Christmas Board Books from Worthy Kids

One of the Christmas traditions we have in our family is to read a Christmas themed book each night beginning on December 1st until Christmas Eve. Today I wanted to share with you three adorable board books that we've added to our collection this year for the littlest in our midst. 

VeggieTales: Joy to the World by Pamela Kennedy

VeggieTales: Joy to the World
Pamela Kennedy
Christmas Board Book (ages 2-5)

Discover the true meaning of Christmas with beloved VeggieTales characters and a holiday story little ones will love.

Welcome to the Veggie Christmas Show! Little ones will be captivated by a Christmas extravaganza that starts with a guitar solo by Larry and ends with a Veggie reenactment of the first Christmas night. With cheerful hearts and spirits, the Veggies remind others of the simple joy of Christmas. This lighthearted book is perfect for reading together during the festive holiday season.

Inside VeggieTales: Joy to the World.

Inside VeggieTales: Joy to the World.

The Story of Christmas by Patricia Pingry

Patricia A. Pingry
Illustrated by Alice Buckingham
Christmas Board Book (ages 1-4)

Discover the story of the first Christmas in this newly illustrated classic, perfect for little ones curious about the story behind their holiday celebrations.

Expertly crafted for the attention span of toddlers, this simple book tells the biblical story of Christmas—from the Annunciation to the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the wise men. The story also helps little listeners understand the connection between the first Christmas and today's celebrations and traditions. With bright illustrations and a toddler-friendly length of about 200 words, this book is an age-appropriate way to introduce the story of the Nativity. A perfect addition for Christmas stockings!

Inside The Story of Christmas.

Inside The Story of Christmas.

Wreck the Halls by Melinda Rathjen

Melinda Rathjen
Illustrated by Gareth Williams
Christmas Board Book

Decking the halls turns into a chaotic disaster in this humorous board book about an overeager tow truck who desperately wants to help its friends decorate.

Tow truck can’t wait to help its friends get into the Christmas spirit. But as tow truck excitedly decorates, wraps, and decks the halls, things turn into a bit of a wreck. Packed with puns and festive cheer, this silly tale will delight little readers. Likewise, parents will appreciate the book’s message that Christmas spirit doesn’t come from pretty decorations or shiny presents, but from the heart.

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 So what do you think? Aren't they adorable? I can't wait to see those cute little chubby hands turning the pages. It's such a fun age isn't it? We hope you and your little ones are able to enjoy all the joys of the season!















A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson

A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson

Christmas Novella

Cuddle up with this cozy story of giving and forgiving--with a little bit of romance.

Christmas should be celebrated with family, but for Vera Swanson, that's not an option this year. Widowed and recently relocated, she is lonely in her condo-for-one--until little Fiona Albright knocks on her door needing help.

With her mother seriously ill and her father out of town, Fiona enlists Vera's aid, and when she finds out her new neighbor is a quilter, she has a special request--a Christmas quilt for Mama.

Vera will have to get a ragtag group of women together to fulfill the request. Between free-spirited artist Tasha, chatty empty nester Beverly, retired therapist Eleanor, and herself, Vera has hopes that Christmas for the Albright family will be merry, after all. And she may even find herself a new family of friends along the way.

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My Thoughts

Melody Carlson's yearly Christmas novella is something I look forward to. This year was a tale that revolved around a Christmas quilt. Four women who begin as strangers come together to make a quilt for a woman that could really use the pick-me-up.

I have mixed feelings on this book. Mostly I liked it. It had compelling characters and a heartwarming overall story. There's also a bonus side story that throws a lovely splash of romance into the mix. (Hopefully there's a follow-up story on those characters!) The part that I wasn't as crazy about happens pretty early in the story and winds its way through the rest of the tale. I can't really explain it because it would be a big time spoiler. And the situation was needed to make the story plausible . . . just not to my personal liking. 

