January: ‘Little Mole Finds Hope’ by Glenys Nellist and cleverly illustrated by Sarah Garland is the perfect book for a cold, winter’s day! It’s the sweet story of a small mole and his Mama and their search for the meaning of hope in a seemingly dark, wintry time.
This book could be so helpful in this current difficult season by bringing understanding and meaning to what hope actually is. When we first meet Little Mole he is feeling sad but he doesn’t know why. His Mama’s empathy and kindness is lovely and sets the scene for the exploration and discovery of hope. There are some fantastic ideas at the end of the book on ways to interact and empathise with your child, to bring hope into the everyday.
The delicate illustrations add to the promise of light in the darkness and show that the way we look at things is so important. A lovely story of kindness, compassion and of course hope!
A perfect conversation starter for sharing emotions with your child. Brilliant for 4 – 7 year olds
Glenys Nellist has written many excellent books for children. She has a wonderful talent for communicating profound truths to the young and enabling them to engage with God in a personal way. I highly recommend checking out her other books and her website here.
February: I’ve gone for something for older ones this month! I came across this brand new teenagers devotional as it came out at the end of last year! Apply Bible has 52 devotions, each based on a bible verse that can be explored through 9 ways.
It’s a lovely big book, printed on high quality paper with bright and interesting designs on each page. There’s plenty to muse over, explore, discover and question; perfect for drawing a pre-teen or teenager deeper into God’s word.
A great way to kickstart or re-engage a young person’s bible exploration!
March: This month’s gem is a brand new book from the brilliant team that is Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago! Near is a wonderful board book inspired by Psalm 139. Go on a journey of discovery through mountains, space, the sea and much more to answer the big question of whether God goes too!
Each page of this chunky book has bright, engaging illustrations to partner with the beautifully written communcation of God’s ever present love. Sure to become a firm favourite on your bookshelf! Find out more about Sally Lloyd-Jones here! I highly recommend signing up for her emails that are packed with encouragement and plenty of freebies!
Perfect exploration for 0-4’s
April: This month I’m recommending my book: Adventure Times Booklet for Parents! It’s a quick, easy read all about a wonderful prayer tool called an Adventure Time, which enables children to encounter Jesus in fun, exciting and meaningful ways using their imaginations!
Are you looking for opportunities to help children develop a vibrant ongoing relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Try Adventure Times and be amazed at the journey of faith, adventure, love… your child, and yourself, will embark on.
This booklet includes the biblical basis behind Adventure Times, a step by step guide to getting started as well as lots of practical ideas and encouraging testimonies. It is designed for a busy parent to read, understand and use in their everyday lives with their children. It is also easily adaptable for children’s leaders with a special appendix on using it within a church context. Give it a try today!
May: Discover the Lord’s Prayer Cube by Craig Cameron this month! It’s a tactile, fun and interactive way to explore this brilliant prayer of Jesus. Your child will love flipping through the cube as each face opens out to reveal the next part of the prayer. The cube faces contain a thoughtful illustration and brief explanation to go with the relevant section of the prayer and the full prayer is printed on the back.
Use to help you pray, wonder and explore what it means to praise God, make our needs known to Him, forgive others and follow Jesus.
A great way to introduce these powerful words of Jesus to your child or when exploring this prayer within a children’s ministry setting. Perfect for children aged 4-8.
June: Seek and Find Old Testament Bible Stories by Sarah Parker, illustrated by Andre Parker is this month’s gem! Each of the eight bible stories is across a two page spread in this big chunky board book. As the title suggests there’s plenty to search for in this book with over fifty things to find in each illustration. The pictures are bright and interesting, with fun character expressions and quirky creatures! Guaranteed to while away hours in seeking and finding whilst discovering truths from God’s word.
There’s an activity book to go with it and a New Testament Seek and Find book coming soon in November.
Great for 2 – 7 years olds at a very reasonable price!
