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With hosts best-selling author Amy Parker and author and co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki.

If you have a child in your life that you want to pass along biblical values to, this podcast is for you. Hosted by best-selling author Amy Parker and author and co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki, The Bible for Kids podcast seeks to provide a discovery platform for the best resources for teaching biblical values to kids.   Guests include authors, teachers, musicians, film makers and more.  The Bible for Kids podcast is produced by Dan Lynch for Brentwood Studios.

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Ep 41: The Epic Bible - God's Story of Redemption and Love

This week Amy and Mike talk with Art Ayris and Linda Howard regarding the new comic/graphic book, The Epic Bible: God’s Story of Redemption and Love from Eden to Eternity.

Get swept away by God’s awesome story in this riveting graphic Bible. A stunning visual journey, The Epic Bible tells the central story of the Bible, with dramatic, full-color art created by DC and Marvel artists. Whether you’re reading the Bible for the first time or looking for a fresh perspective, The Epic Bible’s cinematic storytelling will make God’s Word come alive. Perfect for teens, comic book fans, and reluctant readers.

Art Ayris is the founder of Kingstone Media and the Executive Editor of the Kingstone Bible which was a Finalist for 2017 Christian Book of the Year, Children’s category. Writing and producing recognition and credit include Best TV Movie Hollywood’s Next Success contest, Best Feature Florida Film & Television, Best Feature Angel Awards, several major motion picture options, over 60 comic book and animation credits to date. 

Linda Howard is Associate Publisher for Children and Youth at Tyndale House Publishers. She brings an extensive background working with children and children’s products to her role including teaching, marketing, and product development for several brands. Linda currently leads the kids’ team, developing overall strategy for Tyndale Children and Youth, acquiring projects, and overseeing product development of all books. She has also worked in the marketing arena and built strong relationships with several of Tyndale’s publishing partners. She oversees the Compassion International Publishing partnership and has worked with best-selling authors, Mike Nawrocki, Amy Parker, Ann Voskamp, and more.

Linda’s enthusiasm and passion for bringing children to a deeper understanding of Christ is what drives her acquisitions choices. Helping authors to publish and shape products that start children on a path to spiritual maturity is a responsibility she takes seriously, and she is grateful for the opportunity to serve.

Oct 19, 2020
Ep 40: Jesse Florea - Defend Your Faith!

Amy and Mike talk in this episode with Jesse Florea editor of "Family Clubhouse" from Focus on the Family, about his new book Defend Your Faith - 100 Devotions for Kids with Questions.

Why do you believe in God?

Answering that question might seem hard, but it’s important. “Defend Your Faith: 100 Devotions for Kids with Questions” introduces young believers to apologetics. These devotions give readers real tools and real answers for why they believe in God and why they trust the Bible.

Through the easy-to-digest entries, kids will look into the universe and see how God’s fingerprints are all over creation. They’ll dig in the dirt to uncover archeological evidence. And they’ll hear stories of real-life defenders of the faith who inspire us to do the same.

The “Defend Your Faith” devotional is written for kids 8 to 12, the age when many make a decision for Christ. Let’s equip and empower them to know what they believe, why they believe it, and how to defend it.

Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for nearly 20 years. For more than 15, he's been the editor of “Focus on the Family Clubhouse” (for boys and girls ages eight to twelve). He earned bachelor and master's degrees in communications from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Jesse has written or co-written several other books (including “The One Year Sports Devotions for Kids,” “Adventures of Average Boy: Growing Up Super Average,” “The One-Year Devos for Sports Fans” and “The One-Year Everyday Devotions.” He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and two teenagers, Nate and Amber, in Colorado Springs.

Oct 12, 2020
Ep 39: Dan Dewitt - Are You Super Scared of the Dark?

This week Amy and Mike talk with author Dan DeWitt who has written a number of books for kids including Why God? and his latest The Bright Light and the Super Scary Darkness.

Dan DeWitt (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of applied theology and apologetics and the director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University. He is the author of several books, including “Why God?” (B&H Kids, 2019), “Life in the Wild” (The Good Book Company, 2018), and “Jesus or Nothing” (Crossway, 2014). He posts regularly on his blog,

Have you ever been super scared of the dark?

The Bright Light and the Super Scary Darkness uses the imagery of darkness and light to help children understand God’s power over evil. With an emphasis on Jesus, the Light of the World, this book reassures children ages 4-8 who struggle with fear and anxiety and offers them courage from God’s Word. Kids will find comfort in the book’s reassuring tone and brilliant illustrations, which show that Jesus’ love is strong enough to defeat even the super scary darkness.


Oct 05, 2020
Ep 38 Dorena Williamson - Colorful, Thoughtful, Gracefull

In this weeks episode Amy and Mike talk with Dorena Williamson about her books Thoughtful, Gracefull and Colorful.

Dorena Williamson is a bridge builder, speaker, writer, and worship leader who knows the power and beauty of racial awareness. She and her husband, Dr. Chris Williamson, planted Strong Tower Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and have spent more than twenty years ministering to its richly diverse faith community. Dorena and Chris have four children.

Why be colorblind when we can be colorFULL instead?

Imani and Kayla are the best of friends who are learning to celebrate their different skin colors. As they look around them at the amazing colors in nature, they can see that their skin is another example of God's creativity! This joyful story takes a new approach to discussing race: instead of being colorblind, we can choose to celebrate each color God gave us and be colorFULL instead.  

