I am truly enjoying the wonders of fall… but in the crisp of the air, I already feel the kiss of winter. This year, my son will really begin to understand the beauty of winter, the wonder of Christmas. There’s so much I want to share now that his understanding and memories are deepening.
Reading seasonal books is a favorite activity of mine (hence the title of our blog?). I just got to review two great winter picture books I’m going to enjoy reading to him over and over this year!
First, my all-time favorite type of picture book: an alphabet book calledS Is For Snowman. Written by Kathy-jo Wargin, award-winning children’s author, this book is lighthearted, but God-focused. A fun read taking children through the alphabet in a winter wonderland.
F is for Frost
God casts the Frost sparkling white on the land,
a beautiful blanket spread right from his hand
S is for Snowman outlines twenty-six ways to have winter fun in the beauty of God’s creation! I look forward to checking out Wargin’s other seasonal alphabet books like P is for Pumpkin.
Another title for this winter is from bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones. I reviewed The Jesus Storybook Bible a few months ago, and consider her writing to be delightfully poetic! Her latest book, Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story is a retelling of the first coming of Jesus.
The world was about to change forever.
And it almost went by unnoticed…
The wind whispered it softly
in the sycamore trees
that waved their moonlit branches
to the sky.
Once again, Lloyd-Jones uses lyrical writing with a gentle tone to share the miracle that echoed to the ends of the earth. Readers watch the news of Jesus’ birth travel enthusiastically from creature to creature. This book reminded me of the Psalm, “The heavens declare the glory of God…” and one would find it hard to miss the symbolism of a might Lion roaring out: “The Might King! The Prince of Peace!”
Song of the Stars is a wonderful introduction to the birth of Christ, and would be a great gift to teach children the joy and anticipation of the moment when Salvation came to earth!
Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story released in October 2011, and is available from Zonderkidz. For more about this author, visit Sally Lloyd-Jones’ website.
My son got his first introduction to this lovely bear family with The Berenstain Bears Get Ready For Christmas (Amazon affiliate). When it’s time for the bears to assemble their family Nativity scene, the box it was packed in has severl missing pieces! Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear search the tree house to find the pieces of the manger scene. It’s a fun to help the bears find their cherished items with this Lift-the-Flap book (which my son loved!). Discovering each piece of the Nativity scene helps you tell the Christmas story to your child too!
Disclosure: I was not sent product for this review and was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are 100% my own. Amazon affliate links have been used in this post.