20 of the Best Christian Books for Kids

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Finding the best Christian books for kids has been a passion of mine for many years. Finding useful Christian children’s books takes time and effort. But watching your child start understanding biblical truth and Bible stories is highly worth the effort and a great way to teach Biblical principles.

I’ve been obsessed with kid books long before I held my little baby in my arms. Long before I held my education degree in my hand, and long before I entered my first classroom as a teacher.

When I moved into my first home with my husband, I warned him that the only thing that was not negotiable was my books. Those were staying no matter what. Likewise, he warned me his rifle and bear picture over the kitchen table was staying. Marital compromise at its finest!

Best Christian Books for Kids

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Christian Books for Children

Every book you have on your shelf is trying to communicate something.

What are the values and morals that you most want to influence your child?

I’m writing this post in 2020, which it is safe to say will go down in the history books as a very turbulent year. Biblical morals and values are attacked daily around the world.

Being a godly mother in an ungodly world and raising godly children, isn’t a picnic in the park! Finding the best Christian books for kids with good morals and foundations can make a significant impact on your child as you prepare them for a very uncertain world.

If Your Kid Doesn’t Like Christian Books

I have heard a lot of Christian parents say that their children don’t like ‘Christian’ books. For young readers, that is completely understandable. In an age that is fast-paced, and filled with alluring Disney and Nickelodeon characters, biblical characters or morals can seem a little boring. Let me encourage you with the reminder of Proverbs 22:6,

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

You don’t have to find all the best Christian books for kids, but find a few that are helpful for your child and family culture and then use them! If you are specifically looking for chapter books, here is another useful resource with read-aloud books for kindergarten. These chapter books were specifically picked for older kids, but I have found that even my younger children love being read aloud to in any format, including chapter books.

A great option for kids who are having a harder time with Christian books is to find a subscription box! They certainly do not have to be expensive and have great Christian books for children. The one I like the best is called HelloBible and uses crafts and activities to elaborate a bible story.

Image of the Hello Bible subscription box

The Best Christian Books for Kids

Books are just stinkin’ awesome. Especially books that emphasize God’s Word and teach a purposeful lesson!

They are a way to engage children in worlds and teachings that are colorful and purposeful.

It’s more important than ever to choose what our children are exposed to. Make it books and images that are encouraging and uplifting. Finding a good book to start your day, or end the day with your children is a great way to encourage simple living and inspire young readers and the many unique ways that books can impact our lives.

Best Christian Books for Toddlers

Building a library of good books starts with those simple but powerful messages for babies and toddlers. These are board books with a poem-like structure that teaches biblical morals and values.

“Be Still” captured my toddler’s attention and we have used it as a bedtime book many times. It uses Psalms 46:10 to remind readers that God is in control during turbulent times. Younger kids will be captured by these books’ simple messages and each has a talented graphic designer who creates stunning illustrations.

The second book on this list has such a valuable lesson for little ones to learn. It’s a staple in our home and we love reading it when my toddlers are young. The book was inspired by the real life of Samantha Crawford, whose life is depicted in the movie “Unconditional.” It is a great book for spiritual growth in young children and older kids alike.

  1. “Be Still” by Kathryn O’Brien
  2. Firebird by Brent McCorkle & Amy Parker
  3. Jesus is with Me
  4. ABC Bible Verses for Little Ones

Gospel-Centered Books for Children

Some books communicate more hard-hitting truth than others. These three are a bit deeper in their lessons but still simple enough for the early years. They are great family books to keep in mind as you teach your children gospel-centered truths.

These three books communicate gospel truths for pre-readers easily and understandably.

“Wow! The Gospel in Four Words” also comes with free resources from Tyndale to help further the gospel teaching.

  1. “Wow! The Gospel in Four Words” by Dandi Daley Mackall
  2. “The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village” by Francis Chan
  3. “Don’t Blame the Mud” by Marty Machowski
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Best Christian Kid Books with Parable Lessons

There are so many books out there with parable lessons. These types of books may be more suitable for those older ‘young ones’.

  1. “The Parable of the Lily” by Liz Curtis Higgs
  2. “The Legend of the Three Threes” by Catherine McCafferty
  3. “It will be Okay” by Lysa TerKeurst
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Best Bibles for Children

Bibles for kids can be tricky business! You don’t want them to miss the truth of the Bible, but they also need to be engaging and age-appropriate.

