Families Growing in Faith Series are available in the following formats: 
hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook, and eBook bundle.

“Author Fortenberry has captured that intimate exchange between between Christian grandparents and inquisitive grandkids.”
~ Rev. Dr. Charles H. Lett, Sr. Senior Presiding Elder 
African Methodist Episcopal Church 

Grandma, Granddad, We Want to Praise God

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A great book for Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 10, 2023 or for any occasion!

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Grandma, Granddad, We Want to Praise God, featured in the
Christian Children’s Authors blog. 

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If you praised God at all times, how would your life change?

In this rhyming story, Grandma, Granddad, We Want to Praise God follows inquisitive children who learn from their loving grandparents that praising God brings joy. Grandparents and their grandchildren, as well as parents, guardians, and caregivers will love the rhyming stanzas and vivid illustrations of a child’s natural curiosity and growing discovery that we can express praise through the good and the bad; anywhere or anytime; and with singing, dancing, shouting, and clapping. This engaging story will empower children in fostering habits of praise and thankfulness. 

Finalists in the “Children’s Religious” category of the 2023 National Indie Excellence Awards

Finalists in the “Children’s Religious” category of the 2023 Book Excellence Awards 

“Through a sweet conversation between a father and child, the Gospel message is clearly presented in a kid-friendly format. Simple, yet powerful truths make this book a great resource for families with young  children.”
~ Crystal Bowman–bestselling, award-winning author of over 100 books for children

Daddy, I Want to Know God

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How well does God know me? Does He love me all the time? Will God ever leave me? In this rhyming story, children’s probing questions . their desire to learn more about God and His love for them. Compassionate and loving responses from their dads help to lead the children in growing a strong Godly faith. This story depicts the spiritual leadership of fathers as they teach their children about a caring, unfailing, and capable God.

Winner in the April 2021 Firebird Book Award in three categories:

Book Cover Design- Children Picture Books 
Children’s Religion

Finalist in the 2021 Book Excellence Award in the Children’s Religion category.

Winner in the  2019 Christian Indie Awards in the Children’s (4-8 Years) category.

Winner in the “Children’s Religious” category of the 2018  American Fiction Awards 

Available in eBook Bundle.

Mama, I Want to See God & Daddy, I Want to Know God

“Vanessa has given children a beautiful glimpse of God and His love in a way that will draw them near to Him and let them feel wrapped in His love.”
~ Jill Roman Lord, Author of If Jesus Came to Visit Me


Mama, I Want to See God

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Do I look like God? Where can I see Him? Wanting to connect more with God, a child asks his mother these questions and more in this rhyming verse book. In answer, Mother’s tender and patient responses model God’s love.

At the story’s end, Mother has answered all of the questions, letting the child have a true connection with God. The purity of
children and the spirituality of all cultures radiate in this touching story.

Winner in the “Children’s Religious” category of the 2017 Bookvana Awards! 

Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Religious” category of the 2016 Best Book Awards.



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In addition to the online sites above, you can also purchase these books at:

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
Called to Conquer Bookstore
6400 Woodrow Road
Stonecrest, GA 30038

Saint Phillip A.M.E. Church
Betty Wilson Bookstore
240 Candler Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30317

Check out these books at the following DeKalb County, GA Libraries,  Conyers, GA, and Dallas, GA, Demopolis, AL, and Luverne, AL Libraries:

3123 Klondike Road
Lithonia, GA 30038

Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown
2861 Wesley Chapel Road
Decatur, GA 30034

Nancy Guinn Memorial Library
864 Green Street SW
Conyers, GA 30012

Dallas Public Library (Pines)
1010 E Memorial Dr
Dallas, GA 30132
Section: E FORTE

Demopolis Public Library
211 East Washington Street
Demopolis, AL 36732
Section: E FOR

Luverne Public Library
148 E. Third Street
Luverne, AL 36049
Section: E FOR

Redan Elementary, DeKalb County Schools

Stoneview Elementary, DeKalb County Schools and other DeKalb County Schools

Relief Notes: Encouraging Letters for Tough Times

e89eece9c65c8aabc7e56e026805ed09Vanessa Fortenberry is a contributor to this book, which offers brief but relatable messages from people of faith who have overcome adversities. While struggling through the valleys of life, the 22 authors of this little 120-page anthology wants readers to know that they are not alone.


I enjoy writing for children and about children. These characters struggle at home, at school, and at play. However, they find comfort, love, patience, and understanding from their earthly guardians. Ultimately, they find strength and inspiration to overcome their personal conflicts.

Some of the challenges my characters encounter:

  • Fear
  • Judgment by others
  • Courage
  • Self-control
  • Self-esteem
  • Truthfulness
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Health issues

My works in progress include several children’s books, an inspirational short story, and a motivating project about reconnecting with God, family, and friends for adults. Look forward to these publications soon!

It’s a privilege to share my talents with my readers. God continues to bless me with gifts of writing, singing, and baking (my ministries). Therefore, I like to include “a little something extra” for my readers. So, one might find a song, poem, or a recipe at the end of one of my stories. Check out my “Ooey Gooey Butter Cake” recipe on my “Vanessa’s Recipes” page.

In addition, please subscribe to receive the Connecting Readers to the Word for Readers and Writers (formerly The Children’s Bookroom) blog or “Connecting Readers to the Word,” a free quarterly e-newsletter  (home page).


“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”
~Proverbs 25:11