A Great Day at Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #110

It’s a great book day around here today! Not only is it Booknificent Thursday, but Scholastic book order forms came home today as well. For people who live in a country with very few English bookstores, this is a really, really big and exciting day!

Scholastic day

So you know what we’ll be doing over the next few days – oohing and aahing and wishing and deciding over our next books to read. I can’t wait to see what books you are oohing and aahing over and what you have to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around, and remember to be a kind community member by leaving encouraging comments while you hop!

Booknificent Thursdays
<div align="center"><a href="http://mommynificent.com/" title="Booknificent Thursdays"><img src="http://mommynificent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Booknificent-Thursdays.jpg" alt="Booknificent Thursdays" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!



Our Top Ten List of Christian Book Series for Young Kids

As promised, we are back with our third set of ten favorite books for young advanced readers. If you missed the first two sets, you can see them here and here.

I’m doing this series in response to a number of questions I’ve received from moms and dads of five to eight year olds whose children have become very good readers and want to read chapter books but don’t know what to read. And they, like me, have no desire for their children to be reading middle grade books even though they are capable of doing so because of the issues they deal with like crushes on boys, trouble with teachers and parents, jealousy and cliques, bad attitudes, and the fact that a lot of them deal with good and evil in ways that is beyond where little ones need to be.

So without further ado, please enjoy our top ten list of Christian book series for young kids. (This post contains affiliate links to Amazon to assist you in finding the books we are talking about. If you click on them and buy the book(s) or even go on to buy something else, we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!)

Top Ten Christian Series for Advanced Readers

1. Concord Cunningham, The Scripture Sleuth is a series that is currently at five books. Concord Cunningham, whose friends call him “The Concordance,” is very much like Encyclopedia Brown except that he solves mysteries using his extensive knowledge of the Bible. Each chapter is one mystery and ends with Concord announcing that he has solved the case and what Bible verse led him to that conclusion, but to find out why, the reader must turn to the back of the book for the solution. This gives readers a chance to try and figure it out themselves using the Bible verse along with the other clues given in the chapter. My kids like to look up the verse and see if they can solve the mystery before checking the back. You can buy these books on Amazon or directly from the author’s website. (He’ll even autograph them for you!)

1-5 Scripture Sleuth

2. Janette Oke’s Animal Friends series – This delightful series has 15 books, beginning with Spunky’s Diary, and are simple stories of friendship and life lessons. Sadly, this series seems to be out of print, but you can still grab them very inexpensively from independent sellers on Amazon. You won’t regret doing so as your kids are likely to read them again and again and you may even end up sharing them with your grandkids someday!

1 Animal Friends series

3. The Kerrigan Kids by Gilbert Morris is a series of four books about a family of four kids who travel around the world with their father who is a photographer. They travel first to Africa, then to Great Britain, Australia, and Hong Kong. Three of the children are adopted from various countries so that adds an interesting dynamic to the stories. These were some of our first family read-alouds as we love to travel and explore culture together, and as such, they will always hold a special place in my and my oldest daughter’s heart. These books are also out of print but buying cheap used ones is well worth it.

1 Kerrigan kids series

4. The Ruby Slippers School series by Stacy Towle Morgan is a new series to me even though it was published in the late 90s. My daughters found it in the library and really liked it, so much so that they insisted it needed to be on this list. It is similar to the series above but about slightly younger children in 8-year old Hope and her younger sister Annie. The girls are home-schooled and love to join their father on his work trips to various places around the world where they learn about God, other cultures, and life lessons. There are six books in this series, also out of print, but available very inexpensively from third-party sellers.

1 Ruby Slippers series

5. The Adventures of Lily Lapp by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher are fun, mischief-filled adventures starring a small Amish girl, and I’m thrilled to tell you that they are not only still in print, but they are still being written and are even available for Kindle! In the first book, Lily is 6-years old, but she grows quickly in the ensuing books. The series is up to book 4 where Lily is 11 – we have only read the first two, which we enjoyed very much. We can’t attest to the maturity level of the two most recent ones so you may want to pre-read as the synopses seem to indicate there is some boy trouble.

lily-lapp-books 1-4

6. Beverly Lewis’ Cul-de-Sac Kids is described by the author as “an exciting and lighthearted chapter book series for young readers that centers on the often humorous escapades of a group of endearing neighborhood friends. Nicknamed the “Cul-de-Sac Kids,” they learn important lessons about friendship, teamwork, and faith through their adventures and mysteries.” Bignificent absolutely loves these books – they are the books that got her hooked on reading independently when she was six years old and she still reads them every now and again at age eleven. These are also still in print and available in boxed sets or for Kindle!

