We’ve made sure to have a good supply of wonderful books that point to Jesus around the house. That’s been a great choice, as our kids have both learned to love reading, and have spent their time reading books that glorify God and help them better understand his Word.
Because I’ve spent so much time building a library, and I’ve researched Christian books for children for research, I’ve had the opportunity to take a good look at a lot of Christian children’s books. Here’s what I can tell you: not every Christian children’s book is worthwhile. Some are downright strange in the way they approach the Bible.
I’ve found a few publishers I truly love every time. Christian Focus 4 Kids is one of my very favorite publishers of Christian books for children. We’ve put together a round-up of some of their most recent must-have children’s books for you. Take a look!
Christian Books for Children
Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth by Danika Cooley
Wonderfully Made isn’t actually new–it was published in 2016–but it’s a keeper! Your children, ages 5-11, will learn about their wondrous journey in the womb from conception to birth. Filled with Scripture and science, this is a book that will instill your kids with an understanding of God as the Creator, and of their value as they learn they were made in the image of God.
You can get a bunch of free Wonderfully Made printables, including a lapbook! Find those here.
Who What Why Series by Danika Cooley
WHO WAS MARTIN LUTHER?
Martin Luther was a young man who was afraid of a thunderstorm. He was a monk seeking for salvation. He was a reformer who inspired a continent to return to the Word of God. Introduce your 8–11 year olds to this key figure in the Reformation.
Sometimes the people who change the world come from the most unlikely of places. Places like a little town in a little country no one paid much attention to at the time. Often the people who change the course of history are not all that important seeming until you look back and see what it is they really did with their lives.
Who Was Martin Luther?, Danika Cooley (Christian Focus Publications, 2021), page 9
WHAT WAS THE GUTENBERG BIBLE?
Johann Gutenberg invented a world–changing machine that meant people could read God’s Word for themselves. The world could share ideas, discoveries, and news. God’s Word could be quickly, inexpensively and accurately reproduced. Help your 8–11 year–olds discover how the printing press paved the way for the Reformation.
Just fifty years after twelve Death Ships pulled into the harbor in Sicily, and a decade after an English professor secretly translated Latin words into English, a man named after his house defied all odds and created a machine that would spread words across the world like dandelion seeds. The interesting thing about history is it is like a line of dominoes standing on end. Every event is a result of things that happened before. Once things happen, they impact what comes next–just like dominoes knocking each other over.
What Was the Gutenberg Bible?, Danika Cooley (Christian Focus Publications, 2021), page 6
WHY DID THE REFORMATION HAPPEN?
The Church was following the words of men rather than the Word of God but brave men read God’s Word and were saved from their sins. They fought for truth against the most powerful organizations of the time – the Church and the Crown. Help your 8-11 year olds explore how God’s people changed the Church, Europe and the World. This is the story of how the Church found the gospel and the people heard about Christ.
Lost things, once they are forgotten, can be hard to find again. Have you ever cleaned the back corner of your closet, only to find something you once dearly loved? Maybe it was your favorite shirt and now you are too big to wear it.
Alas–that’s a word which means oh no!–just over five hundred years ago, God’s people lost his Word to us.
Why Did the Reformation Happen?, Danika Cooley (Christian Focus Publications, 2021), page 6
Fascinating Bible Facts Volume 1: 103 Devotions by Irene Howat
Fascinating Bible Facts Volume 1 is a fun devotional for 7-12 year olds that helps kids explore surprising stories in God’s Word about animals, trees and forests, families, and more. Each devotion covers a Bible promise.
Fascinating Bible Facts Volume 2: 104 Devotions by Irene Howat
Fascinating Bible Facts Volume 2 is the second volume of fun facts and amazing promises from the Bible. Find out what the word Bible means, and what happened at the beginning of time…and more!
Girls Just Like You: Bible Women Who Trusted God by Jean Stapleton
Girls Just Like You is a great little devotional for children. Each devotion begins with a short passage to read from the Bible, followed by a short, retold story from the Bible, and closing with a prayer. The narrative is warm and engaging.
Girls Just Like You has daily devotions based on Bible heroes like: Sarai, Ruth, Naaman’s servant girl, Jehosheba, Esther, Anna, Mary, and Lydia.
You can read my full review here.
Boys Just Like Me: Bible Men Who Trusted God by Jean Stapleton
Boys Just Like Me is a great little devotional for children. Each devotion begins with a short passage to read from the Bible, followed by a short, retold story from the Bible, and closing with a prayer. The narrative is warm and engaging.
Boys Just Like Me includes the stories of Bible heroes such as: Jacob, Moses, Gideon, Jehoiada, Nehemiah, Peter, Stephen, and John Mark.
You can read my full review here.
How to Have a Bible Makeover by Catherine Mackenzie
How to Have a Bible Makeover is a great book for girls ages 8-11 (and a little younger if you read it aloud to them). The book talks about the phenomenon of makeovers in our culture, and about how they tend to be fleeting. But a Bible makeover, or spiritual makeover, is different. When Jesus makes her over, your daughter will be changed from the inside out.
You can read my full review here.
How to Be a Bible Warrior by Catherine Mackenzie
How to Be a Bible Warrior is a great book for boys that talks about how to be a Bible warrior. Drawing lessons from real Bible heroes, your son will learn how to fight for truth and glorify God with the good news of Jesus Christ. They’ll learn how Jesus fought sin and death and Satan and emerged victorious!
God’s Word and Jesus: What the Bible Teaches about the Gospel, Evangelism, Prayer, and Other Essential Stuff by Laura Martin
God’s Word and Jesus is a part of Laura Martin’s excellent God’s Word and You series. Your kids, ages 6-12, will understand how the Bible speaks to subjects that are immediately relevant to their every day lives, like the gospel, the church, evangelism, prayer, Bible reading, and worship.
More books in the series by Laura Martin:
- God’s Word and Your Life: What the Bible says about family, friends and other important stuff
- God’s Word and You: What the Bible says about family, friends and other important stuff
- God’s Word and Your World: What the Bible says about Creation, Languages, Missions and other amazing stuff!
Read my review of the other books in the series here.
Well, there you have it! 11 awesome Christian books for children. These are worth having in your home library. They will build memories and knowledge for your kids for years to come.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
Looking for a family discipleship book that will give you a crash course in leading your kids through God’s Word? I’ve got you covered.
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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