Inside: Discover quality Christian picture books that are perfect for Easter baskets, Christmas gifts, Valentine’s Day treats, or anytime you want to show a child or teacher you care. With children’s book selections for babies and new moms, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary, and the whole family, we hope you find a new favorite way to share God’s love.
At Our Everyday Parables, we love to help you use kids’ books to spark family conversations about faith in God and compassion for others. While we don’t often focus on Christian children’s books (because we love helping you find God in surprising places), today we have more than 20 Christian picture books we’re super excited about.
First, we share gift books for anytime, then some focused on Jesus’ life and Easter (which are also good for anytime). Some Christmas books are mentioned below, and you can find even more Christmas books here. For your convenience, each category is arranged by age.
Christian Children’s Books to Gift Anytime
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Christian Books for Baby to Preschool
Indescribable for Little Ones by Louie Giglio with Tama Fortner and Nicola Anderson
This creative book encourages our littles to see Creator God in the big world all around them. The interactive pages help to hold interest and the beautiful illustrations give plenty to point to. While reading Indescribable to my youngest, I often find my older kids gathering around to listen in. This book is ideal for giving parents the language needed to make teachable moments out of everyday moments. The science facts scattered through the book are a bonus!
Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep by Laura Sassi and Tommy Doyle
As you know, we love parables! Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep is a retelling of one of Jesus’s parables about God’s relentless love from Luke 15. The book integrates 1-12 counting making it a perfect faith-based book for toddlers and preschoolers. In the tale, Little Ewe leaves her one shepherd to frolic among three lizards, six frogs, and more.
Once it gets dark, Little Ewe wishes she weren’t alone, and the shepherd lovingly comes to seek out his one lost lamb. Though the explanation of the parable is not contained within, this story can spark a beautiful conversation about how even when we wander from God’s ways, He loves us and wants to bring us safely back to Him.
God’s Protection Covers Me by Amy Houts and David Creighton-Pester
Like Little Ewe, God’s Protection Covers Me teaches kids educational concepts while instilling biblical truths. But this time, we’re talking about animal homes! Do you know what kind of animal lives in a Quonset or a warren? Kids will discover those shelters and many more as they learn to trust in God’s protection and care. This Christian children’s book is a wonderful addition to any young child’s bookshelf.
Loved: The Lord’s Prayer by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago
The book Loved puts the Lord’s prayer into lyrical, childlike language and beautiful illustrations that will stir the hearts of kids and grown-ups alike. You may recognize this duo from The Jesus Storybook Bible. If you love Loved, also check out their similar titles: Found: Psalm 23 and Near: Psalm 139.
Hear, O Little One by Eric and Meredith Schrotenboer and Guy Wolek
There is so much to love about this Christian board book, based on Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (the foundation of Our Everyday Parables, by the way). And when I say, lots to love, I mean two board books in one—one to start your day with and one for sending your little ones off to sleep with peaceful dreams.
The two messages are tied together not only with the themes of God’s 24/7 all-encompassing love but also with the sweet illustrations of two neighborhood friends and their parents. A great inspirational book to grow with your kids.
Christian Books for PRESCHOOL TO YOUNGER ELEMENTARY
The Inventions of God (and Eva)
The title and colorful cover of this new release had me excited from the start, and I’m happy to say this book exceded my high expectations! This funny, sweet Christian children’s book shows how God created Eva, and all of us, in his image. Part of what that means is we are creative, just like him. Although, not just like him, because sometimes we have to try a lot before we’re happy with our creations while God called his creation good from the start.
I love how it relates the message beyond the character in the book and directly addresses the reader saying, “…because God thinks you’re awesome, he loves when you do YOU things.” It even addresses how when God’s creation gets broken, God can make it new again. Love it!
Is God Still Awake? by Sheila Walsh and Aleksandra Szmidt
Poppy is a small girl with a big question about God: when she goes to sleep, is God still awake?
As she goes about her day–going to school, playing with friends, and navigating challenging situations–Poppy collects clues as to God’s presence, noticing the warmth of his sun and the words of faith her parents express throughout their day. Ultimately, she’s reminded during family Bible time that God truly is always by her side, and this moves her to say a quiet prayer of thanks.
Is God reassures children that God is near, but it doesn’t end there. The book also shows readers that we can draw near to God, too, through the Bible and prayer, highlighting the importance and blessing of a relationship with the God who never sleeps.
