Five Fall Favourites Day 3: “Picture” Books

Welcome back to day three of our fun book party!! I hope that your backpacks are filling up with good books to read. πŸ˜€

I’ve just finished lighting a massive bonfire, so gather around and find a seat. Don’t you just love the crackling noises? Once the flames die down a little, there’s plenty of marshmallows just waiting to be roasted while we chat about our latest book finds! So be sure to stick around. πŸ˜‰

Today, I’m branching out a little! So just so there’s no confusion, I’ve swapped categories for today. I’m going to be doing “Picture” Books instead of Go-To Favourites. πŸ˜‰ But before I give you today’s list of books . . .

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Five Fall Favourites Day 3: “Picture” Books

Are You Going to Stop? by Catherine MacKenzie

Story of how Gladys Aylward was called by God to go to China as a missionary. As a girl she had always wanted to be taller and to have blonde hair. On arriving in China she realises that the people there all have dark hair and are generally not so tall. Her missionary work is simply described and her escape from the Japanese army, leading many orphan children over the mountains to safety. Told simply for younger children.

This book is part of the Little Lights series of readers for children. I think books like this one are a valuable addition to our bookshelves, because what we read shapes who we become and children are so impressionable! It’s full of lovely illustrations. The message of the book is to trust God and keep going no matter the trials we face–God will make a way.

“Why don’t we cross the river like Moses crossed the Red Sea?” the little boy asked.
“Because I’m not Moses,” Gladys grumbled.
“But God’s still God,” the little boy replied.

Are you Going to Stop? by Catherine MacKenzie

Resistance to the Nazis by Jane Shuter

“I did not become a resistance fighter, a smuggler of Jews, and a defier of Nazis all at once. First steps are always small: I began by hiding food under a fence. Now I was smuggling Jews to the Janowka forest.” Irene Gut Opdyke was a teenager when the German army invaded Poland in 1939. She was forced to work in an ammunition factory, and then a laundry for the army. At the same time, she began helping Jews to escape from the Nazis. ‘Resistance to the Nazis’ shows how Irene Gut Opdyke was just one of many ordinary people who found ways to resist Hitler’s armies in Europe, and to save people from the Holocaust. This book explains the different forms of resistance, from the efforts of people to keep their culture alive in the concentration camps, to fighting the German arm by sabotaging supplies and communications.Β 

I love learning about history from books like this one. The format is much more approachable and not as detailed/gory as other more in-depth books about WWII. It’s full of tales of ordinary people who were prepared to risk everything to help others. From revolts in ghettos to people who sacrificed their own lives to help others, this book is full of valuable information as well as photographs. It’s so, so important to learn from the past, lest it repeat itself because of our ignorance. (Warning: there are a couple more graphic photos ie people getting hung and dead bodies.)

God Made Something Amazing (Find The Animal) by Penny Reeve

What is that? A beak and a furry brown tail. Join the animal detectives and find out what it is that is hiding in the Australian bush. He swims in the water and builds tunnels in the ground. The God who made this unusual animal made the whole wide world for us to enjoy and he is even more amazing than anything he has made!

Okay! So we have a book about an Australian animal (might be a little biased here πŸ˜› ) Each book in this collection teaches children about an attribute of God and contains a fun story that gives clues about which animal the book is about alongside Scripture verses. The theme of this one is how amazing God is.

Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” by Michael O. Tunnell

After World War II the United States and Britain airlifted food and supplies into Russian-blockaded West Berlin. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail S. Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. To lift their spirits, he began dropping chocolate and gum by parachute.

Michael O. Tunnell tells an inspiring tale of candy and courage, illustrated with Lt. Halvorsen’s personal photographs, as well as letters and drawings from the children of Berlin to their beloved “Uncle Wiggly Wings.”Β 

This is a fun book which is just over a 100 pages long. I haven’t read it in its entirety, but it’s such a sweet (pun intended) story about a US pilot showing kindness to the war-affected children of Berlin. It’s a good reminder that on both sides of a war are hurting people.

