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The Plans I Have For You

Regular Price: $16.99

Special Price $10.19

Format: Hardcover

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The Plans I Have for You, written by bestselling author Amy Parker and illustrated by award-winning artist Vanessa Brantley-Newton, is a playful picture book that inspires kids to dream about their future and to trust that God has great plans for each and every one of us.


The Plans I Have for You combines playful rhyming text written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker with whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Vanessa Brantley-Newton to create a book that inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future. God has great plans for each and every one of us, and this book encourages children to think about the talents that make them special and will help them imagine how God may use our unique traits to make the world a better place.

Contributor(s) Amy Parker , Vanessa Brantley-Newton
About the Contributor(s) Amy Parker

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 1 million copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.


Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for children’s books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Growing up in a musical family who loved to sing, Vanessa’s illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.

UPC 025986724108
ISBN-10 0310724104
ISBN-13 9780310724100
Release Date Aug 25, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.1110
Height 9.25
Width 11.13
Length 32
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Lisa
Overall Rating
This book is great to read with younger kids. It is a story written using rhyme so it is easy to read. It could be fun for older siblings to read to their younger siblings. The pictures on the pages are cute and eye catching. The story shows the children that God has amazing plans for their lives.
I received this book in order to review! (Posted on 12/8/2015)
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The Plans I Have For You is a cute book by Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton based on the popular verse Jeremiah 29:11. It is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. (Both the hardcover and the dust jacket have the same design.)

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future."
- Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

The first thing that drew my eye to this book was the adorable illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. The cover illustration drew me in, and the interior pages did not disappoint. Each 2-page spread is large, colorful, and playful.

The book is written (in rhyme) as if God is speaking directly to you, the reader (or listener). It is meant to be an encouraging and inspiring book for 4-8 year olds, and I think it does a good job of it. (I might say the age range is more like 3-7 or so, though.)

The Plans I Have For You is deserving of a cozy spot on any family's bookshelf.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 9/22/2015)
Review by Fitzysmom
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I always find it nice to read a children's book that speaks to my own heart while entertaining my kids. The Plans I Have For You does exactly that. Amy Parker reminds us all that no matter what our occupation it stay-at-home mom or physician God has a plan for us that is perfect and complete.

We like to say that we are all missionaries but when it comes down to it, it doesn't always feel that way. In an engaging rhyming verse we are prompted to look at occupations as part of our God appointed destinies. What a wonderful thing to instill in our kiddos that the desire to work in a certain field no matter what it is pleases God when we do it for His glory.

As an artsy person I loved Vanessa Brantley-Newton's mixed media type of illustrations. All the colors and patterns and whimsical faces combine to make the book a feast for the eyes while it is ministering to your heart.

This would be a delightful read aloud for your entire family. Every home library would benefit from the contents of this adorable children's book.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 9/11/2015)
Review by Penny
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“The Plans I Have for You” was sent to me by Zonderkids, a division of Zondervan Publishing, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.
“The Plans I Have for You” is a children’s fiction book, written by Amy Parker. The beautiful illustrations were done by Vanessa Brantley Newton. I like that this book is written like a letter from God telling the readers about how He has different plans for each of their futures. At the very beginning is the verse Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know I the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” It is in the form of a banner with diverse boys and girls holding it. They each are dressed as a different profession.
I like this book and I’d definitely recommend it for your young reader…or for parents, grandparents, teachers, or anyone who reads to children. I will definitely be reading it to my grandchildren!
(Posted on 8/21/2015)
Review by The IE Mommy
Overall Rating
The second I saw this book I knew I had to have it for my kids since it was based on my favorite verse from Jeremiah. The Plans I Have for You from Amy Parker touches on this verse and makes it applicable for kids lives.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

This is the first time I've seen this verse specifically applied to children lives and Parker does it beautifully making it whimsical with rhymes that are catchy for little ears.

I really like how the word YOU is in all caps, larger than life and colorful to jump out at you from the page. It makes kids really focus in on the fact that they are special and God has plans for each and every one of them.

It's hard for kids to grasp the concept of God and his plans for them and I think the way this is applied to little ones lives is wonderful and the illustrations line up perfectly with the message.

The Plans I Have for You is a wonderful demonstration of God's love and plans for everyones lives and applying is perfectly to children. (Posted on 8/20/2015)
Review by Praises of a Wife and Mommy
Overall Rating
I knew I was going to love this book because I knew it was taken from Jeremiah 29:11. This verse is a powerful verse that gets people motivated to go and do! I really enjoyed how the words popped out of the story and zig zagged all around just like we sometimes can zig zag through life. That was one of the things my kids and I discussed through this story, making sure we were following the path God has created for us. He has super duper plans for each of us and this book helps parents encourage and discuss this with their children. I enjoy this book as a hardcover and it retails on Zondervan for $16.99. The message is great the pictures are fun and the rhyming makes it fun for parents to engage their kids. (Posted on 8/18/2015)
Review by Jalynn
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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer. 29:11

Such a telling verse that speaks right to my heart. We picked this verse years ago for our family verse. What is so funny is in all the years that followed we clung to it to get us through. When you get called into the ministry you go through so much and remembering this verse and holding it close to our hearts is what has gotten us through some very rough times. I love the fact that this verse was the basis for this awesome children's book. The words are so telling and so refreshing. And the illustrations are just beautiful.

God has a plan for His children--all of them--and that plan begins upon conception. Our children need to know and realize that they are special in the eyes of the Lord so much so that He created a special purpose for each of them. This book is geared towards the 4-8 yr age group and is available in hardcover and kindle versions. A precious book with a special message for our children!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review through my participation on the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 8/14/2015)

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