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For Younger Children



Best Bible Story Books for Kids

Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones

The Action Bible by Catherine DeVries  (Children who read The Action Bible learn the stories of Scripture.) 


Inviting your children to make a commitment to Jesus

Knowing God by J. John​

Knowing God read on YouTube with animation


Recommended Picture Books

Psalm 23 illustrated by Tim Ladwig (Ladwig applies the comfort and hope of Psalm 23 to the experiences of young Black children living in a city in the 1990’s.)

The Lord’s Prayer by Tim Ladwig

To Everything There Is a Season illustrated by Jude Daly (Ecclesiastes 3, as experienced by children in South Africa.) 


Recommended Picture Books with Chapters

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New by Marty Machowski (While this book is written from a Reformed perspective, it is very helpful in its succinct teaching of Christian Theology for kids, including theology of God, human beings, sin, Christ, salvation, sanctification, and the future. Lovely illustrations and plenty of Bible references.)

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean (This is an Advent book that tells the stories of characters in the Old Testament that point to Christ from the perspective of a wood carver and a little boy.)

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung. (In just 10 chapters, this book offers a comprehensive overview of God’s story in the Old and New Testaments.)


Worshiping with Kids (for parents)

Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman


Baptized in the Water by Glenys Nellist



Boundaries with Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Parenting Toward the Kingdom by Dr. Phillip Mamalakis (Excellent book on the point of Christian Parenting.)

For Children & Teens (all ages)

Talking about sexuality in age-appropriate ways

God’s Design for Sex by Stan Jones & Brenna Jones

God Made Boys and Girls by Marty Machowski



The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch

The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt

For Parents of Teens & Preteens (6th grade +)


Parenting Boys

Choose Greatness: 11 Wise Decisions that Brave Young Men Make by Gary Chapman & Clarence Shuler

The Intentional Father by Jon Tyson


Preparing Kids for Success

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims (Not a Christian book, but her emphasis on the problems of overparenting, shielding children from pain and struggle, and over-focusing on college admissions is a wise and important message.) 

Books that recommend books

Book Recommendations

Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt

A Time to Read: Good Books for Growing Readers by Mary Ruth Wilkinson

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