> Bless Their Hearts Mom: Who is Channing O'Banning and WHY Will Your Kids Love Her? (review and giveaway)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Who is Channing O'Banning and WHY Will Your Kids Love Her? (review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books, free of charge, from Tommy Nelson, for review and giveaway, purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.

Summer is ALMOST here! 

Your kids know it, you're dreading it.

How about getting your eleentary kids into reading this Summer?

Once they meet Channing O'Banning, you might not hear too much from them!

The Channing O'Banning series is aimed at kids ages 6-11, and they are great for early readers, who value a modern young heroine. 

channing o'banning set of books

Synopsis- Book 1:

What Happens When Your Least Favorite Person Is Your Only Hope for Rescue?
When Channing O’Banning’s BFF goes gaga over new boy Marco, Channing wishes she could send him back to where he came from. Her wish turns into her worst nightmare when Marco tags along on her family’s dream trip to Marco’s home country of Costa Rica.
With her secret sketchbook in tow, a colored pencil stuck in her ponytail, and adorable pot-bellied pig, Teeny, by her side, Channing embarks on a high-flying adventure through the Costa Rican rainforest. But when the feisty fourth-grade artist makes a few wrong turns and gets lost in the jungle, she discovers that maybe Marco isn’t so bad after all.
Through her wild escapades, Channing learns just how important it is to keep the earth—and friendships—healthy.

Synopsis- Book 2:

High-Flying Adventure to the Wild West! 
When fourth-grade artist Channing O’Banning unearths something very weird on the school playground, she’s sure it’s going to be the biggest thing ever to happen at Greenville Elementary. But things take a rocky turn, and Channing never wants to show her face at school again.
Thankfully, Channing finds lots of rocks to hide under when her family visits the American West. With her signature colored pencil stuck in her ponytail and Teeny, the coolest pig on the planet, by her side,
Channing discovers that art comes in many different forms—and that God is the greatest artist of all.

 channing o'banning and the Turquoise Trail sample pages


Miss Grace was smitten with Channing from page 1- she's a girl after her own heart with her pencil and ponytail! The books are perfect for her, they are short, easy to read, chapters, full of things she knows (tribulations of school) and adventures to be had. They remind me of the Magic Treehouse books in many ways. I loved that there was plenty of science along with the adventures, to keep Miss Grace thinking and wanting to check out things she learned about. She loved book 2 a bit more, as she is really into geology and archeology right now! I love it when books make her ask questions and seek the answers! Proof that children's Christian fiction CAN be educational! These books are perfect for fitting into your child's Summer reading program! 

These new cover editions were released at the begining of the month, and updated editions of the the otehr books in the series will be out soon! Be sure to check out the Channing O'Banning website for some great related activities that tie into the books for more Summer fun!

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One BTHM reader will win their own copies of 

About the Author: 

Author Angela Spady is an award-winning educator, curriculum author, and mother to two daughters. Her innovative teaching techniques have been featured on PBS, KY Teacher Magazine, and in various print media around the country. She is a noted advocate for encouraging art and self-expression among elementary school children and is often sought out by both parents and teachers on this critical topic. She and her family live in Kentucky.

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  1. They enjoy drawing, coloring and creative activities. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. my little niece loves to draw. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

  3. One loves to paint and two love to draw.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. They love to draw and color.

  5. They use hair ties as necklaces for their dolls and ponies.

  6. My daughters are always drawing!

  7. My daughter likes to draw and color. She also likes creating things by cutting and glueing.

  8. My daughter eats mustard right out of the packet. That's one of her quirks.

  9. Thanks so much for your great review of my Channing O'Banning Series! I hope it encourages kids to love learning through drawing, and that parents enjoy presenting their kids with a fun character who is faith-filled as well as artistic and relatable. Thank you again! Hopefully more books will be coming!


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