January 2018: ‘Right Hand Man’ by Nick Jackson, illustrated by Baz Sellers.
This is a fantastic and much needed book about Billy Buckle’s adventures with the Holy Spirit! It’s a brilliant introduction to some of the characteristics of Holy Spirit and how he could interact with a child. Baz Sellers’ quirky illustrations greatly enhance the story with plenty to look at on each page, starting even on the front cover, as you journey with Billy through his day.
February 2018: ‘The Play-Along Bible’ written by Bob Hartman and illustrated by Susie Poole.
This book is perfect for sharing with pre-school children in a church setting, at a toddler group or simply with your own young child, grandchild, niece or nephew. Each of the 50 bible stories contains suggestions of different actions & fun sounds to do to encourage you & your child to enter into & experience the story. Susie Poole’s beautiful, bright illustrations are truly wonderful, bringing the pages to life! A fantastic resource to help engage the very young with the greatest story ever told & to develop an early love & eagerness to delve into God’s word.
March 2018: ‘Children, can you hear me?’ By Brad Jersak, illustrated by Ken Save.
This has been a huge favourite in our home for many years – it is a fantastic book for helping children to understand that Jesus is wanting to connect with them in lots of different ways. It is written as though Jesus is talking to the child, inviting them into friendship, fun & adventure, with many ways to hear, see & feel his love, healing & power. The book covers wide ranging subjects such as dealing with fear, hurt & pain to developing intimacy, knowing freedom & experiencing heavenly realities.
The bright, engaging illustrations fit perfectly with the text & draw you & your child into Jesus’ wonderful heart of love. A vital resource for parents & children’s leaders seeking to help children deepen their relationship with Jesus.
April 2018: ‘Love Letters from God’ and ‘Little Love Letters from God’ (a simpler board book version for under 5’s) by Glenys Nellist, illustrated by Sophie Allsopp.
These beautiful books rewrite well known bible accounts, such as Noah, David, Jonah and key events in Jesus’ life, with lively engaging text that will draw your child into the story. Lovely, simple rhymes are used in the pre-school version, which work particularly well to read out loud (perfect for toddler groups or under 5’s church groups). But there is the added interest of a lift the flap letter from God that personally addresses your child with wonderful words of love and truth, inviting a response to know God more. A fantastic way to help your child or the children you are engaging with to know God is real and exciting and can be known!
May 2018: ‘The Jesus Storybook Bible’ by Sally Loyd-Jones, illustrated by Jago.
This fantastic Bible has the tag line ‘every story whispers his name’ and it does indeed thread the main narrative of the Bible of God’s incredible plan to love and rescue all people through every page. The text is wonderfully accessible, lively and engaging, bringing the stories to life but staying true to the essence of each Bible account which the detailed and thoughtful illustrations add depth to. A must-read for drawing your child into God’s amazing story! Do check out the wonderful animation or audio versions read by David Suchet too!
June 2018: ‘Boris the Robot’ by Mike Peacock and Dave Hill.
Do you want to help your child learn to recognise truth from lies? Do you want them to understand the precious value of their heart and who they are? This is a fantastic book that explores these and other key themes of identity. Share with your child and see what discussions, questions and thoughts arise from considering these vital building blocks of trust and belief together.
Part of the Heartsmart Foundation providing excellent resources on emotional intelligence and resilience to primary schools across the nation!
December 2018: Are you looking for something a bit different to the usual Christmas books? Why not check out ‘Christmas Love Letters from God’ by Glenys Nellist with stunning illustrations by Rachel Clowes?
This book has some added extras that make it a beautiful and welcome addition to your Christmas library. Beginning with Isaiah, there are seven delightfully written accounts going through the nativity story. Each one has a ‘God’s Perfect Promise’ verse and the personal touch of a Love Letter from God written directly to the reader, which bring the bible account to life through God’s perspective.
This would be a special book to experience with a child close to you over this Christmas season and also to share with any children you may work with in a school or church setting, helping to open their eyes to God’s wonderfully big plan of love and friendship.