Our daughter is due to arrive this week! Throughout our time preparing for her arrival – decorating the nursery, picking our precious little newborn jammies, and assembling her crib – nothing has given us more joy and vision for raising her than selecting quality books to stock her nursery.
We have a fairly specific vision for her library (at least, for her Bible-oriented reading. Don’t worry … we still include some Dr. Seuss!). We want all of the books to be theologically-minded and rooted in sound, orthodox theology. And yet … we also want them to be winsome and fun (can’t have this little lady growing up thinking theology is drab!). So here are some of the titles on our little girl’s bookshelf. Grab them for yourself, your little ones, or as a gift!
Big Theology for Little Hearts series. Big Theology for Little Hearts is a board-book series for children ages 1–5 that teaches key Christian truths in simple, easy-to-understand terms. Each book introduces a big idea from the Bible with concise definitions and engaging illustrations to help young minds gain a foundational understanding of God’s Word. As each book’s topic builds on the previous one, children can develop a cohesive framework of theology that includes God, creation, humanity, Jesus, and the gospel—allowing parents to start having crucial conversations with their children as early as possible. There are currently three books in the series: Jesus, God, and The Gospel.
Meeting with Jesus: A Daily Bible Reading Plan for Kids. Following up his popular book Exploring the Bible, a plan for children ages 6–12 to read through the whole Bible, David Murray has written a new reading plan for children that focuses on Jesus Christ. This volume walks kids through the 4 New Testament Gospels over the course of a year. Each of the 52 “meetings with Jesus” teaches a new truth about Jesus through 6 days of Bible reading and includes interactive reflection questions, space for prayer and application, memory verses, and lines for sermon notes. In less than 5 minutes a day, children will get to know Jesus and his offer of abundant life.
Jesus and the Very Big Surprise. This beautifully-illustrated hardback book by well-known singer and TV presenter Randall Goodgame is based on the parable in Luke 12 v 35-38. It teaches children that Jesus will return, and when he does, there will be an amazing party where… SURPRISE!… he will serve his faithful servants! Jesus didn’t tell us when that party will be, but we can make sure that we’re ready for it by loving him and loving his people while we wait.
Love Made. The joy of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—has existed for all eternity. That indescribable joy bubbled over to make creation. God made so many wonderful things, but we are by far His greatest work of art. Share that precious truth with your little one with this unique children’s book celebrating the miracle of God’s creation. Boys and girls will learn about God as the Trinity, the Creator, and about how they are made in His image. Beautifully illustrated and lovingly written, Love Made will become a story time favorite for your child or makes a thoughtful gift to give a parent-to-be. Help your child discover that out of all the amazing things love made, the most amazing of all is them.
The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross. This beautiful hardback Bible storybook for 3-6 year olds takes children on a journey from the Garden of Eden to God’s perfect new creation. It is a gospel presentation that focuses on the significance of the temple curtain. God said “because of your sin you can’t come in”, but the moment the curtain tore in two, everything changed. Children will learn that Jesus breaks down the barrier of sin between us and God so that we can enjoy him for ever. Stunningly illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, author and illustrator of several bestselling children’s books and all the books in the ‘Tales that Tell the Truth’ series from The Good Book Company. Written by Carl Laferton, author of Christmas Uncut and Original Jesus and Editorial Director of The Good Book Company. This beautifully produced and biblically faithful book makes a perfect gift.There is also an accompanying Easter Calendar with family devotions which takes a more in depth look at the passages that underpin the storybook. Also check out our full size images to use in presentations if reading to a large audience, the coloring and activity book and the free word search and coloring sheet that you can download from the bottom of this page.
Jesus and the Lions’ Den. Helps children to see the gospel heart of the whole Bible as they discover how Daniel points to Jesus. The story of Daniel and the Lions’ Den teaches children many things… It teaches them about praying; it teaches them about Daniel’s faithfulness to God, and God’s faithfulness to Daniel; and it teaches them that God is the real king of everyone everywhere. But if you peel back another layer, you’ll see that like the rest of the Old Testament, it also points to Jesus. This stunningly-illustrated retelling of Daniel and the lions’ den helps children to see Jesus in the story of Daniel. It challenges children to spot the ‘Jesus moments’ by looking out for the hidden lion symbols. It goes on to explain the parallels between Jesus and Daniel, so that children can see the gospel heart of the whole Bible. Great for children aged 3-6.
