Happy Birthday, Syrilda Magee! {Picture Book Giveaway}

Back in October, we released our first picture book, Syrilda Magee, You’re About to Turn Three, written and illustrated by Chery Small.

Picture Book - Syrilda Magee PreviewToday, we’re celebrating the birthday of the real-life Syrilda Magee, the namesake behind the book. The real Syrilda Magee was born on November 28, 1857, and married John F. Clemons in 1874. She lived in Decatur County, Indiana, until her death on April 23, 1946. She was the great-great-great-grandmother of Chery’s children.

Give the gift of reading this Christmas season and order a copy of Syrilda Magee, You’re About to Turn Three for the preschooler in your life. Click here to order from the Small Publishing online store or from Amazon.com.

To celebrate Syrilda Magee’s birthday, we are hosting a picture book giveaway! Click here to enter for your chance to win!

New Picture Book for Children: “Syrilda Magee, You’re About to Turn Three”

We are excited to announce the publication of our very first picture book!

Syrilda Magee, You’re About to Turn Three, written and illustrated by Chery Small, is now available!

Syrilda enjoys playing, learning, and bringing a smile to the face of everyone who knows and loves her. Join Syrilda as she demonstrates her new skills and prepares for her big day.

Click on the book cover below to purchase your copy!

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Introducing “The Becraft Brothers” Chapter Book Series

You’ve met the Summerfield sisters. Now, meet their cousins, Jackson and JT Becraft.

The Becraft brothers are avid collectors, junior bloggers, and baseball enthusiasts. Follow the brothers as they expand their collections and explore their world in the newest chapter book series from Small Publishing.

Each title in the series focuses on one of the boys’ many collections – rocks, ticket stubs, autographs, and more – as they travel to a different U.S. state and blog about their journeys along the way.

Books 1 and 2 of the series are now available. Click on the book covers below to purchase your copies from Amazon today! Available as both paperback editions and Kindle e-books.

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Camp Genesis – Your affordable curriculum option for VBS 2016!

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When you order your VBS curriculum from our online store (for less than $35), a small package will be delivered to you. Shipping is free! Inside the package, you’ll find a flash drive containing all of your VBS curriculum files. Simply plug the device into a USB port on your computer and open the folder to view the contents. From there, you can print a hard copy or send them to your phone or mobile device. All files are reproducible for your local church use.

So get ready to lead kids on an exciting exploration of God’s wonderful Creation with Camp Genesis VBS from Small Publishing! Good things really do come in small packages!

Small Package. Small Price. Small Publishing. Order your VBS 2016 kit today for less than $35. Click here to visit our online store.

Free Lesson Plan for Children – Ezekiel and the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

Below are some activity ideas for a children’s lesson based on Ezekiel 37:1-14 and the Valley of Dry Bones. These ideas could be used during Sunday School, children’s church, or mid-week programs, for after-school or preschool programs, or for some Bible-based fun at home.

Skeleton Dot-to-Dot: Print copies of the dot-to-dot puzzle found at this link. This would make a good early arrival activity. Students can work on completing and coloring the puzzle as they enter your classroom.

Bone Template: Print copies of the blank bone template below, and cut out the bones. Words of a Bible memory verse can be written on the bones, or you can use the blank bones as a visual aid during the Bible story.

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Dry Bones Song: The action song in the video below summarizes the story of the dry bones. Encourage children to point to the various parts of their body mentioned during the song.

Cotton Swab Skeleton Craft: This craft, demonstrated in the video below, requires only a few simple supplies. Encourage children to write the reference of the Bible passage on their paper, or you can print out a paper with the reference on it for them to glue on their finished craft.

Bones Snack: Cheetos has created a seasonal snack shaped like bones. Give children a handful and see if they can put the bones together like the bones came together in the Bible story.

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Bone Candy: As children are leaving, you can give them some bone-shaped candy as a take-home reminder of the lesson.

Check out the “Fall Activity Ideas” board on our Pinterest page for more fall crafts, games, snacks, and more!