Summer Book Reviews

One of the goals I had at the beginning of the year, when we all have grand plans of getting stuff done in the coming year, was to read more books. My goal was two books a month – easy, right?

I made a list of books to read, wrote them down, and then quickly became consumed with daily life and the busyness that comes with raising a constantly-moving baby turned toddler and an easily-bored preschooler. Needless to say, I only finished reading maybe one book on my list. Waa-waa.

Well, with this blog, I was accepted into a few blogger review programs of various publishers and will be forced to read and write reviews.

This summer, I picked three books to review and could not have chosen any better ones for this time in my life. All of these books are wonderful and are all Field Trip Family approved!

Wow!: The Good News in Four Words

This is a picture book geared toward preschoolers and presents the gospel message in a simple, rhyming style. It breaks up the gospel into four memorable words: Wow, Uh-Oh, Yes, and Ahh. I love the colorful and inviting illustrations and the musical flow of the wording. At the end of the book, there are Bible verse references in the “For Further Study” section, where you can spend some time in the Word with your children beyond this basic book. This is a wonderful presentation of the gospel to young children and an easy, fun and age-appropriate way for parents to introduce or reinforce God’s salvation plan.

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids

Parenting is hard. It’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life so far. This is a terrific book packed with so many practical and helpful tips and tactics to deal with childhood behaviors and issues. I like how the book is broken up into several short chapters of only a few pages, which is ideal for busy parents. I tore through this book and finished it in one weekend. At the end of each chapter, the author highlights a useful tip that you can quickly revisit if you want to refer back to the book, which I expect to be doing in the future. He also includes specific illustrations and examples, which were especially useful. The concepts in this book are not particularly novel or revolutionary, however, if applied to your own parenting, could possibly revolutionize the future for your children. This is definitely a book I recommend for any parent.

The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

As with probably most people, I was familiar with and had read The 5 Love Languages long ago before getting married and having kids. The actual love languages were not new to me, but I was very interested in how it applied to the parent-child relationship. As I read through this book, I realized just how timely and appropriate this book was and was so thankful for the encouraging, yet challenging, words and the practical help and ideas presented. The author also includes specific examples of ways to display each of the love languages to your children, which I found to be particularly beneficial. Every parent needs to reach the hearts of their children to really make a positive impact, and this book can help parents do just that. This is a must read for all parents.


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Five visually stunning animal books

To round out our posts on animals and zoos this week, we have compiled a list of five animal books that not only provide educational enrichment for you and your children but can also facilitate a discussion on artistic styles. The illustrations and images in these books are visually stunning and engaging and can be enjoyed by all ages. We have not personally read all of these books, but we are solely recommending these books based on looks. Yes, we’re judging a book by its cover.


Animalium:Welcome to the Museum > The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom > Creaturepedia: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth > Atlas of Animal Adventures: A collection of nature’s most unmissable events, epic migrations and extraordinary behaviours > The Big Book of Beasts

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Ten zoo books & magazines for kids

To continue the zoo theme from the past couple of posts, we will share 10 children’s zoo books or magazines that we have read to our kids and enjoyed. These are probably all geared toward the preschool crowd, except the magazines may appeal to younger elementary-aged children. Below we have given a short review of each book, along with a key Bible verse that you can share and discuss with your children while reading with them.


1> Color Zoo // Bright and vivid colors and shapes make this the perfect book for babies and preschoolers. It is engaging and creative, using cutout shapes to form different animals. // “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.” > Colossians 1:16

 2> Curious George Visits the Zoo // If your little ones like monkeys, then this might be the perfect book for them. In typical George fashion, he gets into a bit of mischief but actually ends up saving the day. // “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” > Deuteronomy 31:8

3> Put Me in the Zoo // This classic rhyming book is good for early readers and as a read-aloud for younger ones. // “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” > Ephesians 2:10

 4> Good Night, Gorilla //  The simple text and cute illustrations of this book are great for babies and toddlers and make it a bedtime favorite. (We also get lots of laughs when the mommy opens her eyes.) // “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thoughts from afar.” > Psalm 139:2

5> A Sick Day for Amos McGee // It’s a heartwarming story about friendship and caring for others. // “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” > Philippians 2:3-4

6> If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss) // Inspire creativity and imagination with the fantastical story by Dr. Seuss. // “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” > Proverbs 16:9

7> Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? // The distinct Eric Carle-style of illustration can help teach babies and preschoolers their colors and animals. // “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” > Hebrews 4:13

8> National Geographic Kids // Not only do these magazines include stunning photography of various animals, but it also has educational articles, different activities and neat fact cards. // “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” > Hebrews 11:3

9> Zoobooks // Each monthly Zoobook magazine features a certain animal and gives interesting and valuable information. // “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” > Psalm 104:24

10> Our Day at the Zoo // Read about how some kids spend the day at the zoo imitating the animals. This is a local book created for the “Read for Adventure” partnership between the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Metropolitan Library System. If you check out this book from any of the 19 Metro Library locations, you can receive a FREE voucher for four to the Oklahoma City Zoo from the library staff. The program continues until March 31, 2018, and you can check out the book multiple times. // “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” > Ephesians 5:1

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