Give Me Grace: A Child's Daybook of Prayers


The perfect way to begin or end a child's busy day, these prayers for kindness, for love, for gratitude, and for guidance offer a new special thanks for each day of the week.

Presents seven prayers in rhyme, one for each day of the week.

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The perfect way to begin or end a child's busy day, these prayers for kindness, for love, for gratitude, and for guidance offer a new special thanks for each day of the week.

Presents seven prayers in rhyme, one for each day of the week.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this small gem, childlike prayers and paintings for each day of the week illuminate an understanding of God as one who nurtures, teaches, protects, comforts and blesses children and their loved ones. The Newbery-winning author fashions simple rhymed verse that young readers may easily commit to memory: "Monday make me good and kind/ to all creatures that I find./ Help me love God's whole creation./ Make my life a celebration." As in other works Rylant has illustrated Dog Heaven, the paintings here resemble children's artwork. Each is idealized: the girl petting the bunny under the apple tree, the boy flying his kite with his dog. Rylant's poignant renditions, with their warm, crayon-box colors, present a world safe for exploring, for pondering and for praying. Her work offers both a model for how to pray to God, and the assurance that God's love and grace provide the foundation on which all prayers begin. All ages. Oct. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
Little Simon Inspirations also reissues two backlist favorites in new puffy-covered board books with gilded edge pages: Give Me Grace: A Child's Daybook of Prayers by Cynthia Rylant and A Little Book of Poems & Prayers by Joan Walsh Anglund. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Monday make me good and kind to all creatures that I find. Help me love God's whole creation. Make my life a celebration." This poem marks the beginning of a charming week of poems for children. Each verse is accompanied by Rylant's vibrant and whimsical acrylic paintings that are sure to leave the reader with a sense of pure joy. Each poem would be a perfect time to share a few moments with a child and discuss gratitude, love, peace, and hope. Children will enjoy hearing these poems over and over and will soon commit them to memory. 2005 (orig. 1999), Little Simon/Simon and Schuster Books for Young Children, Ages 1 to 4.
—Laura Hummel
Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Similar to Rylant's Bless Us All: A Child's Yearbook of Blessings (S & S, 1998), this vibrantly illustrated, appealing book contains one rhyming prayer for each day of the week. Each simply written verse has a different focus. "Monday make me/good and kind/to all creatures/that I find." Tuesday's prayer is for faith, caring, wisdom, and sharing. On Wednesday, "Give me gladness,/give me grace./Shine your love/upon my face." Concisely and sweetly, the author expresses a young child's joyous religious faith and outlines rules by which to live one's life. This title is suited for parents and children to share and would also be appropriate for Sunday-school classes to read and discuss. The colorful acrylic paintings, done in a primitive style, echo children's art and provides a perfect match for the innocence of the prayers.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689878855
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 1/25/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 184,069
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 6.48 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at

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Give Me Grace

By Cynthia Rylant

Simon & Schuster

Copyright ©1999 Cynthia Rylant
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0689822936


Wednesday make me full of light.

Guide my heart both day and night.

Give me gladness, give me grace.

Shine your love upon my face.

1999 by Cynthia Rylant

Saturday in early morn

make me thankful I was born.

Give my spirit peace within.

Let each day with hope begin.

1999 by Cynthia Rylant


Excerpted from Give Me Grace by Cynthia Rylant Copyright ©1999 by Cynthia Rylant. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    A sweet book!

    My church sends this book as a gift to newborn babies in our parish. It is very colorful, easy for little ones to handle, and the prayers for each day are short and easy for them to learn. We love it!

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    Grace: How to teach young children the importance of living with grace.

    Cynthia Rylant does a super job of helping parents teach their little ones about grace in this powerful little book. It's a must for new parents and anyone who has the interest of young children at heart. The words for each day are simple but the messages are profound. If as adults we could remember to follow the simple messages that Cynthia Rylant writes about in her book, our world would change for the better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    Prepares children for the necessity of PRAYER

    I purchased this book for my grandson when he was 3 years old. He is almost five and he still has the same love for it. The prayers are easy enough for a young child to remember with repeated readings. I even bought copies for the grandsons of two of my friends. This book would be a wonderful addition to any child's library. It does my heart good every time my grandson says,' Mom-Mom it's time to read my prayer book!'

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