Callie Grant Book Review {plus a giveaway!}

**Update: According to random.org, the winner is comment number 4. Congrats, Carmen! I’m sending an email your way. Thanks to everyone for entering!**

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There was a time many years ago, where if you asked me about whether someday I would read books to my kids I would have probably given you a blank stare. I’m sure my Mom is rolling her eyes right now.

Fast forward to life these days and things look a lot different. You’ll find me reading books to our son, pretty much any time throughout the day. I think he probably has more books than toys right now and that’s not a bad thing at all, especially since I’m such a bookworm myself and I hope to instill the love of reading in him from an early age.

More importantly, we want our son to learn about God and really, there’s no easier way than to read him books that teach him about God. Apart from reading the Bible as part of our nightly bedtime routine {we have this children’s Bible, which is awesome}, having a few extra books to supplement is just icing on the cake.

When I was contacted about reviewing these children’s books written by Callie Grant, I didn’t hesitate for one moment to say “yes, please and thank you!”

From the moment they arrived and our son saw them (have I mentioned, this kid LOVES books?!), he wanted to sit down and read. So, we sat on the floor and this happened. Be still my heart.

The first book we read was Jesus Saves Me. This book is centered around the following Bible verse:

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me 
and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 
And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, 
and they will listen to my voice. 
So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”  
John 10:14-16 

The book is geared for ages 0-7 and there are pictures on every page. On the back inside cover there is a page titled ‘For Your Grown-Ups’, which has helpful tips on how to lead your child (Baby, Toddler, Child) into understanding more about what a life of following God looks like.

My favorite aspect of this book is the option for me to just read the bigger, main text and gloss over the smaller more in depth text, since our son wants to turn the pages really quickly. That’s the great thing, since I know this book can grow with our son and as he gets older we will be able to spend more time reading the rest of the text.

The second book we read was Close as a Breath, which is a short story about a girl asking her dad questions about nature and why certain things happen. Careful attention is put to the way in which the story explains God’s all-powerful nature, so that a child can understand it. This book is centered around the following Bible verse:  
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities 
— His eternal power and divine nature — 
have been clearly seen, 
being understood from what has been made.”  
Romans 1:20
This book is also geared for ages 0-6 and is beautifully illustrated. There’s a whimsical feeling to the artwork, which I really enjoy. Another enjoyable aspect of this book is the rhyming text. It’s not so much that it becomes distracting, but rather adds to the flow of the story. 
Finally, we closed out our reading session with the book Little Seed: A Life. This book is geared for ages 0-5 and uses symbolism to explain the cycle of life. For each of the four seasons, you get to follow how a seed planted in the ground grows with each season. This book centers around the following Bible verse:
“For as the soil brings makes the sprout come up, and a garden causes 
seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make 
righteousness and praise spring up before the nations.”  
Isaiah 61:11

The illustrations in this book are reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting, which says a lot about the artist (well done!) and follows along nicely with the text. Out of all the books, this one was my son’s favorite. Maybe it was all the pretty, bright colors! Either way, I feel good knowing that not only is he getting exposed to beautiful art but more importantly, he’s learning about God.

Finally, one really great thing about all these books is the fact that they’re sturdy, board books. I can’t tell you how important this is to me, since our son loves turning the pages by himself and the hard, thick pages are perfect for his aggressive page turning little fingers. I can definitely see these books withstanding many years of use in our household.

If you’re interested in reading more about Callie Grant, you can find her bio here. The books are available for purchase on Amazon, as well as retailers across the US.
Now for the GIVEAWAY! 

If you (or someone you know!) are interested in having this set of books, just leave a comment on this post. That’s it! As a bonus, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite books or genres to read.
For extra entries, you can follow me on Bloglovin’Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. Leave a separate comment for each, which means you have up to possible entries. 
The winner will be randomly selected and announced on this post on Wednesday, April 9th. The winner will also receive an email, so please make sure you leave the best way for me to contact you. Best of luck!

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*Disclosure: These books were kindly provided to me by Shelton Interactive for my honest review. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  

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10 thoughts on “Callie Grant Book Review {plus a giveaway!}

  1. monica says:

    These look amazing! I somehow haven't heard of this author, and I can tell they are great! 99% of Levi's books are hand-me-downs, which have been handed down since son #1…14 years ago! 🙂 haha..>I guess it wouldn't hurt to have a few fresh reads! Thanks for the awesome review!

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