I was asked if I could round up a list of our favorite Christian children’s books and resources, and couldn’t believe I haven’t posted something like this yet! I have linked several resources prior to my liketoknow.it images in that app, but nothing on my own blog.
It’s time to do that! I am happy to share some of our favorites with you, many of which, we have had before Collins was born and have enjoyed coming back to again and again to spend time learning about and growing in our love and knowledge of who God is through His word.
Here is our list of some of our oldest (and newest) favorites!
We have two copies of this bible and have read through the stories in here many, many times over. One is falling apart at the book spine! Probably our most-used storybook bible that we have, but there are a couple others we will grab and use also! This bible also has an app that goes along with each story, which is also a fun and engaging way to use this bible. We don’t utilize the app at all, but it is a nice option! Each story in this bible also has two neat things: one or two comprehension questions to ask your child after you read, and a “Christ Connection” summary of that story. I love reading the short Christ Connection bubble after we have read the story, because it brings you back to the gospel and how this story points us to Christ, hence the “It’s All About Jesus” Storybook Bible title!
This is another great storybook bible. We used this a lot during Easter! It has some fun pages that fold out and have to be turned vertically to look at the full picture on the pages. It has many of the well-known stories in this bible also, but again, focuses on sharing the gospel through the stories. Another reason we love this bible! This bible and the one above are the two bibles we use daily in our home!
This is another great storybook bible that continually points to Jesus and points you to the gospel as you read the stories from the Old and New Testament that are included in this storybook bible. Dakota and I used this bible when we taught Sunday School for the 2-3 year olds at our previous church, and it has great activities you can do after reading the story with your child/children. One thing I will say about this one is that there aren’t a ton of engaging pictures for the child to look at as you read each story, and they are long, so often times when we would teach this to the 2-3 year olds, we would summarize each paragraph as we read the story to them. This would be great for children who are a little older and are able to read on their own.
Another great resource that focuses less on the stories, but more so on the theology of the Christian faith. It is considered a beginner’s book of systematic theology in the form of a beautifully illustrated storybook. We started reading through this with Collins before she turned 2, but quickly realized that this will be a great book to read as a family devotional with her/our other children as she gets a little older! Theology is important, but at her age right now, the content inside it is a little beyond her. It is a fabulous resource for children who are school-age though, and I highly recommend having this in your home as your start to talk through theology with your children through their pre-teen years! I’m happy we have it, and every once in a while, we will pull it out and read one of the lessons. They are not super long, so even at her age she can still sit and listen and stay focused on it during the duration of the reading!
The description said it best: “theology book to help them understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are on display and easier to understand.”
Another book that we have that is coming apart in all different ways from using it so much! We have used this prayer book so, so much since C was born! It is filled with prayers to read with your children for different times of the day and different times of the year with prayers for different seasons, holidays, and more! We haven’t used this one as much lately, but we started using this book just at bedtime, then started reading morning time prayers out of it also, and eventually found ourselves reading them at lunch time, during different holidays and seasons. This prayer book is a very easy way to add in prayer time throughout the day with your child. We have had many sweet moments together doing just that through using this book.
These “Tales of the Truth” series of books are soooo good! Dakota purchased this book around Christmas time for the kiddos and it has been one Collins continually goes to when we read before nap time or bed time. It is a great supplementary read to Easter, also! It’s all about the disciple, Peter… and forgiveness! It is a sweet story of Jesus’s love for not only Peter, but for us too, and shares the gospel clearly at the end of the book.
Another book in this series we have and really enjoy! It is based on the healing of the official’s son in John 4! This storybook will teach children about the instant power of the words of Jesus, and that they should trust Jesus because he is God’s Son. I love how this book uses the beautiful illustrations to retell this account from the bible! Collins loves to read this one together, also.
A few other stories in this series of books include:
The Garden, The Curtain, and The Cross, another great Easter supplementary book (but great for all times of the year too!), God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family, The Storm That Stopped, The Christmas Promise (we also have this one and love reading through it at Christmas time!)
This is a really sweet book that (again) Dakota had found. It has such beautiful and bright illustrations, and reminds the reader that as they are discovering their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in, they can have assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe!
Another sweet story by the same author, we absolutely love reading this story with all the lights off and using just a flashlight! A beautifully-illustrated story about when God made light to cut through the darkness… in creation, and in our own hearts!
This is such a sweet book by Lysa TerKeurst about trusting in God’s perfect plan for our lives, even when we can’t see or understand why at times. This is another story that Collins will continually come back to even after not grabbing it off the shelf for a while. We love reading about the tiny seed and his playful fox friend in this story!
Another book that we could go some time in-between reading it, but Collins will continually come back to! A sweet story of what it means for God to be a good, good Father to His children whom he loves for who they are, not because of any “gifts” or “works” they present to him.
One last thing I wanted to share that I’ve gotten asked frequently about are these DVDs! We first found them on Amazon Prime Video when Dakota was looking for an appropriate show for Collins to watch. We were so impressed with how gospel-centered these short episodes are and love that there is a teaching segment at the end of each lesson with a guest speaker/author. Jen Wilkin and Matt Chandler are a few of those guests you’ll see in these episodes! These sweet owls are always on an adventure their Owl Professor sends them on to discover more about God’s creation and His word. Each episode has a central verse that the theme of the episode is derived from. Collins just loooooooves these!!! We recently brought them to church to play during our last day of bible study, and the children really enjoyed them, so it was fun to introduce something new to other women in my church for them to share with their little ones also. Dakota recently ordered the DVDs for these, so we could have all the episodes (only the first 10 are free on Amazon Prime Video), so we will allow Collins to watch these in the car when we travel farther distances or want to try and keep her awake! 😉
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This list is filled with so many books we love and have helped form so many sweet conversations about Jesus, God’s word, the gospel, and led us into specific prayers as we’ve thanked God for the stories that teach us and show us more of who He is and how much he loves us. I hope that this list blesses you and your family in the same way. I may have this be a running list also… where I add to it as we get new books that we are loving! Please let me know if you have a favorite that isn’t seen above. We are always on the lookout for a good book. 🙂