Posts Tagged "Top Ten Christian Books For Kids"

This Month in the Middle (October 2009)

This Month in the Middle WideEach month this entry provides a categorized listing of the posts from the prior month. So, here is the (slightly delayed) “This Month in the Middle”for October 2009! Make sure you check out our Index Page as well.

Top Ten Christian Books for Kids Series

Come Ye’ Children Synopsis

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Honorable Mention (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten Honorable MentionLast week I finished a ten part series reviewing the Top Ten Christian Books for Kids.  The hardest part of putting together the Top Ten Christian Books for Kids was deciding which books weren’t going to make the cut.  So, I put together this Honorable Mention list of the next ten books I considered for the list.  I will limit my input on each one to a sentence or so along with a link to and there description of the Book.

11. Little Blessings

Little BlessingsThis series includes various books which tell the story of the Bible in rhyme for young Children.  Each book includes scripture references at the back for your reference.  Here are some on the books in this series:

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#1 – ESV Children’s Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #1Call me crazy, but a Bible had to be #1 on any list of the best Christian books for kids, and this particular version does not disappoint.  I bought a copy of the ESV Study Bible last October when it first came out, and the ESV has quickly become my favorite translation of the Bible.  I’m actually on my third time through it now!  I was excited to see a copy of the ESV in a Children’s Bible as well.  Although it is a little more difficult reading than a translation like the NIrV, I want to challenge my kids, and this Bible is a great translation for that!

It does not have all the “bells and whistles” throughout the text like the NIrV Adventurers Bible which came in number four on this list, but I had to give the nod to this version as I think it more accurately reflects the Word of God.  It does include over 200 wonderful full page illustrations along with scripture verses  to help kids picture what things must have been like in Biblical times.  Also, like other Crossway publications, including the ESV Study Bible, the additional information and articles added at the front and back of the Bible are superb!  They include:

  • The Bible God’s Message to Us
  • What The Bible Says About Itself
  • How To Use the Bible
  • About This Bible
  • Who Is God?  What Is God Like?
  • God Makes Himself Known
  • God Chooses a People for Himself
  • The Ten Commandments
  • From Old to New Testament
  • Jesus” God’s Righteous Son
  • Good News!
  • The Gospel of Jesus
  • What Is Salvation?
  • Salvation Explained
  • Sanctification: Becoming More Like Jesus
  • The Fight of Faith
  • The Promises of God
  • Go Into All the World
  • How Will You Respond to What You Have Read?
  • Bible Reading Tips
  • Bible Reading Plan
  • Learning to Pray
  • Bible Memory
  • Dictionary
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#2 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #2Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, The Jesus Storybook Bible is quickly becoming a classic in world of Children’s Bible Stories, and for good reason.  The book is written in the form of a storybook, and every story points to Jesus.  Sally Lloyd-Jones does a masterful job of showing how the Bible, a collection of 66 books, is actually one story, and it’s all about Jesus.  You can’t ask for much more in a book for your kids.  Next to the Bible itself (which is the only reason this book is not #1 on my list – hint, hint for the next post), I have found this book to be the single best resource for teaching my kids the story of the Bible.  I also know of numerous Children’s Ministries that use this book in their weekly teachings.  I am not exaggerating when I say that I think any Christian who has children should own this book and read it to them regularly!

The book is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated to draw kids into the stories from the Bible.  Of all the story Bibles for younger children I have ever read (and I’ve been through a lot of them) I enjoy reading from this one the most.  It is written in such a way that it draws you in and rather than just reading an account to your kids, it makes you the storyteller no matter how good you are at it!

Jesus Story Book BibleWith the launch of a new edition of the book which includes an audio reading by David Suchet, the Jesus Storybook Bible now has its own website at:

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#3 – Growing With Jesus (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #3I enjoyed, and enjoy, this book so much, that I’ve already devoted an entire post to it called Best Devotional Book for Kids. Rather than re-create the wheel for this Top Ten list, here is what I had to say in the prior post:

I don’t recommend things lightly on this blog, but I was at my local Lifeway store last night looking through the Children’s Devotional section, and I was reminded of the best such book I have ever read with my kids.  The name of the book is Growing With Jesus by Andy Holmes.  I found the book quite by accident.  I ordered it from one of those fund raisers that comes home from school with the kids without ever having seen the inside.  That is a bit of a scary prospect when it comes to any so called “Christian Literature” especially of the Kid’s variety because you never know what you’re going to get!

Fortunately, this book did not disappoint, and I comend it to any parent or Children’s Ministry worker to read with their kids.  From Devotion #1 – “You’re God’s Special Project” to Devotion #100 – “Jesus is Coming Back,” this book affirms, eddifies, teaches and challenges kids and the adults reading with them.  Each devotional offer a Bible Verse, Thoughts to Grow On which explores the verse, Today which offers the kids actions they can take today related to the devotional, and My Amazing World which gives the kids an interesting factoid.  Each devotional is two pages and includes illustrations which keep the kids interest.  For example, my kids were constantly looking for the devotionals with the pictures from the front cover!  Last time we read through this book, my kids were 6 and 4.  We are starting in again this week, they are now 8, 6 and 2.  They love the book, and the devotions spark even deeper conversations.   As a parent I love that they love the book, and I find myself learning from it as well.

Growing With JesusHere is what has to say about Growing With Jesus:

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