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Danielle Hitchen joins Hugh Hewitt to discuss the Baby Believer books during National Bible Week


Sharing Big Ideas with Little Ones

Danielle Hitchen, creator of Catechesis Books and the Baby Believer board books, joins us today to talk about the books she’s designed and created, but more about the heart behind them, and the importance of not being afraid to introduce deep ideas to our little ones. Every Christian parent wants their child to grow up to fully embrace the Gospel and walk with Christ…

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Investing Motherhood for Eternity

We’ve all heard the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). A master gives three servants various sums of money (“talents”) and goes on a journey. When the master returns, he demands an accounting of his resources. Two servants have invested and doubled the original sum. One has buried it and returned the original amount. The two are richly rewarded. The one is chastised for being slothful and cast “into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” That can’t be good…. 

The Secret to Teaching Your Kid Good Theology (It’s Easier Than You Think)

How young is too young to start introducing children to Jesus? Or is there even such a thing as too young? My mama friends sing and listen to worship while pregnant, read the Bible aloud, and more. That’s why I’m excited to have Danielle Hitchen share today about how she’s helping her children discover God and good theology from a young age….


Why Should You Care About the Creation Story?

The first chapters of Genesis are often encountered by adults as a controversial text about the age of the earth or the design of human sexuality, or we skip over the pre-fall story altogether and jump straight to what we learn about temptation and sin. While there are important things to be gleaned from those discussions, more and more I find myself realizing the creation account is essential to our understanding of how to live in the “already” and what we long for in the “not yet.”

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Words for Little Ones

Hitchen’s Baby Believer series (First Bible Basics, Psalms of Praise) combines inviting illustrations and simple Bible truths geared for young audiences. Her latest installment, Let There Be Light, reads first as an opposites primer—light and dark, alone and together. Hitchen includes related Scripture verses young children can grow into…

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Christian Moms Launch 'Bible Basics' Book Series to Teach Core Tenets of Faith to Babies and Toddlers

A millennial entrepreneur has launched a book company for the express purpose of teaching the Bible and core tenets of Christianity to babies and toddlers....

WORLD Magazine reviews Bible Basics on their daily podcast The World and Everything In It.

Interview with Danielle Hitchen

After featuring Danielle Hitchen’s new project on Monday, I wanted to ask her a few more questions about the counting primer specifically and about more general work that she is doing with Catechesis Books. So in this brief interview, we’ll hear how Danielle (and artist Jessica Blanchard) chose the visuals for the book, selected text excerpts to feature on each page, and more....

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Interview with the Creators of Bible Basics

Christian books have deeply influenced me, and I suspect that's true of you, too! It astonishes me how profoundly aware even tiny children are and how very deeply they respond to and absorb into themselves what is presented to them by their caretakers, whether good or ill....

Listen to Danielle's Interview on The Reconnect with Carmen Laberge

Danielle Hitchen - author Bible Basics - joins Carmen LaBerge for an interview on her talk radio program: The Reconnect.

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Christian mom launching Bible basics for babies & toddlers

Frustration at the lack of teaching resources drove a mother of two to start a book company aimed at imparting Christian values to children.

Danielle Hitchen launched Catechesis Books last February to teach basic Christian principles for babies and toddlers. Scheduled for release in December is the first book titled "Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer." It was illustrated by Jessica Blanchard....

This board book introduces babies and toddlers to basic Christian truths. Unlike other books that count Bible characters or animals on the ark, Hitchen numbers gospel accounts, fruits of the Spirit, and the like. Short Bible verses appear on many pages, helping little ones become familiar with God’s Word.... 


Listen to Danielle's interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show!

Danielle Hitchen - author of Bible Basics - joins Hugh Hewitt (twice!) for an interview on his nationally syndicated talk radio program. 

