When you are reading to your children…

Reading books is one of the healthiest, most intimate ways you can spend time with your children.
Our house used to be filled with books until they slowly started to become shredded cardboard and paper, a consequence of raising toddlers. Thankfully, we tend to receive loads of them from neighbors and friends as hand-me-downs.  
One day, as I was cleaning the house, I sat down to take a read over some of the hand-me-down books we received. I was surprised to find that not all children’s books have the right message.

Over time, we, as a family, have fallen in love with certain books that are both entertaining and inspirational. They have been great bedtime activities and instigators for important conversations. I hope they bless your home just as they did mine.

1. Just the Way You Are by Max Lucado 

There’s rarely a book that is moving for both child and parent. This is one of them. It’s a story that captures the Father’s heart.

2. The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt 

This one is by far one of my favorites. The illustrations are just as beautiful as the message. It has direct references to Christ, and it is an amazing introduction to the gospel message to your child.

3. God Bless You and Good Night by Hannah Hall 

If you have children between the age of 1 and 3, you know that your paper books will more than likely fall to prey to your toddler’s feisty little fingers. Board books like this one are durable enough to have at your child’s bedside even through the night. It is a simple book, and it is a poetic way to end each evening. Eventually, your children will memorize it and start finishing your sentences for you!

4. God’s Wisdom for Little Boys or for Little Girls 

These are great starting from preschool to kindergarten age. Each proverb is broken into an easy to memorize rhyme!

5. No, David! By David Shannon

Alright, sometimes, you do not need a deep, moving allegory to inspire your children. Sometimes, they just want to laugh, and so do you. This book is quick, hilarious, and has such an amazing lesson on unconditional love! David Shannon has a whole series on these books, and they never cease to make my kids laugh.

6. God’s Great love for You by Rick Warren 

When you are not in the mood to read lengthy, elaborate tales, this one is perfect! The illustrations are beautiful, and they speak just as loudly as the written message of God’s love.  
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

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