Summer Reading List (Children)

One of the questions I get most often is: Do you have any recommendations for books for my kids that will help them grow in their faith?

As parents, aunts, uncles, and neighbors, we deeply care about the faith formation of the littlest people in our lives. Here are some recommendations:

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When God Made Light and When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

Two sweet and beautifully illustrated books that communicate God’s deep love for us. Both parents and kids alike are reminded that we are created in God’s image and that God delights in us.

Found (Psalm 23)

Author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd Jones, writes a lyrical book about Psalm 23. Kids are reminded of God’s unending, never-give-up love for us.

The Storm That Stopped

A retelling of Mark 4 for young kids, The Storm That Stopped helps kids understand what it means that Jesus calmed the sea. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is short enough to keep the attention of young children. If you like this one, there are a few others by the same author you might enjoy: The One O’Clock Miracle and The Christmas Promise.

All of Me that You Can’t See

A child discovers how his inner self is growing in Jesus right along with the rest of him, as he lives out changes in his heart, mind, strength and soul.” This is one of a series of books by Graham Blanchard Publishers designed to help kids connect what they know about God to their hearts.

The World is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings

This lyrical book turns kids’ hearts toward thankfulness as they think about all the ways God reveals Himself in their daily lives.



God’s Very Good Idea

God’s very good idea is the gospel, and that gospel is for all- regardless of their ethnic or social background. This book really celebrates diversity, and is a staple in any home library.  As a bonus, there’s also a coloring and activity book to go with it!

The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

This colorful, engaging book takes the complex story of the gospel and communicates it in a way that’s kids can understand. We love the illustrations!

Maybe God is Like that Too

What does it mean to see God at work around us? It can be a hard concept for kids to grasp, but this book bravely and wisely goes after that question. When we see the fruits of the Spirit around us, we see the power of God at work.

A Big Brave Sister: A Bible Story about Miriam

Meet Miriam–a brave, smart, and gifted woman who helped lead the Israelites out of slavery because of her response to God’s call on her life. A Big Brave Sister is the first book in the Called and Courageous Girls series, which spotlights examples of faithful women who have responded to God’s calling to discover who He is and how they have used their gifts and passions to be on an adventure with Him.

The Biggest Story

“With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message—how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden—will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God’s promises are even bigger and better than we think.”

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

The creators of the Jesus Storybook Bible have come out with a book that families can use as a devotional. “Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing shares profound spiritual truths from the Bible told in a conversational tone—drawing insights from creation, history, science, the writings of great thinkers, preachers, and writers—to turn the reader’s eyes toward the God who loves them.”

Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids about God and Science

A great family devotional written for elementary-age kids about seeing God in the natural world around us.

Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible

Preteen girls can connect to the Bible through studying 17 women who have leaned into following God’s voice in their lives. Grit and Grace is for young women who long to know how they fit into God’s kingdom, and how to do good in the world around them. This devotional includes reflection questions and action steps.  

The World Jesus Knew

What was the 1st century world like? The World Jesus Knew teaches kids about the Jewish culture, customs, and geography of the day so they can better understand the Bible. It’s written in a down-to-earth style that kids can connect with, and it also includes fantastic illustrations!


Don’t miss our other summer reading lists!

Summer Reading List (Adults)

Summer Reading List (Preteens and Teens)


Tiffany Malloy
About the Author: Tiffany Malloy
Tiffany Malloy is the Pastor of Blackhawk Downtown Team Development. Tiffany and her family landed in Madison in 2013 for her husband to attend graduate school. When she’s not managing her crazy (awesome) kids, Tiffany loves reading, running, and blogging about all things faith and books.