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Five Fall Favorites: Family

Hey, hey, everybody! How many new books did you find yesterday? I hope you found lots! *pats the seat on the bench beside me* Can to join me in finding more new reads today? We’re off to another wonderful day of finding new favorites!

For family today, I thought I would share some of the best books to read with little siblings, cousins, your own kiddos, or your friends kids!

Fiona Helps a Friend

Fiona Helps a Friend by Richard Cowdrey

Join your favorite hippo, Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and her lovable animal friends as they try to help Matilda find her missing laugh. This fun and whimsical follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Fiona the Hippo is the perfect read-aloud for fans of Fiona (and hippos) everywhere!

Fiona cannot figure out why the zoo seems so quiet as she wanders around, saying hello to all her friends. When she realizes she hasn’t heard Matilda the Kookaburra’s laughter in a while, Fiona and the other animals set out to find the missing laugh—and run right into a wonderful box of lost and found items. Their search turns into a dress-up party filled with laughter—and a great idea on how to get Matilda’s laugh back!

Fiona Helps a Friend teaches children:

About friendship, helping others, and the power of laughter
Love and support from others can make a big difference
This adorable picture book is great for readers ages 4-8 and includes:

Art by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey (Fiona the HippoBad Dog, Marley)
A unique cover that shimmers and shines with foil and gloss on the cover
Check out other titles in the Fiona the Hippo series: Fiona the HippoFiona, It’s Bedtime, and A Very Fiona Christmas.

My Thoughts

First off, Fiona is a big deal for my little siblings so this book about her is sure to be a hit with most kids with the most adorable pictures, a sweet story, and animals that are already loved by many this book is sure to brighten any child’s day.

I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Order a copy here!

When I Hold You

When I Hold You by Ashley Huffstutler

Where does a mother’s love come from? Ashley Huffstutler shows us it comes directly from the heart of God. When I Hold You is a gentle and celebratory poem that draws the comparison between a mother’s tender love for her children and God’s nurturing love for us.  
A perfect gift for any new or existing mother, When I Hold You captures the universal experience of the mother-child bond. As young readers, ages 0-4, listen to the rhyme and see the diverse illustrations, they will better understand how God reveals His love to us through our relationships with one another. With Scriptures woven throughout every image, both mother and child will be encouraged to worship the God whose love lasts forever!

My Thoughts

This is a darling little story perfect for every mother, new, young, experienced, or even grandmother! It’s also sure to draw kiddos into the sweet story book with the illistrations.

I received a digital ARC of this book all thoughts are my own and I did not need to provide a review.

Pick up a copy here!

Hand to Hold

Hand to Hold by J.J. Heller

This heartwarming picture book reassures children that a parent’s love never lets go–based on the poignant lyrics of JJ Heller’s beloved lullaby “Hand to Hold.”

“May the living light inside you be the compass as you go /
May you always know you have my hand to hold.”

With delightful illustrations and an engaging rhyme scheme, this book offers the promise of security and love every child’s heart longs to know. From skipping stones and counting stars to climbing trees and telling stories, every moment is wrapped snugly in the certain warmth of a parent’s presence and God’s blessing. With poignancy and joy, this bedtime read captures the unconditional love parents want their children to know but so often fail to express amid the chaos of daily life.

My Thoughts

I loved reading this one with my siblings, it is so sweet and adorable! The kids love it especially since we all enjoy J.J. Heller’s music and were so happy to see she had a children’s book coming out too.

I received a digital ARC of this book all thoughts are my own and I did not need to provide a review.

Pick up a copy for yourself right here!

A Home for Hope!

A Home for Hope by Margie Blumberg

One rainy April day, a stray puppy is alone on the street when a young hero, Jacques, rescues her and brings her to Sheltering Paws. Jacques names the puppy Hope and says, “Hope, I promise, we won’t quit/Till you hear the words, ‘You’re it!’” At the same time, a young family—including two siblings named Kaye and Chip—is moving out of Nana’s house into a fixer-upper a whole day’s drive away. Chip says, “Uh-oh, Sis/It’s almost noon./I can’t say bye–/It’s much too soon.” What happens next? Find out in this heartwarming tale, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the song “April Showers” with new lyrics to that famous springtime tune.

My Thoughts

“A Home for Hope!” is a beautiful story with the pictures, the story, and everything. Every little animal lover will fall in love with this sweet book.

I received a digital ARC of this book all thoughts are my own and I did not need to provide a review.

Pick up a copy here!

We Belong to Each Other

We Belong to Each Other by Liz Marie Galvan

Popular cozy enthusiast and blogger, Liz Marie, and her husband Jose Galvan draw on the sweet story of bringing home a lamb to White Cottage Farm to craft We Belong to Each Other, their first children’s book, which focuses on finding family.

At first, Grace feels as if she doesn’t belong because she is the only sheep at White Cottage Farm. But as she experiences the love of the other animals and of the kind man and woman and their baby, she begins to feel safe in her new home and recognizes that God provided her with a loving family.

With delightful rhyming text and cozy farm illustrations, children will learn:

The affirming message that home is any place filled with love
Families come in all shapes and sizes
How to embrace acceptance with love and patience
We Belong to Each Other is perfect for:

Ages 4-8
Readers who enjoyed Liz’s creativity and welcoming voice in Cozy White Cottage

Baby showers and adoption celebrations, birthdays, Gotcha Days, and weddings of blended families
You’ll love holding your children close as you share the heart of this book with them over and over: we belong to each other.

My Thoughts

Pure adorableness!

This children’s book is a perfect family read for bedtime, it shares that no matter who is in your family that there are many different types of families.

I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Be sure to enter the giveaway here!


12 responses to “Five Fall Favorites: Family”

  1. Wow, I’ve never heard of any of these books!! They all look so sweet!
    Thanks for sharing ❤


  2. Aww, these are all so cute!


  3. I’ve never read any of these, but they look sweet! I like how they all have meaningful lessons in them!


  4. Rebekah A. Morris Avatar
    Rebekah A. Morris

    These all look like sweet stories, and I’ve never heard of any of them.
    Thanks for letting me sit down with you. My stack of books is getting kind of heavy. 😀


  5. I haven’t read any of these, but they look adorable!


  6. *puts on future to-read list* These books look really good.


  7. Grace Elizabeth Avatar
    Grace Elizabeth

    All these books look so sweet!


  8. I love your take on the theme! 😍😍 I have Hand to Hold as well and agree it’s adorable.


  9. Kenzie O'Brennan Avatar
    Kenzie O’Brennan

    I’ve never read these, either, but they all sound so nice! 😀


  10. These all look so precious! I’m currently taking a children’s lit class, and I’m going to keep all of these in mind for it. Thanks for sharing!


  11. Seeing all of these great choices for children’s books is a blessing. I would enjoy buying these for a baby shower or even just as a gift for mother anytime of the year.


  12. Me and one of my sister’s enjoy collecting children’s books! I’m saving the 2nd and 3rd ones you mentioned! 😀


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