.

About the Author
Laura Sassi has a passion for telling humorous stories in rhyme. She writes daily from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie.

About the Illustrator
Jane Chapman is a multi award-winning artist who has illustrated over one hundred books including five New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Southern England with her husband, Tim Warnes, two children and five chickens. Visit Jane Chapman at

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This Little President: A Presidential Primer book blast

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the newly-released board book, "This Little President: A Presidential Primer" by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode.


About the Book

Title: This Little President: A Presidential Primer | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: Daniel Roode | Publication Date: January 12, 2016 | Publisher: Little Simon | Pages: 26 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 6

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Book Description: A board book primer on presidents Learn about the US presidents with this bright and playful board book! Highlighting ten of the most memorable presidents—and featuring all forty-four on the last page—parents and little leaders-in-training alike will love sharing this fun primer full of age-appropriate facts, leadership skills, and White House history.
Leading our country. Helping you and me. Keeping all fifty states safe, happy, and free. Little presidents have a great big job.
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About the Author: Joan Holub

Joan-Holub-GG-264x300Joan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the Mini Myths series of 8 board books: Be Careful, Icarus!, Brush Your Hair, Medusa!, Make A Wish Midas! Joan also authored the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan also co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books).

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2 more Frankie Dupont books by Julie Anne Grasso

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ScienceFairCover-CropHiTitle: Frankie Dupont and The Science Fair Sabotage
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Illustrator: Alexander Avellino
Publication Date: May 11, 2015  
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 134 
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: Frankie Dupont is less than impressed when he has to attend the Sustainable Science Fair with Kat and Amy. Upon his arrival, he learns that Amy’s brothers have had their robotics chip stolen. Keen to recover the chip, Frankie questions the kids in the competition, but everyone seems to have a motive. When baffling clues start rolling in via “Snap-Goss” instant messages, Frankie realises it will take all of his detective muscles to solve this case. An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12.



Ms Grasso inspires young readers to work on their detective skills in The Science Fair Sabotage.  This is the third book in Frankie Dupont series and he's back to save the day when a science fair project gets messed with.  Will Frankie figure it out?  Well, you know he will, but how he does it you'll just have to read the book to find out.  No spoilers here.  An excellent read for young detective wannabes.  I read the second book in this series and loved it and number three is no different.  A great read.  Do you have to read these books in order?  Well no, but there are some times when a previous book or character is referred to, but nothing that will effect solving the mystery.  Boys and girls alike will fall in love with the setting, plot and characters.  They are fun and exciting. 

FrankieDupont-HighSeas-hiTitle: Frankie Dupont and High Seas Heist
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Illustrator: Alexander Avellino
Publication Date: July 6, 2015  
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 148 
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: Frankie Dupont seems to catch odd-ball cases in the most unlikely places. You would think he would be used to it by now.  When his next case lands him on a luxury cruise liner full of devious chocolatiers with ulterior motives, Frankie will be expected to solve the crime, even before it’s committed.  Although his mind is certainly up for the challenge, Frankie realises his stomach is yet to find its sea legs.
An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12



Ship Ahoy, Matty.  Oh, no it isn't a pirate adventure it is a mystery cruise adventure.  See if you, the reader, can solve the mystery before Frankie and his friends as they sail away into the night on a cruise.  Will the chocolate thief be found before the crime is committed? The characters are no strangers, but the crime is fun to solve in this fourth book of the Frankie Dupont series.  Read them all you won't be sorry.  

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: “These books are quick and fun to read. They are perfect for young readers who enjoy mysteries and quirky characters. ” ~ Melanie, Amazon

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: 
Like the other books in this series, this is a story written and aimed at kids. The fantasy, thoughts and plot are laid out with lots of love just for this age group, and I think kids will enjoy this completely.” ~ Tonja D., Amazon

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage:  This fast paced, funny book is sure to thrill and entertain your middle grade reader.” ~ Susan, Amazon

Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist:  “With each book, the author manages to think up a completely new, fun, and smart adventure for kids. I’d recommend this to any middle-grade story-lover, especially if they value friendship, perseverance, and learning new things.” ~ Ilana, Amazon

About the Author:

Julie Anne GrassoWith a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain them. A science fiction nerd (she even owns a TARDIS), cupcake enthusiast and lover of all things mystery, she lives in Melbourne with her husband Danny and their little girl Giselle. Most days she can be found sipping chai tea and dreaming up wonderful worlds that often involve consumption of cupcakes.






