Golly’s Folly by Eleazar and Rebekah Ruiz

Hi everyone, Audrey here. Lately I have been super busy with preschool, baking lessons with Mom and gymnastics practice but I have still managed to carve out time to curl up with a good book. That’s why I’m here today, to tell you about my latest read…Golly’s Folly…the prince who wanted it all, by Eleazar and Rebekah Ruiz. First of all, I love a book with good pictures and illustrator Rommel Ruiz did a wonderful job. But pictures aren’t everything and Mom always says not to judge a book by its cover, so lets talk about what’s on unknownthe inside.

Golly is the prince who wants everything…and he wants it now! As a four year old, I get that. My Mom talks about patience a lot but its hard sometimes, especially when I see something I REALLY want. Golly gets everything he wants but in the end things don’t turn out the way he thought they would be. I don’t want to give away the ending, but I will say I was on the edge of my seat! What about you, Mom? What did you think?

unknown-1Well Audrey, I loved this book as much as you did. With the holidays around the corner we are entering the season of “gimme” and “I want that!” Finding ways to explain that getting everything we want isn’t an option or the best thing for us can be tricky and often gets lost on the younger bunch. This book is a great tool to help communicate that!  Not only was it visually beautiful, it was well written and enjoyable for all of us. If we are honest sometimes we Mom and Dad’s get a little bored reading the same books over and over. Not so with this book, with its engaging rhymes and solid messages on patience, gratitude and a Fathers love for his son, I truly find no folly in Golly’s Folly.  You can order this fun book  here from Patrol Books, or  pick up a copy when Eleazar  visits Calvary Vista Sunday, October 23rd! Audrey, any closing thoughts?

Can we read this to Declan? I think he would like it.

Sure, its never too early to learn to love reading!

Yep! Its like I always say….Eat, Play, Read!


My First Hands On Bible for Kids

Hey everyone it’s Audrey! Something my mommy has been telling me since I can remember is how important it is to read my Bible and pray every single day. I love reading my Bible. My first Bible was the Tiny Bear Bible. It was fuzzy and the pages full of colorful pictures and rhymes. My little brother and I have matching Tiny Bear Bibles, mine is pink (my favorite color) and his is blue. I love reading it to him, but the older I got the more I wanted something a little more meaty, as my mommy says.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the stories about Noah, Moses, David and Goliath but I noticed how mommy’s Bible was like eight times bigger than mine and I just knew I was missing out on some stuff! So my Gigi bought me My First Hand-On Bible. I’m loving it! Mommy and I read it every morning after breakfast and that, and my Trader Joe’s yogurt, are my favorite part of the morning. I’ll let my mom tell you more….IMG_5802

Thanks Auds. Hi everyone, I can’t say enough about this Bible for our little ones. Let me share a little of the publisher description with you…

“Each lesson focuses on a specific Bible point through a variety of activities in order to reinforce and help young children remember the stories and lessons. Using common household items, you can help your children have a “hands-on” learning experience while engaging them in 85 key stories from the Bible.

My First Hands-On Bible doesn’t just retell the Bible stories; it also includes actual Scripture from the easy-to-understand and easy-to-read Holy Bible, New Living Translation. In addition to the stories and activities, there are fun illustrations, prayers, and a special Jesus Connection feature.”

We can all agree that sounds awesome right?! It’s the perfect stepping stone for your young readers, not quiet a full sized Bible but much more than your usual 8-10 stories. As 406450moms we all want our little ones to love being in the word. We want them to be excited to see what the Lord wants to teach them each day. This Bible makes discovering those lessons and promises not only fun for your kids but also a blessing to you as you get to dig in with them through those hands on actives and engage in conversations about each lesson. Some activities you can do right then as your reading, others you can save and do during the day, like making soup together like Jacob did for Esau or counting the stars to remember God’s promise to Abraham. While Audrey’s is pink, it also comes in a blue cover. I promise this Bible won’t disappoint as you seek to grow your child’s love for the word!

Closing thoughts Audrey?

“Nope, I’m busy reading my Bible to my stuffed animals”

Alright then…from both of us…

Eat. Play. Read

& Carpe Librum!

The Baby Lit Collection

IMG_0741Hi everyone, it’s Audrey. Ever since I was able to pull myself up to standing I have been fascinated with all my Mom’s books. She has quite the collection you know, but even, so it’s nothing compared to my GiGi’s collection. I loved pulling them off the shelf and studying the covers, I could  tell they were chalked full of interesting things. Don’t get me wrong, I like my own books, they are super colorful and I like reading about Pokey Puppies and Little Bears but sometimes you want something a with little more meat, something to challenge you and teach you something new. Something for the baby/toddler/preschooler with the more refined pallet, like myself. That’s why today I’m telling you about my favorite primers….

The Baby Lit Collection by Jennifer Adams. Each one of these colorful primers is IMG_2106based on a classic. You learn colors with Alice in Wonderland, you learn to count with Romeo and Juliet, and my personal favorite…learning about the ocean with Moby Dick. Now to give you a little more info…here’s my mom.

Hi readers, I love the Baby Lit Collection. It’s taken primers to the next level. Not only are they takes on the classics that I love but they are completely practical too. Each books is board book so they last a long time and are approtiate for all ages. Even if your little reader occasionally likes to bend and chew books, as Audrey did when she was just starting out. They average at 10 pages so they are short and sweet but those ten pages are filled with fun illustrations that both you and your little reader will love. These are my go-to primers and from what I can tell there is no end in sight for these guys. They just released The Secret Garden and Don Quixote, and I IMG_0603have heard rumors of several others in the works. So check them out your little reader will thank you. Audrey, any closing thoughts?

Just one Mom….

Eat, Play, Read!

101 Awesome Bible Facts for Kids by Sandy Silverthorne


Who are the five hairiest men in the Bible?  Why did Boaz get a shoe handed to him? How many arrows does a quiver hold?  The answers to questions like these can be found in 101 Awesome Bible Facts for Kids.  This is a super readable resource for kids that they will find both entertaining and informative.

Just one page is devoted to each fact, and the style of writing is concise and age appropriate. Also included with each fact is the scripture verse so the child can read the information in some context. With cute cartoons and fun extras like catchphrases we use today that are from the Bible, word definitions and activities, this is a great book to help kids dig a little deeper into the scriptures.

This would be good for ages 9 and up, or younger if they’re good readers.  It’s a small book that is big on information, and great for getting your kids feet wet in the world of Bible reference books.  Because the explanations are so concise, it could also be a good resource for a trivia game or to quiz each other. Join in with them and both you and your kids will learn a lot when you read 101 Awesome Bible Facts for Kids.

P.S. Hairiest men in Bible? Esau, Elijah, Samson, Absalom and Nebuchadnezzer!

Bob & Larry’s Book of Prayers

Who doesn’t love Veggie Tales!? Audrey is a fan to be sure, and recently added this gem to her library. This colorful and engaging book is filled with close to 50 rhyming prayers that cover your toddlers/ preschoolers typical day, things like waking up, and thanking God for meals. In addition to these, there are prayers for forgiveness, prayers IMG_20150421_161656for help and guidance, and offering praise and joy to the Lord for the things your little one loves most. This book is fun to sit down and read straight through but is also set up in a way that you can pick it up and pray specifically for whatever you’re doing.

Besides instilling a love for God’s word in our kids, teaching them to pray is one of the most important things we as parents can do and this book is a great starting point.

We recommend this one for ages 2-5