1 Cul de Sac kids series

7. In Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson is an old series that has recently been revitalized and reprinted as well as being digitalized and released for Kindle. Hurray! In them, the reader joins a young girl as she listens to her grandmother’s stories of olden times. The books are full of fabulous stories of mischief, discovery, laughter, and learning more about God.

Grandmas Attic 1-4

8. Adventures in Odyssey’s The Imagination Station series are time-travel stories in which children travel back to various periods in history. They are highly educational and highly entertaining, still in print, still being written, and available electronically (here’s a link to book 1).

Imagination Station 3 books

9. Wanda Brunstetter’s Double Trouble series is about a pair of energetic nine-year-old Amish twins, Mattie and Mark Miller, who can’t seem to agree on anything. Their disagreements cause big trouble for their whole community and they have to learn how to get along. Later books in the series have them learning how to deal with selfishness, boasting, and worrying. This series is up to five books and is still being written.

1 Double Trouble series

10. The Three Cousins Detective Club series by Elspeth Campbell Murphy follows the mystery-solving adventures of ten-year old cousins Sarah-Jane, Titus, and Timothy. In the books, they learn about favorite passages from the Bible including Proverbs, the Ten Commandments, and the Fruit of the Spirit while solving exciting, adventure-filled mysteries! This is an old series even though it’s new to us so you’ll have to order from third-party sellers or hunt these down in your library. They are worth it though!

1 Three Cousins Detectives series

So what do you think? Have you and your children read any of these books? What series would you add to the list? Please leave them in the comments below for us. You can bet we’ll be checking out all of your recommendations as we’re always looking for new books to read!

Sharing at Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #109

We were excited to post our first two lists of favorite books for young readers this week, one on Mother, Daughter, and Son Book Reviews, and one here. I’ll link them both up below, and we hope to share our next one early next week. I’d love it if you’d be willing to pin and share these lists (if you like them, of course!)

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. I’m going to try to do more pinning and sharing of your posts as well. I know how much it means to me when people share my stuff on various social media platforms, so I want to do better about that for you guys! Happy linking and hopping around!

Booknificent Thursdays
<div align="center"><a href="http://mommynificent.com/" title="Booknificent Thursdays"><img src="http://mommynificent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Booknificent-Thursdays.jpg" alt="Booknificent Thursdays" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!



Our Top Ten List of Series for Young Readers

Today, I am guest posting over at Mother, Daughter, and Son Book Reviews where I am sharing our Top Ten List of Books for Young Advanced Readers. I hope you will hop over there and check out our list.

I decided to make that list because the question I receive the most often comes from moms and dads of five to eight year olds whose children have become very good readers and want to read chapter books but don’t know what to read. As I shared over in my guest post, we had this problem with Bignificent, who was reading at a sixth grade level in grade one.

With her being so young, I had no desire for her to be reading middle grade books, complete with their middle grade issues like crushes on boys, trouble with teachers and parents, jealousy and cliques, bad attitudes, etc. Plus a lot of them deal with good and evil in ways that is beyond where a six-year old needs to be, in my opinion. I loved her naivete and wanted to keep her that way as long as I could!

I get this question a lot now and received it again from another friend a few weeks ago so Bignificent, Middlenificent, and I finally sat down and brainstormed a list. We came up with over 50 books to recommend, so I broke them into categories as best I could and will be sharing them in groups of ten over the next few weeks here at Mommynificent. So, in addition to my guest post, I also have another top ten list to share with you here today – our Top Ten List of Series for Young Readers.

Top Ten Series for Young Readers

My girls, like me, love series, especially ones with many, many books in them because they get to keep interacting with the same “friends” in book after book. Some of the series they enjoy I had to leave off the list because they drive me crazy and I personally think they are little better than TV, but I won’t mention any names …. ahem …. {MyUnicornFriends and DaisyMeadowsFairyBooks} … ahem.

So the list you are getting here are both kid- and mother-approved. I enjoy these books as much as my kids do and don’t mind hearing about the characters at dinner every night. I hope you will enjoy these books with your little ones as well! These aren’t in any particular order, by the way – just a list of series we love!

(This post contains affiliate links. For each series, I have linked to the first book on Amazon. I also tried to include a link to the whole series if they are sold as a set. If you click on them and buy the book(s) or even go on to buy something else, we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.)

1. The A to Z mysteries by Ron Roy

A to Z Mysteries a_to_z_chars_7369

These are fun mysteries that go through the alphabet with alliterated titles (an easy incidental language lesson if you so desire), and they are available individually for Kindle or paperback (here’s book 1, The Absent Author) or you can get the whole series in paperback if you’re feeling particularly magnanimous. Many of these books are also available on Audible!

