It’s been a while since I highlighted any children’s books, so here I’d like to give you a range of books that are suitable for children from toddlers to pre-teens. All these book are a bit different, each has its own intended audience and its own topic. Starting with the books for the smallest readers first, we’ll work through a number of the books recently sent to me by publishers.
Board books for toddlers
Miriam by Julie Clayden & Angela Joliffe
This board book is singed for wee ones to tell them the story of Miriam. Each page of the book has one word that you can use to help tell the story to your little children. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the story of how God used Miriam to save Moses’ life, the story is summarised, using the words in the book at the back. It also give you the reference fo where you can find the whole story so that you can familiarise yourself with it too.
Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer by Laura Wifler
The message of this book is simple; anyone can talk with God. You don’t need to be in a specific place, or feeling a particular way, you can talk to God at any time, in any place and any prayer. Throughout this board book Catalina Echeverri has done some great illustrative work to keep your wee one engaged as you convey the truth of how we talk to God.
Wherever you go, I want you to know by Melissa Kruger
other board book that teaches the priority of loving Jesus above all else. It’s great to have big dreams, to want to be a doctor, a builder, a pilot, big and tall, but the most important thing of all is to love Jesus. This book conveys that point well with some really eye-catching illustrations from Isobel Lundie.
The Awesome Super Fantastic Forever Party by Joni Earickson Tada
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to excite people about heaven and the joys of spending eternity with Jesus early on in their lives? In this board book Joni helps you convey the joy of heaven, the need and blessing of a new earth, new bodies and the great party that heaven is going to be for all the friends of Jesus.
Books for 4-9 year olds
God hears your heart by Christina Fox
This book takes you on 5 different days with two children, Mia and Josh. Each story that you go through is designed to help children think through their own experiences and resonate with how they deal with their emotions and how God wants to hear about them, whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Each story also has some questions at the end to help he child think it through more. These could be read to children aged 4-6 or read by themselves at ages 6-9, depending on their ability to engage with books. This book could be helpful to open up further conversations about emotions in the home.
Fanny Crosby by Laura Caputo-Wickham
Helping children see the benefit of reading other people’s stories is a wonderful privilege. The Good Book Company have come up with this series called “Do Great Things for God”. This series looks at the inspiring life stories of different women and how the Lord has used them. Fanny Crosby, has written many hymns that have blessed the Church down the years, hymns like ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine’ and ‘Safe int he Arms of Jesus’. In this short book your children will read of someone who loved Jesus and served Him with gladness.
Oh, the Treasures You’ll Know! by Dan Olsen
I loved this book! The illustrations by Craig MacIntosh reminded me of the magazines I used to read as a child and are full of so much activity that you’re so intrigued and sucked in by every page. This book conveys the truth, really well, that the Christian life is a journey with many dangers and things that try to distract you along the way. I think your kids will love this book and it will help you prepare them for being ‘in the world but not of the world’ and all the difficulties that come with that!
Books for ages 5-12
How Jesus Loves & How Jesus Cares by Sinclair Ferguson
Here are two different devotions, each of them containing 31 short devotionals that will help you children get into a good routine of reading and thinking about their Bibles more. Sinclair brings all the theological accuracy and faithfulness to the Bible into short helpful devotions that will help your children and pre-teens know the extend of the love of Jesus. These are probably best read to children from ages 5-10, or done in a family devotions style, and read by themselves from ages 9-12, depending on their ability to engage with books. Each devotion is based on a Bible passage, includes the references to read in advance, a devotional though (about 2 pages) and ends with a written prayer. These could definitely be helpful to have around the home.
Tracing Glory Ornament Activity Book by Sarah Rice
A bit early for a Christian plug, I know, but this book will help you during the season of advent to tell the Christian story throughout the Bible. Each day you’ll have a new ornament that will be a tool to help teach your children the true meaning of Christmas and to help them see Jesus in the Old Testament too. I haven’t made the ornaments, but based on the detailed instructions, pictures and list of items needed. It would also be good to buy the book Tracing Glory to go along with it.
*** I received these books from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This does not change the way I rate the books. My views are my own. ***