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Announcing The Very Persistent Pirate, Mockingbird’s First Children’s Book!

We are very excited to announce Mockingbird’s first children’s book, The Very Persistent Pirate, a swashbuckling tale of good news for sinners and saints ages 3-8.

When most children are drifting to sleep,
one kid and his monkey are drifting at sea.

One day, they spy a treasure
that is not theirs…

Over the course of 34 beautifully illustrated pages, The Very Persistent Pirate winds its way across a rollicking sea and onto a mysterious island in hot pursuit of stolen booty. Playing with all of our favorite themes — law, gospel [marauding] and, of course, the stubbornness of grace — The Very Persistent Pirate will capture the imaginations of children and adults alike.

Click here to pre-order your copy of The Very Persistent Pirate! Shipping soon.

Yours Truly, Passive Aggressive Prodigal Pig

Yours Truly, Passive Aggressive Prodigal Pig

In our perennial pursuit of children’s books that address true-to-life issues, my wife and I recently stumbled across a gem at the library called Yours Truly, Louisa by Simon Puttock. The story explores a theme of passive aggression, which is not normally seen in children’s books, but it should be, given how pervasive an issue it is (and ultimately a dead end). As such, there is a theological undercarriage of the law, since passive aggressive communication tends to be a symptom of legalism. The book has a hopeful (almost Biblical) ending, though, that makes it all the more worthwhile.

Louisa the…

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The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Finds a Place in First Grade

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Finds a Place in First Grade

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbcher Goes to School (by Laurie Halse Anderson) is a children’s picture book about a young girl who has  untamable red hair with a mind of its own. Zoe loves her hair, her parents love her hair, and last year, her free-spirited kindergarten teacher loved Zoe’s hair since it helped around the classroom, picking up trash, erasing the chalkboard, setting the snack table, and comforting the children during nap time. But things change this year when Zoe goes to first grade. “School has rules,” her new teacher, Ms. Trisk, likes to say. “No wild hair in…

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How the Pout-Pout fish Becomes the Kiss-Kiss Fish

How the Pout-Pout fish Becomes the Kiss-Kiss Fish

In my perennial search for great children’s books written by people other than the beloved Sally Lloyd-Jones (there are few), I recently came across the clearest illustration of the law (demand) and grace (love) paradigm in storybook form: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. The story is about sad Mr. Fish, and all the other fish of the sea, who each in their own special way tell him to smile and cheer up. You know, what’s wrong with you? Mr. Fish’s constant refrain to these well-intended yet naive advice givers goes like this:

I’m a pout-pout fish with a pout-pout face. So I spread the…

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Top 10 Things I Wanted to Blog about in 2013 but Was Too Lazy

Top 10 Things I Wanted to Blog about in 2013 but Was Too Lazy

I happily come across more pieces of culture than I know what to do with each year (or month, or week, or day) that speak to the Christian Message. This is a good problem to have–it means a blog like Mbird or a preacher like me will never run out of new material. Not using it can feel burdensome though, because I want to talk about it all—and sometimes I just procrastinate and never get around to it. I lumped some highlights together here in truncated form, keeping this list limited to the top ten (maybe 11) things I wanted to…

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Of Bears and Ducks and Unconditional Love

Of Bears and Ducks and Unconditional Love

One of my favorite things about being a parent is an excellent children’s book that is not only short, but packs a good gospel punch. Suzanne Bloom’s book, A Splendid Friend, Indeed, is such a book. When I first read it to my oldest son, years ago, I couldn’t help but try to choke back the tears at the end. The story is not merely ‘touching’, but gets at a gospel truth: unconditional love, no matter what our actions are towards the lover.

The story goes something like this (yes, spoiler alert):

There are two characters: a polar bear (Bear) and a…

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The Runaway Bunny vs. The Little Engine That Could

The Runaway Bunny vs. The Little Engine That Could

I was reminded recently of the wonderful children’s book, The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. For those of you who haven’t read it in a while, it’s about a little bunny who decides to run away.

He tells his mother, “I am running away,” and she replies, “If you run away, I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.” So the little bunny schemes, “If you run after me, I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.” And the mother never hesitates, “If you become a fish… I will…

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