Most of us TGC editors are parents, and we are also book lovers who want to cultivate a reading culture within our families. Whether you have children of your own or children in your life that you love (nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends), you are probably looking for quality books to give as Christmas gifts.
We’re here for you!
The following is a curated list of book recommendations from TGC editors for children in various age groups. Most of these books are theologically solid Christian books, but some are secular books that nevertheless embody values that Christians can embrace. Whatever the age of the child you’re buying for this Christmas, you’ll find some quality books below – books they’ll enjoy and also benefit from as they grow in wisdom and knowledge of the truth.
Board books (0-2 years)
Wherever you go, I want you to know (cardboard book) by Melissa Kruger (The Good Book Company, 2022). The fun rhymes and captivating pictures will remind children and adults alike what matters most in life: following Jesus.
God saves and God wins by Jared Kennedy (New Growth Press, 2022). Show children how God keeps His promises and cares for His people by calling forth Old Testament heroes such as Moses, Joshua, David, and Esther.
Is God sleeping? by Amy Gannett (B&H Kids, 2022). It’s never too early to introduce children to God’s omnipotence, and this book does that in a concrete way for little minds.
The moon speaks by Jason Duesing (B&H Kids, 2021). Using beautiful photos and poetry, this cardboard book shows how God’s creation bears witness to his attributes.
Carrying bible for babies by Sally Lloyd-Jones (HarperFestival, 2020). From the author of The Jesus Storybook Biblethis book is a nice introduction to bible stories in pleasant rhyme.
Found and Loved: A Set of Picture Books by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Zonderkidz, 2019). This gift set contains two books—Found it (inspired by Psalm 23) and beloved (inspired by the Lord’s Prayer)—as well as a special edition art print.
Picture books (3-7 years)
The King and the Dragon by James W. Shrimpton (Crossway, 2022). In this theologically rich book—beautifully illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia—the redemptive story of Scripture is (appropriately) framed in terms of slaying a great dragon.
Meg is not alone by Megan Hill (Crossway, 2022). In a world of loneliness and fear, the local church is a haven of diverse, supportive, hopeful communities. This book reminds us that the Church is always ready to help.
Polly and the screen time overload by Betsy Childs Howard (Crossway, 2022). This is a fun, topical conversation starter for families who recognize that our media habits are as much about spiritual education as they are about screen time.
Why do we say good night? by Champ Thornton (New Growth Press, 2019). This bedtime story with beautiful illustrations by Rommel Ruiz teaches children that God made the night, sees in the dark, and watches over his children as a shepherd protects his sheep.
God very good idea by Trillia Newbell (The Good Book Company, 2017). The glorious diversity of God’s people is fully reflected in this vividly depicted, gospel-focused book that shows how Christ came to save all kinds of people.
Secondary books (8-12 years)
The dragon and the stone by Kathryn Butler (Crossway, 2022). With a lot of ingenuity and a touch of whimsy, Kathryn Butler takes the reader on a perilous ride that they just don’t want to end. Fun to read! This is the first book in the Dream Keeper saga.
The Greatest Story Bible Storybook by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway, 2022). The latest from DeYoung’s Biggest story series, this impressive book (with excellent illustrations by Don Clark) provides great bedtime reading for children ages 6–12, as the epic story of the Bible is divided into 104 short chapters (two per week, if you aim to do it in a year).
The Snake Killer and the Scroll of Riddles by Champ Thornton and Andrew David Naselli (New Growth Press, 2022). If you know kids who like the Bobbsey Twins or Hardy Boys, they’ll love this book that teaches a redemption history theme through a creative sibling adventure. This is the first book in the Kambur Chronicles series.
Little Pilgrim’s Progress (illustrated edition) by Helen L. Taylor, conceived and illustrated by Joe Sutphin (Moody, 2021). A better or more beautiful introduction to Bunyan’s classic work is hardly imaginable.
Books for young people (13–15 years)
10 questions every teen should ask (and answer) about Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin (Crossway, 2021). A lucid, helpful exploration of the faith challenges every teen faces.
Grow in divinity by Lindsey Carlson (Crossway, 2021). With an engaging mix of humor and solid biblical wisdom, Carlson gets young teenage girls where they are – and helps them progress in the grace of the gospel.
Everything that is sad is not true by Daniel Nayeri (Dear Levine, 2020). A masterfully told true story about a Christian family’s escape from Iran and adjusting to America.
CSB Seven Arrows Study Bible (B&H Kids, 2019). This resource is a “how-to” study Bible designed to help teens learn a Bible study method that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (Oneworld Publications, 2016). The more ambitious adolescent reader will love this 384-page contemporary novel, set in medieval Russia. Expansive and unpredictable, the novel enchants Christian virtue and fidelity.
Read aloud to the whole family (all ages)
Good night classics by CS Fritz (NavPress, 2022). This collection tells well-known fairy tales with an inventive gospel slant.
The Dead Sea Squirrels by Mike Nawrocki (Tyndale Kids, 2022). A charming pair of squirrels who lived in the time of Jesus team up with modern-day kids to provide a lighthearted series of stories that teach gospel lessons through humorous misadventures.
A place to hang the moon by Kate Albus (Margaret Ferguson Books, 2021). Three orphaned siblings driven from London during World War II must demonstrate determination and overcome moral dilemmas (the size of a child) as they search for a place to call home.