Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty

I was excited to get back into the Serafina books. It has been more than three years since I first read and reviewed Serafina and the Black Cloak so I ‘reread’ the book by listening to the audiobook before listening to Serafina and the Twisted Staff. It was worth the time. Cassandra Campbell, the narrator for the Serafina series, is genuinely talented. She made the books come alive as she is a master with pacing, dialects, accents, and characterization. Campbell gave a completely professional reading of the stories.

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God Bless You & Good Night written by Hannah C. Hall illustrated by Steve Whitlow review and GIVEAWAY

I absolutely fell in love with the first book that I held in my hands written by Hannah C. Hall.  It is called Would a Worm go on a Walk?  You can read my review here.  God Bless You & Good Night is just as precious.  Beautiful rhymes paired with absolutely charming artwork.  It is soft… relaxing…. dreamy!

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A Very Happy Easter Prayer written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Natalia Moore review and GIVEAWAY

Bonnie Rickner Jensen and Natalie Moore have teamed up once again with another hit that you will want in your nursery.  A Very Happy Easter Prayer is a sweet snuggle up read.  It is full of spring and sunshine, an adorable family of rabbits, and a simple prayer to our creator God.  It is overcast, snowy, and dreary here in Missoula, Montana and my heart is grateful for the refreshing ray of sunshine that A Very Happy Easter Prayer has brought into my day. 

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Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science by Louie Giglio review and giveaway

Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science is a wonderful homeschool resource.  It is not so much a devotional as it is a book that shares some interesting tidbits of science and then relates how God's indescribable imagination, creativity, and scripture relate to the science.  This book is the very first thing that my kids ask for as we begin a school day.  They look forward to it.  They are excited about it!

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One Christmas Bear written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy review and giveaway

It is so hard for me to resist a children's book!  They are just so colorful and fun.  One Christmas Bear is no exception.  This board book is cut out along the top and right-hand side making it stand out; add the multi-dimensional front with a glitter-like texture and your child's attention will surely be drawn to One Christmas Bear.  I do want to emphasize that the cover has a glitter-like texture.  It isn't actually made of glitter, so I don't believe that you need worry if your adorable little one puts the book straight into their mouth.  Reinforcing early learning skills, One Christmas Bear is a counting book.  As the story moves from 1 - 10 there are more and more adorable rhyming animal antics at Christmastime.

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I’m Not A Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave by Max Lucado review and giveaway

Max Lucado's book, I'm Not A Scaredy-Cat, is written in rhyming verse and is filled with misadventures that express the kitty's fear in humorous ways.  These fearful moments in kitty's life will not scare your child, yet they will get the point across.  After a few frightening misadventures, Lucado provides a prayer of reassurance meant to encourage your child to reach out to God for peace in frightening situations.

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A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

A Baxter Family Christmas is a sweet clean read.  A beautiful book to snuggle up with in front of the fireplace, the Christmas lights twinkling in the background, while you sip on a warm mug of hot cocoa (or my favorite… Russian tea).  It is like reading a Hallmark movie.  FYI… I mean that in the very best sense.  I love Hallmark movies!

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Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

I haven’t been disappointed by a Thomas Locke book yet!  I would be surprised if I ever were.  Right now I have a whole list of adjectives running through my mind about this third book in the Fault Lines series…

Jaw-dropping!… Exciting!… Brilliant!… Thrilling!… Genuine!… Exhilarating!… Dangerous!… Heady!… Impelling!… Spine-tingling!… Intriguing! Enthralling! Charged!… Engrossing!  Absolutely outstanding!

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