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Picture books that teach a spiritual lesson or share God's love are a beautiful way to incorporate faith lessons in everyday life. What child doesn't want "just one more book" read to them at bedtime? Children who are no longer interested in picture books themselves are usually happy to read them to a younger sibling or friend. The timeless messages of these books are of benefit regardless of age. (I found myself being blessed by these stories!)
I've already blogged our favorite Christian-themed picture books. Since then we've discovered some new favorites that are absolute treasures, and I am excited to share them with you.
Henry's Song by Kathryn Cave - Henry wakes full of the joy of life, but the other creatures don't like his singing. The Maker asks them to tell Him by the next day what their voices are for. This is a cute story that illustrates the value God places on each person's talents and the importance of using them for His glory.
The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful by Colleen Coble - Punky Grace is having a really grumpy morning when Grammy suggests they have an adventure and fill her Blessings Jar to the top. Punky discovers that God’s blessings are enough to outweigh any bad day. Recognizing the blessings that God sends us every day makes such a difference.
How Big is God (Harperblessings) - In a heartwarming conversation between mother and son, the nature of God is made understandable to children. How Big Is God? Is he invisible? Is he like a superhero? Can he fly? How can he be everywhere all at once?
Small Gifts in God's Hands by Max Lucado - In this re-telling of the miracle of loaves and fishes, a boy is wondering what "big" thing he can do for Jesus. In the process, he discovers that Jesus can do big things with a small gift.
You Are Special (Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition) (Max Lucado's Wemmicks) by Max Lucado -
Punchinello believes that he isn't good enough because of what others say about him. Then he meets the Maker who tells him, "You are special because you are Mine. . . . I made you, and I don't make mistakes." You Are Special is a beautiful story that reminds us that we are precious to God just the way we are.
Brave Young Knight by Karen Kingsbury - In a competition to determine who will be the price of the land, a boy wins who is not the fastest, strongest, or smartest. The brave young knight is the winner because he doesn't follow the crowd, instead making decisions based on what is right and true and in accordance with his faith. The moral of the story is that the bravest young boys are those who exhibit the strongest character. Karen Kingsbury has written a parallel book for girls called The Princess and the Three Knights.
Do you have a favorite Christian picture book? Please tell us about it in the comments below. After all, a person can never have too many good books, right?