Mrs. Rosey-Posey and the Empty Nest by Robin Jones Gunn

Young readers will learn that God cares for every living creature in Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Empty Nest. A baby bird falls from its nest, and Mrs. Rosey Posey takes care of it. All the while, she intrigues the children by telling them that someone else saw the baby bird fall. The story and illustrations will pull children into the quest to discover who it is.

I really loved this book when I was younger! It’s a reader, but can easily be used as an ordinary picture book too. The illustrations are sweet and Mrs Rosey-Posey is so kind and grandmotherly. It contains an important message about God caring for us and knowing everything about us, woven into a fun story.

Note: I think this book has been re-released as Mrs Rosey-Posey and the Baby Bird.

What about you? Do you enjoy reading books with pictures or collecting children’s books? πŸ˜€


22 responses to “Five Fall Favourites Day 3: “Picture” Books”

  1. These look fun!

    1. I’m glad you think so! πŸ˜€

  2. Katja LabontΓ© Avatar
    Katja LabontΓ©

    OOO, great recs, Lauren! Thanks!! Candy Bombers looks so good XD

    1. Thank you, Katja! I hope you get a chance to read it sometime!

  3. I haven’t read any of these! And I thought I was pretty well-read in picture books πŸ˜‰

    1. πŸ˜€ I guess you’ve got some more reading to do then! πŸ˜‰ Picture books are fun to collect!

  4. Courtenay Burden Avatar
    Courtenay Burden

    I think we read another of the Little Lights series growing up, but I haven’t seen Are You Going to Stop? before. And the Candy Bomber one looks really neat!!

    1. It seems like a good series! I think we have one on Corrie ten Boom as well.
      Yes! It’s a lovely true story!! πŸ˜€

  5. HistoryGirl Avatar

    I have been wanting to read The Candy Bomber for a long time! Now I will have to πŸ˜‰

    1. Oh! That’s fun to know πŸ˜€ Yep–you certainly will πŸ˜‰

  6. I’ve actually read the Little Lights books and enjoyed Are You Going to Stop? And I’m pretty sure we own Candy Bomber because I remember reading either that book, or one that is very similar. So much fun to see some familiar books on this list. πŸ˜€

    1. I love hearing what books people have read or at least heard of! It such fun finding shared favourites!! πŸ˜€

  7. Kenzie O'Brennan Avatar
    Kenzie O’Brennan

    Resistance To The Nazis sounds really interesting! πŸ˜€

    1. I’d have to agree πŸ˜‰ It’s so interesting seeing how people rose up under horrible circumstances to help others.

  8. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Gladys Alward’s story. I need to put that on my list.

    1. πŸ˜€ It’s always amazing reading how God provides and uses people for His glory!

  9. Grace Elizabeth Avatar
    Grace Elizabeth

    AWWW! Seeing Mrs. Rosey-Posey book brought back so many memories! My Grandma read that book to me sooo many times when I was a kid (even when I was old enough to read it myself… because, why read it yourself when Grandma makes it so much better?) and I loved it!<3<3 Now I think I need to find it and read it again just for old-times sake! <3<3

    1. That’s such a precious memory to have!! Thanks for sharing! You should definitely dig it up for old-times sake!! πŸ˜€

  10. Well done! ‘We are what we read’ is so true. Blessed are the children whose parents take the time to choose books wisely. Looking forward to reading ‘Resistance to the Nazis’ and seeing the difference these people made in others lives. May we be inspired to do the same….

    1. Thanks, Mum! πŸ˜€ I’m really grateful that you always helped us find good books to read and encouraged us to love reading!

  11. Ruthann Joy Avatar
    Ruthann Joy

    Aww, you brought back some sweet memories for me!! When we were kids, our Grandma had two Mrs. Rosey Posey books that she must have read to us half a million times! We had the Empty Nest one, and I don’t remember the name of the other one, but it was about being set apart and special to God. It was soo good!! I love knowing that someone else loved those books! So special and such sweet memories!

    1. I’m glad this post brought back such precious memories!! It’s amazing the different memories that are attached to certain books! We own another one about a treasure hunt/pirates but I don’t remember what that one is called either. πŸ˜‰ It makes me want to go and collect the others now! πŸ˜€

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