When our children read about how God works in and through the life of another young man or woman, they learn to see his hand in their lives as well. As they read the stories of men and women across times and cultures, they learn to see that God works in our time and culture as well.
Christian biographies for children can be an effective tool to help our children grow in faith. In our trials, God grows our character and he is glorified–even if we cannot see how at the time (James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-7, Romans 5:1-5). Our kids learn this lesson through reading about how others walked through suffering in faith, and in seeing how God was glorified through their faithfulness.
Christian Biographies for Children
I love Catherine Mackenzie’s Little Lights biographies from Christian Focus 4 Kids. I really appreciate that the stories are told simply and engagingly, beginning in the childhood of each Christian hero, and moving through their life. It’s powerful for kids to read about God’s work in the lives of other children–and to see how they grew up to serve the Lord.
The books are wonderful for young readers, allowing them to grow in their reading ability over time. The left-hand side of the page contains more text, allowing you as a parent to read to your child. Your independent reader can practice reading this side as well. The right-hand side of the page has a simple sentence for the very earliest readers to read.
Check out the way this works in these pages from John Knox:
The Little Lights Christian Biographies for Children Ages 3-7
The Little Lights series of Christian biographies for children has a number of volumes available. They’re a great addition to your children’s library, and all are available in individual volumes. There are also two boxed sets available with five books each, which make perfect gifts!
The Little Lights Box Set #1 comes with volumes on Amy Carmichael, Hudson Taylor, Corrie ten Boom, George Muller, and Helen Roseveare.
Books in Box #1
George Müller: Does money grow on trees? (Little Lights)Hudson Taylor: Could somebody pass the salt? (Little Lights)Amy Carmichael: Can brown eyes be made blue? (Little Lights)Helen Roseveare: What’s in the parcel? (Little Lights)Corrie Ten Boom: Are all of the watches safe? (Little Lights)
- George Muller: Does money grow on trees? – Muller (1805-1898) was a wonderful child evangelist who ran orphanages at a time when children were not valued or cared for. He is well known for committing to only ask the Lord for provision–and then for recording God’s answer to prayer. My kids loved this book.
- Hudson Taylor: Could somebody pass the salt? – Hudson (1832-1905) spent 51 years as a missionary to China. He is known for respecting the culture of the Chinese and for sharing the gospel in a way they could culturally relate to.
- Amy Carmichael: Can brown eyes be made blue? – Carmichael (1867-1951) was a missionary to India. She spent time rescuing the orphan girls who were given to the pagan temples. As a child, Amy wanted blue eyes. Yet, God gave her brown eyes for a very special reason.
- Helen Roseveare: What’s in the parcel? – Roseveare (1925-2016) was a missionary and doctor, working for 20 years in rainforests of the Congo.
- Corrie ten Boom: Are all of the watches safe? – Ten Boom (1892-1983) worked in the Netherlands with her father and sister. During World War II, her family hid Jewish people from the Nazis. Ten Boom was eventually taken to a concentration camp. Her story is powerful.
The Little Lights Box Set #2 comes with volumes on David Livingstone, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Eric Liddell, and Mary Slessor.
Books in Box #2
David Livingstone: Who is the bravest? (Little Lights)John Calvin: What is the truth? (Little Lights)Martin Luther: What should I do? (Little Lights)Mary Slessor: What is it like? (Little Lights)Eric Liddell: Are you ready? (Little Lights)
- David Livingstone: Who is the bravest? – Livingstone (1813-1873) was a Scottish doctor and missionary who spent time exploring Africa. He crossed Africa, making missionary work there possible, and fought against slavery.
- John Calvin: What is the truth? – Calvin (1509-1564) was a French theologian. The Reformer taught about God’s sovereignty.
- Martin Luther: What should I do? – Luther (1483-1546) is known as the “Father of the Reformation.” He fought for the ideas that we are saved by God’s grace through faith, and that Scripture is our authority. (For a great book on Luther for your teens, check out my novel When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther).
- Mary Slessor: What is it like? – Slessor (1848-1915) was a missionary to Nigeria. She traveled and taught in the native language, Efik.
- Eric Liddell: Are you ready? – Liddell (1902-1945) was an Olympic Gold Medal runner who stood up for the Sabbath. He was also a missionary to China and spent time in a concentration camp.
The Little Lights Box Set #3 comes with volumes on C.S. Lewis, John Knox, Lottie Moon, Gladys Aylward, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Books in Box#3
There are more books available in the Little Lights series that are not (yet) in a boxed set. You’ll want to add these to your library as well!