Sep 28, 2020
Ep: 37 - Cynthia Yanof - Pardon the Mess

On this weeks episode Mike and Amy talk with Cynthia Yanof about her new book, her podcast, and The Bible for Kids Podcast joining the Christian Parenting Podcast Network (Yeah!)

About Cynthia Yanof

Cynthia Yanof is a wife, mom, blogger, and the host of the Pardon the Mess podcast. She has a relaxed style of interviewing, combining her quick wit and sense of humor with a firm commitment to never taking herself too seriously.

She loves Jesus, her family, foster care, and having lots of friends around her as often as possible. Cynthia is relatable, real, and a friend to all of us just trying to walk the parenting road in a meaningful way that’s pleasing to the Lord.

About Pardon the Mess

Parenting can be messy. There’s lots of amazing moments followed by some really hard times that make it easy to be discouraged if we aren’t careful. Pardon the Mess tackles parenting with honest discussions about the ups and downs of parenting, and the lessons God has taught us along the way. It’s fun, it’s real, it’s biblical, and it’s for everyone!

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Sep 21, 2020
The Action Bible - Part II with Sergio Cariello
This week Amy and Mike continue their discussion with Sergio Cariello, illustrator of The Action Bible and Michelle Baird from Cook Publishing. Arriving this September, and updated version of The Action Bible will feature 25 new Bible stories and 23 expanded stories – all illustrated by Marvel and DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello. The Action Bible family of products has more than 85 million units in print worldwide since it launched in 2010. The original The Action Bible has sold more than 2.3 million copies and has spent more than 515 weeks on the ECPA Top 50 bestseller list. It is available in 27 languages globally, with 10-15 additional language translations to be completed in 2020. Sergio Cariello studied at the Word of Life Bible Institute (in Brazil and New York) as well as the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning (New York). He drew superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics and served as an instructor at the Kubert School. Sergio has spent more than a decade bringing the Bible to life for children and adults around the world. “It’s been the privilege of my life to combine my faith and art in The Action Bible. I loved to study the Bible before I began drawing The Action Bible, so these illustrations are the result of a continuous walk with Christ,” explains Sergio Cariello. “Drawing Captain America or Batman is fantastic, but drawing Jesus is different because I know the Holy Spirit is touching readers’ hearts through my drawings.” See for privacy information.
Sep 14, 2020
Sergio Cariello - The Action Bible
This week Amy and Mike catch up with Sergio Cariello, illustrator of The Action Bible and Michelle Baird from Cook Publishing. Arriving this September, and updated version of The Action Bible will feature 25 new Bible stories and 23 expanded stories – all illustrated by Marvel and DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello. The Action Bible family of products has more than 85 million units in print worldwide since it launched in 2010. The original The Action Bible has sold more than 2.3 million copies and has spent more than 515 weeks on the ECPA Top 50 bestseller list. It is available in 27 languages globally, with 10-15 additional language translations to be completed in 2020. Sergio Cariello studied at the Word of Life Bible Institute (in Brazil and New York) as well as the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning (New York). He drew superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics and served as an instructor at the Kubert School. Sergio has spent more than a decade bringing the Bible to life for children and adults around the world. “It’s been the privilege of my life to combine my faith and art in The Action Bible. I loved to study the Bible before I began drawing The Action Bible, so these illustrations are the result of a continuous walk with Christ,” explains Sergio Cariello. “Drawing Captain America or Batman is fantastic, but drawing Jesus is different because I know the Holy Spirit is touching readers’ hearts through my drawings.” See for privacy information.
Sep 08, 2020
Amy Parker: How to Get a Mommy/Daddy to Sleep
This week on the podcast Mike gets to interview Amy about her new picture books releasing this month from Tommy Nelson, "How to Get a Mommy to Sleep and How to Get a Daddy to Sleep." With so much keeping parents up at night, a sweet bedtime story can give families time to reflect, relax and relish the end of the day together. With a strong reputation for cute and creative bedtime books featuring parent-child relationships, best-selling author Amy Parker releases two new books, How to Get a Daddy to Sleep  and How to Get a Mommy to Sleep on sale wherever books are sold, Sept. 1. Brought to life with vibrant and silly illustrations from Natalia Moore, How to Get a Daddy to Sleep and How to Get a Mommy to Sleep picture books will captivate the attention of little ones. Written as if from one child to another, these fun, role-reversal stories explore the amusing notion — what if kids were in charge of bedtime? Also keep your eyes peeled for Amy's new book in her Night Night series, Night Night Pumpkin - available now (spotted in 10" edition at Sams).   See for privacy information.
Aug 31, 2020
Yancy - Little Praise Party and soooo much more!
Hosts Amy Parker and Mike Nawrocki catch up with one of our favorites Yancy on this weeks episode of the podcast to talk about what's new with her!  She just released new music in her Little Praise Party series and always has a lot of fun happening! With boundless energy, a myriad of creative channels, an unflinching commitment to evangelism and a heart of worship at every diverse turn, Yancy Ministries is rapidly becoming a premiere destination for uplifting entertainment and church resources used all across the globe. You can find Yancy at or listen to her music on your favorite platform at
Aug 24, 2020
Art Rainer - The Money Challenge for Teens
