For Christian parents, introducing their children to God’s Word is as important as helping them learn their ABC's. Truth For Life recommends the following books for children of all ages to enjoy while learning more about God and the Bible. The selections include Bible narratives, family devotionals, and tales of heroes of the faith.
By Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrated by Jago
For Ages 3-8
An award-winning book, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story of the child upon whom everything will depend. From Noah to Moses to King David, from the Old Testament to the New, every story points to Jesus. He is the missing piece in the puzzle, the one that makes all the others fit together. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to pick up the clues and piece the puzzle together. As they do, they will discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation—and at the center of their story, too.
By Kenneth N. Taylor, Illustrated by Jenny Brake
For Ages 3-7
Everything a Child Should Know About God introduces children to the most important biblical truths of the Christian faith. Author Kenneth N. Taylor explores profound topics, including sin, the Trinity, and salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in an easy-to-read narrative style written for a child audience. Children will enjoy the colorful illustrations as they gain a deeper understanding of who Jesus is, why He came, and what it means to follow Him.
By Phil A. Smouse
For Ages 5-8
Award-winning author and illustrator PhiI A. Smouse presents the truth of Scripture to young children through fun, brightly illustrated stories that families will enjoy for years to come. My Best-Ever Book of Bible Stories contains 17 Gospel-centered stories told in humorous rhyme. Clever retellings of key Scripture passages from both the Old and New Testament teach young children about Creation, Adam and Eve, the Good Samaritan, and Jesus and Nicodemus. My Best-Ever Book of Bible Stories is an engaging way for adults to share biblical truth with the children in their lives.
By Clare Heath-Whyte, Illustrated by Jenny Brake
For Ages 4-7
It’s never too early to introduce the next generation to men and women who left their mark in history as followers of Jesus. In Everyone a Child Should Know, youngsters are introduced to 52 heroes of the faith from all walks of life. Profiling missionaries, martyrs, and writers such as Brother Andrew, William Tyndale, and C.S. Lewis, as well as reformers, politicians, and artists like Martin Luther, William Wilberforce, and Rembrandt, Everyone a Child Should Know colorfully teaches children about what it looks like to be a follower of Christ.
by Joel R. Beeke
For Ages 8-13
Teenagers—and particularly middle schoolers—have a knack for asking the hard questions. As parents, grandparents, or teachers, we may struggle with exactly how to answer in a way that is biblical, gentle, and clear.
Author, professor, and pastor Joel R. Beeke speaks directly to this young audience in his book Tough Questions about the Bible. Writing from a perspective teens can relate to, he responds to 68 commonly asked questions from middle schoolers. Presented in an easy-to-read, Q&A format designed for independent reading, the book is divided into nine sections that include tough questions about the Bible, sin and sadness, God, Christ, salvation, doing what’s right, prayer and worship, other religions, and hope and eternity.
By Scott James
For Ages 5-11
Nearly 2,000 years ago, a simple wooden cross and an empty tomb served as the setting for the greatest rescue mission in history—the good news of a loving Father going to great lengths to save His broken children. Every year at Easter, with a joyful shout of “Christ is risen!” we declare again the climax of this great story. Although Easter Sunday only happens once a year, the truths behind it are big enough to shape our lives every single day.
The family devotional Mission Accomplished starts with the Passion Week and extends into the week beyond Easter Sunday, walking kids through the immediate aftermath of the Resurrection and unpacking the implications of Jesus’ death and resurrection for our own lives. Each devotion takes just ten minutes and is suitable for children of all ages. Included are suggestions for hymns to sing and family activities that give you a chance to remember and apply the truth that Christ is risen indeed!
By Carine MacKenzie and Philip Ross
For Ages 4-5
My 1st Books and More is a compilation from the My 1st Book series by Carine MacKenzie and Philip Ross. Consolidating the content from several titles in one resource, My 1st Books and More gives parents a comprehensive study tool from which to teach children Christian values, the Gospel, the nature of God, the Psalms, and prayers from Scripture. Presented in a devotional-style question and answer format, My 1st Books and More contains more than a year’s worth (371) of questions and answers for parents to discuss with young children. (Not intended for independent reading by children; this book is for families to share God-centered, Christ-honoring, character-building teaching.)
By David Murray, Illustrated by Scotty Reifsnyder
For Ages 6-12
Navigating the Bible isn't always easy, especially for young students of God's Word. Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids helps parents guide children ages 6–12 through the Bible over the course of one year while helping them establish a framework for reading and studying the Bible that will last a lifetime.
Exploring the Bible is designed around the theme of "exploring" and presents an achievable reading plan in the form of "expeditions" that follow the overarching story of God's Word from Genesis to Revelation. Not every book or verse of Scripture is read in the course of the plan, but each week, key "snapshots" of Scripture are suggested for memory work. Discussion questions and prayer points support each day's reading, and space is provided for sermon notes and reflections each Sunday. Following the reading plan, children will establish an important habit of daily time with God's Word.
by Nancy Guthrie, Illustrated by Jenny Brake
For Ages 3-7
Best-selling author Nancy Guthrie and much loved illustrator Jenny Brake team up on this biblical theology of prayer for children. Nancy explains in child-friendly language what prayer is, how and why we should pray, and the things we can pray about. There is a Bible verse for each topic, and a prayer for children to make their own. What Every Child Should Know about Prayer will introduce children to the gift of prayer and will encourage them to enjoy personal communion with God.
by Marty Machowski
For Ages 5-11
Prepare Him Room is a four-week Advent devotional written for the entire family. There are three studies for each week of Advent. The studies include readings, a crafts that reinforce the lessons, family activities, an original Christmas story, and lyrics to popular Christmas songs that parents can teach their children, including Away in a Manger and Silent Night. Prepare Him Room traces God’s redemptive plan by exploring both the prophecies that foretold of Christ’s coming and the fulfillment of those same prophecies as they point to the second advent of Jesus as King.
by Carl Laferton
For Ages 3-6
Take your young child on a journey that begins in God’s beautiful creation and ends in a renewed world where there is “nothing bad” and “no one sad.” The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross: The True Story of Why Jesus Died and Rose Again is a beautifully illustrated oversized picture book for three-to six-year-olds that brilliantly explains the Gospel in language young children will easily understand.
With exceptional clarity and simplicity, The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross explains how sin entered the world and fractured our relationship with God, how the temple curtain symbolized separation from God for generations, and how Jesus reopened the way back to God—and back to a renewed garden where we’ll enjoy God’s fellowship forever.
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