Looking for Great Summer Reading?: Review of a Sweet Picture Book and New Girls' Bible

Whether you’re homeschooling year round, taking a break, or are a family who just homeschools in the summer, summer time is a great time to encourage kids to read. 

Review of Zondervan books for kids

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If you’re looking for a couple of fresh new reading ideas, here are two from Zondervan that I recently had the opportunity to review.

A Kite for Moon

A Kite for Moon is written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple and illustrated by Matt Phelan. It is a beautiful picture book honoring Neil Armstrong.

A little boy is flying his kite one day and sees the moon. He’s concerned that the moon seems sad. He begins to send kites up to the moon, promising her that he will come and see her one day. This desire encourages him, and he grows and learns, until one day his promise is fulfilled. As an astronaut, the young boy- now a grown man- travels to the moon.

This is a sweet and beautiful picture book. Kids will be able to relate to the little boy in the story as he dreams of one day seeing the moon. One great way to use this book in your homeschooling would be to read it and then do a short unit study on Neil Armstrong. You could also use it to inspire some creative writing. After reading the book and talking about the little boy’s dream of visiting the moon, kids can write about a one day dream that they have.

The Ultimate Bible for Girls

The Ultimate Bible for Girls is an NIV Bible from Faithgirlz. The Bible is targeted to tween girls and has a number of features that will help girls have a deeper understanding of Scripture. These include:

  • Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book.
  • Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story.
  • Bring It On!—Take quizzes to really get to know yourself.
  • Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—See for yourself what you have in common.
  • Words to Live By—Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing.
  • What Happens Next?—Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words.
  • Oh, I Get It!—Find answers to Bible questions you’ve wondered about.
  • The complete New International Version (NIV) translation
  • Vibrant, two-color interior
  • Beautiful cover design with foil and glitter
  • Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue
This is a gorgeously illustrated Bible that just begs to be opened and read! I have some young teen girls, and they were drawn to it right away. The features make Scripture more accessible to readers, but they don’t detract from just reading Scripture. Summer can be a great time for kids to develop a Bible reading habit, and this Bible will be a great resource to help your kids- especially tween and teen girls do just that.

Review of Zondervan books for kids


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