Amy and Mike discuss teens and financial challenges on this weeks podcast. Very timely with school starting back up in it's many variances this year. Today’s teens are faced with more financial opportunities—and threats—than ever before, from summer jobs and scholarships to credit card applications and student loans. How are young people supposed to learn to avoid early pitfalls that could devastate their financial futures and instead take steps that can set them up for a future filled with security, contentment, and generosity? “The Money Challenge for Teens” can help. Author Art Rainer introduces readers to some fictional young friends who are navigating financial waters and learning how God would want them to face college choices and car loans and thoughts about retirement (yes, even as a teenager!). While reading about the fictional friends’ steps and missteps, readers will learn simple, practical lessons and adopt real-life goals to start their journey to a healthy and godly financial future.
Aug 17, 2020
The Voice winner - Todd and Brooke Tilghman
Amy and Mike catch up with Todd Tilghman and his wife Brooke on this podcast episode.  Todd was the winner of the 18th season of The Voice!  You'll love his story and testimony. Todd Tilghman is the lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Meridian, Mississippi, the husband of his high-school sweetheart, Brooke, and the father of eight energetic children. Singing in church since he was eight years old, Todd finally took that gift to the national stage as the first contestant in the eighteenth season of The Voice. Kicking off the season with a “four-chair turn” blind audition, Todd continually wowed the judges and audiences alike with his soulful, spirited performances that culminated in winning the eighteenth season of The Voice.
Aug 10, 2020
Laura Smith - How Sweet the Sound
Author Laura Smith is back on the podcast this episode as Mike and Amy interview her regarding her latest book, How Sweet the Sound.  Moms, you're going to love this one and this book! Best-selling author and speaker Laura L. Smith is a music lover. She grew up singing old hymns in her traditional church, then rushing home to count down the rest of the Top 40 on Billboard's music charts with Casey Kasem. Smith speaks around the country sharing the love of Christ with women at conferences and events. She lives in the college town of Oxford, Ohio, with her husband and four kids. How Sweet the Sound selects 30 beloved hymns and shares the lyrics to each hymn, an interesting modern-day story of how that hymn continues to impact lives, and questions for contemplation. Discover how hymns span generations—uniting us, freeing us, comforting us, and so much more. You'll enjoy hearing the stories of how hymns have affected other people's lives as you remember how the hymns you treasure have affected yours.
Aug 03, 2020
Laura Gallier - The Delusion Series for Teens and YA
Amy and Mike interview author/speaker Laura Gallier about topics facing teens and young adults today and her Delusion trilogy! In a youth culture intrigued by the paranormal yet often skeptical of biblical claims, Laura Gallier seeks to bring awareness and understanding to issues surrounding the supernatural. Having battled her own enemies of the soul throughout her teen and young adult years, she is on a mission to expose deception with the light of truth, bringing hope and healing to a generation in need. Laura speaks throughout the nation, often in the greater Houston area where she lives with her husband, Patrick, and their three children. Get to know Laura better at, or connect with her online at the following social media platforms: Instagram - laura_gallier Twitter - lauragallier Facebook - AuthorLauraGallier
Jul 30, 2020
Eugene Bach - the Chinese Underground Church
An interesting podcast this week as Mike and Amy catch up with Eugene Bach and talk mission work. Eugene Bach is a pseudonym for a member of the Chinese underground church. He was trained in US military special operations and served two tours in the Persian Gulf and Asia-Pacific region, serving primarily as a member of a rapid response team focusing on targeted threat elimination, counterterrorism, and security. He has been working with the underground church in China for more than fifteen years, helping them to establish forward mission bases in closed countries around the world, including Iraq and Syria. Eugene leads the Chinese mission movement called Back to Jerusalem, which provides essential support for Chinese missionaries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He has also written or coauthored numerous books about the underground church in China, North Korea, and Iran, including ISIS: Heart of Terror, The Underground Church, and I Stand with Christ.
Jul 20, 2020
Dan Lynch: The Bible for Kids platform and podcast - Why?
In this episode of the podcast, go behind the scenes with podcast producer and long-time kids guy Dan Lynch!  We did into why our podcast exists, how listeners can use the information provided and the vision now and for the future of It's all about empowering parents and those working with kids to help them pass along Biblical values and truths. Dan is a partner at Brentwood Studios where they do all things kids, and he served for over 20 years in kids publishing and entertainment worlds at Tommy Nelson (VP Marketing/Branding and Executive Producer) and B&H Kids (Publisher, Executive Producer). Dan also worked as a VP of Marketing in the Christian music industry with labels including Benson and Word Records. Some of the brands Dan has managed and built include Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends, Sheila Walsh’s Gigi God’s Little Princess, Bibleman, Read and Share Bible Stories, Big Picture Interactive Bible, Teen to Teen.
Jul 13, 2020
Becky Clark - Children's Ministry
Children's ministry looks different today, during pandemic situations.  Amy and Mike catch up this week with Becky Clark, Director of Children's Ministry at Christ Community Church in Franklin TN.   No matter if you're involved in your churches children's ministry or a parent doing all you can at home, don't miss this episode. Becky Clark is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN. She has volunteered and worked in children’s ministry for over 25 years. She and her husband have three young adult children. When she’s not working, you can find Becky in the kitchen preparing healthy meals for family and friends.
Jul 06, 2020
Duncan Phillips: Drummer for the Newsboys!