Counting the Bible

Danielle Hitchen, a young wife and mom who has worked at the National Review Institute and been a longtime booker for Hugh Hewitt’s radio show has ventured into book publishing. Namely, she’s wedding basic skills children need to learn with Bible values — introducing an integrated life from the wee years, and with beautiful images. Thursday is the last day of a Kickstarter campaign for the project, Bible Basics, from Catechesis Books. I’ll let her tell you more, if it sparks your interest....  

Bible Basics author Danielle Hitchen joins Curated Casts for a special podcast mini-series on why children's books matter.

Our Father. How ya' doin'? Amen: Catechesis with Board Books

I’m delighted to run this guest post by friend-of-the-blog Danielle Hitchen.

As we sat down to dinner a few weeks ago, my two-year-old daughter folded her hands and bowed her head to pray. Although my husband usually prays for our meal, that night she opened her mouth and said,

“Our Father. How ya doin’? Amen.”

As a mother, I live for moments like these. In addition to making me laugh out loud, they reassure me that something we’re trying to teach our daughter about God is sticking. Even if it’s just the first two words of the Lord’s Prayer....

Books for Baby with Substance? Help is on the Way!

I love the story of David and Goliath.

I promise I do, but there is only so many times you can tell the story before wishing for something (anything!) different. My family is full of story tellers and there are few things more illuminating than a good tale, but to tell a story well requires both the listener and the speaker to develop a good vocabulary.

Safe and Secure - Read-alouds for little ones

The Psalms contain many active verbs, and this book is a perfect introduction for squirmy toddlers who are just beginning to learn about God. Plan to get up and move around: Each scripted Psalm entails action, like dancing, clapping, and kneeling. Vibrant watercolor illustrations bring these actions to life….

Psalms of Praise (A Movement Primer)- A Board Book for Baby Believers!

The reality of God, like the reality of air, water, and ideas, hits us from birth. I was there for the birth of five babies (one born into Paradise) and they were a revelation of divine goodness each time....

Mistakes were made in our parenting, as the politicians say, but one of the things we got right was surrounding our kids with books.


More on First Bible Basics

Danielle Hitchen (’10) knows that raising kids is hard. As the mom of a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, Hitchen is well aware of the challenges that come with motherhood. But about a year ago, Hitchen found herself facing a task she never anticipated having to tackle so early: her kids’ spiritual formation....

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 In my younger daughter’s toddlerhood, we received a counting board book based on Jane Eyre. The illustrations were stark and muted in a grayed color, matching the novel’s atmosphere. I moaned on social media that I would have purchased the entire series of books based on classic novels if I had known of it earlier.

Once again, I find myself regretting that I don’t have a baby at the introduction to another series of primers of baby books. Danielle Hitchen, a mother and talk radio producer, and Jessica Blanchard, a mother and graphic artist, have created a board book that contests my former desires for books based on novels. Rather these are books for children’s spiritual formation....

Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer

Today we’re happy to bring you a brief interview with Danielle Hitchen, author of Bible Basics. Danielle desires for our youngest “readers” to be treated to a high-quality, beautiful, first book of Bible basics. Not to worry — the book is sturdy enough to withstand lots of love from babies and toddlers. Find out more below!

Bible for Babies? Why not, says Christian mom who just launched own company to produce books for the young ones

"How do I even begin to teach my babies to know and love God?"

Millennial author Danielle Hitchen tells The Christian Post that this was the question that popped up in her mind when someone asked her what she's doing for her one-year-old daughter's spiritual growth.

Interview with the author and the illustrator of Psalms of Praise: A Movement Primer, another Baby Believer Book

The last time I talked with Danielle and Jess, they were working on a Kickstarter campaign to launch a book independently: Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer. Since then, Harvest House Publishers has approached them and acquired Bible Basics and changed its title to First Bible Basics. They hear often from people, who, according to Danielle, tell them that “their faith has been renewed or deepened” from reading First Bible Basics to their children.  Psalms of Praise: A Movement Primerjust released, may have a similar influence...