Thursday, August 21, 2008

Children's Extravaganza!

Important Update down below!

First off, I just want to remind you about Friday's Fave Five. Just write a post about your favorite 5 things from the past week. It can be anything that tickled your fancy this week. Link back here to my Fave Five post. I'm going to try to put up a Mr. Linky. Which for me may or may not be stressful. We'll see. :v) I'd love for you all to join in so I can see what was your favorite five things of the week. Now onward to the real post: Book Giveaways! As in plural! Read on:

This week I had the pleasure of reviewing 3 beautiful children's books for Waterbrook Press that will be releasing this fall. What a pleasure it was. Each book is beautifully written prose, with the ones by Dandi Daley Mackell written in a captivating rhyme. Both are beautifully illustrated in eye catching colors for the preschooler! Seeing my children are already teenagers I read them to my dayhome children who gave each one a resounding thumbs up, with requests to read them again.

Here's the descriptions from the publisher and then I'm going to give a set away!

Summary: 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

Books: God Loves Me More Than That, and When God Created My Toes
Summary: 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.
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!

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 and 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.

Illistrator 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.

Now the fun part! I'm going to give them away individually! So that means not 1 but 3 chances to win! And even if you win, I'll put your name back in so potentially you can win all 3! Just leave me a comment by this Friday at midnight and I'll make the draw as soon as I get up on Saturday morning. Canadian and U.S. mailing address only please.

Updated to add: Please make sure that there is a way to get a hold of you. Either a link to your site or an email address, otherwise I'll have to redraw if you're name is chosen. If I can't get ahold of you, I can't let you know you won, right?

To purchase these lovely books you may find them at Amazon here, here and here.


Laura said...

Oh those books sound absolutely beautiful, I would love to read them to my little guy!

ellen b. said...

Hi Susanne, I think that Friday's Fave Five is a fun idea. I'll have to get my head together and see what I can come up with. Blessings...

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for sharing. I'm always on the hunt for great children's books and have recently discovered Bayard and their series of StoryBoxBooks, AdventureBoxBooks and DiscoveryBoxBooks (which has a special focus on teeth!) They have work by acclaimed children's books illustrator Helen Oxenbury appearing in the Storybox series for September. In addition to this, they also have some great activities for rainy days:,, Enjoy!

Barb said...

I haven't put a Mr. Linky up in ages, but I don't remember it being hard. I'll bet you sail right through it.

These books are beautiful and I'd love a chance to win any one of them. Thank you for hosting such a nice giveaway!

PJ said...

My fave five will probably all occur tomorrow...I'm spending the day with granddaughters +1. If I have energy left in the evening to post....

Shawna said...

Hi, Susanne! Looks like a great giveaway, and I trust your dayhome childrens' reviews. :0)

Anna @ Feminine Adventures said...

Hi Susanne, please add me to the drawing. The books look wonderful! :)

Becca said...

I would love to win, we have "God Gave Us You" and my daughter LOVES it, she can nearly recite it from memory! I just found your blog and tried the "Crockpot Thai Chicken" for dinner tonight, everyone loved it!! Thanks

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Anonymous said...

These look like great books! We also have God Gave Us You...lovely book. :)