Hello, Little Dreamer by Katie Lee Gifford and Anita Schmidt
Like many popular children’s books today, Hello, Little Dreamer helps children consider the unique ways in which they’ve been created to find joy and shine. But rather than leave children thinking about their own giftedness, Katie Lee Gifford skillfully turns their eyes to God, reminding them that each of the dreams and skills they’ve been given started first in the Father’s heart.
This is the book picture I’ve been waiting for. Hello, Little Dreamer encourages children to delight in the dreams placed inside of their hearts while also reminding them that some dreams take time to unfold and that each dream is a gift from the God who knows us inside and out.
Quinn’s Promise Rock by Christie Thomas and Sydney Hanson
Quinn’s Promise Rock has three symbols of God’s love tucked into a sweet narrative. Quinn, a little owl, is worried about getting lost and being alone. As she flies around with her father, he uses a mountain, a cave, and a little rock to symbolize how God cares. And he gives Quinn a great way to remember that God is always there.
In the next book, Quinn Says Goodbye, we meet Quinn’s mom who helps Quinn remember God’s promises in a difficult time. Both faith-building picture books are warm and tender with gorgeous illustrations. The books also have resources in the back like science facts, Bible verses, and conversation starters, and you probably already know we get pretty excited about stuff like that around here. For more, you can also download the teacher’s guide from Christie’s website.
My Breakfast with Jesus: Worshipping God Around the World by Tina Cho and Guy Wolek
This unique Christian picture book is layered with learning and love. It shares traditional breakfasts and timeless expressions of faith from around the world. Tucked into each vignette are other little details about the cultures explored.
My six-year-old was overjoyed to see Antarctica represented in the book. And with NASA not too far from us, I was pretty excited to see a space breakfast included. My Breakfast with Jesus is great for a bedtime read aloud but could also be a wonderful launching point for learning even more about food and faith in different communities.
The Celebration Place by Dorena Williamson and Erin Bennett Banks
During Easter or anytime, I love helping my kids take in all the goodness of celebrating on Sunday with our local church family, while also emphasizing we are part of the larger global body of believers.
The Celebration Place is a joyful recognition of all we have in common, as well as the beautiful diversity of cultures, ages, and worship expressions within God’s big family.
Christian Picture Books for All Ages
The O in Hope: A Poem of Wonder by Luci Shaw and Ned Bustard
The O in Hope is a beautiful poem celebrating hope in the most unique way. It shares words with the letter O that are pictures of hope and joy and is beautifully illustrated in a paper-cut style.
Little ones will love searching for the O words listed in the beginning. This Christian picture book ends by saying we are “safe in the center of the loving heart of God” and is great for opening conversations with kids of all ages about hope. (The author’s note and discussion questions in the back help with that, too.)
Dream Big for Kids by Bob Goff, Lindsey Goff Viducich, and Sian James
While Dream Big is a book for kids, it has an inspiring message that everyone, young and old, needs to be reminded of. With bright, bold, pictures of everyday moments and reminders of the goodness surrounding us, its message encourages our little world changers to be ready for adventures God gives us. This inspired Christian book for kids beautifully balances seeing God at work in the ordinary while living in the now with reaching, stretching, and growing to find extraordinary love in God’s great big world.
Side note: I bought these next two picture books for myself way before I had kids–back in the days of free time and Christian bookstores and browsing. Remember leisure time? Anyway, my point is the stories are so poignant and beautifully told that my young-adult self just had to have them.
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt and Tim Jonke
This touching book shares the dreams of three trees on a hilltop. One wants to hold treasure, one to sail under the command of mighty kings, and one to grow tall and point to God. Though at first each thinks their hopes have been dashed, they realize they have become more than they could have wished as each tree finds its place in the story of Jesus–the greatest treasure, the King of all kings, the one who points to God. The Tale of Three Trees is a Christian children’s book for the whole family to enjoy.
You Are Special by Max Lucado and Sergio Martinez
You Are Special invites us into the world of the Wemmicks, little wooden people who busy themselves with petty judgments and frivolous accolades. These actions really take a toll on Punchinello, who always seems to be on the receiving end of others’ disdain.
But one day, he meets a Wemmick who has somehow managed to remember her intrinsic worth and not let the opinions of others affect her. She tells Punchinello how she visits her creator–Eli the woodcarver–every day. Eli reminds her how valuable she is and how much he cares for her. She invites Punchinello to go see for himself, but is it too good to be true?
This encouraging and beautifully-told tale is perfect for kids (and adults) of all ages and provides lots of opportunities for further discussion.
