Review and Giveaway: The First Christmas Night

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first christmasThe First Christmas Night
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Written by: Keith Christopher
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages
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About The First Christmas Night
The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men. The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich acrylic illustrations of Christine Kornacki.

About the Author
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
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About the Illustrator
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal’s Children’s Books. Christine’s recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
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Who is it for?

  • Kids ages 4-8 – The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
  • Family story time during the holidays
  • Children’s Ministers and Sunday school teachers
  • Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!

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GIVEAWAY time!!
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The First Christmas Night. Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 20 at 11PM. (Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

To enter, leave a comment telling about the last book you read or let us know if you a favorite Christmas tradition, or your thoughts on the Christmas story…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog ONCE A DAY ONLY until the end of the giveaway, or leave a comment on the Melody and Emily’s reviews of THE FIRST CHRISTMAS NIGHT.

– Joyce

Review and Giveaway: Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!

Giveaway is now closed. The winner of the Ring the Bell DVD is Merry!

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rufusryanRufus and Ryan Go to Church!
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Written by: Kathleen Long Bostrom
Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh
Published by: Ideals Books
Board book
$7.99
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About the Rufus and Ryan series
Rufus and Ryan is a new series of books for preschoolers, featuring Ryan, an energetic little boy, and his stuff monkey Rufus. Basic Christian and church concepts serve as the foundation of the series, with an additional focus on character traits and development. The text is presented in young Ryan’s voice as he teaches Rufus about the concepts he is learning himself. Each story is about 150 words, using age-appropriate vocabulary and themes.

About the Author
Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children’s author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master’s in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children’s ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois.

About the Illustrator
Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children’s books full-time in 1996 and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca’s vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles, including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

GIVEAWAY time!!
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! Giveaway ends Thursday, October 10th at 11:30pm.

To enter, leave a comment telling about the last book you read, or your favorite part about going to church, or anything related to faith…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

Bonus: FlyBy Promotions has shared a Top Ten Tips for Introducing Your Child to Worship.

For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog ONCE A DAY ONLY until the end of the giveaway, or leave a comment on our review of RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH.

Review and Giveaway: Can’t-Wait-Willow

Giveaway is now closed. The winner of the book, Can’t-Wait-Willow, is Jen!

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About Shine Bright Kids:
The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a relevant framework to help instill solid values and teach the importance of making good choices. The principles that will be explored include: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.

About the Author:
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy is available for Q&A, author interviews, Skype calls, etc.!

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The first book in the series:  Can’t-Wait Willow!
Willow is so excited that the Over-the-Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is, that when left to her own devices, she can’t say “no” to some good things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just can’t turn down. Willow arrives late and is sad to find that, not only has she has run out of time, but money, and she won’t be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she’s been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say “no” to good things to end up with something great!

About the Illustrator: Thanks to her first grade teacher, who recognized her superior skills in drawing a robin, Luanne Marten has been drawing, painting and sketching ever since.  She is a great experimenter and has a fresh, whimsical approach to bring her characters to life.

Website: The author’s website has great resources to support the book, including a printable poster with ‘Ways to Shine Bright,’ as well as reward chart you can use at home with your children.

GIVEAWAY time!!
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Can’t-Wait-Willow. Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 15th at 11PM.

To enter, leave a comment telling about the last book you read or let us know if you or your kids have been to the circus before, or your thoughts on getting a second chance…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog ONCE A DAY ONLY until the end of the giveaway, or leave a comment on the Melody and Emily’s reviews of CAN’T-WAIT-WILLOW.

– Joyce

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”