The nights (and days) can be cold in January – at least in some places, and at least the past several days. That can mean snow days, or simply kids (and parents) who have cabin fever from so many hours inside.
Snuggling up together and reading a good book can be great fun, and I think most of us who enjoy reading like good book suggestions.
So, I’ve been investigating and have come up with four good books for you to share with your kids.
- Everyone a Child Should Know by Clare Heath-Whyte and illustrated by Jenny Brake
Technically, I don’t think this book covers EVERYONE a child should know, but it does have more than 50 short bios of people who served God. Many of the people whom you’d expect to be on this list (Gladys Aylward, William Carey, Amy Camichael, D.L. Moody) ARE on the list, but there are some unfamiliar people, too. (Salina, Countess of Huntingdon, C.T. Studd, Richard Wurmbrand). The book is written for a very young child. For example: He was all alone and not allowed to talk to a single person. He was all along and not allowed to talk to a single person, and in prison. He was all alone, not allowed to talk to a single person, in prison, where people hurt him.
Still, a good book to introduce your kids to the heroes of the faith.
2. God Made Me and You by Shai Linne, Illustrated by Trish Mahoney
This is a story about ethnic diversity, written from a biblical perspective, encouraging kids to get along with one another with Scripture backup. The book is good, the concept is needed, and it’s also a good discussion opener. (However, I do disagree with ONE WORD. Yes, just one word. I will let you read it and see what you come up with … but I’ll give you this much of a hint. Maybe the author could’ve used the word tomato instead.)
3. The Frightening Philippi Jail by Gary Bauer, Illustrated by Barbara Chotiner
4. The Hurry-Up Exit from Egypt by Gary Bauer, Illustrated by Barbara Chotiner
These books by Gary Bauer are written in rhyme, repetitious, and a lot of fun. I would suggest that you also read the account straight from the Bible (or a children’s Bible) that gives your children the overall perspective and teaches them the seriousness of the events. But I could see these books being kid favorites.