Devotional Books for Children

 

 My sister Jennifer is back! ——-> 

            “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  II Timothy 3:16, 17 (NKJV) 

 Jennifer writes:

 These familiar verses are favorites of mine, but the verses that come before these touch my heart as a mom. 

In II Timothy 3:14 and 15, Paul says to Timothy, “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 

 Timothy had been taught Biblical truth even as a young child, and in the first chapter of II Timothy, we are told about the influence of Timothy’s grandmother and mother on his life. 

Paul says , “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”  II Timothy 1:5

 What an impact a mother’s faith can have on the life of her children!  It is so important to be teaching the truths of the Holy Scriptures to our young children.  There is nothing of greater importance as a mom than to show our little ones the way of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 

            There are many resources that we can use to share the truths of God’s Word with our children.  I choose devotional books that are Biblically accurate and age-appropriate.  Some teach  favorite Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments while others teach Biblical doctrine.  Our nightly reading times start with our devotional reading, followed by each child praying, and ending with a chapter from a fiction book.  My children and I look forward to this time every night and are disappointed if something prevents us from sharing this time together. 

Here are my recommendations for Bible devotional books:

 

The Baby Bible Storybook by Robin Currie – My husband and I purchased this book a week before our first baby was born, and it is perfect for infants and toddlers!  It is a board book, and the stories have activities and motions for the child to act out which holds their attention.  For example, in the story of Noah’s ark, the child pretends to hammer the ark, claps his hands when the door of the ark closes, and wiggles his fingers to show how the rain fell.  Each story ends with a simple prayer that you can say with your child.

 

My Goodnight Bible by Susan Lingo – The short sentences, rhythm, and rhyme in these stories work well for toddlers and preschoolers.  There is a Bible verse and prayer of application with every story.  This book holds children’s attention by asking questions about the illustrations like, “Who is giving the man a drink?  Point to the man.”  My children’s favorite part about this book was taking turns guessing the “Bible Word” for the night which helped them remember the main theme of the story.  I could tell as I was reading that they were thinking about what the main lesson was in the story.  It helped them focus and listen!

 A Child’s First Bible by Kenneth N. Taylor – Although small in size, surprisingly this book contains 125 Bible stories.  The stories only have five or six sentences and are geared toward preschoolers.  I liked how the stories were ordered chronologically and  flowed into each other as they do in the Bible.  It contains some less familiar stories from the Old Testament like Absalom striving for King David’s throne, Naaman being healed, King Joash rebuilding the temple, and Hezekiah destroying idols. 

 

Family Bible Library by V. Gilbert Beers, Ph.D., Th.D. – This is a ten volume set, and each volume contains 30 stories.  This is the resource that I have used the most with my children, and  I believe that we have read through the whole set three times together.  They are wonderful for elementary age children.  The stories are detailed and are followed by short history or geography lessons about Biblical times.  The questions that follow the stories help children to think about what was read and apply it to their lives.  Often the questions lead children to examine themselves in regards to their own faith and the gospel. 

My parents purchased these books from a college student who came to their door selling them in the 1970’s, and our mom read these to me and my sisters when we were growing up.  Unfortunately, this set is out of print, but there are a few used sets available on-line. 

 

A Faith to Grow On by John MacArthur – This book is a wonderful tool to teach Biblical theology and doctrine to your children.  Twelve main topics are covered in this book: God, Creation, Sin, Bible, Jesus, Salvation, Worship, Prayer, Church, Forgiveness, Evangelism, and Heaven. It answers questions like “Is there only one God?”, “Is the Bible true?”, and “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers right away?”  Each devotional shares the answer to questions like these, gives key verses to read, talks about life application, shares an added activity to do, and ends with a prayer starter. 

