When I was a child, I don’t think they made inspirational books for children – or "devotionals" – for kids. At least, I had never heard of them. The Bible was the only “devotional” book I owned. These days, however, there are SO MANY options for children who need to be encouraged . . . or who just enjoy reading about spiritual matters.
Over the past 20 years, the number of inspirational books in bookstores has grown rapidly. The variety now available in Christian bookstores (and in large bookstore chains like Amazon, Borders and Barnes & Noble) is amazing.
I took my son to a local Christian bookstore a couple of years ago and was so overwhelmed by the choices, I had to ask a salesperson for help. Luckily, this particular salesperson had been in the business for over two decades, and knew exactly which children’s devotionals were best. Her recommendation for my son, 8½ at the time, was Sticky Situations 2: 365 Devotions for Elementary Kids, a fun and interactive devotional that proved to be a big hit with my son.
Listed below are a few of the most popular choices in kids’ devotionals today:
Sticky Situations and Sticky Situations 2 (by Betsy Schmitt) – A collection of 365 interactive devotions for elementary-age kids that “help kids make good choices.”
The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers (by Crystal Bowman) – Devotions that contain a short Bible verse, message, and prayer to get you and your child talking about the simple truths of Scripture.
The One Year Book of Did You Know Devotions for Kids (by Nancy S. Hill) – Interesting trivia and stories for kids (age 8-12), each combined with a daily Bible verse and lesson.
The One Year Book of Fun & Active Devotions for Kids (by Lightwave and Livingstone) – Devotions that each begin with a question asked by a real child. Questions are followed by a Bible verse and answer (based on the eight books in the “Questions Children Ask” series).
Other Inspirational Books
Inspirational books for children cover such a wide range, I can only list a few here. But check back frequently, since I’ll be adding to this list.
Just in Case You Ever Wonder (by Max Lucado) – This story, presented in a boardbook format, instills in your child how much he or she is loved not only by you, but also by God.
Flavia and the Dream Maker (by Flavia Weedn) – Although unhappy with her name, her looks, and where she lives, Flavia discovers she can always dream, and that some things she dislikes are special in their own way.
The Velveteen Rabbit (by Margery Williams Bianco) – A stuffed toy rabbit comes to life when given as a Christmas gift to a young boy. First published in 1922.
Because of Winn-Dixie (by Kate Dicamillo) – Through the love of a dog, a 10-year-old girl gains the courage to ask her dad about why her mother abandoned them several years earlier. (Two other books by this same author are The Tale of Despereaux – an adventure full of rich imagery and many layers of meaning, which my son truly enjoyed listening to, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – my own personal favorite.)
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