Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great books to read this month with Reviews! @Zonderkidz

9780310733294, The Bedtime Book, Mary Engelbreit

The Bedtime Book
By Mary Engelbreit

Mama comes to tuck you in,

Pulls the covers to your chin,

Squeezes fingers, squeezes toes,

Lays a kiss upon your nose.

New York Times bestselling author Mary Engelbreit presents The Bedtime Book, a beautifully-illustrated picture book that pairs sleepy time text with Mary’s beloved, timeless art. From endearing poems and snuggly stories to sweet blessings and precious prayers, each page of The Bedtime Book features ways for you to read your little one to sleep.  The Bedtime Book has a beautiful cover decorated with embossing and spot gloss.

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country.

Cassandra's Review-  A collection of sweet and simple short stories etc, that little kids would love to get read out loud.  Well really any age would enjoy them.

9780310759706, 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories, Catherine DeVries

5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories
By Catherine DeVries , Jim Madsen

Children will love these timeless 5-minute Bible adventures, featuring classic stories of Noah’s ark, Daniel and the lions, the birth of Jesus, and more! With text and art from the bestselling Adventure Bible brand, more than 30 stories come alive with bright, colorful illustrations and fun, interactive elements. Each of these stories can be shared in just five minutes, making this collection perfect for families on the go, children learning to read, and bedtime. 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories features a cover with eye-catching foil.


Catherine DeVries is a writer and editor. She has been influential in the development of many bestselling children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks including The Adventure Bible, The Beginner’s Bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible. She is also the author of My Time with God and many articles that have been published in professional magazines and journals. Catherine lives with her husband and three children in Colorado.

Jim Madsen has been illustrating for the past 15 years. He has worked on more than 50 books including the recently updated NIV Adventure Bible and the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers. Jim lives in Utah with his wife and three children. He enjoys the outdoors, golf, and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Cassandra's review- The book can easily create a different discussion and story time for every night,  It would be great as a Sunday school resource or any religious homeschooling family.

9780310759591, Ready, Set, Find Noah's Ark
Ready, Set, Find Noah's Ark

Noah has an important job. He needs to build a huge ark and fill it with animals too. Now there are things and animals along the way he needs your help to find, like the hammer, the hen, and the hedgehog. Are you ready to help Noah? If so, on your mark, Ready, Set, Find! Read the classic story of Noah’s Ark in this engaging look-and-find book for young children.

Cassandra's review- I actually read this book first in a deeper voice and then is a silly voice for the different sections, and the kids has a blast not only trying to find the pictures but hearing the story out loud.  

9780310759898, The Beginner's Bible Daniel and the Hungry Lions
The Beginner's Bible Daniel And The Hungry Lions

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.

Daniel is in trouble! He’s disobeyed the king and is facing down a cave of hungry lions. But Daniel knows God is on his side, and he is not afraid. This retelling of the story of Daniel and the lions will show little ones how trusting in God will keep them safe and sound. Featuring brand-new art from the beloved The Beginner’s Bible, a die-cut format, and a beautiful foiled cover, parents will love sharing this board book with their children.

Cassandra's review-  A very short read which is perfect for little ones that can not sit through a longer version and this has a great message added in that religious families will enjoy sharing.

9780310755371, The Beginner's Bible My First Book of Prayers
The Beginner's Bible My First Book Of Prayers

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.

The Beginner's Bible My First Book of Prayers helps young children discover that they can talk to God about anything from the beauty of creation to their friendships and emotions. Thankfulness, praise, and requests for God's help are all included.

Sixteen sweet prayers, written with the child's daily experiences in mind, focus on important character traits such as caring and forgiveness. For each prayer, charming illustrations from The Beginner's Bible highlight a different Bible character or scene that illustrates the truth found in the prayer. Ideal gift for a new parent or young child, and a great addition to church or daycare library.

Cassandra's Review- The books you share with your children no matter what age, can mean all the difference in the way your family grows.   If you choose to believe in God and raise your child in the faith, this book is going to be a great resource.  While any age can learn from it, it is geared to help younger children to understand and follow.

9780310759058, In 27 Days, Alison Gervais

In 27 Days
By Alison Gervais

Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known.

Hadley soon discovers Archer’s reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn’t as bad as he’d always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything—including her life—to keep Archer safe.

From award-winning Wattpad author Alison Gervais (HonorInTheRain) comes In 27 Days, a story of redemption, first love, and the strength it takes to change the future.

In 27 Days features a striking cover with embossing.

