Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rufus and Ryan and A Giveaway

Those who visit here often know I enjoy finding charming books to entertain and educate youngsters, even though I don’t have any children of my own.

Well I have discovered a delightful little book that will not only educate, but entertain readers of all ages. Thanks to Laura Beth and the goods folks at Flyby Promotions, I have a copy to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for the giveaway details.

RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH! by Kathleen Long Bostrom

coverAuthor Kathleen Long Bostrom has created a charming way to explain the events of a church service to youngsters. Youngsters will have fun while learning.

In the recent release of her children’s book, RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH, Bostrom explains the church activities by way of her young protagonist, Ryan, and his lovable stuffed monkey, Rufus. Ryan explains each event - singing, praying, Bible study, and the need to be quiet - to his beloved companion.

Bostrom takes the reader through the regular church service for grown ups in an easy-going manner. Youngsters won’t have any problems keeping up and understanding what is happening.

To enhance the story, illustrator Rebecca Thornburgh does an excellent job depicting the activities. Her beautiful and vivid illustrations will capture the reader’s attention and help stress the story’s meaning.

The book itself is a sturdy, little board book just the right size for a youngster to hold. The pages are thick and durable, designed to withstand endless hours of reading.

RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH is one of the first titles in Bostrom’s new series of inspirational books for preschoolers. This charming book will help youngsters better understand the activities conducted during regular church services as opposed to activities held in children’s church. Youngsters will learn about the services with Rufus as Ryan teaches him what he has learned.

Author Kathleen Long Bostrom’s website is
Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Illustrated by Rebecca Thornburgh, Candy Cane Press/Imprint of Ideals Publications, @2013, ISBN: 978-0824919030, Board Book, 20 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me as part of a virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. "Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children’s author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master’s in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children’s ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois. 

Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children’s books full-time in 1996 and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca’s vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles, including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH can also be purchased from Ideals Publications.

This giveaway is for one print copy of RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH!.
To enter this giveaway, please send me an e-mail ( with the subject line, “Win Rufus and Ryan.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance to win a copy of RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH is 8 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Oct. 11.

Thank you for stopping by today. I do appreciate it. Do you enjoy searching for books for youngsters in your life? What new find have you discovered lately for them?


  1. Mason - What an interesting way to explain to young children what happens at church and why people go. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi, Mason. Thanks for sharing about this book. Cute cover.


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