God has given us animals, ultimately to point us to himself—to the one who is always there and who loves us unconditionally.
By Dawn Eaton
In a world filled with captivating creatures, there’s a special connection between children, animals, and the God who created us all. If your kids have an affinity for furry, feathered, or finned friends, you’re in the right place. Enjoy this selection of Christian books that will not only entertain and educate but also nurture the spiritual connection between your young readers and our ingenious, loving Creator. Gather your kids, find a cozy reading nook, and let’s dive into a world where faith and furry companionship go paw in hand.
Youth or Family Devotions
Pawverbs for Kids by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley
Kids love animals! Pawverbs for Kids is jam-packed with 30 true-to-life short stories, or pawverbs. Each of these charming stories features kids and animals—and what a variety of animals there are: dogs, cats, frogs, birds, horses . . . even a bearded dragon and a grasshopper! Each story illustrates a biblical principle or lesson found in the Bible book of Proverbs. This book presents biblical truth in a whimsical way and invites kids to explore deep spiritual truth alongside extremely loveable pets!
God has given us animals, ultimately to point us to himself—to the one who is always there and who loves us unconditionally. In this book, children will not only find inspiring and heartwarming animal tales, but spiritual truths to touch their hearts and remind them of God’s unfailing love, wisdom, and grace.
The Size of Everything – Ginormous Galaxies, Itty-Bitty Quarks, and Me by Alyssa Clements
The Size of Everything captures the magnitude of God’s creation by setting everything on a size scale. Readers start in the middle with the size of an eight-year-old child and have the option to turn the pages to the left and explore cells, plants, and animals that are smaller than them. Or they can turn the pages to the right to discover creatures, landmarks, and planets larger than they can imagine! Best of all, children will see God’s power and creativity in all of creation.
My Arms Will Hold You Tight by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley
Each 4-color spread in this whimsical board book features illustrations of beloved animals—including llamas, elephants, and sloths—along with fun surprises like bats and flamingos. Authors Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley are masterful with rhyming and bring the tenderness of heartfelt love between these adorable baby animals and their parents to life. My Arms Will Hold You Tight will appeal to the whole family and is sure to be a favorite book for Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa to read with their precious little ones.
Youth or Family Devotions
The One Year Devos for Animal Lovers – Cool Things Animals Show Us About Our Creator by Dandi Daley Mackall
Each devotion begins with a fun or interesting fact about an animal; this fact then introduces a concept of life and godliness that is reinforced by a scripture verse. The devotion concludes with an activity to do that day that relates to the devotion; there is also a sidebar with more fun/interesting facts. The animals used in this devotion range from the beloved and familiar (such as horses and dogs) to the extraordinary and unfamiliar (such as the kookaburra and the Pompeii worm).
Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends by Rachel Anne Ridge
Hee-haw! A stray donkey with a penchant for inventions is taken in by a mismatched collection of barnyard friends. Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends is the heartwarming story of a not-so-ordinary donkey who needs a special place to belong. Flash is the inquisitive type who loves to invent things and solve problems, but his curiosity sometimes gets him into trouble! With the help of his new-found friends—Jed the Goat, Carson the Pig, and Ruby the Chicken—Flash manages to turn problems into adventures and learns valuable lessons along the way. Inspired by Rachel Anne Ridge’s memoir Flash.
Your kids may also be interested in the Otter B picture book series or the Dead Sea Squirrel chapter book series.
Featured image photo credit: Charles Deluvio