Since becoming a father I have come to realize the massive impact that picture storybooks can have on my children…. as well as myself. When done with excellence these books communicate deep truth in a simple, engaging way without watering anything down. Here is a list of the books that we, as a family, plan on buying and giving away as Christmas gifts this year. I suggest you do the same…. only after you’ve bought yourself a copy!
The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R.C. Sproul – This book is hot off the press, having just come out on September 16th. It tells the true story of the barber who asked Martin Luther how he could deepen his prayer life. In response, Luther wrote a book to help the barber called A Simple Way to Pray. Children will be introduced to this method of prayer in story form and parents will be inspired to use it for their family devotions. O h yeah, and the illustrations are outstanding!
The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village by Francis Chan – This book tells the story of a village who plowed their fields with a tractor that they never knew to turn on because no one had ever read the user’s manual. It provides a message for children on the importance of the Bible and the empowering work of the Spirit (until this book I had never come across a kids book on the Holy Spirit).
This is No Fairy Tale by Dale Tolmasoff – This is a book that I haven’t heard anyone talking about, but it is one of my son and I’s favorites. Essentially, it’s a defense of the historical reality of the Gospel for children.
Fool Moon Rising by Kristi and T. Lively Fluharty- In poetic rhyme, this book tells what becomes of the arrogant moon when he realizes that the light he shines is not his own. A great story to use in talking with children about why God made them.
The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul – A book that tells the story of a prince who must do the unimaginable to obey his father, the King, and save his people. I have never seen the Gospel more clearly laid out in a children’s storybook.