These two bibles I really cannot recommend these enough. The Jesus Story Book Bible presents gospel truths after each story. It points the reader back to the truth every story whispers his name. Find more free resources for the Jesus Storybook Bible at Sally-Lloyd’s website.

The Promises of God Storybook Bible is another powerful bible to put in the hands of a child. These biblical stories emphasize God’s love for us.

Both of these books are recommended for about 2-7-year-olds, but I have found that they are customizable for a variety of ages.

  1. “The Jesus Storybook Bible” by Sally Lloyd-Jones & Jago
  2. “The Promises of God Storybook Bible” by Jennifer Lyell
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Find more options for story Bibles through the link below.

Devotionals for Pre-Readers

Honestly, I have been trying to kick off consistent family devotions for some time now. We did bits and pieces, here and there, but then I read this little gem from a Pastor that I work with and was reinspired to set aside a consistent family devotional time.

But it was still hard.

We’ve been doing a variety of talks, including listening to an audiobook devotional in the car on our way to work and school. Max Lucado’s “Grace for the Moment” has worked well for us in that situation and I love that there are both adult and kids versions of the same devotional.

  1. The One-Year Devotionals for Preschoolers” by Crystal Bowman
  2. “Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science” by Louie Gilglio
  3. “Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotionals for Kids” by Max Lucado

More family devotionals and ideas for the Christian faith can be found through the button below.

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Christian Books for Children with a Comforting Message

Not all of the best Christian books for kids have to communicate a hard-hitting truth. We all need messages at times that just wrap us in the comforting love of Jesus. Here are some favorites that do just that.

  1. “I couldn’t Love you More” by Jason Ingram & Matt Hammitt
  2. “When I Pray for You” by Matthew Paul Turner – this particular book is one of my favorites and makes a great gift for a baby shower!
  3. “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin
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The Best Christian Kid Books that Talk about Creation

These next three books are some of the most poetic books in my kid’s library.

I just love them.

They communicate beautiful truths about God’s stunning creation, have beautiful illustrations, and capture a child’s attention well.

  1. “Who Sang the First Song” by Ellie Holcomb
  2. “When God Made the World” Matthew Paul Turner
  3. “Don’t Forget to Remember” by Ellie Holcomb
Three book covers of the best Christian kid books that talk about creation.

Some of the best books that I have found for my kids come from the publishing company New Growth Press. This is a publishing company that I trust to provide books that line up with solid theology and Biblical truths.

The Best Christian Books for Kids About Dinosaurs

Looking for an adventure story? What’s better than a book about dinosaurs? There are so many good books about dinosaurs for those that claim a young earth theory. The best place to find resources on Christian books for dinosaurs is “Answers in Genesis .”

They have more than just dinosaur books though. Their Answers for Kids collection is a must-have for every Christian family!

  1. “Dinosaurs for Kids” by Ken Ham – Ages 9 and up
  2. “Dinosaurs for Little Kids” by Ken Ham – Ages 3-9
  3. “Dinosaurs: Stars of the Show” by Amie Zordel

Other Fantastic Christian Children’s Books

I know this list is not comprehensive, so what are some of those that you consider the best Christian books for kids?

Is your favorite on this list? I’d love to hear from you!

Some other books to consider for building your Christian kid book library are listed below.

You can find all these favorites and more on my Amazon storefront in my Kids Books section!

  1. “What is God Like” by Beverly Lewis
  2. “A Hat for Ivan” by Max Lucado
  3. “God’s Very Good Idea” by Catalina Echeverri Trillia J. Newbell
  4. “Princess Gigi” by Sheila Walsh
  5. “Will, God’s Mighty Warrior” by Sheila Walsh – This particular book is great for little boys! The main character is a little boy named Will who learns around the Armor of God and the power of fighting for what is right.

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4 thoughts on “20 of the Best Christian Books for Kids”

  1. I do like the values that kids learn from Christian books. My mom used to buy Christian children’s books when my kids were little, and I accumulated quite a few.

  2. I didn’t grow up in the church so I wasn’t exposed to Christian books growing up, but these are great for children. Thanks for providing these. I’ve pinned it

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