Recommended Books For Children

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Family Devotional for Everyone

Jesus the Hero Family Devotional by David Prince.

Children

Children’s Bibles

• My First Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Tyndale, 2005)—with a blue or pink cover.

• The Adventure Bible for Early Readers, New International Reader’s Version, (Zonderkidz, 2000, 2008).

• ESV Children’s Bible, English Standard Version, (Crossway, 2005,

Audio Bible

• Inspired by the Bible Experience: Old and New Testament, Audio CDs (Zondervan, 2006)—Dramatic reading of the entire New Testament in a modern version by a cast of African-American actors and pastors. A free Bible Experience podcast is available for iTunes at Zondervan’s website.

Scripture Memory

• My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts by Susan Hunt. (Crossway, 1998)—Bible verses for each letter of the alphabet. Each verse is related to life situations with an easy-to-read children’s story.

• Hide the Word: Scripture Memory Songs, Volumes 1-8, by Mark Altrogge (Forever Grateful Music)—This set of CDs puts scripture to rock tunes. This isn’t necessarily just for kids. Adults will enjoy it too.

Questions and Answers

• Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God by Susan and Richie Hunt (Crossway, 1999)—Devotional stories and application questions based on a Presbyterian version of the “Catechism for Boys and Girls.”

• My 1st Book of Questions and Answers by Carine MacKenzie (Christian Focus, 2001).

• Truth and Grace Memory Books, volumes 1-3, by Thomas K. Ascol (Founders Press, 2005)—Catechism and Scripture memory for ages 2 -18.

• The Big Book of Questions and Answers: A Family Devotional Guide to the Christian Faith by Sinclair B. Ferguson (Christian Focus, 1997.)

Prayers for Children:

• I Can Say to God, I Love You by Carine MacKenzie, Prayer Board Books series (Christian Focus, 2001)—A prayer book with prayer responses for young children that teaches them to praise God for his love and care. Other titles in this series include: I Can Say to God, Thank You; I Can Say to God, Please; I Can Say to God, I’m Sorry.

• My Thankful Heart by Sally Lloyd-Jones, (Tyndale, 2004)—An illustrated board book that teaches prayers of gratitude to children.

• My 1st Book of Bible Prayers by Philip Ross (Christian Focus, 2004)— Model prayers for children based on Bible verses.

Infants and Toddlers (ages 0-3)

* The Bible’s Big Story by James M. Hamilton Jr. (illustrated by Tessa Jones).

• Baby’s First Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, The First Bible Collection, (Reader’s Digest, 1996).

• Christian Focus’ Shaped Board Books series by Hazel Scrimshire, (Christian Focus, 1998)—Titles include Safe at Sea, The Special Baby—Jesus, Big Picnic, Safe with the Lions, The Kind Man, Big Crash, Amazing Jar of Oil, Little Rich Man, and The Singing Shepherd.

• Lift-the-flap Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Standard/Reader’s Digest, 2001). Bible Storybooks for Toddlers (age 2-3):

• A Bible Alphabet and A Bible Alphabet Activity Book by Alison Brown, (The Banner of Truth Trust, 2007).

• Read-Aloud Bible Stories, 4 volumes, by Ella K Lindvall (Moody Press, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1995).

* The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm (Crossway, 2004).

• The Toddler’s ABC Bible Storybook and 123 Bible Storybook by Carolyn Larsen (Crossway, 2007).

• Little Hands Life of Jesus by Carine Mackenzie (Christian Focus, 2008).

• I Can Say to God, I Love You by Carine MacKenzie, Prayer Board Books series (Christian Focus, 2001)—A prayer book with prayer responses for young children that teaches them to praise God for his love and care. Other titles in this series include: I Can Say to God, Thank You; I Can Say to God, Please; I Can Say to God, I’m Sorry.

• I Love My Bible! by Debby Anderson, (Crossway, 2005, 2008).

• God Knows Everything by Carine MacKenzie, Learn About God series (Christian Focus, 1999)—basic scriptures about God’s knowledge in a board book format for our youngest kids. The “Learn About God” board books also include the titles God Is Faithful, God Never Changes, God Is Everywhere, God Has Power, and God Is Kind. Some of the titles are available as coloring books.

• Most of All, Jesus Loves You! by Noel Piper, (Crossway, 2004).

Music for Toddlers:

• Songs that Jesus Said: Scripture Into Music, by Keith and Kristyn Getty (Getty Music, 2005).

