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2023 Again and Again In Review




This year has been a ride, no doubt.


At the beginning of the year I entered the second year of my Again and Again Book Review/Interview series, and now at the end completed the first season of the BookWorthy Podcast.


It has been a joy to share these books and authors with you this year, and I can't wait to share more amazing books in 2024 over on the BookWorthy Podcast.



In January we heard from Abby Feldkamp about her board book Wonderful Marvelous Magnificant You.


This is a delightful book with amazing illustrations and a message about what God says about us.


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full Interview.



In February we chatted with Laura Sassi about her book My Tender Heart Bible, a sweet resource for young kids ages Birth to 3, with an introduction to some of the core stories of the Bible.


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full Interview.




March we got to celebrate with Shannon Cook the release of her debut picture book, I Made the Earth. This is an amazing book that merges the importance of Earth Day and God's love for His creation, with adorable illustrations and rhyme.


Can you think of a word that rhymes with Artichoke?


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full interview.



In April we blasted off to the Edge of the Galaxy Devotional with Brock Eastman.


This is an exciting combination of Adventure book and Devotional, which are two things Brock is known for in his books. Your middle-grade reader will have a hard time taking this book one devotional at a time. Sounds like a good problem to me.


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full Interview.




In May you got to come into my home and be introduced to my friend and critique buddy, Regina Stone Matthews. She is such a fun writer with great non-fiction and children's books that your kids will fall in love with.


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full Interview




In June we were introduced to Lola and Mary Holloman in her debut book The Anxious Lily. Mary does an amazing job of helping us visualize and understand Matthew 6. While helping kids understand this sweet verse from Jesus' sermon on the mount, but also how to take steps in understanding their own anxieties. Which has become a rising problem in young kids these days.


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full Interview.



In July we spoke with Caris Snider who wrote another great picture book on Anxiety. There's an Elephant on My Chest explores the thoughts and feelings we have when anxiety strikes, as well as coping skills to help kids understand and take action when Anxiety Elephants show up.


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full Interview.





August introduced us to Leslie Colburn and the heart behind her book I Want You To Know. Leslie has such a big heart and it shows in this book, as well as in the charity efforts she is trying to make with this book.


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full Interview.




September brought us to the final Again and Again Interview with author and illustrator, Dawn Stephens. We were introduced to Dawn and her Little Pot series. Burn Out Fit In, is a sweet addition to talking about spiritual burnout and how we are made to encourage one another.


Click these links to see the Book Review and Full Interview.





In OCTOBER, I launched the Book Worthy Podcast. It was a treat to launch three episodes with three amazing authors, Crystal Bowman, Laura Sassi, and Tama Fortner on our launch date. Then we continued with the awesome Kelli McKinney. If you haven't had the chance to check out these great interviews and books be sure to head over to the BookWorthy Podcast.




In November we continued the fun of Season One with a whole month of books.


At the end of the month, a couple of Christmas books snuck in there too. Be sure you're following BookWorthy on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube to catch all the fun.





In December we wrapped Season One of the BookWorthy Podcast with some old friends of mine. I was so thrilled to get to talk about their Christmas book and their efforts with Vision Resuce in India. Check out the full interview here.





Phew....


That was a busy year, to say the least.


Here's to another great year and Season Two of The BookWorthy Podcast.



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