ROUND-UP: 8 More Must-Read Children’s Books about God

As promised, here’s the second round-up of great children’s books to help nourish your child’s faith life. Many thanks to Rachel Stott and Jay Cuasay for the recommendations. (To see the first round-up, click here.)

#1) In God’s Name by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (1994)

  • Ages 4 and up
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  • An adaptation of this book for younger children (ages 1-4) is also available from the same author: What is God’s Name? (1999)

Everyone and everything in the world has a name. What is God s name? Like an ancient myth in its poetic text and vibrant illustrations, this modern fable about the search for God’s name celebrates the diversity and, at the same time, the unity of all the people of the world. Each seeker claims he or she alone knows the answer. Finally, they come together and learn what God’s name really is, sharing the ultimate harmony of belief in one God by people of all faiths, all backgrounds.

#2) But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (2008)

This lively collection of four stories gives voices and names to women from biblical and ancient times whom we seldom remember. But God Remembered imagines and remembers, and weaves the stories of:

Lilith, the first woman in the garden of Eden, and her determination to have men and women treat each other as equals; Serach the musician, who, with her song, reveals to her grandfather Jacob that his son Joseph is still alive, and whose courage to speak out heals the wrongs of another generation; Bityah, who draws the baby Moses from the Nile and with a mother’s bravery encourages him to become who he will be, proving that taking a risk to do what’s right can change the world; the bold-spirited Daughters of Z, who struggle against discrimination with great daring–and extraordinary results.

But God Remembered is a modern reclaiming of the Bible, a celebration of courageous and wise women from ancient tradition. These stories invite children of all ages to remember, and to bring their own faith and dreams to life.

#3) I Wanted to Know All About God by Virginia Kroll (1997)

This engaging book invites children to experience God more fully in their daily lives. The children portrayed on these pages wonder such things as what God does in the mornings, where God is at nighttime, what colors God likes, and what Gods love feels like. Complementing the narrative are rich, colorful oil paintings that depict children from many different cultural backgrounds asking about God and exploring his world.

#4) Little Rose of Sharon by Nan Gurley (1998)

When all the world was new, a little rose grew and bloomed. Her colorful petals caught the sun and pleased the Creator Himself. Yet soon she would discover that true beauty lies not in the outer appearance, but in a heart of sacrifice and giving.

Created for you to read and enjoy again and again, Little Rose of Sharon is a modern-day parable which brings to light its message of compassionate love for readers of all ages.

#5) The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt (1989)

…this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross.

#6) The Dreamer by Cynthia Rylant (1993)

The first artist creates the world from his vision of the Biblical Creation story in this beautifully illustrated text.

#7) Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones (2012)

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing shares profound spiritual truths from the Bible told in a conversational tone—drawing insights from creation, history, science, the writings of great thinkers and preachers and writers, and more—to turn the reader’s eyes toward the God who loves them with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. Perfect for family devotions, bedtime, story time, or even as a companion to The Jesus Storybook Bible, this accessible yet theologically rich book reveals biblical truth in word and image-all working together and designed to do one thing: to make the reader’s heart sing.

#8) Children’s Bible: God’s Word to Our Young Folk (1960)

  • Ages 7 to 10
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Description from publisher, Liturgical Press:

With colorful illustrations, this children’s classic tells the Scripture story from creation to our Lord’s second coming. This picture book has a complete listing of all the stories at the beginning of the book.

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