My Little Words Devotional (Little Words Matter) by Author: Michelle Prater Burke and Illustrator: Holli Conger—Cute book with an important purpose!
First, when I review a book, I always look at the age range/target audience. This "devotional" is meant for children ages 1-3. For this audience, the book is incredibly durable, well-constructed, and up to the task of being handled by slobbery, sticky, adorable hands. The illustrations are diverse, colorful, and engaging.
The purpose of the book is to drive home the concepts associated with 19 words meant to increase a toddler's faith-based vocabulary. It's a building block—a tool—in teaching a child about Jesus and what it means to be a Jesus follower. On that point, job well done.
A parent connection section is available in the back of the book as a resource for discussion.
My only criticism/concern/consumer warning is the title, devotional. If you expect this toddler book to be jam packed with Scripture, you will be disappointed. There is one Scripture toward the end as part of the parent connection. However, although the title might be misleading, the concept behind the book itself is strong. Toddlers have amazing receptive language. Having a parent read these paragraphs about Jesus, joy, and creation is meaningful and important to not only the child, but to the parent as well.
Our almost 2-year-old niece, Lily, received the book as a gift from her uncle and I. As you can see, she has no issues handling this little treasure.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.