4 good books for little issues
Young children need the truth and it is never too early to start.
Board books by Danielle Hitchen, illustrated by Jessica Blanchard. Baby Believer series.
First Biblical Foundations: A Counting Foundation
An excellent god-centered, doctrinally solid, engaging introduction to the Bible and the Trinity. One God, two natures of Christ, three people in the Trinity, four Gospels … eight beatitudes, nine fruits of the Spirit and ten commandments. These are basic truths worth sharing with small eyes that enjoy the illustrations, ears that they need to hear, and hands that can be hard on plain paper. (Note: There is an illustration of Jesus and the apostles who wrote the gospels are shown with halos just so you are aware of it.) Harvest Kids, 2016.
Psalms of Praise: A Foundation for Movement
Have you ever noticed how much movement is in the psalms? If you try to have devotions with little ones who can't stop shaking (which doesn't mean they don't listen), teach them to use body movements to praise the Lord! Kneeling, standing, running, jumping, clapping, lying … in every position we are encouraged to use our body as an instrument of praise. Harvest Kids, 2018.
These books would add a nice baby gift or a church kindergarten library.
Picture books for questions from real life
Fucci, Kathleen. Emily lost someone she loved.
Emily is a happy little girl who likes to sing, wear sparkling accessories and practice diving. She loves school, her family loves her and life is wonderful … until the terrible day when she loses someone she loves very much. The pain permeates everything she used to love, and the emptiness is everywhere. Finally, she asks the difficult questions as if the psalmist was not afraid to ask: "Where is God ?! Why did that happen to me ?! “And God delivers the truth through a loving conversation with a parent who proves that Emily is not alone.
Grief is not easy to describe, but Fucci's story is wonderfully based on experience. This is the best book I've seen on the subject. Give it to an injured child or parent who doesn't know what to say. The Fucci website offers coloring pages and other helpful resources that reference Christ.
Linne, Shai. God made me and you. New Growth Press, 2018. Not by the page.
Ms. Preston is late for Bible classes, and students use her delay to annoy each other for typical reasons. This is a perfect opportunity to teach them from Acts 17, which teaches that we are all from a couple and that God loves diversity.
“What some call ethnicity
and others call race,
We should celebrate
as a gift of God's grace. "
God made me and you from Shai Linne
Our variety extends beyond the skin, eye and hair color. The images contain various differences in appearance, disability, culture and even birthmarks. As we know, the case tragically ruined God's original plan, but not his entire plan. Because of Christ, the Church unites every tribe, nation and language in worship.
Linne is not only an author, but also a hip-hop artist and father. Knowing what racism feels like, he ends the book with six helpful suggestions to practice biblical appreciation for ethnicity and diversity. They are practical. You are good.
Copies of the two picture books were made available by the publisher in exchange for honest reviews.