To provide encouragement during the Covid-19 pandemic, New Growth Press has published a number of free resources for families, including videos of their children’s books being read aloud or discussed by the authors. The publisher says:
HELP & ENCOURAGEMENT In the middle of one of the most challenging times for our country and the whole world, we want to continue to serve you with resources that comfort, encourage, guide and train. Please use these complimentary downloads to share the good news of Jesus Christ with your family and friends during these difficult days.
The free resources page includes downloadable coloring books, devotionals, and more. Watch some of the videos below:
Easter children’s book Jesus Rose for Me read by author Jared Kennedy
Children’s book Don’t Blame the Mud read by author Marty Machowski
Tori Comes out of Her Shell – Read by New Growth Press’s Mollie T.
“Why I Wrote The Moon Is Always Round” by author Jonathan Gibson
About the books
Jesus Rose for Me: The True Story of Easter, by writer Jared Kennedy and illustrator Trish Mahoney, helps toddlers and preschoolers understand the true meaning of Easter. This book is a part of The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible series. For children ages three to seven, this beautifully illustrated book begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter, when Jesus rose for us. Children will learn that Jesus is our king, and that everyone who trusts in him is part of his forever family.
For young readers and families, Don’t Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean, written by Marty Machowski and illustrated by Craig McIntosh, offers a vivid way of helping children see where wrong choices come from and how to turn to Jesus for change from the inside out. This beautifully illustrated picture book teaches children how to recognize the lure of temptation and the truth that bad choices lead to bad consequences.
Tori Comes out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely, (Good News for Little Hearts Series), is edited by Jayne V. Clark and illustrated Joe Hox. 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.
Even young children want answers to the hard questions about God and suffering. In The Moon Is Always Round, illustrated by Joe Hox, seminary professor and author Jonathan Gibson uses the vivid imagery of the moon to explain to children how God’s goodness is always present, even when it might appear to be obscured by upsetting or difficult circumstances.