Monday, January 11, 2016

Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray

Librarian Lydia Bancroft and club-owner Sebastian Marks are the unlikeliest of friends, but their love of books connects the two in Shelley Gray’s Whispers in the Reading Room, book three in The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series. Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked. One fateful night, suddenly Lydia is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust and if Sebastian Marks is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

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Whispers in the Reading Room (Zondervan, November 2015)
Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

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If you have a love for reading then Shelley Shepard Gray's book Whispers in the Reading Room is just the book for you.  A fun winter, curl-up-by-the-fire book read.  You won't want to stop turning the pages Gray has you trapped from the start to the finish.  It is definitely a hard book to put down.  I have read Gray's Amish writings but this is the first one of her books nonAmish that I've read and love it as I love her Amish books.  It's the third book in the World's Fair series, but I didn't feel as if I'd missed anything by not reading 1 & 2 first.  Now, I'm going to have to back peddle and read the first two books. 

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Finn's Rocket by Serena Schreiber

About the Book
Title: Finn’s Rocket: A Surfer Catches Air (Finn’s Fast Books, Book #3)
Authors: Serena Schreiber
Publication Date: November 1, 2015 
Publisher: Independent 
Pages: 176 
Recommended Ages: 7 to 12



Book Description:
Finn’s summer vacation plans didn’t include leaving the planet.
When his little sister gets kidnapped from space camp, Finn will do anything and go anywhere to get her back. Even the international space station.

Finn's Rocket is a fun action packed book of adventure for the middle school aged person.  It mixes German history with a fun, fast-paced, exploding adventure of sports, science and space.  The characters came to life and you felt as though you were living right next to them.  The author was very much able to bring the reader into the book and scenes.  I highly recommend this book for any adventurous middle schooler.  It is definitely a keeper. 

About the Author:

serenaschreiberFirst published in Brooklyn in third grade, Serena Schreiber took a circuitous route through Europe to settle in Florida. When not writing for kids or scientists, she follows her other muse, fantasy. She’s a happy co-conspirator of Florida Writers Association Youth Program and runs the Howl at the Moon Writers Jam. Serena has two amazing children, a handsome husband, and a turtle named Bolt.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What Pro-Life Really Means By Daniel Darling

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Even if you're not heading to Washington, D.C., January 21–22 for the March for Life event, block out some time those two days because you'll be able to attend some of the events in the comfort of your own home. Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.

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What Pro-Life Really Means

By Daniel Darling

It was a flippant comment by the spokesmen for a presidential candidate: “It doesn’t matter. They’re just Muslims.” But it made shudder.

This is how societies begin to dehumanize a people group, and every generation of Christians is responsible to face this thinking and fight it. This is what it means to be a pro-life champion.

We are pro-life because we are pro-human dignity. It is the uniquely Christian message that sees in every soul a person created in the image of God.

When Planned Parenthood and their allies say, “That’s just a fetus,” we say, “No, that’s a baby, a human life, that deserves dignity and respect.”

When corrupt profiteers look at vulnerable young girls and boys and say, “They are just a commodity to be trafficked for money,” we say, “No, they are boys and girls created in the image of God and deserving of dignity and respect.”

When eugenicists look at the elderly and say, “They are just burdens to be managed,” we say, “No, human dignity is not defined by utility, but is a unique gift given by God.”

When politicians look at immigrants and say, “They are a drain on society,” we say, “No, they are created in the image of God and worthy of kindness, welcoming, and respect.”

When ISIS brutally dehumanizes its victims—Christians, Muslims, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their ideology—and they say, “They are just infidels,” we say, by our acts of justice, “No, they are people created in the image of God and worthy of life and respect.”

When the disabled are marginalized, we say, “No, each was created in the image of God and is worthy of our full love and acceptance.”

Even in our discourse, even when we look across the aisle, across the screen, across the table at someone who doesn’t share our beliefs, we say to ourselves, “This person is worthy of respect and dignity because they too were created in the image of God.”

Human dignity, the intrinsic worth of every human soul, is not just a once-every-four-years mantra for voter guides and political scorecards. We live out the imago de as a way of life, and we seek justice wherever human dignity is compromised.

This is why ERLC and Focus on the Family join hands to help raise up a new generation of evangelicals who are passionate about the sanctity of human life. This why you should come to Washington, D.C., this January to the Evangelicals for Life event or participate via the free simulcast at your church or on your computer.

You should join Evangelicals for Life, not simply to make a powerful stand in the nation’s capital. You should come, not simply to be stirred by the gifted speakers. You should come, not only to fellowship and strategize with other champions for life.

You should be a part of of Evangelicals for Life because God is calling you, in this time and in your sphere of influence, to be a voice for human dignity.

Answer for yourself what it means to have a pro-life, whole-life vision. Discover where your gifts and talents best serve the kingdom of God in this way, and send a message to the world that your Christianity compels you to look every human being in the eye and not see what everyone sees. You see in them the image of their Creator.

Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC), the co-sponsor of the Evangelicals for Life conference. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College and has studied at  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area. They attend Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where Dan serves as Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship.

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