This week Amy and Mike interview one of the most energetic and "upside down" guests ever - Duncan Philips for the Newsboys. Duncan Phillips is an Australian pop/rock drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, and composer. He is best known for his career with the Newsboys as their drummer and percussionist. Phillips' involvement with musical performance began in the 80's with a band he had in Queensland, Australia, which played for local youth groups. After moving to the U.S., Phillips joined the Newsboys in 1993 as a keyboardist. Phillip's role as a keyboardist only lasted for one album, "Going Public". After that he played as the band's main drummer and percussionist, and has remained as a part of the Newsboys ever since.
Jun 30, 2020
Emma Mae Jenkins: Finding Joy in Who God Made You to Be!
Amy and Mike interview possibly the most joyful author ever - Emma Mae Jenkins about her new book All-Caps YOU: A 30-Day Adventure toward Finding Joy in Who God Made You to Be. Young women are under more pressure than ever before: pressure to be pretty, to be successful, to have a perfect selfie game. Is it possible for them to be their true selves? Or must they fit into the same mold as the rest of their peers? Into this world of ever-growing pressure bursts Emma Mae Jenkins with a message of hope and unabashed joy. Emma Mae knows what it feels like to be judged and bullied, but she chooses to ignore the haters and instead focus on a message of love and acceptance in Jesus Christ. In this powerful devotional, Emma Mae will show young women what it looks like to live a life of rejoicing in God’s love and the incredible excitement they can feel when they “live in ALL CAPS” for Him.
Jun 22, 2020
April Graney - The Marvelous Mud House
The Marvelous Mud House: A Story of Finding Fullness and Joy Ben and his American family live in a hungry ranch house where they are always wanting more. But then they travel far across the world to Kenya and visit the marvelous mud house where George and Mama George live. There, among the mango trees, they discover a marvelous lesson about what it's like to be full of joy instead. April Graney is the author of the 2017 Christian Book Award finalist The Marvelous Mud House, a whimsical true story about finding contentment and joy based on her family's trip to Kenya. She lives at New Life Ranch in Oklahoma with her husband and five children and surprisingly loves teaching math at a local Christian school for at-risk students. She has a masters degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and speaks passionately about God’s heart for the world to children and parents at schools, churches, summer camps and parent/child retreats. She enjoys early morning coffee, laughing quite loudly, growing tomatoes and herbs, taking naps, and attempting to be an artist. Find her online at Her next book The Marvelous Maker releases in September.
Jun 15, 2020
Ellie Holcomb - Don't Forget to Remember
This week on the podcast, Amy and Mike interview sign, songwriter and author Ellie Holcomb about her new book Don't Forget to Remember. In this delightful board book, Ellie Holcomb uses rhyme and beauty to remind young readers of comforting truths from God. When they see snowflakes fall, they can remember that God made each of us as one of a kind. If they hear the waves crash to shore again and again, they’ll recall that God’s love never runs out. High and low, on sad days and glad days, creation reminds us that God’s love is ever present. Ellie ends her comforting reminder with a message for hearts young and old . . . “And even on days you forget what is true, don’t forget to remember God won’t forget you.” Singer-songwriter—and now author—Ellie Holcomb ​began her musical career touring the country with her husband in the Americana band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Her honest voice and rich lyrics shined on her first solo album and deemed her the Best New Artist at the 2014 Dove Awards. In 2017, she followed with the restorative, hope-inducing Red Sea Road. Ellie, her husband, Drew, and their three children live and make music in Nashville, Tennessee.  
Jun 08, 2020
Erin Weidemann: Truth Becomes Her
Amy and Mike catch up with Erin Weidemann who authored the Bible Belles series and oversees Truth Becomes Her.  If you've got little girls in your family this podcast is for you! Erin Weidemann is the founder of Truth Becomes Her, a brand that equips moms and women with resources to help them step into their unique leadership roles. A sought-after homeschool consultant, certified teacher, coach, and nationally-recognized speaker, Erin’s personal mission is to shift the conversation around feminine values from being beauty-driven, to a focus on inherent worth. An on-air personality for Air1 Radio, Erin delivers “59 Seconds of Hope” daily as well as hosts the Heroes For Her Podcast where she interviews positive female role models who are living out their passions in-line with their personal values.  She is the author of eight books, including the best-selling Bible Belles series, The Adventures of Rooney Cruz which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.  Erin is a five-time cancer survivor, and lives and homeschools in San Diego, CA with her husband, Brent, and their daughter, Rooney. 
Jun 01, 2020
Amy Kavelaris: Prayers and Blessings for You
Amy and Mike interview artist and author Amy Kavelaris about her new book Good Night My Darling Dear, Prayers and Blessings for You. Amy Kavs (Kavelaris) Art can be found in Target, Anthropologie, Better Homes & Gardens, among others & is hanging in homes & sold on products around the globe. She has been captivated by the study of light and the way little ones interact with nature since she was old enough to hold a pencil. This fascination with every day beauty, is apparent in her breadth of paintings, blooming in a dreamlike-whimsy. Amy grew up in nature & on the lakes, the source of much of her inspiration for her work. She graduated with a degree in Media Studies: Radio, TV, & Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison & studied Fine Art in Florence, Italy. She lives in the Midwest, renovating their 100 year old home & cottage, with her therapist husband and their 3 small girls. About GoodNight, My Darling Dear Hold your little one close as you celebrate your love for one another. This exquisitely illustrated book honors the wonder of childhood, dreams of who your little one will someday become, and marvels at all that God has in store. Amy Kavelaris's signature flower-crown art and poetic writing invite you and your child to enjoy peaceful moments before bed with delightful parent-and-child animal pairs.
