Blog Latest Posts

Blog Recommended Reading List for Kids

Recommended Reading List for Kids


For Christian parents, introducing their children to God’s Word should be even more foundational than helping them learn their ABCs. Truth For Life recommends the following books for children of all ages to enjoy as they learn more about God and the Bible. The selections include Bible narratives, family devotionals, and tales about heroes of the faith.


Jesus-Storybook-BibleWeb

 

Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrated by Jago available from Zonderkidz

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…

(more)

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.

everything-a-child-2-1

 

Everything a Child Should Know About God
by Kenneth N. Taylor, Illustrated by Jenny Brake available from 10Publishing

For Ages 3-7

Everything a Child Should Know About God introduces children to the most important biblical truths of the Christian faith. Author…

(more)

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.

BestBookWeb

 

My Best-Ever Book of Bible Stories
by Phil A. Smouse available from Barbour Books

For Ages 5-8

Award-winning author and illustrator PhiI A. Smouse presents the truth of Scripture to young children through fun, brightly illustrated…

(more)

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.

EveryoneAChildShouldKnow-opt

 

Everyone a Child Should Know
by Clare Heath-Whyte, Illustrated by Jenny Brake available from 10Publishing

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…

(more)

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.

ToughQuestionsWeb

 

Tough Questions About the Bible
by Joel R. Beeke available from CF4Kids

For Ages 8-13

Teenagers—and particularly middle schoolers—have a knack for asking the hard questions. As parents, grandparents, or teachers, we may…

(more)

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.

MissionAccomplished_Web

 

Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional
by Scott James available from New Growth Press

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…

(more)

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!

My1stBooksMore

 

My 1st Books and More
by Carine MacKenzie and Philip Ross available from CF4Kids

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…

(more)

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.)

ExploringTheBibleRender_Web

 

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids
by David Murray, Illustrated by Scotty Reifsnyder available from Crossway

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 

(more)

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.

everything-a-child-2-1

 

What Every Child Should Know about Prayer
by Nancy Guthrie, Illustrated by Jenny Brake available from 10Publishing

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…

(more)

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.

November_PrepareHimRoomBook_Web

 

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional
by Marty Machowski available from New Growth Press

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…

(more)

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. 

April2020_GardenCurtainCross02_Web

 

The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross
by Carl Laferton available from The Good Book Company

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…

(more)

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.

May2021_TheGodContest_Cover

 

The God Contest: The True Story of Elijah, Jesus, and the Greatest Victory
by Carl Laferton, Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri available from The Good Book Company

For Ages 3-6

The book The God Contest: The True Story of Elijah, Jesus, and the Greatest Victory invites young school-age children to learn about the…

(more)

For Ages 3-6

The book The God Contest: The True Story of Elijah, Jesus, and the Greatest Victory invites young school-age children to learn about the prophet Elijah and his contest with the prophets of Baal—which ended in victory. The author uses this engaging story to fast-forward to another victory—Jesus’ victory over sin and death on the cross.

Young children will enjoy the bright, colorful illustrations and the charming, energetic characters that bring this ancient story (from 1 Kings 18:16-40) to life. Using language kids will easily understand, the author tells how Team Baal frantically gives their best effort against Team Yahweh at Mount Carmel. The God Contest then leaps forward several centuries to the final God contest and Jesus’ ultimate victory on Mount Zion. In both contests, not everyone liked the results, and some who’d initially rallied around the victorious hero quickly lost interest. It’s a poignant reminder of how easily some reject the Gospel or gradually turn from faith.

Sept2021_BibleStoriesEveryChildShouldKnow_Web

 

Bible Stories Every Child Should Know
by Kenneth Taylor, Illustrated by Jenny Brake available from 10Publishing

For Ages 3-7

Best-selling author Kenneth Taylor was well-known for his faithful retelling of Bible stories in a way which engaged young children.…

(more)

For Ages 3-7

Best-selling author Kenneth Taylor was well-known for his faithful retelling of Bible stories in a way which engaged young children. This newly illustrated collection of more than 120 Bible stories from his Classic Bible Storybook presents the truths of the whole Bible in a language that is understandable for kids. Each story has 3–4 comprehension questions to help children easily grasp Biblical concepts. Reading this book will help young ones love stories of the Bible and may even help adults fall in love again with God's Word.


Copyright © 2021, Truth For Life. All rights reserved.

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.