48 Children's Books About Christian

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
Refuge book
#1
Refuge
Written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Sam Usher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A timely rendition of the nativity follows Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus as they travel in a strange land, hoping to find refuge in the kindness of strangers. $1 from the sale of each print book sold until October 2017 will go to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Everyone knows the story of how Jesus was humbly born in a manger when was no room at the inn. But here is a lyrical depiction of what came next: the new family's travels through the desert, fleeing Herod's soldiers in order to find a safe place to welcome their son into the world. A refreshing look at the classic Christmas story that's never been more relevant, Refuge asks readers to consider the modern day implications of being forced to flee your home country.

You Are Special book
#2
You Are Special
Written by Max Lucado and illustrated by Sergio Martinez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones―those with smooth wood and fine paint―always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello. In this heartwarming children's tale from best-selling author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is―no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It's a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are. This tale originally appeared within one of the chapters in the award-winning children's bestseller Tell Me the Secrets.

The Nativity book
#3
The Nativity
Written by and illustrated by Julie Vivas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Illustrates the story of the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the wise men and shepherds at the manger.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey book
#4
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Written by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by P. J. Lynch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid reissue of a Candlewick holiday classic, dressed in a radiant new cover. The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid edition of a holiday classic, complete with a CD masterfully narrated by James Earl Jones.

The Legend of the Poinsettia book
#5
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.

Christmas Tapestry book
#6
Christmas Tapestry
Written by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A tapestry that is being used to cover a hole in a church wall at Christmas brings together an elderly couple who were separated during World War II.

Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale book
#7
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Jason Cockcroft
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

That cold winter's night, beneath the star's light... ...a Little One came for the world.

Wombat Divine book
#8
Wombat Divine
Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Wombat auditions for the Nativity play, but has trouble finding the right part.

The Legend of Old Befana book
#9
The Legend of Old Befana
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this beloved classic picture book, Tomie dePaola retells and illustrates an Italian Christmas folk tale, breathing warmth and humanity into the character of the lonely Old Befana and her endless search for the Christ Child. Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps with her broom. “Cranky old lady,” the children say. “She is always sweeping!” Sweep, sweep, sweep. But when a brilliant star glows in the eastern sky one night, and Old Befana encounters the glorious procession of three kings on their way to Bethlehem, her little world will never be the same.

Who Is Coming to Our House? book
#10
Who Is Coming to Our House?
Written by Joseph Slate and illustrated by Ashley Wolff
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus. “Who is coming to our house? Someone, someone,” says Mouse. As Pig makes room, Lamb cleans up, Goose stacks the hay, and Duck lines the crib with eiderdown, Mary and Joseph are on their way by donkey. All the animals are eager to welcome the baby Jesus to their home.

The Memory Box book
#11
The Memory Box
Written by Joanna Rowland and illustrated by Thea Baker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Grieving over the death of a special person, a young child creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one. Includes a guide for parents with information from a Christian perspective on helping manage the complex and difficult emotions children feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.

God Gave Us Christmas book
#12
God Gave Us Christmas
Written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by David Hohn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Mama Bear explains to Baby Cub how God gave Christmas to the world.

Your Magnificent Chooser book
#13
Your Magnificent Chooser
Written by John Ortberg and illustrated by Robert Dunn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their "magnificent chooser" that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

God Gave Us You book
#14
God Gave Us You
Written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question—one that little "human cubs" often wonder about, too: "Where did I come from?" As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: "We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because—God gave us you." Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children's self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from the Lord.

Prayer for a Child book
#15
Prayer for a Child
Written by Rachel Field and illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This is a prayer written for one little girl, but it is a prayer for boys and girls all over the world. It is full of the intimate gentleness for familiar things, the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God. It carries a universal appeal for all ages and races, and brings to our hearts and minds the deep responsibility of preserving for all times the faith and hopes of little children.

The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree book
#16
The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree
Written by Jan Berenstain and illustrated by Mike Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Cousin Fred accidentally damages Brother's brand-new bike,Brother Bear is angry. Can Sister Bear help him see that forgiving hisfriend is the right thing to do?

We all need forgiveness book
#17
We all need forgiveness
Written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about Little Critter® and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Tommy Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the Inspired Kids line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.

The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game book
#18
The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game
Written by Jan Berenstain and illustrated by Stan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a fight breaks out during Brother and Sister Bear's soccer game, Missus Ursula reminds everyone about fair play and sportsmanship.

The Birds of Bethlehem book
#19
The Birds of Bethlehem
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A perfect first Christmas book This inventive and fresh Nativity story is told from a bird’s-eye view. On the morning of the first Christmas, the birds of Bethlehem gather in the fields–not only to eat but to share the exciting news. People from all over have descended on Bethlehem and an angel has appeared in the night sky. Something extraordinary is coming! The birds agree that they must find this wondrous thing, and off they fly to the stable where a child has been born. In simple language and dazzling pictures, beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola shares the awe and anticipation of the first Christmas. His cast of brightly colored, curious birds will appeal to young children, making this a perfect introduction to the story of Christmas.

Night Night, Mommy book
#20
Night Night, Mommy
Written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Lee Holland
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

After enjoying a day with its mother, a small otter settles in for the night with a bath, a story, and a prayer.

Ruby Lee the Bumblebee book
#21
Ruby Lee the Bumblebee
Written by Dawn Matheson and illustrated by Pamela Barcita
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When young Ashley is given a gardening task she is sure she can't do, Ruby Lee, a bumble bee, reminds her of her abilities and to trust in God.

What's Heaven? book
#22
What's Heaven?
Written by Maria Shriver and illustrated by Sandra Speidel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This treasure of a book, for people of all faiths, is a starting point for parents who must talk about the difficult topic of death with their children. What should parents say when a loved one dies? Heaven is a difficult subject that always comes up at tough times, and Maria Shriver has written a very special book precisely for these stressful moments. What's Heaven? is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven. The many questions in this book are real, coming from Shriver's own children, nieces, and nephews when her grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy passed away. With 900,000 copies of the book now in print, the loving, confident, and ultimately uplifting answers Shriver provides are helping readers' families come together, feel closer to one another, and experience peace during the times when they need it most.

A Child's Book of Prayers book
#23
A Child's Book of Prayers
Written and illustrated by Michael Hague
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

I see the moon And the moon sees me; God bless the moon, And God bless me. Michael Hague's beautifully illustrated, best-selling collection of traditional prayers is now available as a padded board book. From "The Lord's Prayer" to "Now I Lay MeDown to Sleep," the verses included are familiar, comforting, and appropriate for even the youngest child. The art is full of love and spirit, presenting a reassuring vision of the world.

Bible Stories book
#24
Bible Stories
Written by and illustrated by Manuela Adreani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

Introduce children to some of the most remarkable stories ever written: tales from the Old Testament, all stunningly illustrated by Manuela Adreani. From God creating Earth to Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, and Daniel in the lion's den, this collection features 12 of the most famous stories told in the Bible. Children will learn about Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and other protagonists of the Old Testament. Not only do these tales offer lessons and advice, they're filled with incredible adventures, promises broken and kept, repentance and forgiveness, and faith and love.

Someone I Love Died book
#25
Someone I Love Died
Written and illustrated by Christine Harder Tangvald
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Discusses death from a Christian perspective, explaining God's plan for everlasting life.

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