Goodbye to Goodbyes. Teach young children that Jesus came to end goodbyes. Jesus knew how scary it is when someone gets really sick. He knew how sad it is when someone dies. Jesus cried when his friend, Lazarus, died. But he did something at his friend’s tomb that changed everything. He showed that he came to give his friends life after death. In this vivid, moving and exciting retelling of the story of Lazarus, Lauren Chandler helps children understand that Jesus came to say goodbye to goodbyes—for ever. The author, Lauren Chandler, used the story of Lazarus to help her own children in the wake of her husband’s (Matt Chandler) brain tumor. Whether children are coming to terms with the illness or death of a loved one, or simply fearful of when that day might come, this book reassures them with the amazing truth that Jesus came to give his friends life after death.
God’s Very Good Idea. God’s very good idea is to have lots of different people enjoying loving him and loving each other. This stunningly illustrated journey from the garden of Eden to God’s heavenly throne room shows how despite our sinfulness, everyone can be a part of God’s very good idea through the saving work of Christ. This book celebrates diversity and will help children see how people from all ethnic and social backgrounds are valuable to God and how Jesus came to rescue all kinds of people. It will also excite them about being part of church – God’s delightfully different family.
The Friend Who Forgives. Do you ever talk before you think? Mess up? Let others down? That’s what Peter did, again and again and again, and it led him to abandoning his best friend, Jesus. Peter loved Jesus. He felt terrible when he pretended not to know him. He thought all was lost when Jesus died. But after Jesus rose from the dead, he went and found Peter and forgave him. He explained that his death took the punishment for all of Peter’s mistakes and that his resurrection showed that the penalty was lifted. Peter spent the rest of his life telling people that if they put their trust in Jesus, they could be forgiven too—again and again and again. Children know all about failing, but they don’t always experience true forgiveness. This book points them to Jesus, the friend who will forgive them again and again and again.
The Storm that Stopped. Dramatic retelling of Jesus calming the storm that will teach children about who Jesus really is and how they can really trust him. This beautiful hardback storybook is based on the account of Jesus calming the storm from Mark chapter 4. Stunningly illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, author and illustrator of several bestselling children’s books and all the storybooks in the ‘Tales That Tell The Truth’ series from The Good Book Company.Written by Alison Mitchell, author of The Christmas Promise, The One O’Clock Miracle and several of our children’s tracts. This book is perfect for children aged 3-6 years old and makes a beautiful gift.
The Baby Believer Series. My internet friend, Danielle, has authored several simple board books that are perfect for the youngest readers. I’m confident that they will be some of our first reads with our little lady! They include Holy Week, Let there be Light, From Eden to Bethlehem, Psalms of Praise, and (her newest addition) Jesus Heals. We have them all and they’re great for ages 6months to 3 years old.
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells that Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. From Noah to Moses to the great King David, every story points to a Child. The one upon whom everything would depend… There are lots of stories in the Bible. But all the stories are telling one big story. The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to discover for themselves the one who is at the center of God’s great rescue story — and at the center of their story, too. Because the Bible isn’t a book of rules. Or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. And at the center of that story is a baby. And every single story in the Bible whispers his name.
The Biggest Story ABC. From Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden to Zion and the new creation world, the Bible is telling one big story—the story of God’s promise to deliver his people. Kevin DeYoung, best-selling author of The Biggest Story, has written a new board book to help kids ages 1 to 3 to make connections from Genesis to Revelation and from A to Z. Each page introduces a new letter of the alphabet with engaging and whimsical illustrations from award-winning artist Don Clark, retelling the biblical narrative in one continuous story. This board book is a fun way for parents to introduce their small children to the big story of the Bible.
Beginners Gospel Story Bible. The Beginners Gospel Story Bible is a gospel-centered, Bible storybook for toddlers and preschoolers with fifty-two Bible stories retold in a simple and compelling way. Author Jared Kennedy traces through the stories of the Old and New Testament how God keeps his promises in surprising ways better than anyone could have ever thought or imagined! Each story highlights for young children Gods story of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God’s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Each story ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the story. Brightly colored illustrations highlight each story and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep the youngest child’s attention.
The Biggest Story. The Bible is full of exciting stories that fill children with awe and wonder. But kids need to know how all those classic stories connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people. In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth. With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message—how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden—will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God’s promises are even bigger and better than we think.