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Where Does Love Hide?
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First Feelings
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The Hear Me Read Bible
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My March to the Manger: New 2016 Edition

Countdown to the birth of Jesus by watching animals march to the manger. Reading this glittery, die cut board book will become a holiday tradition!

Mary says:"As a mom with three children under the age of four, I struggled to cut through holiday commercialism. That’s when we adopted an annual march to the manger.

Our children moved individual creche figures from windowsill to windowsill in our house during the week before Christmas. By December 24, the shepherds, sheep, cows, donkey and the Holy Family had arrived at the manger. Appropriately, Baby Jesus was the last to arrive. Through the years, this daily march to the manger helped our children focus on the real meaning of Christmas..

I am delighted to share our family tradition in this fun board book, and hope that God will bless your march to the manger this year."

 

God Made the Sun

God Made the Sun


God Made the Sun is a celebration of God’s gift of daytime.

Beginning with the first rays of sunlight and moving through the day, this new board book reminds 2-5 year olds that God’s love shines on us just as the sun shines on the earth.

Mary says: "A young child can turn the page by poking a finger into the layered die-cut of the sun. This happy book makes a fun read!"

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God Made the Moon

God Made the Moon


God Made the Moon celebrates God’s gift of night.

Beginning with the first hints of dusk and ending with a bedtime prayer, this book reminds young children that God’s love shines on us just as the moon shines on the earth.

A layered die-cut of the moon provides a novelty element for young children.

Mary says:"The whimsical illustrations by veteran greeting card illustrator Lizzie Walkley add a light touch. A fun read at the end of a busy day!"

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Faith Footprints

Faith Footprints with My Grandchild


Faith Footprints with My Grandchild offers devotions and guided journaling for grandmothers with corresponding faith-based activities for children.

“Leaving a legacy is on the mind of every grandmother,” says Mary. “Through our faith footprints, we leave values long before we leave valuables.” Devotions and reflections reflect real-time issues faced by grandmothers including competition with the “other grandma,” long-distance grandmothering and relating to a daughter-in-law. Ideal for gifting at a grandmother shower or for a grandmother-to-be, this book invites women to not only grow spiritually, but to share Christian lifestyle activities with a grandchild.

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The Pumpkin Gospel: New 2016 Edition


The Pumpkin Gospel: New 2016 Edition

Watch a lowly pumpkin turn into a reminder of God’s forgiveness in The Pumpkin Gospel

Fan open the board book, so pages are exposed to light. Turn off the light. Reading The Pumpkin Gospel will become a new autumn tradition!

Mary says:"For extra fun, tent a bed sheet, then crawl inside to read this glow-in-the-dark-story."

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First Virtues

First Virtues: New 2016 Edition

First Virtues highlights adorable animals who showcase core beliefs in child-friendly situations.

This new edition features 12 complete stories written in a light, rhythmic text. Playful illustrations show how a child might experience virtues in everyday situations. Parent pages, which provide practical suggestions to help a young child remember and practice the virtues, follow each story.

Mary says:
"We make the mistake of thinking that children will simply 'catch' a virtue when they see us opening a door for someone or sharing with a friend. Virtues are caught but they are also taught. Because so much cultural clutter floats around children today, we must be intentional, not just incidental about teaching core beliefs."

After all, a young child has an easier time learning about forgiveness or obedience when he's looking at a cute, colorful animal, not seeing himself in a mirror. However, virtues modeled by these non-threatening little creatures are great conversation starters.

 

Thank you, God, for Puppies

Thank you, God, for Puppies

Skippy was the best of friends. And as a child, I needed a friend.

The kids in my Chicago neighborhood weren’t interested in hearing abou my mom’s battle with cancer, but Skippy would always listen. After I poured out my heart, our big black dog would lift his head off my lamp and jump up. He almost seemed to say, “Crying time is over. Move on.”

Today, more than 56 million families in the United States have a dog. Children in those households know what it’s like to experience the unconditional love of a puppy.

 

 

 

 

Thank you, God, for Kittens

Thank you, God, for Kittens

Our neighbor’s cat had kittens. They were the cutest little furry things! We had three children, so guess who came to live at our house?

Our daughter, Angie, was quick to name them. And so for nearly twenty years, Blackie and Tiger (you can imagine what they looked like) were beloved companions. They even moved halfway across the country with us, because of course, they were family!

More than 30 million households in the United States know what it’s like to be calmed by a purring motor in a fur ball.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hear Me Read Bible

The Hear Me Read Bible

With more than one million copies sold in English, thousands of children have learned to read with the Hear Me Read Bible stories.

Using less than 25 words to tell a complete Bible lesson, the eighteen Level One stories feature natural language, repetition and prediction. These best-selling stories have been compiled in a single volume, The Hear Me Read Bible. Parent notes and vocabulary lists are included for every story. Level Two stories are available as eight individual titles.

"Learning to read is a lengthy, challenging process," says educator and author Dr. Mary Manz Simon. "Many elements need to come together before a child actually can de-code the scribbles on a page."

"Although we appropriately emphasize skill development, confidence in those abilities is also important," she says. "With less than 25 different words in each Level One story, a child's confidence soars as he successfully moves from page to page."

"Of course, a huge bonus is that a child not only learns to read, but learns to read about Jesus," says the early childhood educator. "What a joy when a child says, 'Hear me read.'"

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My First Read and Learn Book of Prayers

My First Read and Learn Book of Prayers

"Fold your hands, bow your head and close your eyes." With these simple actions, a young child can begin a lifelong conversation with God.

That's the purpose of My First Read and Learn Book of Prayers: to help a child experience God in new ways. The tone is conversational, so that a child learns to talk with God like he talks with a best friend. The content is concrete, not abstract, because a young child thinks about what he can touch and feel. And the prayers reflect the real world: because a child waiting to eat is hungry, one mealtime prayer has only eight words!

My First Read and Learn Book of Prayers will help your child learn to talk with God anytime, anywhere.

With a soft, padded cover and stiff board pages, this is an ideal volume to keep handy on a bedroom dresser or child's book shelf.

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My Easter Basket

My Easter Basket


This sparkling award winning, best seller, uses the holiday colors to help children learn the real meaning of Easter.

Mary says,
"This book is a personal favorite. Adults are challenged to understand the miracle of Jesus' Resurrection. Sharing the meaning of Easter with children is even more difficult. My Easter Basket tells the Bible story using a child-friendly approach. Children love the glittery sparkles on every page and adults enjoy sharing the rhythmic text. This is a book you'll read again and again, long beyond the Easter season."

 

 

Noah and the Big Boat

Noah Builds a Boat

Noah Builds a Boat offers a fresh-retelling of the beloved Bible story. Highlighting three important virtues, readers focus on obedience, patience and gratitude as they read about the old man and the ark.

“We often focus on learning facts about familiar Bible stories but forget to take away valuable lessons,” says author Dr. Mary Manz Simon. “Noah models three virtues that contribute to building strong character.”

With flowing illustrations and limited text from the Golden Books imprint of Random House, it is an ideal lap book to share with a child.

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Mary connected with thousands of people every year through speaking and media appearances, but even more people know her through her books. She's always working on something new, so check this section for updates.

 

 

All text © Copyright 2016 by Dr. Mary Manz Simon.