 

Character Sketches (Volume I and II) by the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts, Inc. – This is what I am currently reading to my children for our devotions, and I have been pleased that the content is deeper than other books that we have used and holds the interest of my almost 11 year-old and 13 year-old.  Each story begins with a character trait illustrated in the world of nature by telling about an amazing animal in God’s creation.  These essays are then followed by a Bible story that also illustrates the same character trait.  These books were given to me by my in-laws.

 

The 12 Ways of Christmas by David Jeremiah – This book was given to us by our church’s youth director, and we enjoy reading one devotional for each of the twelve nights leading up to Christmas.  The twelve truths in this book, like wonder, giving, humility, and simplicity, help us focus on the true meaning of Christmas during the busy, holiday season.

            I hope that you and your children will find a quiet time to spend together learning about God’s word.  There is nothing better that you could devote your time to with your children!

~ Jennifer

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Wonderful Jen! Thank you!!!

Two of our favorite little people Bibles were “The Jesus Storybook Bible – Every story whispers his name” and “The Big Picture Story Bible” published by Crossway. I also loved the Baby Story Bible you mentioned above – those were precious days!

 

 Now Alex (age 9) and Alexis (age 7) each read out of their Adventure Bibles and we read daily out of our Family Reading Bible.

 

 Alex just purchased the One Year Sports Devotional for kids with his own money – that blessed this mama’s heart to see him spend his own hard earned money on something worthwhile like a devotional! We also have the Character Sketches Volume 1 which the children love!

Chime in: What are some of your favorite devotionals for kids?

Walk with the King,

Comments

  1. says

    Courtney and Jennifer,

    My goodness, God answered my prayer pretty fast tonight! I JUST blogged and asked if anyone knew of biblically based books to read to my 9 month old! And here is your post in my reader. God is good, thank you for this VERY timely post, ladies!

    Have a blessed week!

    Peggy

    • says

      Thank you – will add to book we just goy today in the series FOR KIDS of the CASE for CHRIST case for EASTER and case for CREATION for kids (adult versions great too,) Also available is devotional for 90 days from Case for Christ for kids AND a book called GET OFF MY CASE which gives kids 12 scenarios in which faith is defended My husband and I can’t wait to read them as we’ll!

  2. Jenifer says

    I love A Faith to Grow On by John MacArthur, Dangerous Devotions and More Dangerous Devotions by Jackie Perseghetti, and I’m starting the Secret Keeper Girl series by Dannah Gresh w/ my 11 y.o. daughter.

  3. ANAstasia's Mama says

    Thanks for posting! We super love the “Read and Share” bible for our 3 yo, ANAstasia. Also, “The One Year DEVOTIONS for Preschoolers” is great. The “Character Sketches” books look great! I’d also like to check out David Jeremiah’s “12 Ways of Christmas.” “What an impact a mother’s faith can have on the life of her children! It is so important to be teaching the truths of the Holy Scriptures to our young children. There is nothing of greater importance as a mom than to show our little ones the way of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. ” AMEN!! <3

  4. says

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been looking for new ideas. I also highly recommend Leading Little Ones To God, by Marian Schoolland. I have read through this book a few times with my two little boys and it has always kept their interest. It explains profound Biblical truths in a way that is gentle and easy for children to understand.

  5. says

    I grew up on Character Sketches! I still love those stories- and we have Baby Bible and the Baby Bible New Testament. My toddler loves those books. Excellent suggestions here.

  6. Stephanie says

    We also loved the Jesus Storybook Bible for the little years! Our church is even using a curriculum by Tim Keller based on it for our VBS this summer. The Early Reader’s Bible was great when our 7 year old just learned to read–he felt so BIG reading his own Bible. Right now we are going through God’s Names by Sally Michael with our 5 and 7 year old boys. It makes this mama’s heart sing to hear her boys call God by his many holy names!

  7. Veronica says

    My husband started reading My Good Night Bible to our girls while I was pregnant with them. He wanted to have something good to associate his voice with. We used My Good Night Bible for a long time (we currently have our 3rd copy in our home library). My 7 year old still likes to read it every once in while-especially to younger cousins that visit.