Picturing God by Ruth Goring
This soon-to-be-classic wasn’t around when I was a young adult, but it is everything I love. I feel like I can talk about this book for an hour or not at all. But just for you, I’ll try to find some middle ground.
Picturing God brings us 16 images of God found in the Bible, such as God is the bread that feeds us and the light that leads us home. The poetic text and intricate collages impress God’s love on our hearts in memorable, tangible ways.
I am so fond of this book because I’ve experienced how word pictures can help our finite minds begin to contemplate an infinite God. In fact, that’s what biblical imagery, Jesus’ parables, and, frankly, this blog are about–using the familiar to understand the mysterious.
As you read this with your family, you can draw beautiful connections between water that cools our throats on a hot summer day and God’s living water that refreshes our thirsty hearts when we are sad or spent or unsatisfied. Then, because we drink water often, the conversation doesn’t have to stop when you close the book. When you’re taking a break after some outside play, you can say:
“Doesn’t this water feel good on your throat? It is fueling us up to go have more adventures. Just like this water quenches the thirst in our bodies, God quenches the thirst in our hearts. He soothes our hearts when they are worn out and energizes us for the adventure of sharing his love. That’s what it means when Jesus says he gives living water!”
Of course, that’s just one example, written with a younger child in mind. However, word pictures are actually amazing ways to have quick little God chats with your older kids, too.
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If you love the idea of having more natural conversations with your kids about God or if you’re looking for more book recommendations, you’re in the right place. We’d love to send you our guide packed with conversation starters and activities to help your kids remember God made them special and He has wonderful plans for them. The printable activity pack centers on two bestselling picture books that are easy to find at your local library. But you can also do the activities with no books at all!
BOOKS FOR EASTER & Books about Jesus’ Life
Though we are highlighting these next Christian children’s books as great for Easter, we read them and gift them all year long. Of course, none of these books are designed to be self-contained presentations of the message of Easter, but each one can be a beautiful way to deepen and refresh our understanding of the good news of Jesus.
Easter Books for BABY TO PRESCHOOL
Holy Week, An Emotions Primer by Danielle Hitchen and Jessica Blanchard
I’m 100% sure I could gush about this book for much longer than it would take you to read it. That’s because Holy Week, An Emotions Primer is so simple, but so powerful, beautiful, compelling, helpful, innovative, biblical–pick a feature! This board book leads families through the events of Holy Week, while helping children name feelings–an important part of emotional health.
Each two-spread has an emotion word–excited, angry, loved, frustrated, joyful, etc.–and a few sentences of scripture that share the story. The book covers everything from the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday to Jesus appearing to His followers after His resurrection. Check out the entire series of Baby Believer board books to help kids discover more about God while they learn counting, opposites, animals, movement, anatomy (yes, anatomy), and more.
Snuggle Time Easter Stories by Glenys Nellist and Cee Biscoe
For parents who want to introduce very young children to the Easter story from the Bible, this padded board book does that beautifully. Each spread uses rhyming verses to tell part of the story. The retelling is kid-sensitive while still authentically conveying the emotions of each moment.
Two great features in this Christian children’s book are the introduction and the conclusion. The introduction prepares kids with a synopsis of the story and the assurance of a happy, hopeful ending. The conclusion really brings home the truth that this isn’t just a story: Jesus’ love is with us now!
The Very Best Story Ever Told: The Gospel with American Sign Language by Robin Currie and David Kurtz Williams
This book tells about Jesus’ life in clear, kid-friendly language. At each page turn, families can learn one sign that goes with the story, so that by the end, kids can retell the story with simple sentences and signs.
This Christ-centered picture book also includes the sending of the Holy Spirit, the birth of the church, and how we are part of this life-changing story today. I love how this multi-sensory approach can become such a memorable way to share the gospel together.
Bunny Finds Easter by Laura Sassi and Ela Jarzabek
In this bright, cheerful book, Bunny participates in many typical Easter traditions, but she still wonders, “What is Easter?” Children will sense Bunny’s excitement when she realizes Easter is all about Jesus!
The vibrant illustrations and bouncy rhyming text invite young children into Bunny’s search for Easter. The clues along the way give parents and kids lots to talk about as discover the wonderful true meaning of this joyful holiday.
Quiet Crazy Easter Day by Jill Roman Lord and Kelly Breemer
I love books that take a familiar topic and bring a fresh perspective by zooming in on one aspect, in this case, the sounds of animals and people all celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.