July and August: ‘Children can you hear me?’ By Brad Jersak, illustrated by Ken Save
This fantastic book helps children to understand that Jesus is their best friend, that He is truly with them everyday, desiring to share in every single moment; the good, the bad and the ugly.
The bright, engaging illustrations fit perfectly with the text and will draw you and your child into Jesus’ wonderful heart of love, joy and kindness.
It is written as though Jesus is talking to the child, inviting them into friendship, fun and adventure. Each page includes a bible verse and explores different practical ways to connect with Jesus: to hear, see and feel Him. There are tools to deal with bad dreams and memories as well as keys to developing intimacy with God and how to grow in freedom and experience heavenly realities.
A vital resource for parents and children’s leaders seeking to help children deepen their relationship with Jesus. Guaranteed to become a favourite!
September: ‘Knowing God’ by J. John is a beautifully illustrated book that clearly communicates the truth of the good news of Jesus and how we can know Him ourselves.
Do you know a child hungry to find out more about God or who wants to understand what it means to be His friend? Are you constantly fielding questions or feel at a loss of how to respond in a way your child will comprehend? Then try this book!
Read it all in one go or work through it over a few sittings as a way to really pull out the depth of who we are and who Jesus is. It is also a great resource to help you check what your child has understood, what else they need to consider and whether they’ve made their own choice to be forever friends with Jesus.
This book can be used equally effectively in a church setting with groups of children; offering them the amazing opportunity to learn, think, discuss and decide if they want to choose to be friends with Jesus.
A vital resource in ensuring children have a coherent understanding of what Jesus’ death on the cross has done for them.
Especially good for 6 to 12 year olds.
October: I absolutely love ‘I Imagine’ by Rachel Rivett with its beautiful illustrations by Mique Moriuchi.
It is perfect for introducing and exploring aspects of God’s character with young children. Each page focusses on one thought as a simple prayer, which is from the child’s perspective. I love the many invitations each page offers to connect with God through the world around us, knowing He’s the answer in any difficulty of emotion or circumstance.
I have used this book with under fives in a church setting. Based on each page we have created opportunities for the children to experience pretend play, story, craft, prayer, sensory play, bible verse exploration and declarations! It’s wonderful!
Do check it out! You may need to buy a used copy but it will be worth it!
November: I’ve been waiting for this month’s book for a while! It’s a brand new story bible by one of my favourite authors Glenys Nellist.
I Wonder: Exploring God’s Grand Story is a breath of fresh air, bringing both familiar and less well known bible accounts to life through Nellist’s wonderful way with words. Many stories are written from different characters’ points of view so we can consider Miriam’s experience of the parting of the Red Sea, Rahab’s life being transformed as the walls of Jericho fall and the servant girl in Naaman’s house playing a key role in his healing.
Alessandra Fusi’s illustrations are dynamic and stunning. They open you up to the times of the bible and draw you into the emotions and experiences of those involved in each story.
Glenys’ message that God is full of love, is with us now and yearns to be deeply involved in our lives resounds through every story. Each one culminates in three intriguing ‘I Wonder’ thoughts that enable you and the child in your life to go deeper into the story and ultimately into the heart of God. These wonderings make this bible unique, offering wide and different perspectives on each story and will, I believe, create beautiful opportunities for families to encounter the Godhead.
Children love to wonder! Harness this by investing in this bible and let your family’s hearts, minds and spirits open up to the presence and love of Jesus!
Brilliant for inquisitive 4-8 year olds! Plus there are two free activity packs to accompany it! Check them out here.
December: The Jesus Storybook Bible A Christmas Collection by best-selling author Sally Lloyd-Jones celebrates its first birthday! It brings together the three Christmas stories from The Jesus Storybook Bible but with added extras to create a beautiful book to experience together.
There are buttons to press for Christmas music or a reading from David Suchet. And for each day of Advent there is a short story, bible verse and truth to explore to take you through God’s big story from Genesis to Christ’s birth, all wonderfully illustrated by the talented Jago.
Guaranteed to become a book to treasure each December. Great for 4-8 year olds.