I want to thank Christian Focus Publications for providing a copy of Mark’s Marvellous Book and Meet Jesus in Mark in return for my honest opinion.
The book of Mark for kids is a lofty topic for a picture book.
Most Christian picture books cover a topic (like my book Wonderfully Made), or an annotated Bible story, but a whole book of the Bible?
The Book of Mark in the Bible …
…For Your Kids!
Christian Focus Publications has covered the book of Mark for kids not once, but twice!
You’ll want to check out both of these books. In our family, we’ve valued having more than one volume on the same topic. It’s a great way to really study a subject in an in-depth way.
- Mark’s Marvellous Book by Alan Mann is wonderful for younger children.
- Matthew Sleeman’s Meet Jesus in Mark is perfect for elementary school children and family read alouds!
Mark’s Marvellous Book
Alan Mann, an aeronautical engineer and an elder at the Philip Street Chapel, has done a fabulous job of writing and illustrating a delightful and unique children’s book in the 160-page Mark’s Marvellous Book (CF4K, 2016). It would be difficult for me to be any more excited about a picture story book related to the Bible than I am about this one.
Part picture book, part children’s Bible, this is a fun read with an important purpose.
Mark’s Marvellous Book has 18 “chapters”. Alan Mann takes a section of the gospel of Mark and selects a them for each chapter. He then has a little 6 page story book (told by the children) that focuses on the theme. The simple illustrations are modern and engaging, and the little story sections are fun to read.
The end of each chapter ends with a one-page synopsis of the section of Mark, tied into the them for the previous six pages.
The illustrations on the synopsis page are a little complex, with cool textured backgrounds. Really, the illustrations throughout are just neat.
The entire package is adorable. I predict this will be a favorite for many kids–one of those books children ask for over and over again. And really, it’s so meaningful and important to help lay a scriptural foundation for our kids when they’re young.
Meet Jesus in Mark
Meet Jesus in Mark: His Gospel in 24 Readings by Matthew Sleeman (Christian Focus Publications, 2017) sequentially covers the book of Mark in 56 pages.
Each two-page spread retells a passage of the book of Mark, offers a short prayer, and explains a few vocabulary words from the story.
The prayer following the story offers explains the purpose for the prayer and then gives a short prayer.
The vocabulary section explains each work or phrase in a paragraph. Matthew Sleeman covers such concepts as: life, sin, hell, treasure in heaven, the Mount of Olives, and the master of the house. These are concepts that can be difficult for young children to understand, and knowing what they mean can help unlock the Bible narrative.
Each spread has charming illustrations by Sally Rowe.
Meet Jesus in Mark: His Gospel in 24 Readings is a great book for family worship time or for bedtime with young children. The book is perfectly aligned with a schedule of a short two-page reading per sitting. While the reading time should be under 10 minutes a sitting, you’ll want to leave a few minutes for discussion with your children.
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The Who What Why Series is the perfect resource to teach your kids about history, while helping them apply biblical truths to their lives today.
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Sarah Jackson says
This looks like a great books for young children to learn about the book of Mark
This looks like a GREAT way to “re-read” Mark with my youngest!
Julie Waldron says
I looks like a wonderful book! I love the illustrations and it would be a great way to teach children.
I love finding great new resources!
Corrie D. says
I would love to use this with my kiddos.
Jackie Park-Cross says
I have never heard of this book! It looks like a great way to learn about Jesus through the gospel of Mark.
Martha Sides says
I am so excited about these new books and hope to get several copies this year for my grandchildren!