Watty Award-winning author Alison Gervais has been writing for as long as she can remember. In 2011, she began posting her work on Wattpad . com and has been active on the site ever since. If she's not writing, she can be found re-reading Harry Potter, watching Supernatural, or trying to win the affection of her two cats, Kovu and Rocket.

Cassandra's Review-  I felt this book is not for younger readers and as the topic is so strong, real and very much a problem today, I would suggest young adults or adults read it.    The message is strong and the story is so mixed with emotion that the reader could easily be swept up.

I received complimentary copies of all of the featured books.

Night Night, Train By Amy Parker Review

Chug-a-chug, the night night train Is a 'rumblin' 'round the track!

Choo! Choo! All aboard the train to Sleepytown! After a fun-filled day, it's time to snuggle in, and dream the night away.

Join these adorable puppies in pajamas as they say night night to the train, to their mommy and daddy, and to God. Your little ones will rest their sleepy heads knowing that the God who made them loves them and keeps them safe all night long.

Night night, train!

Amy Parker's children's books have sold more than a million copies, including two Christian Retailing's Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- This book was really creative because you can read two different stories or one whole story just by reading everything in black font first and them going back after and reading all the blue font, or you can read the book as a straight through.  I choose to read it as two diffrent stories, and my kids who range in ages all loved it.   The illustrations are cozy and inviting and I really liked the feel of the flow when reading out loud.

NIV, Revolution Bible The Bible for Teen Guys By Livingstone Review


Explore what it means to live a revolutionary life for God with the help of the NIV Revolution Bible. Packed with challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about today’s contemporary cultural issues, this best-selling Bible empowers young men ages 13-18 to ask big questions, discover fresh perspectives and impact others while living their faith on the edge.

Teens will discover how to impact a broken and diverse world with fresh perspectives on a variety of faith-related issues. Their life, their relationships, their community: it’s all a big deal, and it takes a big, God-filled heart to make a difference. A revolution of the heart isn’t about how popular or tough they are. It’s about what God can do in them and through them. This newly updated edition uses the accurate, readable, and clear NIV translation and includes features strategically designed to empower teen guys in their quest for truth.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  I thought this would be a great gift for one of my older teens because he is going to start college and I felt that this book could really help him to gather a sense of peace on his journey.  I do think that even if your family is not fond of faith based beliefs, there is still something about this Bible that will help to keep your treasured loved one on a steady path.  It can be so helpful in more than a few ways, if you give it the time and possibly as a gift.

The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need by Peter B. Stark Review

Everything in life is negotiated, under all conditions, at all times. From asking your boss for a raise, to asking your significant other to take out the garbage, most of us are involved in negotiations to one degree or another for a good part of any given day. The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need, Revised and Updated outlines the critical elements you need for a successful negotiation and reveals the 101 tactics to use in any high stakes business deal, or in everyday life occurrences.

In this book, you'll discover your negotiating behavioral style through self-assessment questionnaires, gain the tools needed to deal with negotiation sharks (or bullies), learn tips for recognizing and interpreting your negotiating counterpart's body language to create beneficial outcomes, and see examples on how to counter unethical and unprofessional tactics effectively--and much more.

Using their 30 years of experience as business professionals, lead negotiators, consumers, and parents, Peter Stark and Jane Flaherty provide you with the tools you need to become a successful negotiator who builds win-win relationships.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- Yes, I do like to negotiate and I find that in most instances it does benefit my families needs, but not always and sometimes I can come away feeling worse or getting a raw deal.  For this reason I thought to review this book.  It is filled with ideas and facts presented in a way that is easy to utilize and execute.

Pure Country: Pure Heart Available August 1st on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD at @Walmart

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”
Pure Country: Pure Heart is the moving, music-driven tale of teenage sisters Ada and Piper. Upon discovering a letter about their late father, a Marine who died in Iraq, they leave rural Tennessee and hit the road secretly in search of the truth about the man they never knew. As they uncover his past as a budding country music star, the sisters find their own voice, beginning their journey as singers/songwriters.

Available August 1st on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD only at Walmart and on Digital Everywhere

Cassandra's  Review-  A tear jerking family drama, that inspires as well as adds a sense of pride.  Willie Nelson fans are going to get a huge treat and also fans of Shawn Michaels because they do have very important roles in the movie.  This is dove approved and your whole family can enjoy it, because if if your little ones do not understand what is going on, the music will still create a beautiful atmosphere during viewing.

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I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I really enjoy the burst of scent that comes when the brewing process happens.   The whole house gets a remarkable sweet goodness.   I really enjoy using this coffee.

One winner will receive a 22ct of this flavor coffee from Crazy Cups, just enter below.

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