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Best-selling Author Mary Manz Simon's Newest Book Helps Kids Overcome Fear

Contact: Stephanie Woeste, Standard Publishing, 513-728-6799

CINCINNATI, April 4, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Fear is a very real part of childhood. Some fears are small and some are very big. To help children overcome their fears, Standard Publishing is pleased to announce the release of a new book by Dr. Mary Manz Simon. "My Picnic Basket: And How God Is Always Near" uses everyday foods and toys as reminders for children that God is always with them.

"Fear is a predictable emotion during early childhood," explains Dr. Mary Manz Simon. "Thunderstorms, darkness, clowns, and even big dogs can scare young children. Yet as they cope with these recurring issues, a reminder that 'God's always with me' comforts a parent and reassures a child."

Creatively weaving a story around this recurring theme, the brightly colored, die-cut rhyming book is pure fun while reassuring both the parent and child with six age-appropriate biblical concepts:

  • God watches over me.
  • God provides for me.
  • God cares for me.
  • God is with me.
  • God protects me.
  • God hears me pray.

"The book is a beautiful reflection of God's love for all of his children and written in a way that's so incredibly easy for kids to understand," explains Matt Lockhart, Vice President of Product Development at Standard Publishing. "It has wide appeal because it’s not tied to any specific holiday or event, but uses everyday things that children easily recognize and relate to."

"My Picnic Basket" is the latest in Dr. Mary Manz Simon's seasonal series from Standard Publishing and is available for purchase at www.standardpub.com, www.amazon.com, or anywhere Christian books are sold.

About the Author: An educator, consultant, media personality, and award-winning author, Dr. Mary Manz Simon has embodied thought leadership in the Christian market for more than 20 years. Her books have sold 3 million copies in English and she has presented at Book Expo America, National Association for the Education of Young Children, International Christian Retail Show, and numerous other conferences.

About Standard Publishing: Standard Publishing serves churches worldwide and is recognized as a leader in true-to-the-Bible resources that educate, encourage, and enrich adults, youth, and children. The company is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit
www.standardpub.com or call 1-800-543-1353.