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Great Children’s Books

February 22, 2010

I’ve done a few short posts on trusting the Lord while teaching our children to trust in the Gospel.  Below are links to the first two:

Sinking Stones and Evening Devotions with My Children

The Importance of Thoughtful and Careful Family Prayers

I wanted to mentioned a few children’s books that our family has greatly benefited from.  By the Lord’s grace, there has been a resurgence in recent years of great children’s books.  So here is only a small sampling of great titles for young hearts.

Learn About God (Board Book) by Carine Mackenzie.

To be frank, I would suggest any Carine Mackenzie book to parents.  Her books are so good for little hearts.  But this little book series presents a big vision of God in situations that children face everyday and teaches them basic truths (his faithfulness, kindness, power, etc) about God.

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Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers by Joey Alen

Don’t let the cutesy illustrations fool you.  The Big Thoughts series is no light reading!  Joey Allen tackles some tough topics for “little thinkers”.  He explains the doctrine of the Authority of Scripture, the doctrine of God, the Gospel, and Christian Mission.  Each books is about 15-20 pages and they are packed with rich truths about what Christians believe.  They are great little books to read over, and over, and over.

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The Big Book of Questions and Answers: A Family Guide to the Christian Faith by Sinclair Ferguson

This is easily one of my favorite books for young children – probably for ages 3+.  Its a great little workbook that parents can do with their children.  It follows a basic catechism structure of who is God, who are we in light of God, what is the Bible, etc.  It also has a plan for Bible memorization.

Ferguson has a second book in the same series called The Big Book of Questions and Answers about Jesus: A Family Guide Jesus’ Life. Same format as the previous book, and equally as valuable.

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Discovering Jesus in Genesis Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt.

The value of this book is that Susan Hunt displays how readers of Genesis should see Jesus in its stories.  Children see the fall in Garden, the Flood, and the promises to Abraham in the storyline of God’s redemptive work through Jesus.  Hunt also has Discovering Jesus in Exodus.

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The Plan: How God Got the World Ready for Jesus, by Sinclair Ferguson.

This is wonderful book about God’s plan to save and how he accomplished it.  I can’t put it better than the publishers description:

Before the dawn of time a plan was made… a plan to save and a plan to love, a plan to rescue and a plan to send. One after the other people were sent to be where they were needed to be.  In the distance wise men ride camels through the desert. A star glimmers in the night sky. They have a long way to go and many months of travel ahead of them.  Some shepherds stand guard over their flock of sheep as a young couple struggle the last few miles of a tiring journey desperate for shelter and a place to sleep.  All have been sent to one place for one event that will change the world forever. The one and only saviour of the world will be born that night in a stable, in a little country called Israel in a little town called Bethlehem.  The key part of the plan is a baby and His name will be Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.

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The King Without a Shadow, by R.C. Sproul

Fantastic story, teaching children about the holiness of God.  Sproul has excellent children stories (The Lightlings and The Princes Poison Cup), but this one is my favorite.

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There are scores of great books that I have not mentioned, but these are the ones that I am familiar with and my family has benefited from.  I left out children’s Bibles and church history biographies because I have two more posts on each of these topics.  What books have you benefited from or that your children love that I have left out?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. eablanco permalink
    February 22, 2010 10:09 am

    These are great, I think it’s a great idea to post this for parents. I’m really thankful that there are people who have recognized a need for children to understand scripture better at a young age.

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