Books for Young Readers

Here’s a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family:

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*Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions

Note: ANTs = Automatic Negative Thoughts

Melody (age 10):

I think a lot. I also ask a lot of questions. This is something my family knows, but sometimes, my thoughts can be negative. I liked Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions because it’s a method to keep ANTs away. Including my own!

I would recommend this book to anyone who (a) thinks or (b) thinks negative sometimes and also to everybody because EVERYBODY thinks negative sometimes…and we all need a boost.


Get your own copy *HERE.

*May The Faith Be With You: Bedtime Prayers + Holy Bible (NIrV)

From Joyce (Mom):

I would have never come up with the idea for this book and Bible. The bedtime prayers book is a book with rhyming prayers and a Bible verse. BUT the super cool added feature is that this book GLOWS IN THE DARK! It sure is exciting to this mama, so hopefully, it is exciting for your kiddos too!

The May the Faith Be With You Holy Bible is perfect for kiddos ages 6-10 who love outer space, intergalactic themes, Star Wars, or just reading the Bible. There are a few spreads that point to answers to questions or topics to discuss, like the Fruit of the Spirit page below.


Get your own copy of the prayer book *HERE. and the Bible *HERE.

*Day Dreams & Movie Screens

From Emily (age 8):

Day Dreams & Movie Screens is about a girl who has a wonderful family and life. She also is reading a Bible and going to be in a movie and making a speech. It is an adventure with her family and her dog named Austin. 😉

Get your own copy *HERE.

OTHER REVIEWS

Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads
May the Faith Be With You: Bedtime Prayers – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

May the Faith Be With You: Holy Bible (NIrV)Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads
Day Dreams & Movie Screens – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

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Same Different

I love a good story. Whether it is a made-up story from a book or a story my grandmother told me about her childhood, I think stories have a way of connecting people. Our church has been celebrating different “heritage months” through the year, and it has brought about many stories. There have been stories of success, of failure, of anticipation, of hope, of hope lost, of grace, of forgiveness, of hate, of hate received, and of love. Same Kind of Different as Me is a movie releasing in theaters on October 20, and it makes me think of stories that some in our community may be living out.

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*Same Kind of Different as Me

Theatrical Release: October 20, 2017
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 2:02:41
Studio: Paramount Pictures/PureFlix
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight
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This movie is the story of an international art dealer who must become friends with a dangerous homeless man so he can save his struggling marriage. They embark on life’s journey together and lives are forever changed.

same-different

I’m looking forward to watching this one because I think it will be one of those stories where we will reflect on how we are living our lives in this world. It might even be a movie that some won’t want to watch because of the same reason. I’ll be sharing more as it gets closer to the release and afterward, too.

If you’ve ever had someone in your life who is different than you are, this might open your eyes and heart to get to know their story…or to share your own story. Rich/poor, educated/uneducated, introverted/extroverted, young/old…you can plug in all kinds of opposites here and find that even the most different of people may be more like you than you think.

Check out the trailer below and then make sure to visit the official film site where you can buy tickets, access video, photos, downloads, news and more!

GIVEAWAY – 2 FANDANGO TICKETS

One lucky reader will receive 2 Fandango Tickets to see Same Kind of Different As Me in theaters! Giveaway ends Monday, October 16th. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY.) Fandango voucher for tickets will be emailed to the winner.

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite movie/film or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the movie, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.
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How I Spent $1 on a Halloween Costume

MONEY-SAVING TIP!

Since I’ve been reading More Than Just Making It and we had been chatting about finances over at my other page, I thought I would share a money-saving tip with you here.

It’s no surprise to you all that I’m not a shopper. I’m also not huge on a certain dress-up holiday. It was a challenge for me every year, BUT I have found my saving grace in this area – the Facebook buy/sell group that I run!

Last year I had a forest fairy and a Greek goddess or something like that – for just $10…TOTAL!

This year I sold that forest fairy costume. It was only worn 2 times for less than a few hours total. So if I do my math correctly, I spent $1 for the costume.

AND since I’m trying to think ahead for these types of things, I already have one costume for this year…a little spendier at $7, but definitely less than a new costume for more $$$.

What money-saving tips do you have when it comes to holidays and special occasions?

Jeremy Camp – The Answer

The Answer is a good album and full of good songs. It is also fun and powerful with God. – Emily (8)

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*Jeremy Camp – The Answer

Released: October 6, 2017
Label: Sparrow
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Word of Life

Norm’s Review – Jeremy Camp’s new album The Answer has that distinct Jeremy Camp pop/rock sound that is infectious. Depending on the situation you are experiencing, there should be a song on this album that will relate. Give it a listen!

