Childrens Christian Books

Our list of childrens Christian books is made up of stories that have passed the torch of faith for generations. These classical books were read by our grandparents and will be read by our grandchildren.

Christian Books for Kids

Pilgrim's Progress

By John Bunyan

Christian Allegory
Age: Depending on the version, may be read to young children.
Original is high school level
Written in 1678, the original, unabridged edition of this Christian classic is not a child's story per se. However, many books including children's editions have been printed. (A number of movies and games have also been made.) The first part is the story of Christian, a new believer, who encounters many problems on his journey to the Celestial City. Some of the places he visits on his journey have names such as Slough of Despond, Delectable Mountains, and the Valley of the Shadow of Death. He encounters people with names like Hopeful, Giant Despair, and Ignorance. The second part is the story of his wife, Christiana, and her journey with their children. Besides the Bible, this is claimed to be the next most read and printed book in the world.

The Bronze Bow

By Elizabeth George Speare

Historical Fiction - Childrens Christian Books
4th to 8th Grade
Daniel Bar Jamin lives in Judea in the first century and witnessed the death of his father by crucifixion. Filled with anger, he joins a band of outlaw rebels, only to be disappointed in them. He and two friends have numerous adventures and decide to try themselves to rid the country of the Romans. But his sister Leah becomes ill. It looks like the only one who might be able to help her is a traveling rabbi named Jesus.

Treasures of the Snow

By Patricia St. John

Childrens Christian Fiction
3rd to 6th Grade
Annette lives in the Swiss Alps with her little brother Dani. Her adversary is a classmate, Lucien, who often is up to mischief. When Lucien causes Dani to fall into a ravine and become disabled, Annette is filled with bitterness and hate towards him. But then she is in need of help, and only Lucien can help her.

At the Back Of the North Wind

By George MacDonald

Childrens Christian Fantasy
This is one of the best known childrens Christian books of the 19th century, yet it is hard to categorize. Diamond is a friendly and sensative boy. At night's he travels with the North Wind who is personified as a person but represents calamity. The North Wind shows that God uses hardships for good in the lives of people. At the end, Diamond goes behind the north wind, which represents death and freedom from suffering.

The Robe

By Douglas C. Lloyd

Historical Fiction
This fictional account of a Roman centurian, Marcellus Gallio, follows what happens to Jesus' robe after his crucifixion. Marcellus is on a quest to find what happened to the robe, and in addition discovers what happened to the people who follow Jesus.

In His Steps

By Charles Monroe Sheldon

Realistic Fiction - Childrens Christian Books
Reading Level: 6th Grade and Above
A community is changed when the pastor gives the people in his congregation a new challenge: always ask "What would Jesus do?" before making a decision. A classic that spurred the WWJD trend. A Christian classic for more than 100 years.

Hinds Feet on High Places

By Hannah Hurnard

Much Afraid lived in fear of what others in the Valley of Humiliation would say about her. The Shepherd sends her on a journey in which she over-comes her fears. This allegory about fear and joy is available in an illustrated volume for children. Passages about love and faithfullness are taken from the Song of Solomon. This classic is loved by children and adults.

Tanglewoods' Secret

By Patricia St. John

Realistic Fiction - Rural England, 1940's
Reading: 4th to 6th Grade
Ruth wonders why she is always so naughty, can't behave like her brother, and is always in trouble with her aunt. Then she meets an older shepherd who tells her about the Good Shepherd. Everything changes for Ruth; even when tragedy strikes. Themes include behavior, death, and the Good Shepherd.

The Chronicles of Narnia

By C.S. Lewis

Fantasy with 4 British children in World War II Era
Reading Level: 4 - 8th grade; Read aloud for younger children
This set of seven books is loved by children and adults around the world. Some publishers have started listing the books in the chronological order that the events take place. However, I think the original order published by Lewis is more exciting as later books unveil why events occurred in earlier tales. The original order is:
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • The Magician's Nephew
  • The Last Battle

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