  8. jackie says

    Thank you for this! I’ve struggled to find good devotional type books to use with my kids at their young age and see a couple on this page that I want to use :-) What a great resource!

  9. says

    Definitely second the Jesus Storybook Bible for ALL ages! We also like Zondervan’s The Story (there are several versions for different age groups), ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt and the Beginning Readers Bible from Thomas Nelson.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
    a

  10. Darla says

    I used Not-So-Quiet Times: 240 Family Devotions Based on the Words of Jesus [Paperback]
    Tracy Harrast & Not-so-Quiet Times 2 with my children. They are good for covering a range of ages & there is a small/quick craft or activity to help remember the lesson! Still remember and or have some of the items & remember the lesson :) The devotions were still quite short which made it easier for busy schedules…. it seems the books are out of print but did find some used ones on Amazon.

  11. Shonda says

    We use My First Hands on Bible from Tyndale with our 3 year old. It’s actually a Bible and there are actions to go along with all the stories. It’s perfect for preschoolers. Here’s a link to my review: http://jsknowlton.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-hands-on-bible-review.html. We also read from Arthur Maxwell- The Bible Story (10 volume set). It’s a little above my son, but I like the writing and it’s somewhat “classical literature.” When they are older I want to use Keys for Kids. But right now we are also reading one verse a day this summer from the Bible. So many possibilities!

  12. Carissa says

    We have used a few of the ones mentioned. Our homeschool curriculum came with “Leading Little Ones to God” which we have only used a little so far, but it looks like a really good one!! Thanks for the reviews on some that I haven’t heard of before!

  13. says

    Thanks!

    I’m going to check out the Family Reading Bible.

    I’ve added a cute basket to our kitchen table. It holds a bible, conversation starter book and some small devotionals. It has been a huge help in helping me remember to open the Word when we sit down to eat.

    Love this post!

  14. says

    We love Leading Little Ones to God, and all of the Miller books. My kids never forget a story once I have read it out of the Miller books. Wisdom and the Millers is our personal favorite, but we also love Prudence and the Millers.
    For older kids, try The Scripture Sleuth. Mysteries to solve using a Bible verse…these are way cool!! I let my kids team up to solve the mystery.

  15. says

    One we love for our toddlers/children is; My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts.
    http://www.amazon.com/My-ABC-Bible-Verses-Hiding/dp/1581340052/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341975114&sr=1-1&keywords=my+abc+bible+verses+hiding+god%27s+word+in+little+hearts

    And right now we are using Jesus Calling for Kids. We like this one as well. My 6 year old loves that I start out by making a ringing sound and make them say “Hello” before I’ll start. I think my 8 year old likes it too but she makes sure I know that she thinks I’m silly. :)

  16. Charity says

    When our kids were little, like elementary school age, we were given a copy of My Bedtime Anytime Storybook by V. Gilbert Beers. http://www.amazon.ca/Bedtime-Anytime-Storybook-Gilbert-Beers/dp/0785277250 Our children enjoyed having the short stories read to them each night at bedtime. Our oldest daughter even requested that we find a copy for her when she got pregnant with our first grandchild. The book uses the same set of animal characters throughout the book to tell stories that have a moral lesson.

  17. Shauna says

    I read a touch and see bible to my 3 month old.I place her hand on the different textures so she can feel them and she loves the bright colors. :]

  18. Mandy says

    This summer, my son is doing Becoming God’s Champion, an inductive Bible study on 2 Timothy by Kay Arthur. He has just finished the first chapter, but we are really liking it. It says it is for ages 8-12. He is 8 and it does push him to dig deeper, but that’s what I was looking for. There is a whole series, and I let him choose which book he wanted to do first…he jumped right to this one with its sports theme. I’m sure we will do more in this series later on.
    http://www.christianbook.com/becoming-gods-champion-kay-arthur/9780736925945/pd/925945?product_redirect=1&Ntt=925945&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

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