May 18, 2020
Dandi Mackall - Wow & A Child's First Bible Series
This week Amy and Mike talk to author Dandi Mackall who has authored over 500 books for kids.  Specifically about her books WOW and A Child's First Bible Series. The gospel is often called “the Good News,” and that’s because it’s the best news ever! Wow! tells the Good News using four words: Wow! Uh-Oh. Yes! and Ahh. Bright, joyful illustrations and fun-to-read rhymes walk kids through God’s whole story―and show kids that God’s story is really their story. Incorporating words that kids use every day, the gospel will take on a more personal meaning as kids learn the good news of God’s love for them. With over 1 million copies sold, A Child’s First Bible has taught countless children to love God’s Word. Now the series continues with Psalms for Little Hearts, God Takes Care of Me, and God is Always with Me. 
May 11, 2020
Jana Magruder - Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith
This week on the Podcast, Amy and Mike talk to Jana Magruder - Director of Lifeway Kids about teaching kids about the Bible and her book Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith. The 10 Greatest Influencers of Spiritual Health for Your Kids We love our kids. We want to be good parents. We want our kids to know God and grow in their relationship with Him. But trends show that our culture is increasingly secular with fewer younger generations staying in church. In fact, even the church-going faithful attend less often. Families are busy and fill their lives pursuing what is practical in their eyes and to make them happy. In today’s culture, what can parents do to help their kids know God and continue to stay in a growing, thriving relationship with Him? LifeWay Research reveals the top 10 influencers of spiritual health to guide parents and churches to avoid negative influences and focus on what’s most important for your child. But where do we begin? The research helps us see that we need not look further than God’s Word. Read it. Read it consistently. Read it together. Talk about it. Apply it to your life. And don’t shy away from any of it. In the words of AW Tozer, “Nothing less than the whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” Jana Magruder is the Director of LifeWay Kids. Jana brings a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and curriculum writing. She and her husband, Michael, along with their three children reside in Nashville, TN.
May 04, 2020
Simon Parry - Allstars Kids Club
Allstars Kids Club began as ‘Allstars Records’ back in 2009 by Simon Parry (a kids pastor and kids worship writer). Our main heart, goal and aim is to provide, produce and create the very best kids Worship, magazines and media…everWe love to see children of all ages worship God. No one is too young or small to know and  worship God, and we want to be a big part in enabling this to happen.  So, Allstars Kids Club is a UK based not-for-profit Kids Media and Worship ministry who’s aim is to highlight, provide, produce and create the best in creative Kids media that reaches children all over the world and give loads of glory to God. 
Apr 27, 2020
Laura Smith - Finding Your Identity in Christ
This week Amy and Mike interview author Laura Smith about finding your identity in Christ and how that looks to kids through teens. Laura is the author of the False Reflections trilogy for teen girls (Skinny, Hot, and Angry), 5-Minute Devotions for Girls, and the upcoming How Sweet the Sound (August 2020) Laura L. Smith has been searching her whole life for beauty. Not in the world--there's plenty of that--in the crimson of a cardinal's feather, in the sound of waves crashing along a shore, in the melody of a Beatles' ballad, or in a Chagall stained glass window. The world is filled with beauty, but for her that was another story. It took her years to discover her true beauty, to fully grasp she is made in the image of her Creator, and therefore, she is beautiful. The incredible thing are you. You were marvelously made by God to inspire awe. No matter what the world tries to tell you, no matter what you try to tell yourself. No one can rob you of the incredible true identity God instilled in you. Smith tells stories (through books, blogs, and speaking) in hopes of helping you discover what took her so long to see: your beautiful true reflection in Christ. Smith lives in the college town of Oxford, Ohio with her husband and four kids.
Apr 20, 2020
Tricia Goyer - Everyone's a HomeSchool Teacher - What Now?
This week Amy and Mike talk with Tricia Goyer on what to do with your kids now that EVERYONE is a homeschool teacher! Tricia Goyer writes out of her passion for God and her love for family and others. The author of more than 70 books, she writes both historical fiction and nonfiction related to family and parenting. A homeschooling mom of ten, including seven by adoption, Tricia is also a grandmother of four and wife to John. With a busy life she understands the importance of making every word count.  
Apr 13, 2020
Dylan Kraayenbrink - Keys for Kids Radio
This week Amy and Mike interview Dylan Kraayenbrink with Keys to the Kids radio - a long standing online radio network for kids. In a small closet studio in the back of Cornerstone University's radio station WCSG, His Kids Radio (then known as the Children's Sonshine Network) went on the air on October 23, 1989. It was the beginning of many years of 24-hour radio broadcast ministry to kids and families. In October 2014 Keys for Kids Ministries took ownership of His Kids Radio, which became Keys for Kids Radio on its 25th birthday! Even with all the changes in ministries and technology, one thing is still the same: our passion for reaching kids with the Gospel of Jesus through engaging stories and songs all day, every day on a radio station just for kids. Dylan Kraayenbrink is the program director and one of the hosts of Keys for Kids Radio.  People can listen to Keys for Kids Radio at
Apr 06, 2020
Jeff & Abbey Land - The Way to the Savior, A Family Easter Devotional

