Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recently Read: The Plans I Have For You by Amy Parker, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

This is one children's book your kids will ask for you to read again and again. You'll happily oblige, because it's a quick read that will fulfill your bedtime routine. And, the message is incredibly important! Every child should feel early on that they have a God-given purpose on Earth, and they should be instilled with the confidence to pursue it. This book would make a great baby shower gift for expecting or new parents, or for a young child's milestone birthday. I could see this being an awesome kindergarten or fifth birthday gift. 

I enjoyed reading The Plans I Have For You with our seven and eight-year-old boys. One of the greatest joys of parenting is watching them blossom into independent, productive and happy young people. This story is a great tool to accompany the journey.

Years ago, I purchased a Dr. Seuss title with a very similar message, albiet without mention of God. I have read it to my son many times. This Plans I Have For You is a similar story to emphasize the importance each child carries with them, but from a Christian perspective. In this book, the child learns God has great things in store for them. A child of any age (Me! Right here!) likes to be reminded of this!

Besides the similarity to the popular Seuss book, the other thing that strikes me right away is the beautiful, bright illustrations. Children from various backgrounds are depicted in vivid, full page illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Between the pictures and the easy-to-follow rhymes written by author Amy Parker, it's a fun, quick read. Tuck the kids into bed filled with inspiration and joy and then relax, because you've done something good for your kids today. 

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