The 5 Best Christian Children’s Books

If you are in a hurry and just want to find the best Christian Children’s books, I’d recommend Indescribable by Louie Giglio as the best one.

Have you ever found yourself wondering how to introduce your faith to your children? You come to know the Lord and want to pass on the beautiful truths you now know to the little ones. Can it be done? Can we compete with all the ideas the world is selling to them? 

Well, children are learners by nature. They observe and imitate what they are constantly exposed to – books, media, people. This is why setting an atmosphere of wholesome learning in the home is important. And selecting the best Christian children books will aid you in this new mission.

Here are the best Christian Children Books we’ll be reviewing:

Why Is It Important to Build Your Children’s Faith

We are creatures of habit. Charlotte Mason, a reformed child educator in the 20th century, makes a point. She said, “What you would have the man become, that you must train the child to be” (Parents and Children, p.15). This principle resonates with what the Bible teaches. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” 

Think about blocks. Every piece builds off another until the desired structure is created. We don’t need all the pieces, just the correct ones to put together. It takes time, it takes patience and it takes a whole lot of hard work.

It is the same thing in building our children’s faith. We start with one block, one practice, one discipline. It can begin with reading the Bible together every morning or going through a devotional before bedtime. And then add another piece, like doing family worship weekly. And another piece – read books together and have discussions about it. We don’t need to know or do everything all at once. We just need to start. And as we do these consistently, we help our children grow in their knowledge of God. 

In the same way, we nourish our bodies with a healthy, well-balanced diet every day, we also need to nourish our spirits every day with the good news. We need strong bodies, but in this world, we need stronger spirits. By His grace, when it is time for our children to go out into the world, they will have a solid foundation that is not easily shaken.

Finding The Best Christian Books for Children

Seeking the right book requires time, effort, and careful attention. There is a vast number of resources available in the market right now but not all of them are helpful. So what should we look for in Christian children’s books?

Content

The first and most crucial thing to check is content. Select books packed with Gospel truth and sound doctrine, not wishy-washy themes. This involves asking assessment questions – Does it tell the truth? Is this biblical? Is this accurate? Be careful of books that may look attractive but are shallow. Some authors shy away from talking about sin and our need for a Saviour. This can steer our kids away from the essence of the gospel.

It is better to check out books before getting them to save time and money. Most books these days have descriptions, summaries, and sample pages available for review.

It is also good to research the book authors and publishers to know if their beliefs are aligned with ours. It is wise to choose books that reflect our faith, especially when we’re only starting to teach our children as well. As they grow older and wiser, we can present books with a different worldview for discussion purposes. The key is to be present to guide them and answer their questions as they come up.  

Age Appropriate

Picking age-appropriate materials is also essential. Here’s a quick guide for different age groups:

  • Toddlers – Picture board books that have simple, colored illustrations are best for their age and developing fine motor skills.
  • Preschoolers – Find read-aloud books with catchy phrases and beautiful artwork that can capture their attention.
  • School-age to Teens – Older kids who can read independently have wider options, but a major factor to consider is their reading level.

Buying books that children will struggle reading defeats the purpose and will only frustrate them. Do not be afraid to shelf a book if your child isn’t ready for it yet. Believe me, there will be plenty of time to revisit it in the future.

Types of Christian Books for Children

Different genres provide us ingenious ways to teach our children about God. Here are some that you can choose from:

Bibles

There are Bibles specifically designed for children of different ages. Picture Bibles, select Bible stories, the Bible was written in narrative form. The main thing is to choose one that tells God’s redemption plan in a language that can be easily understood by children.

Devotionals

My eldest child has used different kinds of devotionals over the years. I used to read aloud to her until she started reading on her own. What she enjoys most are the stories that pound Biblical truth. Devotionals are not to replace daily Bible reading, but they are good supplementary resources.

Values and Character Books

Stories that show good values and Christ-like character are also enriching. Children are taught love, patience, kindness, gentleness, and faithfulness among others. But what I love are those that address human emotions like anger, sadness, loneliness, and even grief. These are things we tend to overlook and it’s nice to know we have these kinds of books at our disposal.

Christian Fiction/Classical

We sometimes think fiction stories have no use when it comes to instilling faith in children, but they are valuable. These narratives have the unique ability to feed the wild and hungry imagination of children. At the same time, they personify the complexities of humans. They see heroes who fail and villains who repent. They witness grace and forgiveness. At the end of the day, it is God’s love that prevails. The gospel can be better understood when children have points of comparison, like the characters in these stories.

Some of the most fascinating stories with Christian themes are The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and The Lord of The Rings by Tolkien. George MacDonald also has great published works fitting for children.

Church History

How can church history contribute to children’s faith? When our kids study the lives of other believers in the past, their outlook expands. They learn persistence amidst hardships, humility despite persecution. They are no longer limited to their own experiences. Historical narratives provide context, wisdom, and encouragement as we navigate our Christian journey.

Theology

This may sound intimidating, but Theology is simply the study of God. Knowing His character and attributes are central to building a solid foundation of faith. How can we fully love and follow someone we do not know, right? Thankfully, some authors have made Theology accessible to children.

Below are some of the best Christian Children books that we recommend for your kids. 

Indescribable by Louie Giglio

Louie Giglio does an awesome job in showing that Faith and Science complement each other, contrary to modern belief! And He does this in a seamless, natural way that appeals to children.

This stunning book features 100 awe-inspiring, easy-to-follow devotionals, that start with a Bible verse and end with a closing prayer. It covers a lot of topics under 4 main categories that children delight in: Space, Earth, Animals, and People. The Devotional and Prayer sections are concise, perfect for the attention span of small kids. The “Be Amazed” section contains scientific facts that are interesting and informative.

