Are you looking for some good solid literature recommendations which would be wonderful resources to add to your home library? I have received the question on numerous occasions and have compiled a list of high quality literature that will inspire your little tots towards godly living, building Christian character, and inspiring a love for giving and service. I hope you find this helpful! These are all excellent investments for birthdays and Christmas and will certainly be treasured for a lifetime.
Fool Moon Rising by Kristi & T. Lively Fluharty – One of our true favorites! It’s a crime of cosmic proportions: the moon is stealing the sun’s glory! This rhyming, rollicking tale teaches children the importance of humility and the dangers of pride.
Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd Jones – The best Bible for little ones that we have found! Extremely sound and yet rich with insight as it traces God’s story throughout the Bible and how Jesus is seen in each story. Highly recommend!
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt – The sweet folklore story of three trees that dream about what they will become one day. They become key tools in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado – A touching story about a disabled lamb who finds he has a special purpose and place in this world. Check out other excellent stories by Max Lucado – All You Ever Need, Because I Love You. All of these titles can also be purchased in the Max Lucado Treasury.
The Christian Mother Goose Book by Marjorie Ainsborough Decker – another favorite in our house with a sweet God-centered adaption of the Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Karis loves: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, God has placed you where you are.”
Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God’s Gift of Purity by Jennie Bishop – A young princess learns the value of saving her first kiss for the right man. Check out the companion study guide that teaches valuable life lessons about purity. The Squire and the Scroll is the young boy’s version (although Karis loves this one too!) about learning to live your life in light of God’s Word.
The Three Gifts of Christmas by Jennie Bishop is a sequel of sorts to the Princess and the Kiss, where the young princess learns the important truth that it is better to give rather than receive. An excellent addition for Christmas and all year long!
My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt – learn Bible verses and character stories that correspond with every letter of the alphabet. We have been using this while we learn our ABC’s and it has been extremely valuable for character education.
Big Truth for Little Kids by Susan Hunt
Sammy and His Shepherd by Susan Hunt – the sweet account of a little sheep called Sammy while he takes a delightful trip through Psalms 23. A picture of the precious love of our caring Lord Jesus, our Shepherd.
Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin – a child’s adaption of Pilgrim’s Progress with beautiful pictures.
Do You Want A Friend? by Noel Piper - A sweet story that helps children ages 3-7 recognize that potential friends are all around them, while reinforcing that Jesus is the best friend of all. This is a sequel to Most of All, Jesus Loves You.
The Story of St Valentine by Voice of the Martyrs – want to learn the true history of St. Valentine’s day? This series of books published by VOM are extremely well done with beautiful colorful pictures and intriguing stories. Check out: The Story of St. Patrick and The Story of St. Nicholas for holidays throughout the year. VOM also offers other Kids of Courage books covering the lives of Paul, Stephen, and Richard Wurmbrand. Highly recommended!
My First Book of Question & Answers by Carine McKenzie – This is an excellent first little book for teaching the catechism.
The Creation Story for Children by Helen Haidle – Focused on God’s wonderful handiwork in Genesis 1-2 and Psalms 139, it is one children will enjoy over and over again! Also check out: D is for Dinosaur by Ken Ham.
The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul is an allegorical story about the fall of man and Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation through the story told to Ella by her Grandma during her illness and evaluating why medicine has to taste bad in order to make us better. Other in this series: The Lightlings & The King Without A Shadow.
The True Story of Noah’s Ark – learn the true story of Noah’s Ark with beautiful imagery.
The Beautiful Girlhood Collection by Tracy Leninger – Sweet stories of the lives of great women of the past who demonstrated true femininity, courage, and virtue. Included in this series is the life of Dolly Madison, Priscilla Mullins, Sacagawea, Nan Harper.
What is God Like? By Beverly Lewis – Before a father departs for his longest business trip yet, he encourages his children to remember that, “Even when I’m not here, God is always with you.” After he leaves, the boy and his little sister spend a fun-filled day and star-filled night remembering everything their father told them about their heavenly Father. Also by this author: What is Heaven Like?
Tell Me About Heaven by Randy Alcorn – Follow 10 year old Jake who learns about the reality of Heaven after the death of his grandma.
I’ve Got a Job to Do by Dandi Daley Mackall – help children understand the importance of the Great Commission and how they can practice it in their home, school, and extended family.
Our Home Is Like A Little Church by Lindsey Blair – This little book was written to teach preschool children the Christian doctrine of the home as a place of worship where the father teaches his family God’s commands and leads them to worship the one true God.
The Beggar’s Blessing by Mark Hamby – A true story from the 1800s about a little girl who sacrificed her savings for a starving beggar. Full-color illustrations will capture the hearts of children as they learn that sacrifice is the cornerstone for surprising blessings.
God Gave Us You by Laura Dyrant – When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question–one that little “human cubs” often wonder about, too: “Where did I come from?” Mama Bear answers that “God gave us you.”
Hand Commands: The Ten Commandments for Little Ones by Ann Dunagan – Hand Commands is an easy-to-use tool to teach your children to love God’s law. It follows the most traditionally held numbering and the Biblical account from Exodus 20. This darling book can help you to train your little ones to love God and to love to follow Him.
What are your favorite godly reading materials for little ones?
Stay tuned for more recommendations for ages 8-12!