Even with that situation, would I recommend it? Yes! Yes! Yes! Would I buy it for Christmas gifts? Again yes! Just ignore my persnicketiness and enjoy the overall story. 

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Melody Carlson




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Kids Daily Devotional Book Ideas for Christmas

When we're putting together Christmas gifts in our house we tend to go by the following little saying:

Something you want.
Something you need.
Something to wear.
Something to read.

Under the something to read category I try to find a fun fiction book and then something to encourage my children's and grandchildren's walk with God. Some years it is a new Bible. Some years it is a missionary biography. And some years it's a new daily devotional. This year it's going to be a daily devotional.

With that in mind I thought I would share with you some of our favorites that we have come across lately.

Loved and Cherished 100 Devotions for Girls by Lynn Cowell and Michelle Nietert

Lynn Cowell & Michelle Nietert
Juvenile Fiction (age 8-12)

Am I loved? Am I valuable? Am I smart? The questions can go on for as long as a girl’s imagination and self-image allow. A girl needs to know that she is enough because of God’s love.

So often, girls and women give in to the lies that how they look and how popular they are determines their worth. But as children of God, we can have the confidence that we are loved, protected, secure, whole, and valuable because God is our heavenly father.

Inside image of Loved and Cherished

My Thoughts

This is one of my favorite daily devotionals for girls in recent years. It's not new, in fact I think it came out in 2020 but it is still available. The main thing that I love about this one is that it continually reminds girls that they are enough. Not because of what they do or what they have but because they are made in God's image and that's enough. It's the perfect book for young girls.

100 Devotions for Kids Dealing With Anxiety by Justine Froelker

Justine Foelker
Juvenile Nonfiction (Tween and Teen)

Life with anxiety is like a rollercoaster, with good days and bad days, but with constant assurance of God's love your child will be able to manage their anxiety. This devotional meets children where they are by equipping them with the resources to develop a deeper relationship with God and empowering young minds to embrace everything that makes them who they are. With Scripture passages, devotional readings, and journal prompts, children will have access to the tools, tricks, and tips on the best ways to face anxiety issues.

My Thoughts

The last few years have left most of us with some degree of anxiety, especially our kids. We know that the Bible says to cast all our cares on God but sometimes that's a real struggle. This book gently reminds you that the peace of God is available and attainable. It's designed for teens and tweens but I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult.

My only negative about it is the title itself. Not sure it would make a great stocking stuffer at Christmas but I had to include it in the list because it is such a wonderful resource for those of us that need it.

God's Power In Me by Margaraet Feinberg

Margaret Feinberg
Juvenile Nonfiction (ages 8-12)

God’s Power in Me is an interactive 52-day devotional that encourages young readers 8-12 to break free from negative thinking and focus on the positive truths of who God made them to be. Through daily devotions paired with a 90-second affirmation kids can say aloud every day, readers will grow closer to God and learn to challenge the personal doubts that might be holding them back.

I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve to be their friend. And things will never change. Kids tell themselves things like this every day, and popular Bible teacher and speaker Margaret Feinberg wants to help them defeat those self-doubts and stop believing the lies—because God only tells us the truth about ourselves, and that truth is we are all meant to have a joyous and powerful life.

My Thoughts

This is another of my favorites. What I like the best is that each day presents a common lie that we believe and replaces it with a truth from the Word of God. For instance day 32 says, Lie: Everyone Hates Me.....Truth: No Weapon Formed Against Me Will Prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

It's a great way to start the day by dispelling those whispered lies from the enemy. Margaret Feinberg has put together daily entries that are easy to read and understand for younger readers. After going through it I thought that it would be a good idea to write out these daily affirmations on index cards that could be flipped to over and over.

A Mindful Moment by Irene Kraegel

Irene Kraegel
Juvenile Nonfiction (Teens)

A Mindful Moment is the book you need to center yourself with God. A guide for Christian prayer, meditation, and mindfulness, this unique devotional includes guided meditations that are Biblically centered and 100% accessible to teens just like you.

