You might be able to tell we love book-learnin’ ‘round here.
I love learning from books myself, and I’m pretty excited that my son loves and thrives learning the same way.
Recently, we’ve shared 5 Favorite Picture Books to Start Our Day and 5 Favorite Goodnight Picture Books, plus other book-based preschool activities and kids’ book reviews.
As my son gets older, we want to involve him in more “discussions” on faith as we read verses repeatedly. (How do you “discuss” when your child has severe speech impairments/delays? Read a few thoughts here.)
What’s one resource we’ll use? Books, of course!
7 Children’s Books to Spark Family Discussions on Faith (and How They Help)
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (illustrated by Jago)– I’ve mentioned this kids’ bible several times already on my blog. It really is fun to read and beautiful in how it relates all stories, including those from the Old Testament, to Christ’s love and purpose. Beautiful. My preschooler asks to read this one often at night. The connections made to Christ’s love are so well done, my husband and I even deepen discussions after reading from it.
- The Beginning Reader’s Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishers – Another great children’s bible. This bible uses actual verses as it’s text, but is still just selected stories (not a full bible). Each bible story also side boxes with a “Remember God’s Word” (a verse to memorize), “Pray God’s Word,” and “Do God’s Word” (some kind of activity to help teach or an action to serve others). I reviewed this bible in more detail here.
- How Do We Know God is Really There? by Melissa C. Travis (Apologia Press) – This story centers around a father and son observing the stars together when questions surface. The story itself is rather straightforward and less of an “action” story that most picture books are (it “tells” more than “shows”), but the message is great. The book gives a useful explanation as to how someone can both believe in God and like and study science. Especially good for upper elementary ages through early middle school, this book could help ignite solid conversations in your family.
- Good Morning, God by Davis Carman (illustrated by Alice Ratterree) – A beautifully-illustrated picture book featuring a homeschooling family, this book focuses on thinking about and living for God every day of the week as a family. Kids can relate to the kids shown in the illustrations, and each day of the week has extra questions and activities to do together as a family to spark further discussion. (I reviewed this book in more detail here.)
- Let The Whole Earth Sing Praise by Tomie dePaola – Tomie dePaola has written over 200 books for kids (!). This picture book uses simple text inspired by Psalm 148 and a few verses from the book of Daniel. It’s a beautifully illustrated faith-based piece. Since it’s focused on praise, you and your kids can discuss what (and why) you can lift in praise to God.
- Sammy Experiences God by Tom Blackaby and Rick Osborne – If you’re looking for another straightforward book that discusses relationship with God, check this picture book out. This book doesn’t use any analogies (and has a bit of an awkward fascination with peanut butter combinations), but it does use a likeable main character searching for personal connection with God. The book offers questions throughout to spark family discussion, and the message is solid.
Colored text appears throughout, which threw me off a first, but be sure to read the instructions in the back of the book to put the words together for special messages! This book incorporates several bible stories while following Sammy’s “adventures” attempting to seek conversation and interaction with God. You and your family can read those bible stories in more depth together while revisiting this picture book. My son flipped through this book on his own several times after just the first time we read it together. (See my full review here.)
- Thank You, God, For Blessing Me by Max Lucado – We haven’t seen much of the Hermie franchise, but we do have two of their board books, and my kids enjoy reading them. This board book (for toddlers and preschoolers) is simple with flowing text and inviting illustrations. Hermie’s model of praising God sets a simple example of thanking God for His good gifts and provision. My favorite line in the picture book always makes me consider how I can better serve God, too: “Help me do the best I can/to be kind and obey/It’s how I say, “Thank You, God!”/in a very special way.”
(Do you have a child with special needs in your home? You might be interested in this post with 4 tips on including children with special needs in family bible study.)
Along with the Bible, what other children’s books help spur questions and discussion with your family about faith? Share your family’s favorites in the comments!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of How Do We Know God is Really There? from Apologia Press. I was not required to write a review, but I have chosen on my own accord to highlight it here. All opinions expressed are my own.
I also received a free copy of Sammy Experiences God from Shelton Interactive in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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