Terrie Hellard-Brown is a new to me author but I am excited to read what she has put together! This children’s book sounds like a much-needed addition to my literary library!
About Building Character Through Picture Books
Book Title: Building Character Through Picture Books
Author Name: Terrie Hellard-Brown
Release Date: May 27, 2023
Bring the Bible into bedtime. After reading the picture book together, families can read the short devotion, discuss compelling questions (questions for younger and older children provided), and end with prayer together as the children prepare to sleep. The book includes 25 devotions matched with 25 popular and classical picture books. Each devotion includes a section for parents to go further in the discussion or to add an activity to continue the conversation the following day.
Read an Excerpt
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
“At school, Mrs. Dickens liked Paul’s picture of the sailboat better than my picture of the invisible castle. At singing time she said I sang too loud. At counting time she said I left out sixteen. Who needs sixteen? I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”
Brothers and sisters, continue to think about
what is good and worthy of praise.
Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. (Philippians 4:8, ERV)
The Story: Alexander is not having a good day at all. Throughout the story, he complains about all the terrible things that happen to him. He has decided that he is going to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, and he does.
We can have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days too, especially if all we focus on is the frustrations and inconveniences of the day. God doesn’t want us to live like that. The Bible tells us to focus on what is good and true.
About the Author of Building Character through Picture Books
Terrie Hellard-Brown uses her experiences as a mother of four (three on the autism spectrum), 35+ years in ministry (15 in Taiwan), and 35 years teaching to speak to the hearts of readers. She writes and speaks to empower children and adults to embrace everyday discipleship every day. She teaches workshops and writes devotional books, children’s stories, and Christian education materials.
Her podcast, Books that Spark, reviews children’s books that spark imagination, emotion, questions, and discussion leading to teachable moments with our kids.
Her blog discusses living as a disciple of Christ while disciplining our children. She challenges us to step out of our comfort zones to walk by faith in obedience to Christ and to use the nooks and crannies of life to disciple our children.