Captain Courage’s Superhero Boot Camp by Stacey Marshall

Captain Courage returns in Captain Courage’s Superhero Boot Camp by Stacey Marshall.

When Principal Magico rips off his bow tie and twirls around, he becomes Captain Courage, who is eager and happy to help the students of Blythe Elementary School. He hurries Shannon Shusher, Closed-mouth Clyde, and Skinny Maroo into the super-classroom where they learn how to be proud, use their voice power, and do something positive for others.

This latest installment in Marshall’s Captain Courage series empowers kids to become more confident in their public speaking and presentation skills. This zany story, filled with colorful and engaging illustrations by artist Michelle Morse, is a fun and unintimidating way for young people to explore ways to face their fears.

Coming soon!

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I received a free digital ARC of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Annabella’s Crown by Jeanne Dennis & Christine St. Jacques

A beautifully told parable about God’s love and living a life that honors him awaits your pre-teen reader in Annabella’s Crown by Jeanne Dennis and Christine St. Jacques.

Told from the eyes of Leopold, the royal cat, this story finds Princess Annabella and her two sisters receiving boxes of jewels from their father. When the gems begin to disappear, Annabella’s two sisters set out to uncover the mystery. But Annabella would rather just have fun, until she finds jewels in their crowns. She can’t understand why her own crown remains plain.

This is a moving and delightful story about developing a loving relationship with God. The reader witnesses a meaningful change in Annabella throughout the story. She is uninterested in learning the mystery behind her disappearing jewels and gets more and more frustrated as she watches the jewels appear on her sisters’ crowns. As her father continues to engage her, she brushes him off, until she gets to a place where she realizes that her actions have brought about consequences. Then she can reflect and figure out what the real treasure is.

The authors have created a very cat-like cat in Leopold. His storytelling makes this book even more enjoyable. As a cat owner, he gave me more than one chuckle along the way. They have also included a discussion about being the heavenly King’s child and there is a space for the young person to add their photo to the opposite page to declare themselves as a forever child of the heavenly King.

Dennis created the stunning artwork for Annabella’s Crown. Rich in color and detail, each illustration covers half of a two-page spread with the exception of page 31, which is in full color.

This engaging story will inspire young readers with its powerful message.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Elk Lake Publishing Inc (August 5, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649493223
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649493224
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.4 ounces
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I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Kindertransport by Kena Sosa

Kindertransport by Kena Sosa is the touching story of a young Jewish girl in Germany who gets onboard the Kindertransport train headed for England.

In the days before the outbreak of World War II, Helen finds herself trapped inside her house. Unable to understand why her family’s life has changed so suddenly, she worries as Vater’s mood changes and Mutter pretends she doesn’t like eggs simply so Helen will have enough to eat. Then one day, Mutter tells her to pack her suitcase so she can ride a train that will bring her to England until the danger is over.

Sosa has done a fabulous job of bringing to life the experiences of so many Jewish children in the days before the war started. She captures the emotions, the frustrations, the uncertainty Helen feels as life has changed. I’m sure the interviews she conducted with Jewish survivors helped flesh out the details, and it is that research that allowed her to create such an incredible story. An afterword shares more about Kindertransport, and a list of materials used in the research for the book is included.

Accompanying Sosa’s moving text are the black and white illustrations by Jeanne Conway. The burning of Vater’s bookstore, how Helen clings to her bunny as she packs, and the hope Helen feels as she holds on to the ship’s railing on her way to England are all brought to life by Conway.

Kindertransport might be one of the most stirring books I read this year. I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 4RV Children’s Corner (May 21, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 52 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1940310903
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1940310909
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 10 years
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I purchased a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Light We Cannot See by Chris Manion

The Light We Cannot See by Chris Manion is a beautifully told, rhyming story of angels guiding children in heaven to a toy store where they can play through the night in a light the adults cannot see.

Coping with the loss of a sibling, child, or young friend is not easy. Child whisperer and award-winning author, Chris Manion, has woven this touching and heartwarming story of lost little ones being guided to playtime by angels who care for those who God has called home.

Jack Foster, one of my favorite artists, provides the charming illustrations for this story with a powerful message that has the ability to comfort children and adults alike. I appreciate the diverse characters reflected in his illustrations, so that readers can connect with the story on a personal level.

Manion has taken a challenging topic and broken it down into a story filled with light, love, and joy. The Light We Cannot See will touch lives and uplift the brokenhearted. A true treasure.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. (September 10, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649493657
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649493651

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer by Karen Whiting

If spending more time in prayer and with family is one of your goals this year, 52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer by Karen Whiting can help.

This colorful and well-thought out family devotional is flexible so that you can enjoy 52 weeks of family devotions in as little as five minutes. The author also provides extended time options including meaningful questions and activities that are perfect for children ages 4-12.

52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer starts out with a note to parents, followed by benefits of family prayer and tips on how to succeed. The author encourages you to choose your family style and approach and gives you ideas on how to get kids excited about devotionals.

Then you are on your way to 52 weeks of devotions that include Scripture readings, stories, opportunities to share and learn, chat and journaling prompts, and a variety of activities to keep everyone engaged.

52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer gives you a plan to nurture your family’s faith journey.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ RoseKidz (October 1, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649380267
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649380265
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 15 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 – 4

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.