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With hosts best-selling author Amy Parker and author and co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki.


If you have a child in your life that you want to pass along biblical values to, this podcast is for you. Hosted by best-selling author Amy Parker and author and co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki, The Bible for Kids podcast seeks to provide a discovery platform for the best resources for teaching biblical values to kids.   Guests include authors, teachers, musicians, film makers and more.  The Bible for Kids podcast is produced by Dan Lynch for Brentwood Studios.

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This week host Amy Parker and Mike Nawrocki talk with Author Lexi Young Pack about her new book What Do You Say to a Dragon, a whimsical book that empowers children to express their emotions and use their imaginations to change the power dynamic of anxiety while also giving parents a healthy approach to helping their kids face fears. Lexi Peck is one of six children and the daughter of William Paul Young, author of The Shack. She was raised and still resides in the Pacific Northwest on a farm raising cattle with her husband, Josh, and their two children, Vivian and Xander. She graduated summa cum laude from Portland State University with a BA in psychology, centering her studies on childhood development. Her passion to deeply understand how children develop and thrive in the world became a driving focus. Lexi became a children's author with the intention of passing on her insight to those who are hoping to engage parenting to the fullest. Lexi's first children's book, What Do You Say to a Dragon?, was born out of a real-life situation with her daughter, Vivian, waking from a recurring nightmare. 
S3Ep20: Jason Duesing

S3Ep20: Jason Duesing

2021-05-2426:14

This week Amy and Mike catch up with author Jason Duesing and discuss his new picture book, The Moon Speaks. Children love exploring the world around them—studying the flowers, playing in the dirt, and marveling at the clouds. “The Moon Speaks,” a poetic bedtime board book, shows that behind the creation children love so much stands the God who loves them even more. God speaks to us through the trees, telling of His strength. He speaks to us through the sun, telling of His glory. He speaks to us through the stars, telling of His infinity. Everywhere we look, God speaks! This book’s steady and soothing text provides a calming, worshipful experience for children right before they fall asleep. But The Moon Speaks is also a book for anytime, helping young readers understand that all of creation is telling us something: God is there, He made the world around us, and He wants us to know Him! Jason G. Duesing (BA, Texas A&M University; MDiv, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as provost at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
Amy and Mike talk with Max Lucado this week about two new books for kids and teens - Where'd My Giggle Go? and Anxious for Nothing for Young People. A whimsical picture book from New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado, Where'd My Giggle Go? helps your kids process their emotions in a fun, healthy way so they can transform from grumpy to laugh-out-loud happy. "I felt kind of cranky. I felt kind of sad. I can't tell you why, but I even felt mad." For every child who sometimes feels out of sorts and doesn't know why, Where'd My Giggle Go? helps normalize and dissipate negative emotions in a delightful way. A perfect read-aloud, Where'd My Giggle Go? provides: A natural way for you to talk with your kids about how we all get sad sometimes A reminder that we can help others find their happiness Written for kids ages 8-12, this Bible-based book draws on content from Max Lucado's bestselling book Anxious for Nothing to help young people overcome the anxiety and pressures of today's world and come to a deeper understanding of God's constant, loving presence. In this chaotic age of social media, packed schedules, and an increasing awareness of the world's problems, it's normal for young people to feel overwhelmed sometimes. But the good news of the gospel has not changed. This encouraging, let's-start-now book is the perfect tool to help tweens take control of their feelings and choose to focus on God's truth.
This week Amy and Mike talk with Ariel Corrales, Mom of 2 and Director of Marketing for Yippee, a new streaming service for kids and families and home to the brand new VeggieTale episodes. Yippee is a safe place for your kids to watch new VeggieTales plus 1,000s of hours of faith filled series where characters are role models and you kids want to watch it again (and again!). No ads, no algorithms, no sassy attitudes. Just good shows your kids will actually want to watch including hand-picked YouTubers reviewed and screen by parents like you. Yippe is  changing kids' lives with TV shows and equipping you, parents, with tips and tools you need to develop character in your kids and grow their faith.
