Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Children's Extravaganza Blog Tour and Aussie Giveaways

With three lovely daughters, I couldn't overlook the opportunity to read these books to them, particularly my four year old.

Wanting to give you specific feedback, I asked my little one what she loved about the stories. Her reply, "I loved it all!" So I tried again, "But what did you especially like?" With eyebrows raised and a big smile she said, "EVERYTHING!"

I don't think I need to add any more!

God Gave Us Heaven

Little Cub awakens one morning with some important questions on her mind: What is heaven like? How do we get there? Will we eat in heaven? Will we be angels?
During a delightful day spent wandering their arctic world, Papa gently answers each question, assuring Little Cub that heaven is a wonderful place, “a million times better” than she can imagine. He explains how God has made a way for those who love him to enter their heavenly home forever after their lives on earth are over. Reuniting the best-selling author-illustrator team from God Gave Us You, this gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child’s most difficult questions about heaven. Parents, grandparents, childcare professionals, librarians, Sunday school teachers, and others will appreciate the gentle approach to a topic that’s on the minds of so many “little cubs.” Through captivating, full-color illustrations and tender, biblically sound storytelling, young readers and those who love them will find reasons to rejoice in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.

Author Bio: Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than one million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us Heaven is Lisa’s fourth children’s book, following in the tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

Illustrator Bio:
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the
Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

In two new books from best-selling children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall, clever rhymes and delightful illustrations help young children, ages three and up, understand God’s huge love for them and his joy in creating them. These enchanting picture books from the writer-illustrator team of Dandi Mackall and David Hohn will instill awe in young children as they revel in each page. Parents alike will appreciate the engaging stories that communicate God’s perfect plan and his divine purpose for little hearts.

God Loves Me More Than That

In God Loves Me More Than That, children learn that God loves them deeper than a wishing well, wider than a semi-truck, louder than thunder, and softer than a kitten’s sneeze. Each question, presented with charming child-like faith will help young ones grasp the great love of God through comparisons and descriptions they can easily understand. In short, they’ll discover that His love is bigger, wider, higher, and deeper than anything they could imagine!

When God Made My Toes

In When God Made My Toes, kids are drawn into the wonder of their creation by God. Their masterful artist who fashioned them just right for amazing a
nd delightful adventures, such as roller skating, finger-painting, doing flips, and drinking cocoa. Children will come to an understanding that God shaped each part of their amazing bodies with joy, delight, and humor.

Author Bio: Dandi Daley Mackall has published more than 400 books for children and adults, with more than 3 million combined copies sold. She is the author of WaterBrook’s two other delightful Dandilion Rhymes books, A Gaggle of Geese & A Clutter of Cats and The Blanket Show. A popular keynote speaker at conferences and Young Author events, Mackall lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of horses, dogs, and cats.

Illustrator Bio: David Hohn is an award-winning illustrator who graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as both a staff artist and an art director for a children’s software company in Portland, Oregon, a position which led to his art directing an award-winning project for Fisher-Price. Hohn’s recent projects include Lisa Tawn Bergren’s God Gave Us Christmas.

Aussie Giveaway

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah, I have two sets of these books to giveaway! To enter:~

1. You must have an Aussie postal address

2. Post a comment before midnight on Friday 29th August, 2008

3. Tell me your favourite picture book as a child or the one you enjoy most reading to your children now.


Ausjenny said...

I loved these books they are so sweet (dont enter me) as a child i was given a book with 3 fairy tales one being the snow queen. this was my favourite book for years. As an adult when i babysat I would take books and I like Pamela Allen books (think thats her name) one is the pear in a pear tree. The dear God books were good too.

Anonymous said...

I have some little people in my house that would love these books, please enter me!

My favourite book growing up was 'The Best Nest' by P.D.Eastman. It was the first book I could read all the way through, all on my own! I will never forget sitting in my mother's kitchen reading it to her and the sense of accomplishment I got from being able to read a book without assistance.

As for my fav book to read to my children now, the list is so long and I have already rambled on. So these are a just a few of them -
*all the Lynley Dodd books
*Humphrey's Day, Humphrey's Corner etc by Sally Hunter
*Bananas in Pyjamas Bedtime Book, Holiday Book & Playtime Book by Katrina Van Gendt
*The Father who Waited, The Friendly Stranger, The Shepherd who Searched & The Two Builders, Stories from Jesus by Margaret Williams
*Monkey Do by Allan Ahlberg (my 2yr olds fav)
*Paddigton by Michael Bond
*Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig by Mick Inkpen

Ok, I said a few didn't I and there are so many more I could add. Sorry Rel, I have really gone on and on, lol! All this to say my children and I would love a copy of these to read together.

Danielle said...

Oh, I'd love to be entered!

As children, my sisters and I read "John Brown, Rose, and the Midnight Cat" over and over and over. We also loved "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." Confession: I still love it!

Nowadays one of my favourite picture books to read to my little brother or my wee niece is "Guess How Much I Love You."

Picture books are the best!

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Anonymous said...

cool! i really wanted to get these books to review but missed the deadline. :( i've been racking my brains for a childhood book but CANNOT think of a single one!!! however, i bought one at the age of 20 when i was in america that i thought was great and my younger sisters have loved. it's "the princess and the kiss". it's a good way to lay the foundations for purity from a young age in a way that appeals to young girls. great book. :)

Naomi said...

The one my kids really like is Green Eggs and Ham. Always a favourite in this house. These are such lovely books Rel please enter me.

Anonymous said...

The one book I could remeber being read to me was The Hungry Caterpillar which I still love. The other one I read over and over was the The Lorax by Dr Seuss. I just loved it and still do!!

To me children I love reading Hairy Mclary and lots of others!

Anonymous said...

I loved "The New Baby" and I still have a my copy of it. We have so many children's book's in our house I don't think I could think of one that I loved to read to my kids. They did and still do love Moo Baa La La La, Harry and the bucketful of Dinosaurs, You are Special,plus heaps more. One of my favourites is Possum Magic. Thanks Rel

Anonymous said...

One of my favourites that I loved to read to my son Luke was My Friend Harry by Kim Lewis. Lukey got it for a 3rd bithday present from his friend Aimee.

Tracy said...

As silly as it sounds I'd love to be entered too. Even if Mr Busy is the only one who will truly enjoy the experience! I have some nieces and nephews who would enjoy them too.

At the girls' ages I love sharing with them the books that I loved once I became an independent reader.

We have all loved the Lynley Dodd books about Hairy Maclairy and Slinky Malinky.

Mr Busy particularly loves a good Dr Suess book. 'There's a Wocket in my Pocket' has tickled our funny bones!

meggsie51 said...

I would love to be entered. My favourite books were any of the Enid Blyton books. As an only child I went into my own fantasy wworld and fully expected to see Dame Aashalot in a tree somewhere. Still wish I had a house with a secret room.
Books I like to read to my children? They loved all the berenstain bears books. Old Hat new hat. Any rhyme books. Now I have grandchildren I like to read to them as well. Hard to get a 17month old to sit for long so she enjoys the stories I makae up as we walk. Also the only person I know who actually approves of the songs I make up as well. Lots of nonsense times together. When you are a grandma, anything goes and people tolerate you with a tolerable pat on the head. We don't care because we are making memories together.

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