• Teach Me While My Heart is Tender by Judy Rogers (Judy Rogers, 1995)—A delightful CD with songs written to help young children memorize basic biblical truths.

Preschoolers (ages 4-5)

* Mark’s Marvelous Book: Learning About Jesus Through the Gospel by Alan Mann.

* God Made All of Me by Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb (illustrated by Trish Mahoney).

• 365 Bible Stories for Young Hearts, (Crossway, 2006).

• The Christian Focus Story Bible by Carine MacKenzie (Christian Focus, 2004).

• The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every story whispers his name, by Sally Lloyd- Jones (Zondervan, 2007).

• The Life of Jesus for the Very Young by Isobel Tallach (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1982).

• This Is No Fairy Tale by Dale Tolmasoff (Crossway, 2005).

• I Believe: The Nicene Creed illustrated by Pauline Baynes, (Eerdmans, 2003).

• My Thankful Heart by Sally Lloyd-Jones, (Tyndale, 2004)—An illustrated board book that teaches prayers of gratitude to children.

• My 1st Book of Bible Prayers by Philip Ross (Christian Focus, 2004)—Model prayers for children based on Bible verses.

• Pastor Daddy by Lindsey Blair and Bobby Gilles; illustrated by Tessa Janes, (Sojourn Community Church, 2008)—a book about the Christian doctrine of the home as a “little church” where the father leads his family to worship the one true God.

Suggested Music for Preschoolers (age 4-5):

• Awesome God by Sovereign Grace Kids (Sovereign Grace Music, 2004)— A biblically faithful CD of worship music for kids.

For Grades 1-2 (ages 6-7)

* Proof Pirates: Finding the Treasure of God’s Amazing Grace, by Lindsey Blair, Timothy Paul Jones, and Jonah Sage (illustrated by Tessa Jones).

* The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung (illustrated by Don Clark).

• Carine Mackenzie’s Bibletime (illustrated by Duncan Maclaren), Bible Wise (illustrated by Fred Apps), and Bible Alive (illustrated by Jeff Anderson) series (Christian Focus Publications) contain close to forty biblically faithful and inexpensive titles including Jesus: The Promised Child.

• The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos (6th edition, Eerdmans, 2004).

• The New Children’s Bible by Anne de Vries, Illustrated by Fred Apps (Christian Focus, 2004).

• The ESV Illustrated Family Bible (Crossway, 2008)—selected passages from the ESV. This is a good bridge between a bible storybook and a children’s Bible.

• The Big Book of Questions & Answers About Jesus: A Family Guide to Jesus Life and Ministry by Sinclair B. Ferguson (Christian Focus, 2008).

• Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin, (Eerdmans, 1985)—retelling of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress in a chapter book on a 4th grade reading level. This allegory of the Christian life is appropriate for parents to read chapter by chapter to children as young as four. A DVD version is now available as well (Vision Video).

• Queen Victoria’s Request: A Story of Grace and Mercy by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, (Christian Focus, 2008).

• Tell Me About Heaven by Randy Alcorn (Crossway, 2007).

• The King Without a Shadow by R. C. Sproul (P & R, 1996).

Suggested Music for Grades 1-2 (age 6-7):

• Hide the Word: Scripture Memory Songs, Volumes 1-8, by Mark Altrogge (Forever Grateful Music)—This set of CDs puts scripture to rock tunes. This isn’t necessarily just for kids. Adults will enjoy it too.

For Grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)

* The Ology by Marty Machowski (illustrated by Andy McGuire).

* Everything a Child Should Know About God by Kenneth N. Taylor (illustrated by Jenny Brake).

• Grandpa’s Box by Starr Meade, (P & R, 2005).

• Gumtree Gully: A ‘Two Ways to Live’ Bush Yarn by Kel Richards, (Matthias Media, 2005).

• Herein is Love: A Commentary Series for Children, From Paradise to Promise Land: Genesis- Joshua, volumes 1-6, by Nancy E. Ganz, (Shepherd Press, 2002-2006).

Suggested Music for Grades 3-5 (age 8-10):

• Hide the Word: Scripture Memory Songs, Volumes 1-8, by Mark Altrogge (Forever Grateful Music)—This set of CDs puts scripture to rock tunes. This isn’t necessarily just for kids. Adults will enjoy it too.

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