This week Mike and Amy talk with Kendra Roehl, Julie Fisk, and Kristin Demery, cofounders of The Ruth Experienceabout their new book, 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls. Designed for girls 8-12, 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls teaches what God says about friendship and will give them practical, everyday tips for developing lifelong relationships. Each devotion includes a Scripture verse, a short story about friendship, questions to ponder, a “Daily Act of Friendship” section with ways for living out what they have learned, and 50 bonus ideas for putting friendship into action. Girls will not only learn how to develop godly friendships with others but will discover how to be friends with Jesus—the friend who will never disappoint and will always stand beside them. 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls is available wherever books are sold. Bios Kendra Roehl, Julie Fisk, and Kristin Demery are cofounders of The Ruth Experience. Together, they connect with thousands of women online through real, raw stories of living out faith. Kendra and her husband are advocates for foster care, taking in more than twenty children in six years and adopting three of them. She is a frequent speaker and has written five books. After a 15-year career as a lawyer, Julie decided to follow her dream of becoming an author. When she's not writing or speaking, you can find Julie with her family filling their home and backyard with friends. Kristin is a former journalist and editor, and she has written five books. Her work has been featured in publications such as USA Today. An adventurer at heart, she loves checking items off her family’s bucket list.
Amy and Mike talk with authors Dr. Josh and Christ Straub about their adorable new board book, What Would I Do With Worry? Today’s world can be overwhelming to children, who are experiencing worry and anxiety at younger ages and unprecedented levels. Dr. Josh and Christi Straub—authors, leaders, and family advocates—are passionate about giving parents knowledge and resources to help their children navigate these emotions. The couple offered their wisdom and relevance in their first picture book, “What Am I Feeling?” and they continue to do so in this follow-up board book, matching a fun story with practical lessons and memorable mantras to help kids not only face down their worry today but as they grow into tomorrow as well. Joshua Straub Ph.D. is most renowned for his role as a husband and dad. He is also a recovering human, an ongoing journey that includes therapy, coaching, a tight-knit faith community, and staying fit. On stage, Josh is a speaker, author, marriage and leadership coach, university professor, and a podcast and TV cohost. Christi Straub M.A., M.B.A. is most famous as a wife and momma to two feisty kiddos. On stage, Christi is a speaker, author, marriage and wellness coach, and a podcast and TV cohost.
Amy and Mike talk this week with authors Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley about their adorable new book, My Arms Will Hold You Tight. Each page in this whimsical board book features illustrations of beloved animals—including llamas, elephants, and sloths—along with fun surprises like bats and flamingos. Authors Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley are masterful with rhyming and bring the tenderness of heartfelt love between these adorable baby animals and their parents to life. My Arms Will Hold You Tight will appeal to the whole family and is sure to be a favorite book for Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa to read with their precious little ones.
A fun episode this week with Amy Parker talking with co-host Mike Nawrocki and his new partner in animation - the talented Steve Taylor, about taking Mike's The Dead Sea Squirrels series of books into an animated series. THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS (from Mike Nawrocki, co-creator of VeggieTales and voice of Larry the Cucumber) tells the story of Merle and Pearl, two 1st century squirrels from Israel who’ve been preserved in sea salt in a cave alongside the Dead Sea, When 10-year-old Michael discovers them 2000 years later and sneaks them home in his backpack, hijinks ensue after this salty couple reanimate and take their new friend on adventures full of action, humor, music, and character-building lessons. Mike's team includes renowned Disney animator Tom Bancroft and legendary producer Steve Taylor. You can learn more at DeadSeaSquirrels.com
This week Amy and Mike have an opportunity to talk to the President of RightNow Media, Brian Mosley.  Also joining the conversation is Jim Fitzgerald and Randall Niles from Coldwater Media to talk about their brands Bible Unearthed and Drive Thru History which are popular on the Kids channel on RNM. RightNow Media's Kids channel includes more than 125 brands featuring content for kids and the family - all available to stream free of charge for families whose church subscribe. About RightNow Media We love the local church and love to see Christians live out their faith. We pray that God would use our Kids content to transform the way people engage the world for Christ. We believe the mission of the church matters. Everything we do at RightNow Media is rooted in Jesus’s promise that God will use his people to change the world. We’re here to serve the church. We provide Christians across the globe with resources that will inspire them to champion the mission Jesus gave to his people—making disciples of all nations. God calls us to focus our lives on him rather than on ourselves. Whether in church, in the workplace, or at home, we want to see disciples of Jesus loving God and loving others.  
