Cherished Christian Children's Books
Preschool: Ages 4-6
This book includes 125 of the most common, crucial passages in the Bible which form the narrative of the Bible's message. The language is simple, the message is clear and the book is beautifully illustrated.
Stormie, known for her books about prayer, writes a book the encourages children in very simple language how to get to know God, thank him for things he does, and ask for his help in tough times. She even touches on confessing sins, praying with others, and having a relationship with Jesus that will enable their prayers to really make a difference.
Eli starts out his day feeling grumpy. But his parents help him by giving him time and space to begin learning for himself how to move from grumpy to happy.
Based on John 3:16, this little book explains just how much God loves each person. Children need to hear and understand this even at this young age.
Young children are full of interesting questions about this God who they cannot see, hear audibly, or touch. This is an excellent book to read and discuss with children. The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book. Very helpful for simple discussions.
Every child is afraid of something. This little book helps children understand that there's a real God who is there, even though they can't see Him.
Miss Fannie loves hats and has all sorts of outlandish ones. Then the pastor of her church asks her to offer one of her favorites at a church auction. She decides to part with her treasure for the cause, and finds a special reward from God. Even pre-schoolers love this story.
This book is a beautifully illustrated volume of the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful. Children love the splashy colorful illustrations of how everything throughout creation praises God, including children of all races and tongues.
A child thanks God for everything the child can possibly think of...maybe to delay bedtime...but then the last one to say good night to before a final yawn is God.
A story of nine fruits from a big tree is used to teach children about the fruits that God causes to come alive in our daily lives.
Based on Psalm 118, here is a fun story of a young girl who bursts with a spirit of thanks from her good morning kiss to the last comfortable sigh before she drifts off to sleep. A good bedtime read-aloud for the young ones.
Grandpa recalls when, as a boy, he carved a toy boat and lost it on the river. Later he finds someone has sold it in a shop. So, even though it is his, he must buy it twice. A great illustration for children of how, when Jesus died for us, we became twice his, once because he created us and once because he bought us back. Beautifully illustrated
Violet, the kitten, is trained and employed by two merchants to kill mice and "make herself useful" but she is too good-hearted to do it. She ends up living in a warm, quiet bookstore.
The Chronicles of Narnia are simplified and made into a wonderful pop up book for kids. Great idea.
This is a great book for parents to use in helping to teach their children important lessons in building a good and strong character.
Who doesn't love the veggie tales? Here is a collection of Bible stories presented through the Veggie characters.
A child is found in a sea chest washed ashore and the note from her parents says that they commit her survival to God. A loving and kind family find and raise her as their own. This story vividly illustrates God's care for even the smallest child.
This book tells 95 of the most interesting and crucial Bible stories very well. Make sure you click on the book above by Karyn Henley. There's another book by the same name and you don't want that.
A baby bluebird accidentally falls into a mama kangaroo's pouch. The kangaroo decides that, instead of throwing it out and trying to make it survive in a dangerous world, she will adopt the unlikely animal as her own. The author is trying to get across the idea that God adopted us into His family even though He could have "cast us out of the nest" and been rid of us.
Junior Asparagus' room has suddenly become a total disaster. Bob and Larry arrive to try to figure out who is the culprit. Could it be the Slobfather and his nasty gang? Kids join in solving the mystery and learn a lesson about making messes at the same time.
Patricia, of Russian descent, gets invited to the Baptist church by a sweet Black woman named Miss Eula. Then Miss Eula bakes delicious Chicken Dinners for her family and Patricia. Miss Eula is in love with an Easter hat in a Russian shop, and the children learn to make Russian folk-art style eggs that can be sold in the Russian's shop. The Russian is delighted and, as a reward, he gives them the Easter hat they want for Miss Eula. A great story about giving.
A child notices for the first time that some people are another color might ask, "Am I a color too?" This book can help young children deal with what it means to look differently, according to how God created us.
An animal story that can be used for any young child who is adopted. It provides a gentle way of explaining to the child about the adoption but reassuring him or her of your love.
Lily gets a bunch of gifts but still likes her blue kangaroo best. When her little brother sees that the kangaroo is sitting all alone, he grabs it, and Lily immediately wants it back. The story lightly explores jealousy and possessiveness very common among young children.
This is an interesting mouse story about glowing blue stones. The moral is taught by giving the child two alternate endings: one ending shows what would happen if Milo and company is selfish and greedy--the other ending shows what would happen if there is caring and unselfishness displayed. The two endings are an interesting ploy.
Not overtly Christian, the story is a heartwarming story of a family that wants to leave granny's quilt pieces behind when traveling across the frontier. Granny insists on taking them. During a cold and bitter winter the pieces of quilting end up providentially bringing warmth and peace when they are stuffed between chinks in the log house, helping them survive the winter.
An amazing true story that illustrates the importance of loyalty more than most stories could. Shep is a dog and in 1936, in the midst of the Depression, his owner dies and the body is shipped back East by train. For five years after that, Shep appeared every day, in sweltering heat, hail, and snow, at the train station waiting for his owner to return. The people around the station learned the story and they fed and took take of the dog until his death. People still stop by the gravestone of the dog who showed such love and loyalty.
Nobody knows Mr. Hatch or even notices him as he heads with his sandwich to the shoelace factory every day. But then he receives a candy-filled Valentine package with the message: Somebody loves you. This one incident completely changes Mr. Hatch. He begins to smile shyly at others, give out his candy, and even do a few kind deeds. But a few days later, the postman comes to tell him the package was delivered to the wrong address. Mr. Hatch is terribly disappointed, but then his neighbors find out and reach out to him, showing him that they care for him just as he is.
With delicate, meaningful watercolors, the first few verses of Ecclesiastes are presented on a young child's level. What better time to give a first gentle introduction to children of the cycles of the life God has given us. Many of the opposites in nature are refreshing and interested and these can be eagerly anticipated.