**Disclosure** The books were sent to me free of charge for my honest review from my participation on the Z Blog Squad.bigdreamsbigprayersBig Dreams, Big Prayers Bible For Kids
NIV

 

I recently had the opportunity to receive and review a copy of a brand new Bible for bigger kids. The Bible is called Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids. It includes the following features:

-The full NIV biblical text (This isn’t a devotional type Bible like your younger kids read. This is a full Bible that includes the exact same text as any adult version.)
-A presentation page to personalize who the Bible belongs to and whom it was gifted from.
-Summary pages at the beginning of each book in the Bible that explain who wrote the book and why, when the book was written, some of the key people in the book, and some of the key stories.
-Key Bible verses that are already highlighted, making it easy for kids to find important verses.
-Devotions throughout that include some of the “Big Prayers” of Biblical characters.
-A few other extras throughout the book like…an explanation of how to read the Bible, an explanation of the 10 Commandments in a way kids will understand, etc.
-A prayer journal in the back of the Bible.

 

lotsofknockknockjokesLots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids
by Whee Winn
Non-Fiction; Humor 

 

Knock, knock. Who’s there?

Don’t get so excited, it’s just a joke.

Knock, knock. Who’s there?

Anita to borrow a pencil.

New from Zonderkidz, here’s a collection of knock-knock jokes that is both hilarious and wholesome. Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids is sure to send every kid you know to his knees in a breath-stealing, side-splitting, uncontrollable fit of giggles. It’s that funny. And with more than 350 jokes, the laughs are sure to never quit.

This collection provides fun for the whole family and includes bonus Q& A jokes and riddles too!

My Review

Lots of knock knock jokes for tweens to use which is popular at their age. As a adult they are really silly, some are funny.

 

londonartchaseLondon Art Chase
by Natalie Grant
Fiction; Mystery

In London Art Chase, the first title in the new Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, readers meet 10-year-old twins Mia and Maddie and their adorable little sister, LuLu. All the girls are smart, sassy, and unique in their own way, each with a special little something that adds to great family adventures.

There is pure excitement in the family as the group heads to London for the first time to watch mom, famous singer Gloria Glimmer, perform. But on a day trip to the National Gallery, Maddie witnesses what she believes to be an art theft and takes her sisters and their beloved and wacky nanny Miss Julia, on a wild and crazy adventure as they follow the supposed thief to his lair. Will the Glimmer Girls save the day? And will Maddie find what makes her shine?

My Review

This is a new series called Glimmer Girls: London Art Chase; this particular book is about three sisters named Lulu whose six, Maddie, and Mia who are twin ten year olds. Their mom is a singer who has to go to London for some events and whole they are there the girls are hanging out with their nanny learning and browsing around London. The book does include interesting facts about London, while still keeping it a mystery. The story focuses on a stolen painting and the girls decided they are going to save the day. By the end of the book the girls in fact catch the thief and all is well. However, like most other reviewers, I did have an issue with Maddie sneaking out of the hotel; while I realize this is a story, I think for the ages its geared for the book could have done without that part. The book also doesn’t tell you what her consequence is for her action, it just states that her parents are going to discuss it and basically get back to her on that after they go have ice cream.
plansihaveforyoudevotionalThe Plans I Have for You Devotional 

by Amy Parker

Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for YOU! is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love and joy and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.

My Review

In the devotional, there are some illustrations and wording from the original book, but there is plenty of variety to warrant owning both.

There is some overlap between the devotional and the journal – making them great as companion pieces. There is enough variety between that devotional and the journal that owning both would be good.

One of the ways this devotional is different from others I have seen is that there is a large variation in the length of the individual devotions. Some devotions are extremely short (as short as just 4 lines of text) and some are longer (up to 6 paragraphs). Many of the devotions are 1 to 3 paragraphs long.

The Plans I Have For You JournalThe Plans I Have for You Journal
by Amy Parker

Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for You journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place.

My Review

This book is a great way to start a conversation with your child or let them start their own journey with finding that path for themselves. The book provides step-by-step processes over 90 days to help kids in this way.