Guest Blog by Mona Hodgson

I first met Mona at Mt. Hermon’s Writing Conference in 2010 when I attended her class on writing children’s books. Her dynamic teaching style allowed me to learn so much in just a few short days.

Mona is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels and novellas for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional. six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read books, six I Wonder books, and more.

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Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications.

Mona is a speaker for women’s groups, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians. And director of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.

Mona is an amazing woman balancing career, family, and ministry! Please welcome Mona Hodgson!

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It’s no secret that children learn by example.

We all do. Adults included.

Show me how to make an omelet. Let me see the ingredients spread out on the counter. Allow me to watch the process and technique you use, and you exponentially increase my chance of making a decent omelet.

Tell me how to make an omelet then send me home to my kitchen, and I may or may not recall all of the steps for success.

That’s likely true for all of us. And that truth certainly applies to children. Whether it was one of my toddling daughters repeating a new word in her language-learning-process or one of my grandsons picking up his plastic hammer like he’d seen his papa do with a man-sized hammer.

Being shown love, grace, forgiveness, compassion, hope, and truth through example rather than being told their importance or value is why we love stories. Human Interest stories put faces on the abstract numbers of people affected by an earthquake or tornado. The journey stories of Olympic athletes cause us to cheer for those who have overcome personal hardships or family tragedy to compete. A verbal warning about the dangers of greed or healing power of forgiveness is not nearly as effective as a story that shows consequences and results through a compelling character or cast of characters in a vivid story world, whether the story told is nonfiction or fiction.

Providing examples through story is one of the most effective ways to teach a child or share truth with an adult. It’s why I write historical fiction, but it is also what inspires me to write children’s books. I want to provide authentic characters, real or imaginary, who demonstrate the nature of humanity and highlight the grace of God. Stories of loss or failure, faith and hope. This desire led me to study the stories of various women featured in the Bible and write Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, published by Zonderkidz in their Faithgirlz line.

Through the stories of Bible women from the Old and New Testaments, girls (and women) learn that they are not alone on their journey. They come from a long line of strong girls—girls who struggled to know God and to follow His plan, just as they do. Learn more about Real Girls of the Bible and other story-rich resources at and

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