B&H Kids has created this sweet little devotional to help expose your little children to 19 words from the Bible. From words like Jesus to joy, praise to patience, this little devotional explains the word and includes a short little prayer to pray with your child. My daughter loves the cute little pictures, and I love how the devotionals grab her attention. Sometimes we’ll read just one devotional, other days she is interested in hearing two or three. I’ve found reading based on her interest level is best for us right now. The only thing I wish is that each page had a verse to go with it!
Y’all, I just love this My Little Words, padded devotional! It’s right at forty pages and each page is full of colorful artwork!
And, it’s completely evident that the publisher is aware of our current social needs in regards to diversity. That’s right, this little children’s book is complete with a diversity director. Many cultures are represented well in the characters and layout of this My Little Words Devotional.
Finally, I really enjoyed reading the prayers after the daily word. This is an easy first-time learner type devotional to read to a toddler, knowing he or she will be using the little words as big words soon enough.
I received My Little Words Devotional in exchange for an honest review from B&H Publishing Group.
Let’s talk the idea of toddler and children’s devotional books. You don’t see many of them. I don’t know why that is but it’s a trend that needs to catch on. There’s devotionals for women, moms, dads, men, college students, teens, even t’weens. There are devotionals for different career paths. There are devotionals everywhere but few focus on our younger and eager to learn children. Learning how to communicate with God and learning scripture at a young age translates into a stronger walk into adulthood, in my opinion. There are things about this book that I love and things that left me disappointed.
Let’s talk disappointment first. When I think of ‘devotional’ I think of a life application that is derived from scripture. I think of personal anecdotes that correspond with the intention behind the scripture. I think of the author’s takeaway that leads itself into finding your own relevant takeaway. However, it all comes back to scripture. As I read through the book I don’t find scripture until the parent page at the end. One verse to help parents to build devotional time with their child. One verse. If this was titled ‘My Little Words of Faith’ book I wouldn’t be so frustrated. If this was titled ‘My Little Words of Prayer’ I wouldn’t be so frustrated. But it’s a ‘devotional’. While the words and accompanying prayers are rooted in scripture there is no scripture to devote to the study of the words and anecdotes. That is a huge disappointment.
That aside there are things I love. This is a padded board book. The covers are soft with padding while the pages are heavy and thick to withstand ‘love’ by young hands. The illustrations are colorful and inviting. The ‘words’ are timely and relevant with accompanying small prayers to help children learn how to pray. It’s nice to see the prayers as so many times we forget that prayers don’t have to be formal and wordy. I remember many moons ago when I was a nanny for a friend. We had bedtime prayer and my friend had commented to me that she liked her children listening to me pray for them. I just talked to God, my friend. No ‘Our Heavenly Father’ but ‘Dear God’. If you know me at all in real life, I’m not a very formal person. I wears jammies all day around the house and wear my hair in a ‘meme bun’ all the time. The words are simple but can easily grow with a child from toddler-hood into grade school. Things like brave, kindness, patience and sharing. Words like Jesus, rest, love, and prayer. Words that children learn as they grow. Words that children sometimes need gentle reminders to practice. Words and prayer make a pretty good combination.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by B&H Publishing Group. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
If you are still looking for a small but sweet gift for a little one then you might want to consider this My Little Words Devotional by Michelle Prater Burke and Illustrated by Holli Conger. This padded boards book is the perfect size for little hands and is made very well so it should withstand most 2 – 5-year-olds.
This is a bright and colorful book that held my daughter’s attention while I read it to her. There are 19 devotionals in it. Each devotional is center around a word as it’s theme. words like obey, patience and brave. At the end of each devotion, there is a simple prayer that helps teach your little one how to pray.
I was delighted when my little one pointed to a picture and recognized that it was Jesus. She liked the prayers and has been saying them over and over while she plays with her dolls. I think this delightful book will be one she asks us to read to her over and over again.
The one complaint I have is this – I think there should be a Bible verse associated with each of the 19 words/ devotionals. This would have been an excellent way to introduce Scripture to children and show them why these words are important.