This devotional beautifully marries the majesty of God and His creation. Anyone who reads it will be led from appreciating nature to worshipping the Creator.

Pros:

  • The book is hardbound but not bulky
  • Each devotional begins with a Bible verse appropriate for the topic
  • Has captivating images and illustrations
  • The double-page spread makes it easier to go over
  • Devotions are not repetitive and not overwhelming
  • Can be enjoyed by both boys and girls

Cons:

  • Because the entries are short, it is more fitting for small kids as older kids may want more
  • The topics are limited to the 4 areas mentioned

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sarah Lloyd-Jones

Sarah Lloyd-Jones is one of the most loved Christian children’s book authors of all time because of this Bible. She is one of the few who proficiently points every story in the Bible to Jesus. 21 stories from the Old Testament and 23 from the New Testament are beautifully narrated in a way that perfectly captures the heart of the gospel. And it doesn’t hurt to have Jago’s intricate artwork illustrate these stories.

The Jesus Storybook Bible team doesn’t stop with the book. They also produce a lot of enriching materials. From printable reading plans to Advent and Lent Devotionals to activity ideas and ornaments – all free and downloadable! What a treat! There are also Jesus Storybook Bible playlists on Spotify that the family can enjoy.

This book is proven and tested, theologically sound, and deeply ministers to its readers. It is a great tool that teaches children to find Jesus in all of scripture. It has been and continues to be a staple in Christian homes.

Pros:

  • Award-winning imagery
  • Lovely narrative of select Bible stories
  • Curriculum kits and additional resources available
  • Clear, easy to read font

Cons:

This I Know by Clay Anderson

Based on the well-loved children’s worship song Jesus Loves Me, this book opens our children’s eyes to reminders of God’s love in everyday things. The sun, the rain, the trees, the butterflies, and even the seagulls! 

This is a perfect book to use if you want to instill the love of nature in your children. Whether it be nature walks or nature drives, exploring the outdoors is always a good idea. Seeing the characters having fun while taking hikes, stargazing, flying kites, and just enjoying the butterflies can encourage our kids to do the same. 

The book can also be useful in preoccupying kids during long drives. They can learn new things, enjoy and praise God at the same time! 

It is a heartwarming book full of wonder. Interestingly, every page ends in “Jesus loves me, this I know…for the ___ tells me so…”. It is not just poetic or familiar, it somehow communicates love.

Pros:

  • The book is handy and the size is just right
  • Has gorgeous illustrations
  • The scenes are appealing
  • The story is written in poetry form that flows naturally

Cons:

  • The font is tiny/thin and hard to read
  • Can be a bit wordy for smaller kids

You Are Special by Max Lucado

Bestselling author Max Lucado has a special gift of ministering to both adults and children through his books. You Are Special, the first book in the Wemmicks series, tells about the somber life of plain Punchinello and the world of the Wemmicks. In their world, performance, beauty, and talent are heavily rewarded while being “ordinary” is faced with rejection. It is such a relatable story in this era of approval obsession and social media. A much-needed reminder for people of all ages. Not just children.

Narratives like this that prompt us to reflect on God’s unconditional love for humanity are heartening. It is good to remember that our value should be anchored on God our Creator, and not on anything or anyone else. His love for us is not performance-based, so should our love for others be. This is a vital truth every child needs to know by heart. This will make a huge impact as they navigate through adolescence and adulthood.

The fitting illustrations of Sergio Martinez accurately portray the story Max Lucado aims to tell.

Pros:

  • The storyline is engaging.
  • Characters and circumstances are relatable.
  • The Wemmicks is a 5-book series.

Cons:

  • The illustrations may be a bit scary for smaller kids

Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know by Melissa Kruger

What a beautiful eye-opener this little book is! Melissa Kruger’s powerful message has the potential to shift perspectives and redefine parenting for a lot of people. She precisely redirects the spotlight of success from the external to the eternal. From focusing on titles, achievements, and a carefully planned future to desiring a heart that is simply surrendered to Jesus. And she does this without disregarding dreams and aspirations but instead redirecting the heart so its end goal is always to glorify God. Wherever they go and in whatever they do.

This crucial message rings true not only for children but for adults as well. It is recommended for 3-8-year-olds, but anyone who reads this will hopefully walk away knowing better, living better.

Pros:

  • The book is poetic and whimsical.
  • It can be enjoyed at any age.
  • It consists of playful illustrations.
  • It is inclusive of different races and various careers.
  • A good conversation starter on what children want to become or do in the future.

Cons:

  • Slightly similar to Dr. Seuss’s Oh The Places You’ll Go, and has Dr. Seuss “feels”. This is only a con if you or your children are not really into these kinds of books.

Conclusion 

Learning about God and His truths does not have to feel like a chore. With these great authors who have the passion and commitment to preach the gospel to children, our mission to build our children’s faith (and hopefully the next generation!) becomes a tad easier. 

I’d recommend Indescribable by Louie Giglio as the best one. This book is one of the few in the market that successfully attributes the wonder of creation to the glory of its creator. It is a good starting point in teaching children about the attributes of God and His love for humanity. The short daily devotions are like those pieces of Legos, building off one another until robust faith is achieved by God’s grace.

Alex Shute
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Alex Shute
Alex is a family man and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. His passion is to serve the global Church and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to learn & grow. In his free time, he enjoys perfecting pour-over coffee, smoking meats, and discovering new cycling routes around Southern California.