Amy and Mike talk to Mario DeMatteo about his graphic novel Bible story series featuring Paul and Peter. As a young man, Mario DeMatteo dreamed of telling stories like those told in his favorite Disney films and in series like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. In 2014, Mario’s whole life was flipped upside down after he survived a tragic diving accident that left him with a broken neck and permanently paralyzed. Through the grace of God, perseverance, an amazing family and friends, and a whole lot of prayer, Mario found a calling in comic books and graphic novels as a powerful way to spread literacy and the Gospel of Jesus. In an era of social media obsession and technology-driven entertainment, teaching biblical stories to young people can be a challenge. In his two volume graphic novel series Graphic Story Bible (BroadStreet® Publishing Group), Mario DeMatteo with Ben Avery (writer), Mark Harmon (illustrations), and Ismael Castro (Colorist) have created a colorful adventure based on the story of Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul as told in the New Testament. Holding true to the Bible scriptures, though set in a futuristic world with cartoon creatures, this adaptation will captivate young readers while teaching biblical values, such as: The Transforming Power of Redemption: The transformation of Saul, who persecuted and killed Christians, into the spiritual disciple of Paul is one of the greatest conversion stories and reminds us that God can redeem any sin. Christ is Our Example of Compassion and Love: If we want to be a true example of Christ and draw others to him, we should exemplify his characteristics of love and forgiveness and his practice of praying for our enemies. Persecution of Faith Brings Blessings: Peter, Paul and other Christians were physically persecuted for their faith, and some were even killed. Their testimonies remind us that Christ is with us—especially during times of persecution, and he offers us a great reward for our commitment to him. Pursue Your Life’s Calling: Mario asked God to show him how to use his gifts and talents. Once we identify our gifts, we should utilize them to bless others, fulfill our calling, and glorify God.
This week Amy and Mike talk with author Talitha Shipman about her new book Finding Beauty. You are beautiful from the top of your head to the tip of your toes--but beauty is far more than something you can have. It's also something you have to find. In other people. In nature. In acts of kindness. In math, and art, and music, and sports. In this beautiful inspirational book for girls, author-illustrator Talitha Shipman turns the concept of beauty inside out, transforming girls into beauty-seeking adventurers charging out into the world with confidence and ambition to find beauty and make beauty wherever they go. Talitha Shipman is a picture book author and illustrator born and raised in Indiana. Her favorite subjects to paint are wild kids and wild animals. Nature inspires Talitha's painting, and she hopes her work encourages curiosity and creativity in children of all ages. Talitha has worked with publishers large and small. Her books include the Sidney Taylor Honor recipient, Everybody Says Shalom by Leslie Kimmelman (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015), an American Farm Bureau Recommended Read, Applesauce Day by Lisa Amstutz, (Albert Whitman, 2017), and most recently, a 2019 IPPY Silver Medalist, First Snow by Nancy Viau (Albert Whitman, 2018). Talitha lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband and their five-year-old wild child, Coral.
Amy and Mike talk to author Michael Kelley about his new devotional book for families! Parents are called to be the primary spiritual influence in the lives of their children. That means we, as parents, should help them know and understand the Bible so they can know, love, and understand God and His Son, Jesus. But so many parents feel overwhelmed and exhausted at the thought of discipling their children. Where to begin? “The Whole Story for the Whole Family” is a step in the right direction. In an easy-to-use and simple format, this devotional guide will equip parents to start teaching their children the Bible. Rather than seeing the Bible as a mis-matched collection of random stories about different characters in history, your kids can see the Bible as one story, woven throughout space and time, with one character standing at the center: Jesus. Through the use of an object lesson every day, digestible sections of Scripture, and simple discussion questions, “The Whole Story for the Whole Family” can help kids understand God's ongoing story and find their place in it. Michael Kelley is a husband and father of three who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he serves as the Sr. Vice President of Church Ministries for LifeWay Christian Resources. He is also the author of “Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and God”, “Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life”, and “Growing Down”. Follow him on Twitter at @_michaelkelley or read more content like this at michaelkelley.co.
