By Anna Sargeant
Many churches are back to Sunday gatherings this fall in some form or fashion, and children’s ministries are up and running. Whether you’re teaching kids the Bible in a Sunday school classroom, on the lawn, or in your home, adding a great book to the day’s schedule is always a good idea!
So stock your Sunday shelves! Each of the following book recommendations from the Lifeway children’s imprint, B&H Kids, is a biblically-based, trustworthy resource—an excellent supplement to Sunday worship and Bible teaching.
Recommendations for Classrooms
Cornerstones: 200 Questions and Answers to Learn Truth by Brian Dembowczyk
Do your elementary students ask deep questions about God and faith? Using a question-and-answer structure, Cornerstones provides helpful answers that serve as a foundation for spiritual truth and spark hunger in kids (and parents) to know and love God more. Topics include the Trinity, sin, redemption, the church, prayer, restoration, and more! The whole family might dive into this book together, or children can use it by themselves since each question and answer is written in a kid-friendly way.
There Are Lions in This Book! by Dandi Daley Mackall
In this clever take on the story of Daniel in the lions’ den, a narrator mouse continually warns readers not to turn the page. If they do, they’ll be one step closer to what put Daniel from the Bible in danger—those terrifying, hungry lions! As this intriguing story unfolds, preschool and younger elementary children will learn what truly happened to Daniel in the Bible, while being entertained in the process. Based on feedback, this book is particularly interesting to boys!
The Moon Speaks by Jason Duesing
The Moon Speaks is a poetic board book for children, ages 0-4, which shows that behind the creation kids love so much, is the God who loves them even more. The steady sounds of the words combine with the gentle artwork to provide a calming experience for young children. The Moon Speaks helps little ones understand that all of creation is telling us something: God is there, He made the world around us, and He wants us to know Him.
Recommendations for Families
The Promises of God Storybook Bible by Jennifer Lyell
The Bible is rich with stories for our children to hear and enjoy! And when those stories uncover the thread of God’s promises, young readers learn so much more. They discover how God has demonstrated His unstoppable love for us—from the first promise in the garden to the promise of the new heavens and earth.
The Promises of God Storybook Bible is a whimsical, biblically rich retelling of more than fifty key Bible stories. Children will see how a specific promise of God is connected to each story and be reminded that God never breaks a promise He has made to His people.
Easy for Me Bible Verses by B&H Editorial
A delightfully illustrated board book, Easy for Me Bible Verses includes twenty-four Scriptures that are fundamental to the Christian faith and easy to memorize for preschoolers! Examples include:
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.—Genesis 1:1
- The Lord is good to everyone.—Psalm 145:9
- God, create a clean heart for me.—Psalm 51:10
- Love your neighbor as yourself.—Matthew 22:39
The sooner kids start hiding God’s Word in their hearts, the better! Easy for Me Bible Verses is a simple way to help them do just that.
When I Hold You by Ashley Huffstutler
When I Hold You captures the universal experience of the mother-child bond. As young readers, ages 0-4, listen to the rhyme and see the diverse illustrations, they will better understand how God reveals His love to us through our relationships with one another. With Scriptures woven throughout every image, both mother and child will be encouraged to worship the God whose love lasts forever!
For more biblically based, trustworthy resources for your Sunday school classroom or family, visit BHKids.com.
Anna served on the children’s ministry team at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas from 2009-2017, first as a volunteer, then as full-time staff. She also wrote for six years for The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum. Anna currently works as an acquisitions editor for B&H Kids in Nashville. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her reading a book, sipping tea, chatting with loved ones, attempting to record a podcast, or walking in the woods.