This weeks episode features authors Jeff and Abbey Land talking about their new book: A Family Easter Devotional.

Amid the hustle and bustle of springtime chores and storefront bunnies, focusing your children on the true meaning of Easter can be a challenge. But this forty-day devotional brings the family together and shows them the way to the Savior instead.

As a follow-up to the successful Christmas title “The Way to the Manger,” Jeff and Abbey Land now guide families as they explore and celebrate eight aspects of Lent, the season leading up to Easter : Forgiveness, Hope, Trust, Thanksgiving, Love, Commitment, Obedience, and Jesus’ Last Days.

Filled with discussion questions, easy family activities, and prayers, this collection of devotions can become a family keepsake, bringing your family together to celebrate the Easter season and the way to the Savior year after year.

Mar 30, 2020
Jill Roman Lord - The Quiet Crazy Easter Day

Amy and Mike interview author Jill Roman Lord about her new Easter book!

You might think of the first Easter as a quiet, peaceful morning. But with all creation celebrating the risen Lord of Lords, it may not have been so quiet! The Quiet Crazy Easter Day imagines the crazy celebration that might have occurred when Jesus arose . . . a festive day filled with chirps and croaks, shouts and coos and loop-de-doos. Join the rejoicing as we follow along with the Easter story and learn how we too can shout and sing and spread the news that Jesus is alive.

Jill Roman Lord is an author, a freelance writer, and nurse anesthetist. She enjoys running with her golden Retriever, Poppie, in Charlotte, NC, golfing with her hubby and son, sipping coffee, shopping with her girls when they're around, traveling, and hanging on the back porch with family and friends.

Mar 23, 2020
Boy Meets Squirrels - Mike Nawrocki

This week Amy interviews Mike about the latest books in his Dead Sea Squirrels series; Treemendous Trouble and Whirley Squirrelies.

Mike Nawrocki, co-creator of VeggieTales, is back! In the first installment of this hilarious new chapter-book series, ten-year-old Michael and his friend Justin sneak into the Dead Sea caves near the archaeological dig where Michael’s dad is working. Michael finds two 2,000-year-old squirrels petrified in sea salt. Hijinks ensue as Michael tries to bring them back to the U. S., hidden in his backpack. What Michael thinks are just cool souvenirs may turn out to be something much more! The Dead Sea Squirrels series is humorous, fun, and filled with character-building lessons.

Book 1: Squirreled Away

Book 2: Boy Meets Squirrels

Book 3: Nutty Study Buddies

Book 4: Squirrel Napped

Book 5: Treemendous Trouble

Book 6: Whirley Squirrelies


Mar 16, 2020
Randall Goodgame and Modern Kid
This week's episode features Slugs & Bugs' Randall Goodgame discussing his brand new album (currently in SlugStarter mode!) Modern Kid. Modern Kid is the first Silly Song Slugs & Bugs record in almost a decade.  It will be loved by all Slugs & Bugs fans, but also is designed to be an introduction to the ministry.  One that's easy for people to give to their friends to introduce them to Slugs & Bugs music. From Randall Goodgame: When I recorded Slugs & Bugs Under Where? nine years ago, my "modern kids" were still little bits, teaching me how to be a dad. They taught me to take children seriously, and take myself much less seriously, and I’m a better man for all the lessons.  We also entered the age of smart phones together. What a minefield! Modern Kid glances at our screen-filled world, then pushes back against the isolating and anxiety-inducing impact of technology with songs about balloons and ping pong and pants. For parents, I hope these songs help us sing out loud, dance like crazy people, and remember to be kids right along with the little sticky miracles that call us mom and dad. For the kids, I hope this music brings you light and laughter, and freedom to be the masters of wonder that you are. I’m excited to introduce the uninitiated to Doug the Slug, Sparky the Lightning Bug and Ms Carla (from our Slugs & Bugs TV Show) and the super-cute (and endangered!) Pangolin. And among other things, I hope this record makes bed-making and dog-walking more fun for everybody. Enjoy! Visit and check out Modern Kid!
Mar 11, 2020
The Wingfeather Saga with guest Andrew Peterson

Amy and Mike spend time with singer, song-writer, author Andrew Peterson discussing his middle-reader series The Wingfeather Saga which is relaunching March 10th in hard cover editions.

Now in hardcover for the first time, featuring all-new illustrations! Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog, Nugget.

Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled sister, Leeli, are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice. The Igibys hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers' groups are sure to enjoy discussing for its many layers of meaning. Extra features include new interior illustrations from Joe Sutphin, funny footnotes, a map of the fantastical world, inventive appendices, and fanciful line art in the tradition of the original Frank L. Baum Wizard of Oz storybooks.

Mar 02, 2020
The Big Book of Bible Questions with Amy Parker and Doug Powell

This week is an exciting one - host Amy Parker and apologist Doug Powell have a new children's book launching on March 3rd from Tyndale Publishing called The Big Book of Bible Questions.  They'll discuss the new book and how important these questions are for kids to engaging in a true understanding of the Bible from an early age.

The Big Book of Bible Questions addresses kids’ toughest Bible questions with theologically sound answers in a way that is relatable and engaging. It’s filled with fun facts, debunking of common misconceptions, and explanations of biblical and theological concepts. With eye-catching illustrations and real-life photos, this book will not only answer a kid’s Bible questions big and small, but it will also encourage spiritual conversations and a lifelong love of learning about the glory and wonder of faith, the Bible, and God.

Feb 24, 2020
Scott James - Where is Wisdom

This week Amy and Mike interview Scott James about his new book launching in March from B&H Kids, Where is Wisdom which delves into the life of Job.

Where can we find wisdom? Down in the deep caverns? At the bottom of the ocean floor? This visual tour through the poetry of Job 28 parallels Scripture and leads readers on a treasure hunt through the wonders of God’s creation.
Among all the dazzling treasures this world has to offer, we learn of an even greater treasure—wisdom—and of the mighty God who alone can lead us to it. Beautifully illustrated, Where Is Wisdom? is a unique celebration of the words and imagery of Job, one that guides young readers high and low to marvel ultimately at the true end of wisdom, Jesus Christ.

Scott James serves as an Elder at The Church at Brook Hills. He and his wife, Jaime, have 4 children and live in Birmingham, AL, where he works as a pediatric physician. He is the author of 2 family worship books (The Expected One: Anticipating All of Jesus in the Advent; Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional), as well as illustrated children's books, including The Littlest Watchman (The Good Book Company, 2017) and Where Is Wisdom? (B&H, coming March 2020).