This devotional focuses on four key categories—physical sensations, negative emotions, compassion to self, and lovingkindness to others. It can be used as a guide for daily meditation and reflection but allows for flexibility, providing inspiration and God’s peace in any situation. Use it on your journey to self-love and then let it take you to a place of love for all as Jesus calls us to love.

Inside look at A Mindful Moment by Irene Kraegel.

My Thoughts

I understand that the term mindfulness can have new age connotations and I am admittedly leery of it myself. In the introduction to A Mindful Moment Irene Kraegel says the following, "Meditation is taking time to focus your attention of a particular thing, and pulling your attention back to that thing over and over whenever your focus wanders." She then goes on to say that mindfulness "involves focusing our attention on the present moment (over and over), and doing that with an attitude of compassion, openness toward what is new, and non-judgment."

I agree with her definition of meditation but I could split hairs on mindfulness. Overall I think this book does a pretty good job of pointing the reader in the direction of continuing to take captive their thoughts and focus on God and His purpose in your life. I would consider it for mid to older teens on my gift list.

The Case for Christ Devotions for Kids by Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel
Juvenile Nonfiction (ages 8-12)

The tough questions kids 8-12 ask about faith, Jesus, and Christianity are investigated and answered in this 365-day devotional that uses the historical facts and theological truths found in The Case for Christ to help young readers develop their faith and understand what it means to be a Christian. Each day’s reading also includes reflection questions, helping kids think through what their faith personally means to them.

Become an expert witness for Jesus! For kids who want to learn more about Christianity or simply have questions about the Bible, this devotional helps young readers understand why Jesus’s ministry and miracles are true and why we can confidently believe in Jesus today.

Inside look at The Case for Christ Devotions for Kids by Lee Strobel.

My Thoughts

I read the original The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel several years ago when it first came out. I've been a fan of it and all the follow-up or spin off books that have since been published. This devotional book for kids is a great resource for your family. It takes common questions that we have and points to Scripture for the answer. 

Lee Strobel has a voice that resonates with the reader. I have loved this book enough to give it away several times now. I of course think it would be good for part of a Christmas gift but beyond that I think it would make a great addition to any household library. I could see it being used during family devotions because it is written in a way that younger kids can understand it but older kids and adults will also find it compelling.

All I Am by Caroline Pignat


All I Am: A Catholic Devotional for
Caroline Pignat
Juvenile Nonfiction (teens)

The teen years can be a confusing time of figuring out where you belong, who you are, what you can do, and who you can become, all while searching for a sense of safety as you engage with the world. In All I Am, these core needs of belonging, identity, ability, purpose, and security are explored through God’s traits in the Bible, showing readers 13 and up that the great I AM not only meets our needs because of all the amazing things he is, but how we also embody those traits because we are his children.

Inside the pages of All I Am are 90 devotions from a Catholic perspective that use conversational language to apply God’s truth to your life through relatable examples and real-world applications, each helping you think, act, and be like Jesus and grow your faith and self-esteem.

Inside of All I Am by Caroline Pignat.

My Thoughts

We are not a Catholic family but I have to tell you that I really liked this daily devotional. The book is broken into five different sections: Where I Belong, Who I Am, Why I Am Safe, What I Can Do, and Why I Can Do It. Within those sections are daily devotions that start with a Scripture passage and then have a short devotion and finally a section that allows the reader to dig deeper.

The quotes in the book are all from Saints and Popes but other than that it could be from any other denomination. 

The depth of the subject matter does lend itself to teenagers rather than younger children but could possibly be used in family devotions with some modifications and explanations. If you are of the Catholic faith I really think that you would enjoy this book.

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Well friends, that's it for my list today. I hope you found some inspiration for your Christmas list. I look forward to hearing about what titles you are including in your gifts this year.


