Looking for a devotional for kids?
I have good news for you:
I have FIVE kids AND a list of *the best resources for having family devotions with young children. (*In my humble opinion.)
The recommendations in this post are books that I love, my kids love, and I think you will love, too.
It’s not an exhaustive list; but it is a list of both picture books and chapter books which are Biblical, engaging, and beautiful.
Because introducing our children to goodness, truth, and beauty is an essential part of helping them know and love God, isn’t it?
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As you read through my book recommendations here, please keep this in mind:
—> I have not read all of these books from cover-to-cover, to all of my kids.
Some of these books have been well loved (as you’ll see from the photos!) and read multiple times.
I’ve simply read from other books, as needed.
Don’t guilt-trip yourself over devotion time with you kids. The fact you’re even sitting there reading this tells me that you’re doing a great job raising your kids and that you care.
And don’t guilt-trip your husband if he’s not involved in family devotions, or not as involved as you want him to be.
Guess who read these books to, or with, my kids?
Pretty much all of the devotion times I’ve had with my kids over the years have taken place during our Morning Time on homeschool days.
My husband (who is a pastor) has family devotions with us (he likes this book) several nights a week, and we love that too.
But, Mama, don’t be afraid to take the lead on this. You likely spend much more time with your kids than your husband does, especially if you home educate.
Embrace that time and just enjoy introducing your sweet littles to the beautiful love of Jesus.
For All Ages
I discovered Our 24 Family Ways at a women’s conference with Sally Clarkson when my kids were much younger.
It has remained my favorite resource for morning devotion time for years.
My kids especially enjoy the coloring book that correlate with the devotional; there’s a coloring page for each week’s devotion.
If you consistently read from this book every week, for five days a week (which I don’t), it would last you at least twenty-four weeks.
—> Find Our 24 Family Ways on Amazon.
For Preschoolers & Young Kids
I read these books to my kids when they were about preschool age.
Depending on the personality, interest level, and attention span of your child, these books are great for kids, aged toddler up to about five or six years old.
Big Thoughts for Little People: ABCs To Help You Grow features a mini devotion that begins with each letter of the alphabet.
The devotions include delightful pictures, a Scripture, and a topics like “asking,” “helping,” and “kindness.”
—> Find Big Thoughts for Little People on Amazon.
I Want To Be Just Like Jesus is a Bible storybook which features stories that showcase character traits of Christ: “Jesus was caring,” “Jesus had compassion,” and “Jesus was generous.”
Each devotion includes a “Jesus in the Bible” and “Jesus in Me” feature.
I reviewed I Want To Be Just Like Jesus for Tyndale House Publishers; you can check it out at HipHomeSchoolMoms.com.
—> Find I Want To Be Just Like Jesus on Amazon.
My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions celebrates God’s creation with a two-page story a different animal.
If you have a nature-loving child, this book will be a favorite!
—> Find My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions on Amazon.
For Elementary-Age Kids
These books make great devotion-time read alouds for kids of all ages, but they were especially suites for my young school age children: from ages six or seven up to ten or so.
My daughter read Heroes of Faith when she was eleven or twelve years old, so it’s definitely suitable for older kids too.
Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories From the Lives of Christian Heroes is a biographical-style chapter book which highlights men and women of faith.
The chapters include stories about forty-five famous missionaries and historically Christians, including David Livingston, Amy Carmichael, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther.
—> Find this Hero Tales volume, and other collections by the same author on Amazon.
The Alice in BibleLand story books were my oldest daughter’s FAVORITE books as a little girl. These are delightful little books!
Each book tells the story of a Bible character (Noah, Paul, Ruth, etc), as seen through the eyes of young “Alice” (who travels back to Bible times and watches the story unfold).
The stories are told through engaging poems… a great way to expose your kids to rhyming words, along with Bible stories.
—> You can find many Alice in Bible Land books on Amazon.
Pilgrim’s Progress and The Incredible Journey. Both these books are Christian classics that my kids have loved.
I personally love The Pictorial Pilgrim’s Progress, which is edited for younger readers (listeners).
My young kids especially enjoy the picture book version, The Dangerous Journey.
—> Find Pilgrim’s Progress on Amazon.
I’m a fan of the Discoverer’s Bible, which is a large print Bible for young readers.
As a family, we read and memorize the King James Version; however, the NIRV (New International Reader’s Version) is delightful for kids.
—> Find The Discoverer’s Bible on Amazon.
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What would you add to this list?
Here’s to living well-
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