Saturday, August 15, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday: Children's Books

Today's Topic

Every once in awhile, I wander into the children's section of the Christian bookstore. And then I wander right back out. I'm not saying there aren't many good books for kids in the Christian section, there just aren't many. But the truth is, I'm not sure we even need Christian children's books, apart from maybe a few at the holidays. (Christmas and Easter)

Are there are any Christian published children's books you love? Do you think we need Christian children's books? Are there any topics or subject matters you'd like to see explored in children's books from a Christian perspective?

My answer is an emphatic YES!! I guess I an not clear on what age group you are talking about. Is it under 1o? If so then yes. I love books that talk to kids about faith in terms they can understand and enjoy. I think it's imperative that my kids have books that are not only good for them to read, but with a message. I do find it extremely easy to find "Easy Readers" for my 6 yr old in the secular market that have positive messages. Not all the books my boys read have to have a positive message, it's just an added bonus.

I like it when there are books that go along with the movies the kids watch such as: VeggieTales, 1-2-3 Penguins, Hermie, Boz, Adventures in Odyssey, etc. The books they read going along with characters they already know and enjoy. I also think that the books that are available for kids today have to stay up-to-date. They have to be competitive visually as well as with the message.

There's the new series by the Miller brothers called the Code Bearer. They are books my boys will love. Also Ryann Watters series has been quite the hit with my 10 yr old.

I think Zonderkidz has some great lines that are trying to stay competitive with today's secular market. They have manga (asian style comics in book form) that appeal to a lot of kids. My son has read a couple of them and really likes the comic book style.

Here are some of the great examples of children's books that are available through retailers! Let's support our Christian authors!!


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Those books look cute. Here is mine

max said...

Yes, I bleieve we need Christian children's books. That's because I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write Christian action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much.

My blog, Books for Boys is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading.

Keep up your good work.

Max Elliot Anderson

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