Monday, December 11, 2017

Hello Friends!  I wanted to share about interactive story book apps and add some of our favorites to our growing lists of good reads we've found along our way.  The kids are a bit older since my last post but recently we were remembering favorite stories together.  My daughter noted some interactive story book apps that we used to enjoy.  We downloaded them again to our Kindle.  They were still fun to listen to and click around on that we looked to see if our favorite had any new storybooks to download.  If you are looking for entertaining and interactive story book apps here's what we have liked best. 

First up is IckyPen's Mr. Icky Fox stories were an instant favorite.  The story lines are short and simple but the art work and the ways to interactive are fantastically fun!  There are four available but their Facebook page indicated a little bit ago that they have been working on something new.  The first we downloaded was The Icky Mr. Fox and quickly wanted more.  We have since added Icky Mr. Fox's Rainbow, Missing Friend, and Icky Animal Alphabet.  They range in price from free to $1.99.
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The Trip Little Critter Reading Adventure, was another favorite.  Sadly it looks like it is no longer available.  Many of the other 'Little Critter' storybooks by Mercer Mayer are available to download but they are not very interactive, more just read along.  The Trip, had route decisions you could make, you searched for and collected items.  This is what we are looking for in interactive storybooks.

I took sometime and did a quick search and tested out a few books that came up when I did a search for interactive storybooks.  I continued to not find many options but I did like were Sandra Boyton's book apps.  There's a fair amount of animation that you can create with a tap on the different pages.  They have that whimsical, and engaging quality that we are looking for.  I downloaded the free collection of books to try out.  You can download a couple different individual stories too.

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I think interactive storybooks are a fun way to enjoy a story.  I really wish there were more readily available and easy to find.

If you have found any that you love please add in the comments below!


Friday, October 7, 2016

It's been awhile but I just had to share


Well, as the title says it's been awhile but I just had to share a recent book find, I love it so much!
It's titled ' Mother Bruce' and is written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins.   It's a book about a bear, a bear that happens to become the proud parent of some baby geese.  Besides Higgins humor I love that the book has a fresh modern feel and references in it.  It takes our modern day lives to the woods.  There are fun surprises to find on each page through illustrations and subtext.  I can't wait to check out Ryan T. Higgins other books now and may just be back to post about those here soon.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Hunt for the Devil's Dragon


The Hunt for the Devil's Dragon by Marianne Hering, Wayne Thomas Batson and illustrated by David Hohn is the 11th in the Imagination Station series.  I've got to repeat once again how much I really enjoy this series.  I can't believe there is only one more to go!  This is simply a refreshing series for young readers.  These books are filled with learning, history, values and excitement.  This one has a real dragon in the story; I know my kids are excited about that.  The Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon deals with the topic of bullying and more specifically standing up to bullies.  It's a tough subject and too many of our children face bullying in schools.  This would be a great read to share with a child that is dealing with this issue. It would be a great starting point to open up the discussion with your child.   It gives many examples of bullies/bullying and reinforces that you should always stand up for yourself, your friends and for what if right.  This series keeps surprising me.  I love the wealth of time periods and cultures that we’ve traveled.  The books are filled with Biblical truths.  All this packed into the adventure of a good read! 

I received a copy of the book for the purpose of this review from Tyndale Publishing. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Humble Heart: A Book of Virtues




Humble Bumbles' Humble Heart a Book of Virtues by Amy Meyer Allen is a collection of nine stories that teach children about the Biblical virtues of; humility, love, thoughtfulness, faithfulness, mercy, encouragement, comfort, courage and joy.  The stories are bright and simple and the illustrations follow suit.  They are understandable and relatable for young children.  They are also charming and enduring for older children to enjoy and learn from as well.  There is a definition of each term at the beginning of each story and an applicable scripture verse at the end.  My children loved going through this book of virtues with me.  We read one a night during our devotion time.  There are fun features too that many children books have.  Humble honey bee can be found on each page and there is a highlighted item from the illustration on the opposite page of text like a hat or a flower which can then also be found in the illustration.  They loved playing this game as we went through the stories.  This is definitely a book we will read time and time again. 


I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of this review.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Challenge on the Hill of Fire, Book 10

 Book 10, Challenge on the Hill of Fire from the Imagination Station series is out!  Authors Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders and illustrator David Hohn have given us an suspense filled story focusing on a bit of the history of St. Patrick's Day.  Personally I love that they are covering the Holidays in this series.  This is the second time they have focused on a Holiday, the first was with Book 6, Problems in Plymouth.  I have not started reading this series to my children as I think they are still a little young for fully understanding some of the historical context of these stories but when I do I will plan the reads to correspond with the right Holiday.  I am very excited to be able to add a fun story, with Historical context and Biblical truths to help us celebrate the different seasons!  This book has been one of my favorites so far.  I've never really studied this time period and am intrigued to learn more about Bishop Patrick.  I also appreciated the tie in with the St. Patrick's tradition of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and comparing/relating it to something that's even more valuable to a pot of gold, the knowledge of God.  I hope you'll check out this fun series!   I received a copy of this book from Tyndale publishing for the purpose of this review.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Imagination Station - Books 8 & 9

The Imagination Station series is back! Battle for Cannibal Island by Marianne Hering, Wayne Thomas Batson and Escape to the Hiding Place by Marianne Hering and Marshal Younger both illustrated by David Hohn are books 8 and 9 of this 12 book series. These books are part of what I consider the second part of the series. Books 1-6 follow a continuation of a plot line working to return a lost ring to Mr. Whittaker. Books 8 & 9 while they continue the familiar framework of cousins Patrick and Beth going on adventures with the Imagination Station are written so each book can stand alone and could be read in any order. The authors continue to work through history picking pinnacle times and people for Patrick and Beth to travel to and encounter. In Battle for Cannibal Island the cousins travel back in time and meet the missionary James Calvert who ministered to cannibal tribes in Fiji in the 1850s. The cousins find themselves aboard one of the Queens ships just off an island inhabited by cannibals. This story has a strong message of missions and gladly following God's will for your life. In Escape to the Hiding Place Patrick and Becky find themselves in Holland during World War II. The cousins get to help out in a big way and learn that there are lots of ways to help God's kingdom. These are quality books for young readers. They are filled with adventure, danger and lots of learning moments. They show character, humility, bravery and many other redeeming qualities. I'm very happy to have fun and positive books to share with my two emerging readers. I received copies of these books from Tyndale publishing for the purpose of this review.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Adventures in Odyssey Devotional

Adventures in Odyssey: 90 Devotions for Kids is a wonderful new devotional for kids. The familiar characters from the Adventures in Odyssey series fill this book sharing story examples that reinforce the devotional topic. There are 13 themes each with 6-7 devotions per theme. The devotions are short, about two pages which is a perfect length for this age but they are packed with information and Biblical truths. There's a daily challenge with each lesson and a memory versus. I'm planning on using this for our next family devotional. The themes covered include: Salvation, Learning about Jesus, Discipleship, Prayer, The Bible, Exercising Faith, Forgiveness, Giving, Witnessing, Worship, Going to Church, Serving Others and Overcoming Sin. It's a great line-up that I can't wait to share with my kids. I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.