January 6, 2017

Using Rebus to Teach Bible Stories: Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook + GIVEAWAY

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Spending time reading to my son each day is a pure joy! For any child, it can be a precious bonding experience that helps build strong communication and learning skills. Reading Bible stories are extra special, because my son can also learn about God. Rebus books for children are one type that I have become increasingly fond of in the past year. Not only are they tons of fun, but they also offer a unique way to get even the youngest of children involved in reading. Our newest rebus book, Look, I'm Reading Bible Storybook is part of the cherished Read and Share collection for kids.


A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK:
Your family will love this Bible storybook in the popular rebus style with pictures sprinkled between words, allowing your little ones to read along with you! Kids will love to engage with the Bible stories by pointing out the pictures among the words to tell the story. This is a proven way to help children learn and retain the stories through interaction. In the rebus format, children see the picture key, learn the word, and then complete the sentence using the correct picture. This gives children positive learning and interactive reading time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gwen Ellis has been writing and editing all kinds of books for many years. Her Read and Share Bible and its ancillary products have sold more than 1.3 million units. Gwen is fierce in her endeavor to communicate the Word of God to kids, and she is the proud mother of two adult children and two wonderful grandchildren.




We're not strangers to the Read and Share series of books. One of our favorites is the Read and Share 5-Minute Bible Stories. The Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook is very similar, and although it caters to the same age group (4 through 8 years), I personally find that the added rebus feature in this one will definitely appeal to much younger kids. In fact, I especially found it to be a wonderful learning tool for my preschooler, since it gives him a chance to help read the stories with me.




You see with the rebus format, each story includes various words that are actually substituted for pictures, instead. The text is already easy to follow along to, so not only are we able to discuss Bible stories in a way that's comfortable for young children, but my son can participate in reading the actual story with me as he sees pictures throughout the text that actually have meaning. What an excellent way to introduce reading to little ones!

The Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook covers a good amount of Bible stories from Genesis all the way up to Revelation. Children can learn all about the Old Testament and then move onto the New Testament to learn more about the life of Jesus. Each Bible story includes a scripture reference under the title, which is great for when we want to explore the story even more. There's even a handy table of contents that's organized by Old and New Testament stories.




The pictures are colorful, fun, and totally appealing to children. Steven Smallman is responsible for the illustrations in this book, as well as previous Read and Share titles, so there's a nice theme of consistency between the artwork. For example, the illustrations of Jesus in this book share the same resemblance to the artwork from Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories and other books in this collection. The only thing that can get tricky is that little ones may confuse certain pictures for others. Jesus, for example, looks a bit like Moses and John in this book. The difference in details are so subtle that younger children may just miss them, which can lead to a bit of confusion when trying to decipher the key Rebus illustrations in the story. Having one story even include both John and Jesus together (the Baptism of Jesus) can be even more confusing. The only true difference is that one's hair is more tousled than the other, but only slightly. On that note, I do try to think glass half full, and found that this can open up the opportunity for young ones to observe and notice the finer details in things.



My son is crazy about sea creatures, so he especially loved the artwork on these pages:



Whether you have really young children or older ones who are just learning to read, The Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook will prove to be a great asset in helping them learn (and read!) Bible stories early on. We enjoyed this one a lot, so I'm happy to be also offering the chance to win a copy of this book!

One winner will receive a copy of the Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook. To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter prompts, below.


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24 comments:

Connie Tillman said...

I have never used the Rebus style - but this would be great for my 5 year old who is early stages of reading. I love this! Thanks for the chance

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're welcome, Connie! It's a really neat way to read children's books. I definitely recommend checking a few out to see if your 5 year old will like them. :-)

brendashandmade said...

I love these kinds of books! If my kids were still little, I would definitely get this for them. It's a great way to help them learn to read.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

They sure do! :-) Thanks for stopping by, Brenda!

jmahurin40 said...

Thank you 4 the entry in your Read and Share Look, I’m Reading! Bible Storybook giveaway :)
Looks like a book my grandsons would enjoy:)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're very welcome! It's a really nice book–I'm sure they would love it! :-)

Nancy said...

Rebus style books are fun for beginning readers. I don't have any specific favorite ones.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

They sure are! Thanks for entering, Nancy!

lfhpueblo said...

I think the numbers pictures is a good way of reinforcing some first words children learn to read, so the Rebus style books are nice. They will excite children about learning to read because they help them get a few new words under their belt, so to speak. Yet, I still think nothing can replace phonics and phonic flash cards to teach children how to sound out words.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

I'm 100% with you on that, Lauralee! Using rebus for children who are still quite young is really nice, because you can even get them engaged in reading lengthy stories without it overwhelming them. This is also especially nice when the pictures represent larger, more advanced words. Of course, nothing beats good old fashioned phonics, especially as they get older. :-)

lfhpueblo said...

NOT AN ENTRY, just an FYI. When I click the link in the form above to get to the Tommy Nelson Facebook page it always says link broken, so I've been going to Tommynelson.com and clicking on their FB button and get to their FB page in that manner.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

So sorry about that, Lauralee! Thank you for letting me know. I'm not sure how that happened, but it's all fixed now. Thanks, again!

lfhpueblo said...

That's okay, I just figured I'd let you know. Not a judgement, just an FYI.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

No worries! ;-) I'm glad that you let me know so I could fix it right away. Thanks, again!

ColleenMarie said...

Love this style of books, perfect for my kindergartner who is still working on her reading skills.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

This is a wonderful book for beginning readers, Colleen. Thanks for entering!

zekesmom10 said...

I love a rebus! How fun is that?!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

A lot of fun! :-D

Angela saver said...

I really like rebus! Thanks for the chance at this! I would love this for my nephews!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're welcome, Angela! Thanks for entering!

Marion Collins said...

i like this book giveaway. Would love to win it.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you for entering, Marion!

Merry S. said...

I like that this bible story book encourages the kids to try and read and helps them become more familiar with the bible stories

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Same here, Merry! :-) It covers two very important bases, encouraging little ones to read and teaching them all about God and the Bible!

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