God-Centered Children’s Books

“What are some good, God-centered books for children?” a sister in our church was asking a few of us yesterday, so I decided to do a little research. My wife and I read a few of these regularly, and I found the others from trusted ministries and websites.

Here’s my first list:

The Big Picture Story Bible by Paul Helm: excellent coverage of salvation history, following the creation-fall-redemption-restoration line; Christ-focused, Scriptural, and heart-aimed.

Big Truths for Little Kids by Susan and Richie Hunt: combines catechism with stories; practical, realistic, and basic.

The Gospel for Children by John B. Leuzarder: a basic Gospel presentation for children; God-centered, thorough, and simple.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: classic stories of the magical land of Narnia that highlight various truths about Christ, imaginative, innovative, and unforgettable.

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Hal and Conn Iggulden: a book written to renew a love for masculine things in boys and men; thorough, fun, active, and challenging. Get it to remember that God made boys to be men and nothing less. (*This book is not written by believers, nor does it make any explicit references to God, but we found it to be God-aimed nonetheless because of its view on masculinity.*) A powerful, man-shaping tool in the hands of a believing parent.

“The Christian Logic Series” by Nathaniel Bluedorn: both The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox are written to teach adolescents and adults how God gives us reason and logic to think about the world; thorough, practical, and illustrative.

God Knows My Name by Debby Anderson: reminds children (and moms) that God cares for His people, even in the details; illustrated, practical, and simple.

The Bible Explorer: God’s Truth from Genesis to Revelation by Carine Mackenzie: “a Bible reference tool for children,” going through the canon with summaries and key texts; useful, thorough, and thought-provoking.

Ten Boys Who . . and Ten Girls Who . . series by Irene Howat: “a series of four books designed to introduce children to post-biblical heroes of the faith;” faith-giving, awe-inspring, and history-teaching.

Find the Animal series by Penny Reeve: four volumes designed to produce amazement and wonder in young children at the creative hand of God by showing exciting features of specific animals; each book is devoted to one animal in a detective style. “Guess which one this is!” Great for teaching about God’s creation.

My God is So Big by Catherine Mackenzie: aimed at young children and utilizes the popular song for which it is named; teaches the next generation about the gigantitude of God.

Resources for finding and/or reviewing children’s books:

I’m sure there are more, so keeping letting me know and I’ll keep posting them. Hope this helps for now.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to God-Centered Children’s Books

  1. jamela says:

    Thanks so much for this lis and the referrals. I am eager to check them out. I’ve been meaning to consult sdome of my parent friends on this topic but haven’t gotten aroiund to it yet. We are heavy library users, but haven’t run across much that is God-centered, particularly for very young children. I did find Come and See, by Monica Mayper, which I really like. I am planning to review it in the near future on my blog: http://www.birdsbooks.wordpress.com.

    I’d also appreciate some recommendations on music for toddlers. We like Raffi’s simple lyrics, meliodies, and instrumentation, but it would be nice to find something that incorporates an explicitly Christian worldview.

  2. Britt says:


    Great idea! I wish we know of some good ones for our little ones, too! I’d suggest emailing DesiringGOD.org and seeing if they have any suggestions. Also Tim Challies has a ton of online resources at challies.com . Those two come to mind.

    happy to try to help,
    Britt at crossonmyback

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