It's Randall and Amy Goodgame - talking with Mike and Amy about the second season of the Slugs & Bugs Show! Welcome to The Slugs & Bugs Show, where you’ll laugh along with Doug, Sparky, Maggie, Morty, and special guests while musician Randall Goodgame find ways to capture their quirky and faith-filled adventures in catchy songs. It’s delightful, hand-crafted fun for kids of all ages! From a producer of VeggieTales. Episode themes include: Teamwork, Racial Injustice and Equity, Two Kinds of Cool, Mentors, Community, Chores, Power of Words, Sharing, Adoption, Misinterpretation, Prayer, Fairness, Collaboration, Friendship, Difference, Creativity, Love, and Wonder Episode guests include: Big Easy of the Harlem Globetrotters, Musician and Author Andrew Peterson, NASA Astronaut Patrick Forrester, Olympian Scott Hamilton, Musician Ellie Holcomb, Musician Buddy Green, Pastor Glenda Sutton, and many more. Season 1 is Available Now Apple iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-slugs-bugs-show-season-1/id1502778787 Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/storefront/ref=atv_app_avd_vnt_plp_UVFXWFA?ie=UTF8&plpId=UVFXWFA RightNow Media - https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/KidsShow/358519?episode=1 DVD and Digital - https://slugsandbugs.com/pages/show   New episodes from Season 2 are available now. More will release this spring. Sign up for email updates on SlugsandBugs.Com or follow us on Facebook or Instagram   https://slugsandbugs.com/pages/show  
This week Amy and Mike talk to author Laura Sassi about her new children's book, Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep. Little Ewe would rather jump on logs and investigate spider webs than follow the shepherd when he calls. But what happens when she gets lost? How will she find her way home? Told in whimsical rhyme, this humorous counting book for our littlest ones is a delightful reminder that, like a loving parent, our Shepherd will find us and care for us, even when we wander from the path.  Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme. She is the author of five picture books including the best-selling Goodnight, Ark (Zonderkidz), which was a 2015 Christian Book Award Finalist; Goodnight, Manger (Zonderkidz); Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse (Sterling Children’s Books), which won First Honor Book for the 2019 Best in Rhyme Award; Love Is Kind (Zonderkidz), which was a 2020 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor Book; and Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep which releases with Beaming Books this month. Her board book Bunny Finds Easter will debut in 2022. In addition to books, she’s published over one hundred poems, stories, crafts, and articles in various children’s publications. A graduate of Princeton University and UCLA, Sassi had a successful teaching career before becoming a children’s author. She’s been a homeschool mom, children’s ministry director, historic museum interpreter, and more. She writes daily from her home in New Jersey and finds special joy in sharing her love of reading and writing with the next generation at school visits and other book events.
This week Amy and Mike discuss Amy's latest title in her God Is series from Running Press/Hachette books, God Is Hope. Little ones will feel hopeful of God's eternal love and presence in this charming holiday-themed board book in a series by bestselling author Amy Parker. God Is Hope provides young children with the comfort of knowing God brings hope into the world, no matter the day, time, season, or year, in this charming, sweet, and heartfelt book. With warm, rhyming verse, bestselling author Amy Parker reassures young hearts by introducing them to the awesome characteristics of an Almighty God. With a focus on spring and Easter, Parker's book offers reminders of how God's hope is infectious during this very special season. Part of a series, God Is Hope is sure to be read and cherished all year long. Amy Parker has written and co-written more than sixty books for children, teens, and adults, with 2 million copies sold. She has collaborated with authors  ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of  these collaborations, Firebird and Courageous Teens, are recipients of Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.
This episode first aired in 4th quarter of 2020 and features Randall Goodgame talking about the new Adventures from the Workshop 5 book set.  Due to covid issues at port the books were delayed and just released so be sure and check out the episode and also the books by visiting SlugsandBugs.com and click the ShowBooks tab.  You might also find something fun going on at the SlugStarter page!