The books do not have difficult language or concepts and are very readable for young readers. The mysteries are usually well-crafted and engaging, challenging the reader to try to figure out the mystery before the characters in the book do. There are a few tense moments, usually when the characters make an unwise decision while investigating, but the young detectives are never left in harm’s way for very long despite many chapters ending in cliffhangers.

2. Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew Clue Crew booksNancy Drew characters

These books are about dear Nancy and her two best friends, George and Bess, at age eight. The first case, Sleepover Sleuths, as well as the rest of the cases are age-appropriate and modern, and, all in all, this is a fun way to introduce your young ones to a literary friend they can grow with for a long while! This series has more than 40 books now, and, to my knowledge, is not sold as a complete set.

3. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Henry Huggins booksHenry Huggins

There’s a good chance you’ve met Henry Huggins before in the next series I’ll mention, but if you haven’t read his own books, you’ve missed out. I love the simplicity of these books – they all involve timeless themes of friendship, determination, and growing up. In the first book, Henry finds, or rather, is found by, a stray dog, and they become fast friends. The book is full of the dog’s mischief and Henry’s determination to keep him despite the doubts of his parents and then the appearance of someone who claims to be the dog’s original owner. I’m only seeing boxed sets of three and four books of the series on Amazon, but the whole series is available as one download on Audible which we found very exciting!

(If you are not yet an Audible member, click here to try Audible for free and get two free audiobooks, one of which can be this whole collection or one of the others we mention below!)

4. Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Ramona booksRamona

Ah, Ramona! These are probably the books I remember the best from my own childhood. The messes this child gets into are truly unforgettable! But they are so much fun to read about! But poor big sister Beezus! Who can imagine having a little sister like Ramona!? If your kids think their sibling(s) are bad, the first book, Beezus and Ramona, is a good bet to help them appreciate what they’ve got. And they’ll meet friends they’ll likely remember their whole life! The complete Ramona collection of eight books is available on Amazon and also as one download on Audible!

5. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald Sobol

Encyclopedia Brown books

Encyclopedia Brown

If Ramona is my most remembered character from childhood, Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective is a very close second. There are many books in this series, and each one is a collection of ten cases solved by this classic character whose mind for trivia enables him to solve not only his peers’ mysteries but also the crimes puzzling his chief-of-police father.

6. Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton booksThe Geronimo Stilton series is one I initially wrote off because it looked too gimicky to me, sort of like the ones I {didn’t} mention above. Ahem. However, my kids have won me over to become a fan of this series as well as the Thea Stilton spinoffs, which they actually prefer.

Thea Stilton books

There are a few reasons I have come to appreciate these books but the main one is that they are just so very fun to look at. Both my two-year old and my newly five-year old, neither of whom can read yet, will sit with one of these books for ten or fifteen minutes, looking carefully at each page because they are packed with colors and different fonts and illustrations. This is invaluable for traveling when I don’t want to pack a massive amount of picture books to entertain them on the flights. These books entertain all of my kids – the readers love to read and re-read them and the pre-readers love to just look!

The second reason I have come to appreciate them is that they are actually full of information about places around the world. Many of the books see the characters traveling to diverse locations, and there are usually fact sheets and illustrations about those places in them. As much as I love all of our homeschool curriculum, my kids have probably learned as much about the world from these books as from anything else. I can’t tell you how many times something, like the Orient Express for instance, comes up in our school work and my kids start rattling off facts I didn’t even know. When I ask how in the world they knew that, the answer is almost always given with a grin, “…from Thea Stilton.”

7. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Boxcar Children booksBoxcar kids

The Boxcar Children is the tale of four orphaned children who make their home in a boxcar while avoiding the grandfather they think is mean and doesn’t want them. The story is full of adventure and problem solving and has a totally predictable and completely satisfying happy ending. In the remaining books, of which there are very many, the characters go on to solve mysteries together. I love the looks of this boxed set of the first twelve books that actually comes in a boxcar!

8. Cam Jansen by David A. Adler

Cam Jansen booksCam Jansen

Somehow, I missed out on Cam Jansen as a kid. You should not allow this to happen to your children. She is sort of the girl version of Encyclopedia Brown, except that, rather than being a trivia buff, she relies on her photographic memory, thus earning herself the name Cam. This series is particularly good for readers who are just beginning to be ready for chapter books as it is a little simpler to read than the rest of the books in this list.