Anything But Plain by Suzanne Woods Fisher | Amish Fiction Review

Anything But Plain by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Amish Fiction

Leaving Stoney Ridge feels unbearable--but how can she stay?

Impulsive Lydie Stoltzfus has always felt like a disappointment--a square peg in a round hole in her quiet Amish community. Leaving her family and church seems like her best move, even though it would mean leaving Nathan Yoder behind. Nathan claims he's in love with her, but she knows she's not good enough for him. And if she is ever in doubt, Nathan's father reminds her frequently.

Knowing Lydie is "between" jobs again, the local doctor asks her to fill in at the front desk for a few months. This gives Lydie time to figure out how she's going to say goodbye to Nathan--and it gives Dok ample time to recognize the symptoms of a disorder rare among the Amish. She offers Lydie treatment that has the potential to change her life.

But will it be enough to make her stay? Or has help come too late?

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My Thoughts

In the midst of all the crazy going on in the world today, a trip to Stoney Ridge is a breath of fresh air. I was so excited to dive into this idyllic world when the book arrived on my doorstep. Suzanne Woods Fisher has created some endearing characters that make you eager to catch up on the latest in their lives.

This time the story centers on Lydie Stoltzfus who is the daughter of the Bishop. She's absolutely delightful but she's also a disaster just waiting to happen. These mishaps not only bother Lydie but they also frustrate those around her. The arrival of her grandmother just exacerbates the situation. Actually the arrival of grandma throws the whole household into chaos.

In the midst of this storm the only calm seems to be with Lydie's neighbor and childhood friend Nathan Yoder. He's been smitten with Lydie for some time but has been thrown for a loop when she suddenly decides to distance herself from him.

The story itself allows the reader to step inside the world of someone with ADHD. It's something that we hear about in the English world quite frequently but probably don't think much about it being present among the Amish. I thought it was very enlightening to picture how this disorder would be handled among the Plain community.

Of course the subject is serious, but do not fear that it would be an emotionally heavy read. Just when things get to be depressing you can always count on Hank Lapp bulldozing onto the scene to lighten thing up.

I absolutely adore a trip to Stoney Ridge and recommend this and other Stoney Ridge books to anyone who needs a little lift to their spirit.

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Suzanne Woods Fisher
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Body of Evidence (Triple Threat #3) by Irene Hannon | Romantic Suspense Review

Body of Evidence by Irene Hannon

Triple Threat #3
Romantic Suspense

The dead don't give up their secrets easily

Forensic pathologist Grace Reilly has seen her share of unusual deaths in rural Missouri. But when she begins to notice a curious pattern in autopsies of older residents whose demises appear to be natural, she takes her concerns to Sheriff Nate Cox.

Nate is skeptical about the link Grace is seeing between the deaths, as well as her suspicions of foul play. But her persistence is compelling. And once they join forces to investigate, danger follows close behind. Because exposing the truth could destroy several lives--including Grace's.

Queen of inspirational romantic suspense Irene Hannon closes out her bestselling Triple Threat series with this gripping tale of secrets revealed and romance sparked.

My Thoughts

Body of Evidence is the third book in the Triple Threat series and in my opinion it's the best of the three. This time the story is centered on the youngest Reilly sister, Grace, who is a forensic pathologist in rural Missouri. Her eventual romantic interest is the new sheriff, Nate Cox.

The two are drawn together when Grace begins to question a couple of deaths among the elderly in the community. As a result Grace becomes the target of an unknown perpetrator. The deeper she digs in the more dangerous things become.

The plot in this story is complex and obviously involved a massive amount of research on the author's part. I had no idea of who the murderer was until the author began to reveal the culprit. And when she did I was still astounded by the complexity of the situation.

Since the book is part of a series I'm often asked if it can be read as a stand alone title. On this one I would say yes you could but you will miss out on the references to past stories involving Grace's two sisters. However the main story is complete in this book. I would say read the whole series if you can but if not enjoy your time in this book. 

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Irene Hannon
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