ZONDERkidz – Review & Giveaway (CLOSED)

Books are a BIG deal in our house. When I was young, I always had my nose in a book. From comic books to classics, I read them all. Reading is still a passion of mine, and my love for it is something I want my kids to have as well.

So, when I was contacted and asked to do a review for 2 Christian children’s books, I jumped at the chance!

Zondervan is a name that I know and trust. I own several Bibles and many, many books that have been published by Zondervan.

ZONDERkidz is a division of Zondervan, geared toward…. you guessed it! Kids!

The first book they sent me to review was Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday written by Mike Thaler and illustrated by Jared Lee.

This book was absolutely hysterical! Mike Thaler, also known as “America’s Riddle King,” playfully takes on the many of the potentially baffling church traditions. Mike Thaler has written more than 200 books for young readers. At the age of 60, Thaler came to know the Lord and he says his “life has gone from black and white to glorious Technicolor.” (What a fantastic way to describe our lives in Christ!)

Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday is just one book from the new Tales from the Back Pew series. Other titles include:

For this book, and for this series, Mike Thaler teams with Jared Lee once again. Having been together for nearly 30 years, the two have been called “The Court Jesters of Children’s Literature” for their collaboration on more than 70 hilarious books.

Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday is a fun, creative way to spark the interest of kids in church. Not only did my kids love hearing the story, they also enjoyed the “story around the story.” You find funny extra little pictures on each page. You get plenty of giggles with your child – and they learn fun, important truths about God, church, and the Bible.

The second book they asked me to review is This is the Day! This book absolutely, positively blew me away! The book was written by Nancy White Carlstrom, and illustrated by Richard Cowdry.

Based on Psalm 118:24, This is the Day! takes kids ages 4 – 7 on a daily walk through God’s creation – from deer grazing in the morning dew on Monday, to robins’ nests and butterflies on Thursday to the beauty of rocky coastline on Sunday.

Nancy White Carlstrom hopes Christian families and educators will continue to encourage eco-appreciation early on by instilling in them an appreciation for God’s creation. From frogs and ladybugs to rocks and creeks, Carlstrom reminds kids to see God’s fingerprint in all their favorite things and protect the Earth he made.

My kids loved the beautiful illustrations, and this book is also a fantastic way to teach kids the days of the week. Jace has really been struggling with learning them, and with the way this book breaks down each day, he’s starting to grasp them more and more each day. A beautiful, fantastic tool for teaching children about God and so much more. I loved that the book is hardcover, and the words are easy enough for even my kindergartener to read and comprehend. This is the Day! is a definite must-have for any Christian family with children.

Along with this review, I have 4 – yes! 4 – sets of books to give to my readers! That means your odds of winning just increased big time!!

4 readers will receive one copy of each book: Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday and This is the Day!

So, want to be one of those lucky readers? Here’s how to enter:

Visit ZONDERkidz and tell me what book you would love to have for your kids.

For extra entries:

  1. Tell me your favorite book as a child.
  2. Tell me why you’d like to win these books and what you would do with them.
  3. Blog about this giveaway.

The contest will end on March 10th. 4 winners will be selected using random.org, and will be notified via email upon selection.

Good luck!! These would be some fantastic books to add to your library collection!

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


  1. 1
    Courtney Fisk says:

    you are speaking to me!!!! we are addicted to books over here. it is so hard to find good christian kid books. {E} is learning to read, and i want to grow our collection of childrens books.
    My favorite book as a child was Courdury by Don Freeman. I love imagining that my teddy bears would go for walks at night!

    this is the day, by Nancy White Carlstrom looks amazing!

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    Wow I didn’t realize that Berenstain Bears were now published by Zondervan. How cool! My son loves them.
    I would like to get some kind of Bible or devotional book for my 4 year old son. I looked around on the site and I would like to know more about the Read With Me Bible for Toddlers.

    onlycancan ta hotmail tod com


  3. 3

    My favorite book as a child (after I could read) was a “chapter book” called Dominic by William Steig.
    It was a story about animals who behaved as humans. Dominic was a dog who played the flute.

    onlycancan ta hotmail tod com


  4. 4

    I want to win these books simply for use in our family. I have two boys, ages 4 and 18 months. We read every night and I have a “library” set up in our home with all of their books within reach, puzzles, stuffed toys and comfy pillows. Because there isn’t a library in our town and I hate that they are missing out on that.

    onlycancan ta hotmail tod com


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    valerie2350 says:

    the time flys graphic novel looks good

  6. 6
    valerie2350 says:

    i liked dr seuss books and then later the Hardy boys.

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    shopannies says:

    I love the beginners devotional bible

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    shopannies says:

    these books would be great for the little ones in my life I would read to them daily and they would hopefully learn the lessons confined in them


  9. 9
    shopannies says:

    I blogged aboutt eh giveaway thank you for hosting such a great giveaway as this http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2009/02/giveaway-zanderkids.html


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    The Halton Mom says:

    I would really like a copy of God Is with Me through the Night. My little one has night terrors. I would really love a way to explain how God is always with her.

    lil_wifey21 at yahoo dot com

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    The Halton Mom says:

    My children love books its an amazing way for us to get closer and closer. Plus it encourages them to want to read on their own. We would love these books four our collection. Why wouldn’t we want these after such a great review?!

    lil_wifey21 at yahoo dot com

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    The Halton Mom says:
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    I loved the Bobbsey Twin books and Peter Rabbit!

  14. 14

    Please include me in your drawing. The book that my grandson would like from zonderkids in Little Lu. I would love for him to have the books you have in your drawing.

  15. 15

    I love books, The kiddos love to read books. I like Along Came You.
    All the books sound great.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy says:

    I love the Beginner’s Bible, my son loves books and this is a great way to introduce Christianity.

  17. 17

    I would love to get the Berenstain Bear books because I grew up having those read to me as a child.

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    gahome2mom says:

    Hi, My daughter told me about your contest. (kristinia) I think my toddler would enjoy “This is the Day.” Thanks.

    From Zonderkidz she would like anything Veggie Tales like the Bible. Thanks.


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    gahome2mom says:

    I like the Side Walk Ends too. I alway enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie. The books are great for young children and teach some good values.


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