January: Are you looking to bring the bible into everyday life with your child? Are you wondering where to start? Why not start at the beginning?
Try reading through a whole child’s bible a little bit each day, starting right at the beginning. You could incorporate this as an extra story at bedtime (what a treat!) or another time when your child likes to snuggle up to read with you. There are so many great bible storybooks out there for you to try. When you’ve finished one, why not start again with a different one? This will give your child a regular intake of the word as well as a wonderful overview of the bigger story of God’s plan. Be flexible to wonder, question, imagine and explore anything that grabs your child’s attention as you read together.
As your child grows you could encourage them to read to you every other time and then begin to read a standard bible together, or go through a book of the bible and share what jumps out at you or what you what to find out more about or what you feel Jesus is showing you and more…
Here are some tried and tested bibles to inspire you to get started…
February: Help your child to explore and experience some of the many aspects of God’s character through this beautiful book, ‘Jesus Showed Us!’ by Brad Jersak and illustrated by Shari-Anne Vis.
The unusual images make this book stand out as something different and it certainly is! Each page focusses in on a different facet of the character of God through how Jesus lived. The main aim of the book is to show us that God is love, He is real, He is with us and He can be known by us.
I recommend savouring each page with your child and using as a launch pad to discovering more about God together. Use as a starter for prayer or an Adventure Time; imagine being in the moment that each image portrays, to draw near to Christ yourselves. Or go exploring the stories referred to in other bibles and storybooks to delve deeper into God’s character!
A real treasure of a book. Plus free colouring pages available at Brad Jersak’s website here.
March: This month’s book is ‘The Funniest Animals God ever made’ by Rosie Greening, illustrated by Stuart Lynch.
I came across this wonderfully fun treasure of a board book recently. It’s perfect for little hands that want to explore and feel their way around the world! Each page explores a weird and wonderful creature such as a narwhal or armadillo with big bright illustrations and a touch and feel section. The bold colourful text wonders about each animal with intriguing questions about their strange features!
A great read that introduces God’s creativity to young children. Perfect for babies and pre-schoolers. Even my five year old loved exploring each page!
April: Here’s an intriguing book to help you explore some of Jesus’ friends over the course of history. ‘Everyone a child should know’ by Clare Heath-Whyte is thoughtfully written, with sweet illustrations by Jenny Brake.
Each page focuses on one of 52 followers of Jesus, highlighting their uniqueness in living for him and how they had a big impact on the world around them. You and your child will be introduced to both familiar and completely new people who stepped out in faith to put Jesus first in their lives and may well spark new interests, discussions and wonderings. The encouraging message that everyone’s life is significant rings loud and clear across the book.
Inspiring and thought provoking; highly recommended for ages 4-8