Zoe’s Hiding Place: When You Are Anxious
This beautifully illustrated book invites children to remember that the Lord is near when they are anxious. Zoe, a fearful mouse, is worried about a class trip. As she talks with her parents, Zoe realizes that she can turn to God for help. Papa Mouse gives her a verse from the "Great Book" that she can read when she is afraid. She learns that she can tell God all about her fears, and he will comfort her. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will give children a practical way to remember God's words when they are afraid.
Jax’s Tail Twitches: When You Are Angry
Everyone gets frustrated when something important to them goes wrong. In Jax's Tail Twitches, the whole Squirrel family ends up out of sorts when acorn gathering doesn't go according to plan. Although Papa, Mama, Jax, and Caspian Squirrel all get angry, they also learn about the power of saying sorry, seeking forgiveness, remembering God's words, and praying together. Edited by David Powlison, Jax's Tail Twitches ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching children how the gospel of Jesus Christ changes how we respond when life goes wrong. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will help children and adults remember to turn to God for help when they are angry.
Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up: When You Fail
Buster was sure he was the fastest bunny in the meadow. But during a race at summer camp, nothing goes as planned and Buster gets tripped up. After his epic fall, his older sister, Ivy, helps him see that failure is an opportunity to grow. As Buster remembers God's love, he is able to let go of others' opinions and accept that it is okay to try your best but not always be the best. Edited by Edward T. Welch, Buster's Ears Trip Him Up ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching children how the gospel of Jesus Christ comforts and sustains us through failure and turns our focus away from ourselves and toward others. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will remind children and adults of God's love and help for those who get tripped up.
Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely
Tori the turtle feels all alone. She has just moved to a new pond and a new school with her family and it seems like everyone has a friend except her. Her teacher notices she feels alone and helps her remember Jesus is always her friend and then along the way she makes some new friends. The last page contains information for parents on how God, in his Word, helps us turn to Jesus when we are lonely. Together children and parents will be guided into meaningful conversations about living by faith in the details of everyday life. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will give children a practical way to remember God's words when they feel all alone
Gus Loses His Grip: When You Want Something Too Much
Gus Raccoon, who loves all things sweet, learns what happens when he wants something too much. After Gus gets caught taking candy from the store, Papa reminds him that temptation might be strong for us, but it's not too strong for Jesus. Gus learns that Jesus is his present help. Also included is a section called "Helping Your Child with the 'I Wantsies'" that applies biblical truth to this struggle and a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will give children a practical way to remember God's words when they want something too much.
Henry Says Good-Bye: When You Are Sad
Henry Hedgehog loves his pet ladybug. She keeps him company and entertains him, his family, and his friends with her flying tricks. But one day, he has to say good-bye to his ladybug. Henry and his whole family are sad, but they learn to go to Jesus and remember together that he cares about their sadness. Also included is a section called "Helping Your Child with Sadness" that applies biblical truth to this struggle and a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will give children a practical way to remember God's words when they are sad.
Buster Tries to Bail: When You Are Stressed
Buster Bunny is stressed out as he trains for the upcoming race—so stressed he tries to bail! Through a true-to-life story that includes an intense coach and worried parents, young readers will learn to recognize and deal with the stress from inside and outside by turning to Jesus for help in trouble. Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series,_Buster_Tries to Bail_offers concrete, grace-based help for stress._
Caspian Crashes the Party: When You Are Jealous
Caspian Squirrel is jealous of the attention his brother Jax is getting on his birthday. Through captivating illustrations and a true-to-life story complete with a collapsing bouncy castle, Edward T. Welch helps young readers recognize jealousy and its destructive aftermath, and then he points them to the contentment that comes from trusting Jesus. Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series,_Caspian Crashes the Party_offers concrete, grace-based help for jealousy.
Halle Takes a Stand: When You Want to Fit In
Halle Hedgehog wants to fit in with her friends, but when they decide to exclude a girl in their class, Halle doesn’t know what to do. Through beautifully illustrated pages, Paul David Tripp helps young readers deal with the pressures of fitting in, finding courage through Jesus. Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series, Halle Takes a Standoffers concrete, grace-based help for peer pressure.
Gwen Tells Tales: When It's Hard to Tell the Truth
Gwen Raccoon is embarrassed when she gets a failing grade on a math test. But that’s not the big problem—she has started lying so she can do what she wants and cover up her mistakes. Edward. T. Welch helps young readers confess their mistakes and ask forgiveness of Jesus and of those they have lied to. Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series,_Gwen Tells Tales_offers grace-based help for telling the truth.
Henry's Big Mistake: When You Feel Guilty
When Halle gets new braces she has trouble saying some words. This irritates her brother Henry and one day he teases her in front of their friends and really hurts Halle’s feelings. Now Henry has this nagging feeling inside that he can’t make go away. He tries to just be nice to Halle, but that doesn’t help anything. When he learns from Mrs. Bixby about guilt and whatGod wants us to do after we sin, he gains the courage to make things right with God and with Halle. Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series, Henry’s Big Mistake offers concrete, grace-based help for understanding why we feel guilty and what to do when we feel it.
Zoe's Time to Shine: When You Want to Hide
Zoe Mouse loves to sing. She sings everywhere all the time. There is just one problem—she can’t carry a tune. One day she tries out for the school musical and tells all her friends she will definitely get the lead role. But when the unexpected happens and Zoe is embarrassed and ashamed, she wants to hide.Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series, Zoe’s Time to Shine offers concrete, grace-based help for overcoming shame and embarrassment.
Sadie Finds Her Voice: When You Are Shy
Sadie Bunny should be excited to stay overnight with her cousin Ivy. But instead, she is nervous. What if Ivy’s friends don’t like her? What if she can’t get any words out? But after a chance meeting with a scary cat piano teacher, armed with words from the Good Book, Sadie learns that Jesus can help even when you feel shy. Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series, Sadie Finds Her Voice offers concrete, grace-based help for children who feel shy.
Tomas Looks Up and Out: When You Don't Consider Others
Tomas Turtle starts his day thinking more about himself than others. Not only is he annoyed that his sister Tori’s cough kept him awake, but he also brags to all of his friends about his successes. It’s not until he gets sick and his friends take care of him that Tomas learns to look up to God and out to others. Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series, Tomas Looks Up and Out offers concrete, grace-based help for growing in empathy._
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I am beyond thankful for the team of people that worked together to create such thoughtful and Christ centered children's book! My kids ask to read these books daily, and they have been a great reference point for us to work through jealousy, fear, self-control, shame, and loving others! I recommend them to ALL parents out there! Our children need the radical truths of the BIBLE and these books share how the beautiful truths of God look in our normal everyday lives.
The Good News for Little Hearts collection is a favorite investment we’ve made this year, and though I wish we’d done it sooner, I know that we’ll get a lot of mileage out of them. My husband and I agree that through the really thoughtful, real life relatable storytelling and compelling illustrations, they touch and encourage our own hearts as we read them with our kids. They will grow with us and we consider them an “heirloom” set. Good News for Little (and Big) Hearts!