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#10 – Arch Series Books (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #10Welcome to the very first installment of the Top Ten Christian Books for Kids.  I wasn’t entirely sure where to start this series until I looked on the top of my bookshelf.  Sitting on top of another set of books are about fifty to seventy-five little paper cover books that rank among my, and my kids, favorites when it comes to Bible stories.  Over the years, we have accumulated many of the books from the Arch series.

The arch series web site can be found Concordia Publishing House. By my count, they have well over 100 different books available.  Each book tells a Bible story in unique rhyming narratives that help to make the stories more memorable for children.  In addition to being great to read to younger children, they also make excellent books for your early readers.  Space prohibits me all the books in this series, but some of my favorite books in the series include:

  • The Story of Creation
  • The First Brothers
  • Noah’s 2-By-2 Adventure
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Tried and True Job
  • Baby Jesus Is Born
  • Star of Wonder
  • When Jesus Was Born
  • He’s Risen! He’s Alive!
  • The Day Jesus Died
  • Jesus Returns to Heaven
  • Jesus Calms the Storm
  • What’s For Lunch?
  • Jesus and the Family Trip
  • The Coming of the Holy Spirit
  • Zacchaeus
  • Twelve Who Followed Jesus
  • Saul’s Conversion
  • Moses’ Dry Feet
  • The Springy, Slingy Sling
  • The Lost Coin
  • The Lord’s Prayer

Arch BooksAt roughly $2.00 – $2.50 per book (depending on where you find them), they are certainly not cost prohibitive.  This link is to The Ten Commandments on Christianbook.com, but if you search for Arch Books, you’re certain to find a whole lot more.

Here’s what Christianbook.com has to say about this series:

“For more than 35 years, the best-selling Arch ® Books Bible story series has captivated children. Each book presents a complete Bible story in a fun-to-read way children can understand and remember.”

They list the age range as 5 to 9 years old which is just about right given my experience.  I have found that kids younger than 5 will also enjoy these books!

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