I Am -The Names of God for Little Ones by Diane Stortz–Book Review

This board book literally sparkles! It will attract toddlers with the bright, colorful illustrations by Diane Le Feyer, and is sturdy enough to withstand lots of handling. Starting with Genesis, and ending with Revelation, each page features a very short Bible story about one of the names of God. It also includes a Bible verse and a short prayer.

Some of the names (Savior, I Am) will be difficult for the target audience (age 0-4) to completely grasp. Others, (teacher, friend) will be easier. However, all the stories are basic and offer a starting point to discuss the attributes of God with young children. It’s a book to read again and again with your children as their grows.

VERDICT: 4 STARS.

For more books for children see these posts:

Because I Love You by Max Lucado–Book Review

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard — Book Review

Every Which Way to Pray by Joyce Meyer–Book Review

I Wanted to Know All about God by Virginia L. Kroll–Book Review

How do I teach my young child about God? In this beautifully illustrated book (kudos to illustrator Debra Reid Jenkins), author Virginial Kroll offers some interesting ideas. We can see God in His creation –the gentle touch of a butterfly, the power of the ocean, the beauty of the snow. We feel God’s love through other people –people who share, who hug, who smile and offer their friendship.

The book is aimed at 5-8 year olds, and gives concrete examples that this age group will understand. Children from a variety of races and cultural backgrounds are depicted, along with daily experiences that youngsters will be able to relate to their own lives.

VERDICT: 5 STARS.

For more Christian books for children see:

Great and Small Easter by B&H Kids Editorial Staff — Book Review

Thanksgiving Graces by Mark Kimball Moulton — Book Review

The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury–Book Review

The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury–Book Review

This is a typical fairytale for children, dressed up with a bit of Christianity.

The king is in search of the perfect knight to marry his daughter. He must be not just courageous, strong, and loyal — he must also be kind and have a deep faith in God. Only this sort of man would be worthy of the Princess. After a variety of tests, the final three must perform one last feat — and the winner is not the bravest or the most accomplished, but the one who loves the Princess best and will always protect her.

The book begins with a quote from 1 Corinthians:

“Love is patient, love is ind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard are charming, and If you’re expectations for the story are not high, you may enjoy it and be able to begin a conversation about kindness with your children

VERDICT: 3 STARS

For more books for children visit these posts:

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard — Book Review

Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You — Book Review

Gracie’s Garden by Lara Casey — Book Review

Thanksgiving Graces by Mark Kimball Moulton — Book Review

In this delightful little book, a young boy learns the value of sharing as his family members invite more and more visitors to their Thanksgiving feast. Will there be enough for everyone, he wonders? Grandma reassures him, reminding him that in the Bible Jesus was able to provide a crowd of people with fish and bread. She explains:

“The more you love and care, the more there seems to be for everyone to share.”

Beautiful, warm illustrations by Daniel Wenzel complement the lyrical text. This would be a great book to read out loud with youngsters to remind them of the true meaning of the holiday.

VERDICT: 5 STARS. I loved it!

For more holiday books for children see these reviews:

Manger by Lee Bennett Hopkins — Book Review

Great and Small Easter by B&H Kids Editorial Staff — Book Review

The Silent Noisy Night by Jill Roman Lord — Book Review

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard — Book Review

This book for children was inspired by the hit song of the same name by MercyMe. The author, Bart Millard, is one of the founding members of this contemporary Christian band. In it a little boy imagines what it will be like to see Jesus face to face and live with Him forever. Will there be yummy food? Will there be sports and swing sets? Does God like ice cream? Are there pets? These questions cannot be answered right now, only imagined.

Some things, of course, are certain. In heaven each day will be happy because we’ll be with the God who knows and loves us. Best of all, we don’t have to wait to spend time with God because His Spirit is in us right now!

The illustrations by Sumiti Collina are bright and attractive Children will be engaged and encouraged to share their own imaginings about heaven and what it will be like.

VERDICT: 4 STARS

For a review of the movie and the song see this post:

I Can Only Imagine

For more Christian books for children see:

What’s So Wonderful About Webster? by Stephen and Alex Kendrick–Book Review

When I Hold You by Ashley Huffstutler–Book Review

Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You — Book Review

Song of Creation by Paul Goble — Book Review

Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, this book for children age 5-10 is beautifully illustrated by the author, Paul Goble. With bright, delightful pictures that youngsters and parents will love, Goble shows every element of creation — birds and animals, day and night, ice and cold, sun and moon, winds and water, plants and air –worshipping and glorifying God, the Creator of it all. It’s a good reminder that God’s presence is all around us.

Each page includes a few verses in smaller type, reminding the reader that they can add verses and ideas of their own.

