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Building a Library of Christian Books for Children in the Early Years

Finding quality Christian books for children has been my passion for many years. Finding the best Christian kid books takes time and effort. But watching your child start understanding biblical truth is highly worth the effort.

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!

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Biblical Values in 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 Christian books for children 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 child doesn’t like ‘Christian’ books. It 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)

A great option for kids that 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

Best Christian Kid 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.

“Be Still” by Kathryn O’Brien

Firebird by Brent McCorkle & Amy Parker

Don’t Forget to Remember by Ellie Holcomb

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

“Wow! The Gospel in Four Words” by Dandi Daley Mackall

“The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village” by Francis Chan

“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.

“The Parable of the Lily” by Liz Curtis Higgs

“The Legend of the Three Threes” by Catherine McCafferty

“It will be Okay” by Lysa TerKeurst

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Best Bibles for Young Children

Bibles for kids can be tricky business! You don’t want them missing the truth of the bible, but they also need to be engaging and age-appropriate. These two bibles I really cannot recommend 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.

“The Jesus Storybook Bible” by Sally Lloyd-Jones & Jago

“The Promises of God Storybook Bible” by Jennifer Lyell

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Christian Books for Children with a Comforting Message

Not all Christian books 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.

“I couldn’t Love you More” by Jason Ingram & Matt Hammitt

“When I Pray for You” by Matthew Paul Turner

“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 kids library. I just love them. They communicate beautiful truths about God’s stunning creation, have beautiful illustrations, and captures a child’s attention well.

“Who Sang the First Song” by Ellie Holcomb

“When God Made the World” Matthew Paul Turner

“Don’t Forget to Remember” by Ellie Holcomb

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Books 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 .”

The Answers Book for Kids Complete Set

Other Fantastic Christian Children Books

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

“What is God Like” by Beverly Lewis

“A Hat for Ivan” by Max Lucado

“God’s Very Good Idea” by Catalina Echeverri Trillia J. Newbell

“Princess Gigi” by Sheila Walsh

“Will, God’s Mighty Warrior” by Sheila Walsh