About the Book
Book Title: Building Character through Picture Books
Author Name: Terrie Hellard-Brown
Release Date: May 27, 2023
Bring the Bible into bedtime. After reading the picture book together, families can read
the short devotion, discuss compelling questions (questions for younger and older children
provided), and end with prayer together as the children prepare to sleep. The book includes 25
devotions matched with 25 popular and classical picture books. Each devotion includes a section
for parents to go further in the discussion or to add an activity to continue the conversation the
For Parents: We want to raise thankful, joyful children who can look beyond the little
daily frustrations and choose to see the blessings in their lives. We need to practice this habit
with them. We also need to be real. Sometimes irritations happen. We can acknowledge them
without dwelling on them. We can forgive the person and move on. Forgiveness sets us and the
other person free from being trapped in that disagreement or hurt. Reconciliation brings relief
and joy. Gratitude helps us focus on the wonderful blessings God has given us. Patience helps us
wait for the good in the frustrations. However, one thing we notice throughout this story of
Alexander is that many of the adults in his life ignore the truly wrong things that happen to him.
Maybe the mom should have noticed the older brothers constantly picking on Alexander. Or
maybe she should have helped him find some shoes he really liked. Maybe the teacher should
have talked to Alexander about doing the assignment rather than pretending to do it and only
turning in a blank page or discussed that participation in singing doesn’t mean singing so loud
one becomes obnoxious.
Several teachable moments were overlooked in Alexander’s day. If we can grasp those
rather than hurrying through and missing them, we can help our kids find the joy and peace of
life. We can help them rest in the security of their relationship with God.
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About the Author
Terrie Hellard-Brown uses her experiences as a mother of four (three on the autism spectrum),
35+ years in ministry (15 in Taiwan), and 35 years teaching to speak to the hearts of readers. She
writes and speaks to empower children and adults to embrace everyday discipleship every day.
She teaches workshops and writes devotional books, children’s stories, and Christian education
Her podcast, Books that Spark, reviews children’s books that spark imagination, emotion,
questions, and discussion leading to teachable moments with our kids.
Her blog discusses living as a disciple of Christ while discipling our children. She challenges us
to step out of our comfort zones to walk by faith in obedience to Christ and to use the nooks and
crannies of life to disciple our children.