Children will enjoy and quickly pick up on the liturgical statement that is repeated over and over:

bless you the Lord: praise Him and magnify Him forever.”

However, parental involvement will be needed to unpack the meaning in a way children can understand.

VERDICT: 4 STARS

For more books for children see:

The Promises of God Storybook Bible by Jennifer Lyell–Book Review

Great and Small Prayers for Babies — Book Review

God is Hope by Amy Parker–Book Review

Because I Love You by Max Lucado–Book Review

When Jesus taught people, he often used parables, or stories to reveal important truths. He used images and situation that would be familiar to his listeners — things like sheep and shepherds, for example. In this short book for children, Max Lucado uses the same technique.

Because I Love You

A kind man named Shaddai loves the children who live in his village. He knows each one intimately and enjoys being with them, singing and telling them stories. He wants to keep them nearby and protect them and so he builds a wall that will keep them safe from the dangers in the surrounding forest. Naturally, there is one very curious little boy who finds a hole in the wall and ventures outside even after Shaddai’s warning, that he will get lost and have trouble finding his way back. This is indeed what happens. When Shaddai hears Paladin’s cries for help, he leaves his work to go and search for him.

The book simply tells the story of Shaddai and Paladin but it could be used by parents or teachers to explain God’s love in a way youngsters will relate to and understand. It provides a jumping off point for a discussion of why we should obey God’s rules, and how He still loves us and seeks us out to save us even when we fail to listen to Him. The illustrations by Mitchell Heinze are realistic and attractive. It would be best suited to young elementary age children, and is definitely a book to read out loud and discuss. Children won’t get the deeper meaning without assistance.

VERDICT: 5 STARS

For more books for children see:

The Great Farmapalooza by Jill Roman Lord — Book Review

What’s So Wonderful About Webster? by Stephen and Alex Kendrick–Book Review

Flashlight Night by Elisabeth Hasselbeck–Book Review

Every Which Way to Pray by Joyce Meyer–Book Review

The animals at the Everyday Zoo want to be closer to God and that means prayer! But what is the right way to pray? Harley the hippo has a book on prayer with lots of rules — kneel, speak softly, and use special “holy” words, for example. However, as he talks to the other animals he learns that you can pray:

*Anywhere

*In a loud voice, or without words at all

*Kneeling or standing, walking or even upside down!

*For a long time or with just one word — like HELP!

The important thing is to stay in touch with God, and to pray from your heart.

Every Which Way to Pray (Everyday Zoo) by [Joyce Meyer, Mary Sullivan]

The bright illustrations by Mary Sullivan, would make this a great book to read out loud to a Sunday School group, or with your youngster at home. Children will be able to understand and relate to the message that prayer is not difficult and can become an everyday activity. It’s probably best suited for children age 4-7.

VERDICT: 5 STARS. I recommend it.

For more books for children see:

Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You — Book Review

GraceFull by Dorena Williamson — Book Review

When I Hold You by Ashley Huffstutler–Book Review

Nothing by Natalee Creech –Book Review

In this book, attractively illustrated by Joseph Cowman, children learn about the depth of God’s love. Whether we are traveling in a train, boarding an airplane, flying into outer space, rafting down a raging river or diving under the ocean in a submarine, the love of God follows us. God does not abandon us when we say or do things that we regret. His love is permanent and unending. NOTHING can separate us from God’s Love!

Nothing: Nothing Can Separate You From God’s Love!

Youngsters will love the colorful pictures and winsome rhymes. The words are energetic and seem to bounce off the page! The message is biblical and easy to understand. It brings the verse below to life in a way that young children can grasp. This would make a great addition to any toddler’s library!

“Nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.” Romans 8:38-39

For more books for children see:

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

GraceFull by Dorena Williamson — Book Review

The Gift That I Can Give For Little Ones by Kathie Lee Gifford–Book Review

God is Hope by Amy Parker–Book Review

God Is Hope (God Is Series)

This sturdy board book is intended for toddlers up to age three. The illustrations by Chris Saunders are lovely and include many pictures of familiar animals and birds that youngsters will enjoy identifying. The message that God’s hope is all around us is an important one, and there is a reinforcing Bible verse at the end.

However, I do have some qualms about the book. The size (8″ x 8″) is a bit large for young children to handle easily. In addition the concepts presented are way beyond the understanding of children this age. They think concretely and comparing hope to the sunrise or the onset of Spring will not make sense to them.

My husband, who is a pastor, also pointed out the fact that God is not hope — rather, God gives us hope. Again, a distinction that will be beyond young children.

VERDICT: 2 STARS. Purchase it for the pretty pictures, not the theological content.

For more books for children see these posts:

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

The Promises of God Storybook Bible by Jennifer Lyell–Book Review

Great and Small Prayers for Babies — Book Review