C.S. Lewis: Can you imagine? (Little Lights)John Knox: Who will save you? (Little Lights)Lottie Moon: What do you need? (Little Lights)Gladys Aylward: Are you going to stop? (Little Lights)Charles Spurgeon: Who Is the Greatest? (Little Lights)
- C.S. Lewis: Can you imagine? – Lewis (1898-1963) was a British theologian and author. His works have influenced Western thought and culture in a profound way.
- John Knox: Who will save you? – Knox (1514-1572) was a Scottish pastor and Reformer who fought for the reformation of the Church.
- Lottie Moon: What do you need? – Moon (1840-1912) spent nearly 40 years as a missionary in China.
- Gladys Aylward: Are you going to stop? – Aylward (1902-1970) spent almost 40 years as a missionary in China. She helped end the practice of foot binding and raised thousands of rescued children.
- Charles Spurgeon: Who is the greatest? – Spurgeon (1834-1892) was known as the “Prince of Preachers”. He preached the gospel to thousands at a time.
Christian Biographies for Kids | Christian History for Kids | Theology for Kids
Christian History Matters for Our Kids.
History matters. Now, more than ever, we see how important it is for our children to know and understand history and the Bible.
- God is the sovereign ruler of all things. It’s important for our kids to see his hand in the history of nations and in the lives of both peasants and kings.
- Christian history is the story of our family history. Our kids get to see how people who love Jesus follow him.
- Understanding history can help our kids learn historic and biblical theology. They learn what the Bible says and what that means for us. They also see when the study of Scripture has taken important turns that have changed the Church.
- Reading Christian biographies and history can be a wonderful way for kids to think outside their own time and culture. God’s Church spans centuries and includes people from every nation.
- Christian biographies help kids consider their own faith, walk with Jesus, and the impact their witness may one day have on others–and on history.
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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Judith Martinez says
I love biographies! They’re such a wonderful way to learn about faith and history.
Julie Patterson says
Thanks for sharing the book recommendations!
Great material for our kids. Thanks for sharing with others as we lead our children in the ways of the Lord.
Melinda Miller says
Most interested in Corrie Ten Boom to begin with, for sure.
Leigh Owens says
I thought I was most excited about Spurgeon, but C.S. Lewis would be great since we’ve read the Narnia series together.
Jennifer Lavallee says
Would love to win box # 1 with Amy Carmicheal, George Muller, etc. Awesome giveaway!
Heather W says
These books are a great start to teaching your kids not just Christian history but about the sacrifices so many people have made before us.
Looks great I hope I can use it one day
Wow! These books look amazing! I love all of the life stories of the first set. I’m really looking forward to reading these.
Ooooh. These look neat! I hadn’t seen this series yet.
Jessica Brammer says
Wow! Those seem like great books. I am interested in the corrie ten boom one especially.
Andrea Supe says
This looks great! Thanks for the contest. We love the book wonderfully made.
Amy F says
These books look like great resources! Thank you!
These books look great! Most interested in George Mueller and all he did with orphans.
Thanks for sharing all of these useful Christian literatures for kids.
With love from Indonesia
I am most excited about C.S Lewis! Thanks for the giveaway.
I love books and want my kids to love reading and books. Thank you for offering this giveaway.
I just started homeschooling this year and really excited to continue it. I want my kids to read good books. Thank you for offering this giveaway!
LeAnn Harbert says
This is a great way to introduce these leaders to my granddaughters.
Beth Anne Witmer says
This is a great giveaway! I’ve had these books on my wish list for awhile.
Merysa Cortez says
These books are SO CUTE! The book about Gladys Aylward looks very interesting! They are so neat! 🙂
Holly Prescott says
Thank you for the opportunity to win this book set. What a perfect way for my four year old great grandson to learn. I plan to purchase the other sets, too.
Judith Martinez says
These look perfect for my youngest who isn’t quite ready for the YWAM biographies.
I would love these for our homeschool library. Love all your book recommendations. Helps us out finding bibial basis books for kids.
Lydia Middlebrooks says
My kids absolutely loved these books!
My family has a passion for missions and loves to hear stories at dinner. It would be great to have some tailored to the younger kids.
We enjoy reading these books & sharing them with my niece as well.
Jackie Staples says
We love the little lights books because they are such a wonderful example to our children of Christian role models! Thank you for the opportunity to win some more of these wonderful books!
Greta Hernandez says
My children are older than the audience of the Little Lights books, but I would love to have these for my great-nieces and nephews who are being brought up in truth! What great books!
I love that they are Christian books for kids.
Heather Turner says
These books would be a perfect way to teach my 3 year old biblical history. Also, we could pass it down to his other siblings !
Charlotte Kirby says
The books are about well-known servants of the LORD. I would like to read them myself. 🙂
Sarah Oldre says
We have a couple of these already, and love them!