When our children were little, they loved it when I made up stories to tell them, so I started writing them down. Being a child at heart, I identify with children, particularly the simple, sometimes magical way they see how the world works. I try to capture some of that magic in my stories. - Dr. David
My Dog Can't Jump
Have you ever noticed that nobody is perfect? No matter what, people (and animals) have struggles to face. It helps a lot when we don't have to face these struggles alone. One of the things that helps the most is feeling the love and acceptance of another person who sees past your struggles and loves you just the way you are. This heartwarming and deeply meaningful story is about a little boy who adopts a rescue dog, but the little dog can't seem to do anything right. Still, the boy loves him with all his heart, cleans up after his messes, holds him when he's afraid, and picks him up when he can't jump. To the boy, the dog is perfect, even though he has his struggles. When we see through the lens of love, nothing else matters.
Beware the Booger Bear
Have you ever wondered about those noises in the middle of the night? Do you ever feel scared of the dark and the unknown? Every culture has a scary story about a creature that comes after misbehaving children. Russian folklore gives us Baba Yaga, an ogress who steals, cooks, and eats her victims; in the Middle East, the Jinn influences children for good or evil; European cultures have Krampus, sort of an anti-Santa Claus who punishes misbehaving children; El Coco, a mythical ghost monster in Hispanic cultures, abducts misbehaving children; Namahage, a Japanese demon, goes door to door looking for naughty children; and, in China, Tiger Aunt is a child-eating tiger disguised as an old woman. In the rural South, we have the Booger Bear, who will get you if you don't watch out! When a young girl hears a bump in the night, she thinks her worst fears have been realized: the Booger Bear has come to get her! But soon she learns he is not at all what she thought he was. Instead of being big and scary, the Booger Bear is actually afraid, too. She is able to help him out of a jam, and the two become nighttime friends, sharing blueberry pie and glasses of milk.
Sofas Only Come Out at Night
Sofas Only Come Out at Night is a humorous children's book about a little girl who keeps losing things. Because she keeps finding her things under the sofa, she concludes that sofas come alive at night and take things from around the house. She even imagines the sofas holding a community yard sale, exchanging their stolen items for coins they keep in their cushions. Come along with her and discover the true nature of this mystery as she learns the importance of taking care of her belongings and slowing down to enjoy each day as it comes.
Adrift in sea of hopelessness brought about by the annihilation of his family and community at the hand of early discoverers of the "New World," the young Caonaciba faces the decision confronting every victim of trauma: "Do I choose death or life?" The utter simplicity of the story reveals the hand of master storytellers whose gifts for narrative are enhanced by their intricate knowledge of the human psyche and their redeeming outlook on life. Yvonne Gabriel's inviting drawings illustrate the depths of Caonaciba's paralyzing despair, the abiding presence of the guardian dove, and Caonaciba's painful hesitancy on moving forward. The story can be read on many levels. Its simple story line and winsome pictures appeal to children of all ages, while its timeless message of hope and regeneration engages the brokenness descriptive of the human condition.
God Knows All About You
God knows everything about you, from the number of hairs on your head to the deepest desires of your heart. He loves you just exactly the way you are! This wonderfully engaging children's book, based on Psalm 139:13, introduces young children to these truths, while helping them explore their own bodies and learn to identify and express their feelings.
Where Is God?
Where is God? He’s everywhere! From your hair to your nose to your belly, from your bread, peanut butter, and your jelly, from the flowers to the trees and the rain, from your laughter and your joy to your pain - through this engaging book, children learn God is with us and lives in our hearts most of all. Explore with your child how God is a part of who we are and everything in and around us.