The Story of Christmas – A Book Review

thestoryofchristmasI wear many hats – children’s author, mom, teacher, and grandmother. For a long time, I taught children with hearing loss, and every book I used with them I had to scrutinize for clear vocabulary, sequence, understandable sentence structure, and a high connection between text and illustrations. My students simply did not get the same benefit from books that missed the mark in one of those areas.

All young children go through the same stages of language development. Some (like my young hearing impaired preschoolers) had to work much harder at it than their hearing peers. As a new grandma, I carefully board books for the same developmental standards because I know that my baby granddaughter is learning language.

Look at the awesome Christmas book I found! Continue reading

A fond farewell from Down-Under.

It’s been about three years since Janice D. Green invited me to join the Christian Children’s Authors team, almost three years since my first post on this blog.

As the lone representative from ‘Down-Under’ during that time it’s been a wonderful privilege to share – even if only in a small way – the lives and passion of the enthusiastic children’s writers who contribute to this blog. Each of the writers here have their own story of how they started writing for children. Some, like me, began writing Christian children’s books because they saw a gap in the market that needed filling. Others write from the lessons learned along the journey of being a parent, or foster parent, or grandparent. Several have self-published their books, others write to contracts with some of the largest publishing houses in the world. But they are all passionate about seeing families and children growing in their relationship with Christ, and I’ll value the friendships I’ve made during my time here.  Continue reading

Not That Elf Again!

Is there not a better way to help our children enjoy Christmas without that naughty little elf who plays wretched pranks when the kids aren’t looking.? After a little research I found that “YES!” there are alternatives. Not only are the alternatives nice, but help children learn the true meaning of Christmas. I’d like to share a couple with you. Continue reading

Christmas Hustle and Bustle-seeking calm

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By Karen Whiting

Tick. Tock. The countdown is on and stores continue to remind us of how many days are left until Christmas.

We are hopefully taking time with children to prepare our hearts and understand the reason for the season. That might mean an advent wreath or reading books about Christmas each day. Continue reading