Feb 17, 2020
Tricia Goyer - Prayers that Changed History

New this week - Amy and Mike continue their discussion with best-selling author Tricia Goyer.  This time, they did deeply into her book Prayers that Changed History.

One prayer can change everything, says bestselling author Tricia Goyer in Prayers That Changed History.

Martin Luther. Sojourner Truth. Helen Keller. St. Patrick. We read their stories, and of other people like them, in history books and hear about the amazing things they did to change the world. But one part of the story is often left out: Each one of them wouldn’t have accomplished what they did without prayer.

In Prayers That Changed History, the stories of twenty-five notable people are presented along with how prayer changed their lives and changed history. Following each historical example is a biblical story that ties to that person’s life and actions, as well as ways you can use the power of prayer in your life as well. Because God isn’t done changing the world yet, and he would love to use you to make history.

Feb 10, 2020
Sally Clarkson - Only You Can Be You

Tune into this weeks episode to learn about Sally Clarkson's latest book, Only You Can Be You: What Makes You Different Makes You Great.

Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books, including Own Your LifeThe Lifegiving Home with her daughter Sarah, Desperate with Sarah Mae, and Different with her son Nathan. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through Whole Heart Ministries ( and Mom Heart conferences ( Sally also encourages many through her blogs, podcasts, and websites. You can find her at

Feb 03, 2020
Miss PattyCake - An Interview with Jean Thomason

On this podcast, Mike and Amy interview Jean Thomason or perhaps more widely known in church circles and with children, Miss PattyCake.

Jean Thomason has more than 35 years of experience as a musical performer, worship leader, author and conference speaker to women, parents, grandparents, teachers and children’s ministers. AND, she is the living embodiment of the
joyful children’s musical character, “Miss PattyCake.” Through this brightly costumed character, Jean plants biblical truths into little lives, while helping equip parents to lay a spiritual foundation. Her recently published book is, “Sharing God’s BIG
LOVE with Little Lives.” She and her husband have 2 grown children, and live in Franklin, TN.

Jan 27, 2020
Night Night Bible Stories and Devotions

A re-post from the early days of the Podcast last fall - we have so many more listeners today, we will be posting some of the early episodes as Bonus Episodes in the coming months.  Enjoy learning about Night Night Bible Stories and Night Night Devotions from co-host Amy Parker - perfect for that time right before bed.

Jan 23, 2020
It's Yancy Not Nancy!

Join hosts Mike and Amy as they interview Yancy!  Yancy is a worship leader, producer and songwriter for kids that travels the globe doing family concerts and training worship leaders. She has a heart for the Church and a burning passion to help this generation become the worshippers God created them to be. Through her music that makes Jesus loud, she produces many worship resources for kids including the series: “Kidmin Worship” (preteen/elementary) and “Little Praise Party” (young children). Most recently she created a game-changing curriculum to help you teach kids the heart of worship called “Heartbeat”. Her life is made even more complete with her husband, Cory and sons, Sparrow and Rhythm, where they live in Nashville, TN.  Follow her on social media at @YancyNotNancy

Jan 21, 2020
Scarlet Hiltibidal: He Numbered the Pores on My Face

Amy and Mike interview Scarlet Hiltibidal about her book for tweens/teens: He Numbered the Pores on My Face.

When Scarlet Hiltibidal was a teenager, plastic butterfly clips were all the rage. She couldn’t understand why they didn’t look the same in her “frizzy, bulbous hair” as they did on the blonde whose mom was a professional hair stylist. Back then, she would have sanctioned the destruction of scores of actual butterflies just to own the label "pretty butterfly clips girl." And so it goes for many girls like Scarlet who strive for self-worth yet struggle to find it. 

He Numbered the Pores on My Face is for teens who long for beauty, love, and rest. Any labels you long for today might as well be “looks good in butterfly clips” if you are not rooted in who Jesus says you are, because any self­-centered identity is going to leave you in the same place: unfulfilled and unhappy. Girls will relate to Scarlet’s stories as she discusses hottie lists, eating disorders, and haphazard beauty in a way that is both humorous and thought provoking. Through it all, she describes how she found peace by learning to see life not through a mirror but through a Savior who shapes who we were, who we are, and who we will be. 

Jan 13, 2020
Tricia Goyer and The Grumble Free Year!

What a way to start off 2020 - Amy and Mike interview author Tricia Goyer about her book "The Grumble Free Year."   Sound impossible?  Check out this first of 2020 podcast to learn more and find some tips you can put into play with your family.

Jan 06, 2020
Randall Goodgame and The Slugs & Bugs Show

One you may have missed from way back when we launched our podcast - listen in to this interview with Slugs & Bugs creator Randall Goodgame and learn about his music ministry for families and the all new Slugs and Bugs Show!

Dec 11, 2019
Michael W Smith - Nuturing Steps

We're excited to have singer songwriter Michael W Smith in the studio this week talking about his kids brand Nuturing Steps.  In addition to a lullaby cd, Michael has just released the third book in the series, Merry Christmas Nighty Night.

Dec 02, 2019
The Giving Manger - A New Christmas Tradition

In this episode Amy and Mike interview Allison Hottinger and her sister Lisa Kalberer, creators of The Giving Manger, a new family Christmas tradition focused on giving and the true meaning of Christmas.  You can learn more about them at

Nov 25, 2019
Art Rainer and The Secret Slide Money Club

This week - Amy and Mike interview Art Rainer, Vice President at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He writes widely about issues related to finance, wealth, and generosity.

