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A Book You Must Read Each Christmas

15 Dec
Day 15: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas
best christmas pagent ever

Read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Not only will this book especially resonate with Children’s Pastors, teachers and parents, kids love it. Make it a tradition each year whether you have kids at home (or even have kids) to read it.

We all need a little perspective adjustment now and then. The Herdmans will definitely do that to you. Who can ever forget Imogene, the cigar smoking Mary, “getting” Christmas? Or the wise men substituting ham for gold, frankincense and myrrh? And of course, SHAZAM! (you have to read the book to get that one)

9 Creative Book Ideas for Families

22 Oct

When my children were preschoolers they especially loved to read certain books over and over again. When reading Hop on Pop, I would have to pause for the ritual of running and jumping on their dad until I would yell, “Stop, you must not hop on pop.” A breakfast of green eggs and ham always topped off the first reading of the book by the same name and of course we could never read Where the Wild Things Are without turning on music and dancing around the room like monsters. Books have a way of weaving themselves into kid’s lives and if you allow it, family life.

Make sure you take the time to create warm, fun and memorable moments with good books.

Not only does reading books create memories, they are a natural way to connect with kids spiritually. Jesus knew the power of a story and used them frequently when teaching.

Try some of these ideas from Dr. Seuss and the Bible and our Pinterest board.

  1. Read Where the Wild Things Are. Talk about the consequences of dishonoring your parent. Make a fun “wild thing” mask out of paper plate, scraps of construction paper and a stick.

wild things mask

2. Transform a closet into a reading area.

2 pink closet

Thanks to tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com

2 star book room

Thanks to prettyhandygirl.com

3. Build a reading nook with a hula hoop and some material.


Thanks to  designdazzle.blogspot.com

4. Throw a Dr. Seuss Book Party.

dr seuss party

Thanks to  thecakeblog.com

5. Use ideas from The Little Red Hen to teach kids about cooperation.

little red hen book

little red hen

6.  Make a Llama puppet out of a sock. Use it when reading one of the Llama, Llama stories written by Anna Dowdney. Have the child act out how the llama acts. Dialogue about whether the actions are right or wrong. For the wrong actions, have the child act out the right choice.



7.  Use The Rainbow Fish to teach kids about sharing. —— ideas can be found here.

rainbow fish

8.  Download the parent e-book with ideas on using six different books to teach spiritual concepts.

dr seuss e book

9.  Read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. Make a ladybug puppet to act out the way a grouchy person acts. Use the ladybug puppet to act out how the other ladybug (not the grouchy one) was patient with the grouchy ladybug.

lady bug

Monday Mornings: Ten Books I Love

9 Sep

Oh just ten books that popped in my head. . .

1. Clown of God by Tomie De Paolo

I can barely get through reading this to kids without crying. Really. It is just so. So. I can’t describe it.

2. The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcox

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 15 years ago. This book shows such a beautiful understanding of the depths of change necessary when suddenly life is very different and the spiritual journey to accept that change.

3. Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley

This book helped me more in speaking than any other thing I’ve done or read.

4. Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Made me think in a totally different way about homelessness and the poor. I read it on a beach in San Diego and cried what felt like a million tears.

5. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

This lady. She writes in such an authentic way telling on herself yet her faith and perseverance shines through so strong. She was amazing.

6. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Read this before speaking at a retreat on Gratitude. It is not a fast read but one to savor and take in small chunks. I “lived” in the book soaking it in and thinking about it as I moved through each day.

7. Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey

Great advice for business owners and it definitely can be applied to children’s ministry.

8. Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

We want to raise courageous kids who will take risks like this. But what if our own kids wanted to do what Katie did? It made me think long and hard about how tight I might be holding my own kids.

9. Llama, Llama Mad At Mama by Anna Dewdney

Actually anything she writes about Llama. I mean I lived this Llama drama through three different kids. She knows toddlers/preschoolers inside and out. It’s as if she crawled in the body of one and wrote from their perspective. If you have not read these- you must go to the bookstore this very minute and buy one or two or all of them.

10. When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over by Addie Zierman

Ok, so this one is not actually out yet, however. it will be by October 15. You can preorder it on Amazon. If you ever have the opportunity to meet Addie you will find a kind, compassionate woman who speaks truth gently and loves fiercely. Her story is not so different from others in her generation. She voices those things that many have carried close to their hearts but could not speak. The way she crafts her words will leave you thinking long and hard about what she has written- phrases that will dance in your head- I still remember the “break-you-open-cold” from her blog and can feel the Minnesota winter wind slicing through my body.


You can read her blog here. http://www.addiezierman.com

 What are some of your favorite books?