Joyce’s Pick – My Father’s Arms // My Father’s arms are wider than the sea // And I’m standing on the shores of majesty // No matter how far I run, I can never outrun His love // My Father’s arms are holding me

Melody’s Pick – The Answer // He sees our sadness, He feels our sorrow // And in our weakness, He is strong // He holds the weight of, all of our failings // Greedy is our sin but greater the cross

Emily’s Pick – Never Stopped Loving // When I have gone astray // How You would chase me // When I was so afraid  // You would embrace me // You never stopped loving // You never stopped loving me You never stopped loving You never stopped loving me

Story Behind The Song

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Answer. Giveaway ends Friday, October 13th. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite song/album or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Coming soon

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Matthew West – All In

Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be.

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*Matthew West – All In

Released: September 22, 2017
Label: Sparrow
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Story Behind The Song

Norm’s Review – Matthew West continues with his hit and catchy pop-rock sound (All In…love the lyrics) with an added splash of a couple of Gospel-ish songs. Carrie Underwood makes a guest appearance with background vocals on Something Greater.  There’s also an adorable, spontaneous hidden track with his daughters at the end of the album.

Joyce’s Pick – The Beautiful Things We Miss // I don’t wanna miss it / I don’t want look back someday and find / everything that really mattered / was right in front of me this whole time / Open up my eyes, Lord / Keep me in the moment just like this / before the beautiful things we love / become the beautiful things we miss

Melody’s Pick – Becoming Me // I’m becoming me because of you

Emily’s Pick – You Are Known // I want you to know / you are known…And you belong here in the arms that won’t let go

All In Lyric Video

Matthew will be launching a 6-week All In Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of All In. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite song/album or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Coming soon

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Favorite Homeschool Resources This Week

We’re thinking about sharing other favorite resources besides homeschool stuff. Let us know in the comments what you would find helpful – book/music/restaurant/food reviews/recommendations, kid activities, thoughts about family-related topics, or something else?

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*Liberty’s Kids

We love when we find resources that help us learn but is also so fun it doesn’t feel like learning! We discovered Liberty’s Kids after we bought the complete *Carmen Sandiego series. You can go on adventures with two young reporters who work with Benjamin Franklin from the Boston Tea Party to “We the People.”

Get your own copy *HERE.

*Ed Emberley drawing books

If you’re like me (Mom Joyce) and aren’t a natural at drawing and other art stuff, these Ed Emberley books are great. (You can see it works because here is my pirate ship.) I think Emily’s tutor used one of his books to have the class work on drawing upside down this past week. She had them draw shapes on their paper and slowly, as it came together, they saw it was an upside castle!

Get your own copy *HERE.

How Do Our Bodies Move? by SciShow Kids

Other Faves:
These are not directly homeschool-related but I have gotten so much out of the Ultimate Bundles. I have shared on social media from time-to-time which specific resources I have used and have been helpful. I don’t use all the resources, but the 70-98% off total price is completely worth it. If you are interested in the topic of healthy living, make sure to sign up to be notified when it is available to purchase. Sign up to be notified of the *Healthy Living bundle HERE. OR if you are a blogger or know lots of people interested in the topic, you can even sign up to be an affiliate and you can make a percentage when others purchase from them. *Sign up to be an affiliate HERE.

CLICK HERE to check out other favorite homeschool resources.

What are some of your current favorite school resources?

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God Our Maker Series

These two books from Gary Bower’s God Our Maker series are adorable. God Paints the World and God Loves the World are great books to start a little library for a new little one. You know I love a book with a good rap rhyme. The illustrations stand out with bright colors and will be wonderful for younger kiddos to look at. Keep reading to find out what Melody and Emily think about these two books, and don’t forget to enter to win your own copies!

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Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Gary Bower/Tracy Cottingham
Price: $6.99
Format: Board book
Page Count: 20
Ages: 2–5

*God Paints the World

I like everything in the book about color and Creation that God made.

It is about how God loves His World and us.

I recommend this book as a read-aloud book or for a kid who is learning how to read. – Emily (8)

Get your own copy *HERE.

*God Loves the World 

I like that God loves us all, no matter who we are. No matter who our family is, whether we’re short or tall, or where we live, God still loves us.

I wasn’t sure about “Some are round, and some are thin.”  But overall, I liked it because God really does love His world!

I would recommend this book to early readers or kids who have just started to read. – Melody (10)


Get your own copy *HERE.

Author Gary Bower fell in love with picture books at an early age, while sitting in his mother’s lap. As a youngster, he entertained himself for hours by writing his own stories, jokes, poems, and skits. As an adult, his years of professional and volunteer experience ministering to children and teens, combined with thousands of story nights with his twelve children, have helped him polish his storytelling skills.

Illustrator Tracy Cottingham is happiest when creating pictures and patterns. After finishing her art degree, she began to sell her art for greeting cards and textiles, but creating illustrations for books is her ultimate joy. She can usually be found working at her desk, sipping coffee, and chewing on gummy candy. Tracy lives and works in London.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Gary Bower’s God Our Maker series! Giveaway ends Friday, September 15th. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite children’s book or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the series, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Coming soon!

God Paints the World – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | goodreads | BookLook Bloggers
God Loves the World – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | goodreads
 | BookLook Bloggers

+We received these books from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review.

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