I open a bedtime story to read to my children.
It’s a Christian book.
Jesus is on the cover and everything.
I read about how He rode to town on donkey.
Another night, I read how Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
To the baby I read “Touch and Feel” books. She feels the rough manger and the soft fur of the lambs.
I’m so thankful that my children’s lives are rich with literature that strengths what we are teaching them at home.
I love God.
I love His Word.
I want to teach His Word to my children, but oftentimes, His actual words aren’t in many of our children’s books.
I love that I can read books that “get on my kid’s level” but sometimes I yearn to get them used to hearing God’s words verbatim…not just paraphrased.
I need some options for kids books with actual scriptures without having to pull out my Bible (though I DO that!)
Spiritual Growth Mirrors Physical Growth
Our babies need milk when they are young, but as their digestive system matures, we start introducing solids.
Just a little bit at first.
Then more and more.
Soon, they are eating more solids than they are milk.
Soon they are full-grown adults buying their own groceries! (Maybe even feeding other people, too!)
We did that (with God’s help, of course).
The spiritual life of our children should look much the same.
We should first speak to them as a child. Tell them the stories of David and Goliath or Samson and Delilah in a way that they understand.
The next step would be to read it to them aloud from the Bible itself.
And one day, God willing, our children will choose to read it for themselves.
Transitioning from “Milk” Books to “Meat” Books
But the question is: how can we do this.
It’s fine to say all this in theory, but where can you start?
Recently, I was introduced to a book that allows you to jump right into the “meat” book even as young a baby!
The Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer counts from 1 to 10 with each number corresponding to actual scriptures.
It’s a beautifully illustrated board book, which is great for those book ripper-uppers.
The numbers are big and bold – so learning to count will be easy for those still developing eyes (did you know that small font impairs reading comprehension before fifth grade? Source: ScienceDaily.com).
But more than that it’s laying a sure foundation.
One that God promises with not be stolen.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
“We teach [our children] to count random things like dogs or trucks, so why don’t we teach them to count meaningful things like persons of the Trinity or the days of creation?” author Danielle Hitchen asked herself before she embarked on an endeavor to write Bible Basics.
*This book is intended for babies to preschool.
I was given a copy to review and another to giveaway. My opinions are my own.
Other Media & Kid’s Books with Actual Scriptures
Scripture-Rich Children’s Books
Scripture-Rich Tween/teen Books
Scripture-Rich DVDs and Music
Scripture-Rich Teaching Books for Parents
Head covering Christian woman who loves good wine, coffee, stinky cheese and missionary books. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 2 boys).