9. Ralph Mouse by Beverly Cleary

Ralph S Mouse booksYes, we are in fact Beverly Cleary fans. Why do you ask? :)

We just had to include Ralph Mouse! The adventures and mayhem that ensue when Ralph first spots that red toy motorcycle should be a part of every childhood! This series of three is available as a set both from Amazon and from Audible as just one download.

10. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley booksThe concept behind Flat Stanley is downright brilliant – a kid gets flattened by a bulletin board and is therefore able to be mailed all around the world and have fantastic adventures. These books are widely used by teachers to teach about the world and the mail system, but don’t let their educational value fool you. These books are just good, clean fun!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our top ten list of series for young readers, and if you haven’t hopped over to Mother, Daughter, and Son Book Reviews to see our top ten list there, please do! We’ve got lots more top ten lists to share so please come back next week as well!

So what about you? Do you love or hate any of these series we’ve mentioned? What series would be on your list for young readers? Please let us know in the comments below! You can bet we’ll be checking them out as soon as we see your suggestions.

 

Brainstorming Books and Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #108

Hello to you, my dear book-loving friends and welcome to Booknificent Thursday! The girls and I have been working diligently this week on a top ten guest post for Mother, Daughter and Son Book Reviews, and it has sparked a whole new series that we’ll be kicking off here on Mommynificent on Tuesday, the same day our post goes live there. We’ve been brainstorming books that are appropriate for young advanced readers – like 5-7 year olds who are ready for serious chapter books. This is probably the question I receive the most often so we decided to see what we could come up with and then break them up into groups of 10. Look how crazy our notes got!

Making lists of books

I hope you’ll come back on Tuesday and see what we’ve come up with! It’s been lots of fun reliving and rereading some of our favorites!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

Booknificent Thursdays
<div align="center"><a href="http://mommynificent.com/" title="Booknificent Thursdays"><img src="http://mommynificent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Booknificent-Thursdays.jpg" alt="Booknificent Thursdays" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!



Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #107

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m so happy to have you at Booknificent Thursday here at Mommynificent.com!

I’ve been doing lots and lots of reading between enjoying some of my favorite novelists and reading to the kids every day for our homeschooling. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading. Happy linking and hopping around!

Booknificent Thursdays
<div align="center"><a href="http://mommynificent.com/" title="Booknificent Thursdays"><img src="http://mommynificent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Booknificent-Thursdays.jpg" alt="Booknificent Thursdays" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!



A Plum Upside Down Review of Valerie Comer’s Latest Book and a Giveaway Too!

Let me just start by saying, “Oh, how I loved this book!”

Plum Upside Down

Oh, and I should also warn you. This book is called Plum Upside Down, and my review is going to be just that – plum upside down – because I’ve just realized that I never actually reviewed the first four books in this series on this blog! I briefly mentioned the first two books here, but never really reviewed them, and I didn’t even mention the next two! What a ridiculous oversight!

And it feels nearly impossible to talk intelligently about this book without filling you in a little on the first four. So please indulge me as I do a little back-tracking here. I did warn you – plum upside down.

Plum Upside Down is, in fact, the fifth book in Valerie Comer’s Farm Fresh Romances, which are inspirational romance novels that follow the adventures – romantic and otherwise – of a group of young women who purchase an old farm together in northern Idaho to grow their own organic food and prove to those around them that they can make a difference.

Raspberries and VinegarWild Mint TeaSweetened with Honey

It all starts with three young women – Jo, Claire, and Sierra – who buy the farm. They each take a turn as the main character in each of the first three books as they find love in their little corner of Idaho. I really enjoyed all three of these books. I loved that the girls were followers of Jesus – we rarely see or hear followers of Jesus talking about sustainability and using our planet wisely and I think we should! The books avoid being preachy, but allow the characters (and the readers) the freedom to grapple as believers with issues like environmentalism and sustainability. I loved the plot lines and the gentle romances.

You can get the first book, Raspberries and Vinegar, free for Kindle on Amazon. Books 2 and 3, Wild Mint Tea and Sweetened with Honey, are available for less than $4 each or you can buy all three of them as a set for less than the price of books 2 and 3.

Dandelions for Dinner

When it came time for book four, Dandelions for Dinner, I was a little leery going into it as I wasn’t sure how it would work adding to the dynamic of the original three female characters, but I actually found that I enjoyed this book even more than the first three. I felt like the author dug even deeper inside herself to write this one. In it, she dealt extensively and really well with themes of forgiveness and redemption.

In all of the books, I’ve really enjoyed the author’s explorations of what it means to live in community. She does an excellent job of highlighting the joy and beauty of community without hiding from the fact that it can be hard and ugly and feel like people are always in your business!

