Category: children’s books

Write2Ignite Conference Recap

What a joy to spend time with old friends — especially old writing friends! And this year I had the fun of bringing my grandson, Mikey, along for the Teen Track. The Write2Ignite Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults…

Blessings, Gratitude and Prayer

There are several reasons I wrote my Bountiful Blessings series of picture books (God’s Blessings of Fall will be available this week!). One of those is the importance of prayer in young children’s lives. Prayer is usually a natural consequence of gratitude. Seeing God…

Picture Books – Family

Jean Matthew Hall has reviewed about 200 picture books over the past two years. The next few blog posts will list these picture books by theme and/or category for your easy reference. The titles are linked to the reviews. If I Didn’t Have You…

BULLY

Bully was written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler. Sleeping Bear Press published it in 2018. Bully is a frog in a pond full of lilies. Bully wants all the lilies all to himself The story traces Bully’s rude, selfish treatment of other creatures in…

Be A Good Dragon

Be a Good Dragon was written and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus, and published in 2018 by Sleeping Bear Press. Poor Enzo the Dragon! He has a terrible cold and is sneezing without control. But Enzo isn’t the only one suffering. Each sneeze spews flames…

Badger’s Perfect Garden

From Jean Matthew Hall a 2019 Picture Book Review – Badger’s Perfect Garden. Badger’s Perfect Garden was written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated (delightfully) by Ramona Kaulitzki. It was published in 2019 by Sleeping Bear Press. Badger’s touching story is beautifully illustrated by…

Surprise!

SURPRISE! Was written and illustrated by Caroline Hidilaksono. Arthur A. Levine Books published it in 2018. This is a fun read about forest friends who get bored. They want to make new friends, go on a new adventure. But other animals in the forest…

If I Didn’t Have You

Time for another seriously silly book. If I Didn’t Have You was written by Alan Katz and illustrated (with alligators!) by Chris Robertson. Simon & Schuster published If I Didn’t Have You in 2018. This is a silly but touching story about family and…

Possum and the Summer Storm

Possum and the Summer Storm This is the third Possum book by Anne Hunter. Possum and his passel of joeys face a summer storm. It wipes out their home. So Possum sets out to find a new home for his family. Possum and the…

If the S in Moose Comes Loose

Another 2018 picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Hilarious! If the S in Moose Comes Loose written by Peter Hermann and illustrated by Matthew Cordell is stunningly hilarious. Judging from their short bios both the author and the illustrator are hilarious themselves. Go-figger!…

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