Many of our TGC editors are parents, and we are book lovers who want to foster a reading culture within our families. Whether you have children of your own or children in your life that you love (grandchildren, grandchildren, friends), you will be looking for some quality books to give as Christmas gifts.
We are here for you!
The following is a curated list of recommended books from TGC editors for children in various age groups. Most of these books are Christian books that are strong on theology, but some are secular books that include values that Christians can embrace. Whatever age child you’re shopping for this Christmas, you’ll find some great books below—books they’ll enjoy and benefit from as they grow in wisdom and knowledge.
Board Books (Ages 0–2)
Everywhere You Go, I Want You to Know (Board Book) by Melissa Kruger (The Good Book Company, 2022). Fun poems and fun pictures remind children and adults alike of what is most important in life: following Jesus.
God Delivers and God Conquers by Jared Kennedy (New Growth Press, 2022). Show the children how God keeps his promises and cares for his people by raising up Old Testament heroes like Moses, Joshua, David and Esther.
Is God Asleep? by Amy Gannett (B&H Children, 2022). It is never too early to introduce children to the almighty nature of God, and this book does it in a way that is specific for young minds.
The Moon Speaks by Jason Duesing (B&H Children, 2021). Through beautiful pictures and poetry, this board book shows how God’s creations testify to his character.
A Child Carrying a Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (HarperFestival, 2020). From the author of The Bible of the Book of the Story of JesusThis book is a good introduction to Bible stories with interesting poetry.
Found and Wanted: A Picture Book by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Zonderkidz, 2019). This gift set includes two books—Found (inspired by Psalm 23) and He is loved (inspired by the Lord’s Prayer)—along with a special printed text.
Picture Books (Ages 3–7)
The King and the Dragon by James W. Shrimpton (Crossway, 2022). In this theologically rich book—excellently illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia—the story of redemptive Scripture is (quite fittingly) framed around the slaying of the great dragon.
Meg Is Not Alone by Megan Hill (Crossway, 2022). In a world of loneliness and fear, the local church is a place of diversity, support, and hope. This book reminds us that the church is always ready to help.
Polly and the Screen Time Too Much by Betsy Childs Howard (Crossway, 2022). This is a fun, family-friendly introduction to our media culture that is as relevant to the formation of the soul as they are to screen time.
Why Do We Say Good Night? by Champ Thornton (New Growth Press, 2019). This beautifully illustrated bedtime story by Rommel Ruiz teaches children that God made the night, sees in the dark, and watches over his children like a shepherd protects his sheep.
God’s Thought Is Very Good by Trillia Newbell (The Good Book Company, 2017). The glorious diversity of God’s people is fully displayed in this clearly translated book, with the title of the gospel, which shows how Christ came to save all kinds of people.
Middle Grade Books (Ages 8–12)
Dragon and Stone by Kathryn Butler (Crossway, 2022). With an abundance of creativity and a touch of madness, Kathryn Butler takes the reader on a dangerous journey that they don’t want to end. Perfect for reading-alouds! This is the first book in the Dream Keeper Saga.
Big Story Book of Bible Stories by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway, 2022). The latest in DeYoung’s Great story version, this stunning volume (with beautiful illustrations by Don Clark) provides excellent bedtime reading for children 6-12, as the biblical story is divided into 104 short chapters (two per week, if you want to read it a year).
Slayer of Serpents and Scroll of Riddles by Champ Thornton and Andrew David Naselli (New Growth Press, 2022). If you know kids who love the Bobbsey Twins or the Hardy Boys, they’ll love this educational book about a redemption-story theme through a creative sibling adventure. This is the first book in the Kambur Chronicles series.
The Pilgrim’s Progress (Illustrated Edition) by Helen L. Taylor, illustrated and illustrated by Joe Sutphin (Moody, 2021). It is difficult to imagine a better or more charming introduction to Bunyan’s classic work.
Books for Young Adults (Ages 13–15)
10 Questions Young People Should Ask (And Answer) About Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin (Crossway, 2021). A clear, useful examination of the challenges of faith that every young person will face.
Growing in Godliness by Lindsey Carlson (Crossway, 2021). With an engaging blend of humor and solid biblical wisdom, Carlson reaches young women where they are—and helps them move forward in the grace of the gospel.
Everything Sad is not True by Daniel Nayeri (Levine Querido, 2020). The artfully told true story of a Christian family’s escape from Iran and settlement in America.
CSB Seven Arrows of Bible Study (B&H Children, 2019). This book is a “how to” Bible study that aims to help young people learn how to study the Bible that will work for them throughout their lives.
Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (Oneworld Publications, 2016). The teenage reader with a desire to expand will love this 384-page contemporary novel, set in ancient Russia. Expansive and unpredictable, the book makes Christlike goodness and faithfulness compelling.
Family Reading (All Ages)
Good Night Classics by CS Fritz (NavPress, 2022). This collection tells the most common stories of the early gospels.
Dead Sea Squirrels by Mike Nawrocki (Tyndale Children, 2022). A pair of cute squirrels who lived in Jesus’ day join today’s children to present simple stories that teach gospel lessons through humorous events.
Moon Hanging Place and Kate Albus (Margaret Ferguson Books, 2021). Three orphaned siblings displaced from London by WWII must prove to be able to navigate (childhood) moral dilemmas as they search for a place to call home.