The Secret Slide Money Club is a unique early-reader fiction series that uses humor and adventure to teach children the foundational principles of financial health—Give, Save, Live. This first trio of books is quick-paced, offering tons of silliness and action while showing young readers about God's way to be wise with money. 

Nov 19, 2019
Mike Thomas and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls

On this episode, hosts Amy and Mike catch up with rising author Mike Thomas who writes the fiction series The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls

Mike Thomas grew up in Florida playing sports and riding his bike to the library and an arcade named the Cosmic Cowboy. He graduated from Liberty University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Bible Studies. When his son Peter was nine years old, Mike went searching for books that would teach Peter about the Bible in a fun, imaginative way. Finding none, he decided to write his own series. 


Nov 11, 2019
Scarlet Hiltibidal - Afraid of All The Things

Amy and Mike interview author Scarlet Hiltibidal about her book Afraid of All Things and growing up in the Saturday Night Live green room.  Scarlet's mom Victoria Jackson is a popular SNL alumni.  Scarlet Hiltibidal is a very professional wife and mother to her family in Middle Tennessee. She loves sign language with her daughters, nachos by herself, writing for her friends, and dreaming of being a famous chef while spilling the cheese dust from the macaroni box on the kitchen counter and using it anyway. She treasures the freedom of resting in the work of Jesus and hopes to help others rest as well.

Nov 04, 2019
Mike Nawrocki and the Dead Sea Squirrels

Intrigued?   In this episode Amy interviews co-host Mike Nawrocki about his new book series the Dead Sea Squirrels.  As co-creator of VeggieTales, co-founder of Big Idea Entertainment, and the voice of the beloved Larry the Cucumber, Mike Nawrocki has been dedicated to helping parents pass on biblical values to their kids through storytelling for over two decades. Mike currently serves as Assistant Professor of Film and Animation at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennesee, and makes his home in nearby Franklin with his wife, Lisa, and their two children.

Oct 28, 2019
Catching up with award winning author Mary Manz Simon

On this episode, Amy and Mike catch up with award-winning and best-selling author Mary Manz Simon.  Mary holds a doctorate degree in Early Childhood Education and has written titles selling more than three million copies available in ten languages.   This fall Mary has two new releases from Beaming Books, A Countdown to Christmas and The Family Time Bible.


Oct 21, 2019
Jennifer Lyell - The Promises of God Storybook Bible

Continuing in the discussion of Bible Stories and how they impact kids, this weeks guest, Lifeway publisher, Jennifer Lyell discusses how teaching Sunday school and her interaction with one special child led her to write the new  The Promises of God Bible Storybook.

A conversational, whimsical, biblically faithful retelling of more than fifty key Bible stories, The Promises of God Storybook Bible lets your child hear favorite stories with new ears, repeatedly assuring them that each word is proof of God’s unstoppable love and unbreakable promises to His people.

Oct 14, 2019
Meet the creator of BibleForce Wayne McCay

Join hosts Mike and Amy as they talk with Australian publisher Wayne McCay creator of the comic style Bible Storybook, BibleForce and the new BibleForce Devotional.  

Oct 08, 2019
Night Night Bible Stories with Amy Parker

On this episode of The Bible for Kids Podcast, Mike interviews Amy about writing Bible Story books for kids and talks about her latest books, Night Night Bible Stories and Night Night Devotions.

Sep 30, 2019
Meet Randall Goodgame - creator of Slugs and Bugs!

In this episode, hosts Amy and Mike interview Randall Goodgame, founder of the popular kids music brand Slugs and Bugs. Slugs & Bugs creates music and stories full of faith and silliness for the whole family to delight in and sing for years to come.  Randall will also fill our listeners in on the brand new Slugs and Bugs TV series starting this fall.

Sep 23, 2019
Phil Vischer - Part 2

Mike and Amy's interview with VeggieTales co-creator Phil Vischer continues in this episode where they discuss The Mr Phil Show, his new Bible Storybook and the relaunch of VeggieTales and an upcoming Christmas episode.

Sep 16, 2019
Phil Vischer (aka Bob the Tomato) - Part 1

Hosts best-selling author Amy Parker and author and co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki interview Phil Vischer. Phil Vischer is the co-creator of the children's video series VeggieTales and creator of the follow-up series What's in the Bible? Since the release of the first VeggieTales episode in 1993, more than 65 million units have been sold. Vischer and his wife, Lisa, live in the Chicago area with their 3 children.  Phil recently released his first Bible storybook, the Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids, available now wherever books are sold.

Sep 09, 2019
Meet co-host and author - co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki

Amy Parker interviews The Bible for Kids co-host Mike Nawrocki. As co-creator of VeggieTales, co-founder of Big Idea Entertainment, and the voice of the beloved Larry the Cucumber, Mike Nawrocki has been dedicated to helping parents pass on biblical values to their kids through storytelling for over two decades. Mike currently serves as Assistant Professor of Film and Animation at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennesee, and makes his home in nearby Franklin with his wife, Lisa, and their two children. The Dead Sea Squirrels is Mike's first children's book series.

Aug 27, 2019
Meet co-host and best-selling author, Amy Parker

In this prequel to The Bible for Kids podcast, co-host Mike Nawrocki introduces you to best-selling author, Amy Parker. Amy Parker has written more than sixty books, selling more than 2 million copies, for children, teens, and adults, including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer, Thank You, God, for Mommy, and Thank You, God, for Daddy. She has collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. But Amy's greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.

Aug 27, 2019