This rhyming, padded board book goes on to tell about why we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and how he loves and cares for us today. It is a fun, meaningful Christian children’s book families can revisit year after year.
Easter Books for ELEMENTARY
‘Twas the Morning of Easter by Glenys Nellist and Elena Selivanova
Kids will love this Christian picture book, which tells the story of resurrection in the beloved cadence of the classic poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Clement C. Moore). ‘Twas the Morning of Easter zooms in on Mary Magdalene’s discovery of the empty tomb, her encounter with the risen Christ, and how she joyfully shared the good news with Jesus’ disciples.
This 2021 release is a follow-up to ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas, another popular title from this beloved author, and she has since written ‘Twas the Season of Advent. (See our review for ‘Twas the Season of Advent here.) Also, Glenys has lots of fun activities related to the book on her website.
Jesus and the Very Big Surprise by Randall Goodgame and Catalina Echeverri
This Christ-centered picture book illustrates some of the beautiful ways Jesus surprises us. He is the creator born into creation, the king who gave His life to serve, and the slain who rose to life again–so surprising! But the book also draws attention to another, much more subtle way Jesus liked to surprise people: His stories! Jesus loved to dispel misconceptions about God with stories that showed what God is really like. And the centerpiece of Jesus and the Very Big Surprise is a parable with an unexpected ending: the master serves the servants! I love how this book describes God’s over-the-top love and encourages readers to show love to others while waiting for Jesus to return.
This author had also produced some amazing kids’ music and shows. Our favorite is Sing the Bible: Volume 3–it’s like learning the Bible while laughing your head off. For pure ridiculousness that also celebrates childhood, try Modern Kid.
Bare Tree and Little Wind by Mitali Perkins and Khoa Le
This gorgeous Christian picture book begins with Little Wind’s curiosity about Real King. We see Real King through Palm Sunday and the Crucifixion. The Resurrection is whispered about, and but the focus of this story is on Real King as a person and his second coming. Themes of new life coming from barrenness and even destruction are strong and beautiful. At the end, both Bare Tree and Little Wind play a part in spreading the good news.
I made two comments for context as we read. When Little Wind wasn’t sure if the whispers of Real King being alive could be true, I asked, “What do you think?” That little moment gave us a chance to celebrate the mystery and excitement of the resurrection. Then during the pages that focus on the siege of Jerusalem, I explained that this historical event occurred about 35-40 years after Jesus rose again and is not talked about in the Bible. My kids, ages 11 and 7, really liked this book.
Easter Picture Books for All Ages
He Is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter created by Patti Rokus
Because our brains are wired for what is new and novel, sometimes we need a fresh way to experience something familiar. That’s just one reason to love He Is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter. The illustrations are completely composed of rocks and pebbles artfully arranged to convey several key Holy Week events. The kid-friendly text is infused with emotion, and the Bible verses throughout add depth to the Easter narrative. This Christian children’s book is a follow-up to A Savior is Born: Rocks Tell the Story of Christmas.
Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus by John Hendrix
With stunning illustrations that artfully integrate powerful text, Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus is sure to capture the attention and imagination of the whole family. Way more than a checklist of amazing things Jesus did, this book puts the miracles in context and gives kids a glimpse into the purpose behind the wonders.
The Miracle Man is clearly identified as God’s Son Jesus at the beginning and end, but throughout He is referred to as the Miracle Man or the Man. I love this because I imagine it echoes how the people of his day may have referred to Him as they tried to figure out just who this guy was. The book concludes with a picture of Jesus walking out of the tomb and the words “But God’s Son, Jesus, the Miracle Man had in store one last glorious miracle…” alluding of course to the miracle of the resurrection. This beautiful, mysterious ending makes the book a great springboard for further discussion.
Books for Christmas & Books about Jesus’ Birth
The Christian children’s books we’ve shared here also work great for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or anytime. In fact, we’ve sprinkled in a few books specifically about Jesus’ birth and Christmas above. For more, check out our Christmas book reviews, including several great picks that focus on Jesus’ birth.
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Glenys Nellist says
Thank you so much, Valerie, for including Twas the Morning of Easter. I’m grateful!
My pleasure! It is a really special book on so many levels. Love it!
Tina Cho says
This is a wonderful collection of books. Thanks again, for including My Breakfast with Jesus!
Thank you for reading! My Breakfast with Jesus is such a wonderful book. Happy to include it!