The best Christian children’s books about God’s love

The Books I Picked & Why

Don't Forget to Remember

By Ellie Holcomb, Kayla Harren

Don't Forget to Remember

Why this book?

With gentle rhyming verse, Ellie Holcomb’s Don’t Forget to Remember tells how all creation reminds us of God’s love. Kayla Harren’s beautiful illustrations are more detailed than what is typical in a board book. I also recommend listening to Ellie Holcomb's song by the same title. Be warned though; you may find yourself singing it at any given moment. 


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God's Always Loving You

By Janna Matthies, Airin O'Callaghan

God's Always Loving You

Why this book?

God’s Always Loving You lets children know that God is with them in every situation, whether joyous, frightening, or frustrating. Most of all, he is loving them and working to make things new. The meter is flawless, and the stanzas are sprinkled with just the right amount of alliteration to make it pleasing to read, but not a tongue twister. Toddlers will love to join in on the answer to the question posed in each scenario: God, that’s who! 


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God's Great Love for You

By Rick Warren, Chris Saunders

God's Great Love for You

Why this book?

This book is short, but it contains a powerful message for children: God created you and loves you - everywhere and always. Despite its economy of words, it can spark deep conversations. The text is a wonderful affirmation for children to take into their hearts. It can be savored, but can also be a quick read on those busy nights when parents are as tired as their listeners during storytime. (For reference, God’s Great Love for You is the same number of words as this recommendation.) 


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The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

By Sally Lloyd-Jones, Jago

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Why this book?

The stories in this book all point back to Jesus, and God’s “rescue plan” which he had in mind from the very beginning. I love that through the author’s use of repeated phrases children start to discover the big story of the Bible. “The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.”


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A Father's Love

By Hannah Holt, Yee Von Chan

A Father's Love

Why this book?

A Father’s Love by Hannah Holt showcases animal fathers loving and taking care of their young. It culminates with a message of unconditional love on a spread with human fathers: A father’s love is always there. A father’s love is everywhere. Personally, I can’t help but love that she included some less obvious choices of animals such as a marmoset and emu, and that each stanza features a color. I also love the perfect meter, rich language, and the use of similes to describe a father’s love. But...weren’t these book recommendations supposed to be about God’s love? While this book is about “a father’s love,” it can also be used as a springboard to talk about the Father’s love!


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