Plum Upside Down

OK, so finally, we have reached Plum Upside Down, the fifth book in this series. This book is about Sierra’s sister, Chelsea, and Keanan, a newcomer to the farm. I must not have a lot of faith as a reader because, after loving book four so very much, I was almost afraid to read this one. The author had successfully changed the dynamic once, but surely, she couldn’t pull it off again, I thought. Personally, I find it rare for a series to get better and better. You usually kind of know what an author is going to give after reading the first few books, but this series just keeps surprising me.

In Plum Upside Down, Valerie Comer has dug even deeper and, in Chelsea, bared parts of the spiritual journey of a kid who grows up in a Christian home that most of us are completely unwilling to think about, let alone talk about. In this book, Valerie tackles the question, “Does God actually love me personally or does He just love me as a part of the whole world?” She lays bare the longing many of us have experienced as we watch the passion of a new believer who knows what it’s like to live without Christ and can’t believe how amazing He is. And she boldly proclaims that those of us who can’t remember NOT knowing the Gospel can still be blown away by His love and His power in our lives.

And she does it in a way that DOESN’T make you feel like you’re studying theology!

This book has a really great story line with totally loveable characters. The themes of environmentalism and sustainability are continued and expounded upon. We even get to travel to South Africa for a bit! It’s all done so masterfully, I found myself a little in awe as I finished it, wiping away my tears and realizing I had not only just finished a really fun story, but that I had experienced an encounter with God and that there was a newness and a freshness about our relationship that hadn’t been there when I started the book.

This book touched me so much that I want to share it with two of my readers. I have two Kindle copies to give away. These aren’t from the author – these are from me because I just really want to share this book with people. If you’d like a chance to win one of these two copies, leave me a comment down below telling me what about the book appeals to you.

Before I go, I wanted to tell you that Valerie has shared quite a bit of her journey in writing this book on her blog over the past couple weeks. I particularly enjoyed the following posts:

Does God Love Me Personally?

Plum Upside Down Play List

Recipe: Plum Upside Down Cake

She also told me a secret that she is having Hanna Sandvig, her daughter and the enormously talented illustrator who designed the covers for these books, make up a pdf file for her readers of cards for the verses that Keanan gives to Chelsea in the book. By printing these out, we’ll have our own stack of index cards with verses on them that talk about God’s deep love for us. I can hardly wait! I’ll be sure to let you know when they are available, and I’ll also be sure to let you know when the next and final book in this series comes out! Or you can go to Valerie’s website via any of the above links and subscribe so you won’t miss any of her posts.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by leaving me a comment below! I’ll announce the winners when the pdf of cards are ready so stay tuned for that blog post announcement coming soon!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #106

Happy Thursday, all! I hope you are having a good week. We started our new school year this week which is always exciting! The girls just couldn’t wait anymore, and their begging finally got me to do the prep work and get us going. We are doing a Children Around the World curriculum this year and studying countries and cultures as we go. I would love to hear from you in the comments, especially if you are not from the US, about any books from your childhood that 1) might be available in English, and 2) highlight some cultural aspect of where you are from? Thanks in advance!

Even though the days before we begin our year are always the craziest for me, I still managed to read two really great books this week. I’ll be reviewing them soon as they were both really enjoyable and had things about them that I really want to share! So keep on the lookout for some new reviews here at Mommynificent soon!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

Booknificent Thursdays
<div align="center"><a href="http://mommynificent.com/" title="Booknificent Thursdays"><img src="http://mommynificent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Booknificent-Thursdays.jpg" alt="Booknificent Thursdays" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!



I’m linking this post up at Literacy Musing Mondays, Cozy Reading Spot, and The Book Nook at Create with Joy.

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #105

Happy Thursday, all! I hope you are having a good week. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

Booknificent Thursdays
<div align="center"><a href="http://mommynificent.com/" title="Booknificent Thursdays"><img src="http://mommynificent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Booknificent-Thursdays.jpg" alt="Booknificent Thursdays" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Colorful Bookshelves – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #104

Hi all! Happy Booknificent Thursday! Look at this adorable drawing my five-year-old made of me this week. She gave it to me and said, “This is you, Mom. You are picking a book from this colorful bookshelf and then sitting in this blue chair to read it.” Does my daughter know me or what?! :)

Maisy drawing

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share from your bookshelves with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

Booknificent Thursdays
<div align="center"><a href="http://mommynificent.com/" title="Booknificent Thursdays"><img src="http://mommynificent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Booknificent-Thursdays.jpg" alt="Booknificent Thursdays" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!