This week Amy and Mike catch up with Kristy Cambron and talk verse mapping and new bibles for both kids and adults! A new line of Bibles are revolutionizing the way adults and children are reading and, more importantly, understanding Scripture through verse mapping. Award winning author and former women’s ministry leader and speaker, Kristy Cambron, created a unique technique of verse mapping that invites readers to do more than simply read a verse or passage. Cambron’s system also allows for families and Bible study groups to come together to develop new meaningful study habits. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible for Girls (January 2021, Zondervan) puts the same verse mapping format into a fresh, youthful design for girls eight and up, giving them a template and foundation for starting their own exploration of Scriptures. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible and Verse Mapping Bible for Girls give readers the tools they need to start a deeper journey to understanding the Word of God. Each Bible features guided instructions on how verse mapping works, where to start, and how to get the most from your time in the Word. This includes 350 partially completed maps spanning all 66 books of the Bible. Cambron’s 5-step verse mapping process provides tools to go deeper in research and learn more about what God is saying through His Word. Kristy Cambron is a vintage-inspired storyteller, writing both award-winning historical fiction and Bible Studies. She’s served as a Women’s Ministry Leader and speaks at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to the Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, has received multiple INSPY Award nominations, and is a 2020 Christy Award Finalist.
On this episode Amy and Mike talk with Cindy Bultema Executive Director of GEMS Girls Clubs. WHAT IS GEMS GIRLS' CLUBS? GEMS stands for Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior. GEMS welcomes girls of all backgrounds into a safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow as they discover who God created them to be. Clubs are offered in local churches and Christian organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada and 15 other countries. Cindy Bultema has a powerful testimony of overcoming loss and addiction. Once a young mom who suffered from alcohol and drug addiction, Cindy now is a passionate speaker, author, and Bible teacher of two Bible studies for women (Red Hot Faith and Live Full Walk Free), as well as the Executive Director of GEMS, a non-profit ministry impacting the lives of thousands of girls worldwide. Cindy lives in West Michigan with her husband, John and their four children. Jesus, coffee, confetti, family, and believing that being real is the only way to live are favorites that fill her day. You may also find her walking her two naughty puppies, who like to make messes and eat the most unusual things.
This week Amy and Mike catch up with blogger/author Monica Swanson about her new book! When author and blogger Monica Swanson watched as her blog post “What a Teenage Boy Needs Most from His Mom” was shared by nearly two million readers in just over a week, she knew she had struck a chord with moms across the world. This guidebook, packed with wisdom, practical advice, resources, and encouragement, explores how moms can equip their sons with what they most need to succeed in life. Monica Swanson knew she'd tapped a heartfelt concern when nearly two million readers shared her blog post "What a Teenage Boy Needs Most from His Mom." In this helpful book, she takes mothers deeper into the insights they need for the boy-raising journey, covering topics from dealing with the daily influences of friends and technology to helping a boy grow to be physically, spiritually, and emotionally healthy. She also addresses learning and finding passions, perspectives on relationships and dating, and work ethics and money management. Each chapter features relatable stories, handy checklists, and practical advice based on a combination of research, experience, and biblical truth to guide and equip a mom in helping her son achieve his God-given potential. Monica Swanson is the author of Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You and popular blogger who has contributed to the Today show website, Huffington Post, and The MOB Mothers of Boys Society. Host of the Boy Mom podcast, Monica enjoys speaking at women’s events and has been interviewed in numerous media outlets including the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey andDon’t Mom Alone podcasts. Monica and her doctor-husband have one son in college and homeschool the other three.
Amy and Mike talk story with Melina Smith, founder of StoryMakers StoryMakers is dedicated to equipping parents and churches with tools to engage children in the redemptive narrative of the Gospel through creativity and play. We create beautifully printed magazines (“zines”), memory cards, playbooks, and vibrant visuals that give kids and grown-ups the chance to connect while exploring the greatest stories ever told.  Ten years ago, Melina began to develop children’s content because it was difficult to find resources that contained the Gospel, inspired creativity, and engaged children from a social-emotional space. It seemed that much of Sunday School materials had been reduced simply to moralism packaged in cartoons or worksheets. So, she imagined the possibility of creating a new way to teach the faith to children, an approach that considered the whole child and their church experience. In 2018, she launched StoryMakers NYC 
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