I have been asked to review the following four children’s books which are published by Graham Blanchard Publishing, and written by Callie Grant. I was sent one in hard copy and the other 3 on Kindle.
Jesus Shows Me is the first book in the “Knowing My God” series, which teaches young children about God’s love by explaining selected scripture through colorful photographs and supportive text. Each page of this board book illustrates a segment of John 15:9-14 with a photo of an animal parent caring for its young, which exemplifies how God loves people.
I liked this book, the photos are of animals, which automatically drew Elijah in. The way that Callie uses animals and their parenting and relationships to explain the bible verse is brilliant. She both teaches about nature and unfolds the scripture for the children. This series is in board book form, which makes it great for babies through to older kids. Even Naomi loves to look at the picture… and eat the books.
Jesus Invites Me is the second book in the “Knowing My God” series, and explains Matthew 11:28-30, in which Jesus calls people to learn from him and to follow him.
Following on the previous book, Jesus Invites Me, is a peaceful book that uses pretty photographs of children to tell kids more about the verse. The author uses verbal images that children can relate to in order to help them understand the peace that Jesus offers us when He invites us to follow him. I like that these books have photos as opposed to illustrations, because I find the kids relate better to real things than someone’s interpretation. I plan to use this book for quite some time to teach my kids.
All of Me that You Can’t See is an beautifully illustrated book for children aged 3-6 which teaches them about their soul, and that although they cannot see it, it is a vital part of who they are and the part that matter most to Jesus.
I liked this book’s illustrations the most, the story is sweet, but not my favourite. The kids enjoyed the rhyming though, but I find Elijah doesn’t get the whole Jesus and souls thing.
Mud Puddle Hunting Day written follows a young girl’s splashy walk in the rain, as she discovers and celebrates some of life’s little joys.
I love this little rhyming book, that is aimed at kids from 0-6 years. Its waterpaint illustrations, and simple rhymes are great for keeping the kids interested. Its not overtly spiritual, but as the story continues and the little girl sees all the things in nature and enjoys splashing in the mud, its a great way to remind ourselves and the kids that God created us and the world around us to enjoy. Elijah loves to “plash” in puddles with his boots, so he can really relate to this story.
All four these books are available from Graham Blanchard Publishing here.
About the Author:
Callie’s work as a writer and editor has taken her from the Tennessee Valley to Silicon Valley, where she learned about starting new ventures. In the 1990s, Callie was part of the Scholastic, Inc. product development team in Palo Alto, where she developed a passion for educational publishing and children’s books, later authoring two titles. She and her husband Michael and their daughter live with the family pup in Austin.