The Scriptures clearly and repeatedly command parents to teach our children the discipline and instruction of the Lord. That is to teach them the Scriptures. And thankfully today there are a multitude of books and resources to help us do just that. So here you can find some of my favorites that I think that you should add to your home library.
Each Friday of August, I will be spotlighting and reviewing some of my favorite theological books for children, before we launch into part 2 of The Pilgrim’s Progress in September.
The Tales That Tell the Truth Series has contained some of Éowyn’s go-to books since she was two. This was also the first series that she actively asked when we were going to buy the other books that were displayed on the back cover.
The series can be read in any order, as each book is self-contained, yet the illustrations of Catalina Echeverri for each book (which are incredible!) help them to all feel connected to the whole. Indeed, finding Echeverri’s subtle references and allusions to be previous books in the series always gives my daughter great delight.
Most of the books explore particular stories of the Bible. For example, The Storm that Stopped is about Jesus calming the storm, which ends by pointing how this miracle displayed His divinity, or Jesus and the Lion’s Den tells us about Daniel’s famous ordeal, while concluding with how Daniel was similar to Jesus.
Other books cover biblical themes rather than individual stories. The newest in the series, The Awesome Super Fantastic Forever Party, is about our belief and hope in the resurrection of the body. God’s Very Good Idea discusses the imago Dei, and Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer teaches on the topic of prayer.
My favorite book in the series, The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross, recounts the gospel from Eden to the new creation, and it also gives children a bite-sized view of why the temple was so important in the Old Testament and why we no longer use a temple today. A couple of years ago, our church held a morning prayer service on the Saturday before Easter, and we incorporated the children by reading this book and then taking specific prayer points from the story.
Also available through the publisher, The Good Book Company, are coloring sheets, craft ideas, and lesson plans to pair with each book, as well as board book versions for toddlers.
And as you can tell by some of the pictures included, they are also available in other languages. Since we speak Spanish at home, we grab each new Spanish translation as soon as it comes out and give away the English version.
If you have small children and have not yet grabbed this series, I suggest you make the investment of buying the whole series.