To celebrate Children’s Book Week (May 10 – 16), I thought I would share with you two very interesting Christian children’s books by small publishers that have come across my path lately.
The first book is Shamgar and the Ox Goad written by Patti Ogden, illustrated by George Almond, and published by Capstone Productions. This book is about an unsung hero in the Old Testament. One little verse in Judges 3:31 says “After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.”
Six hundred men with an ox goad! Imagine that. Almost as great as Samson killing one thousand Philistine men with the jawbone of a donkey (Judges 15:15), and yet, before this book, I had not taken notice of that little verse about Shamgar’s heroic deed.
Patti has taken the liberty to create a fictionalized account of what Shamgar’s heroic act may have looked like to bring to light to an unsung hero in the Bible for children.
The second book is The Person I Marry, written by Gary Bower, illustrated by Jan Bower, and published by Storybook Meadow Publishing. The Person I Marry won the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award for the Children’s 8-12 years category this year.
This delightful book helps young children begin to consider the character traits that they should consider in choosing a spouse. Written all in rhyming verse, The Person I Marry answers questions about what makes a princess or a prince to help the young reader determine what type of person will be a keeper. The book helps children think about qualities like kind, generous, hard-working, honest, and respectful, long before they even start to date.
Children’s Book Week presents a wonderful opportunity for authors and publishers to promote their children’s books. If you have written, published, or just stumbled upon a great children’s book recently, please share the title of the book in the comments below.