During a recent talk on reading aloud to our kids as a ministry, I was delighted and surprised to see how hungry attendees were for resources to help them discern which storybooks and novels would guide their kids to the true, the beautiful, and the lovely.
If you’re struggling to decide upon the next read-aloud for your family, or want to start a read-aloud routine and don’t know how to make it happen, the following sites and books may help. Blessings to you!
- Highly recommend, excellent source of book reviews for Christian parents
- Offers excellent reviews of kids’ books, as well as podcast and article content for subscribers
- Extensive book lists and tips for reading with your kids. Subscription required for access to some content
- Started by S.D. Smith, focuses on “holy imagination” and offers both book reviews and inspirational articles about pointing kids to the gospel through stories
- Blog of Christian editor and writer Thea Rosenberg, offers reviews on children’s books with a preference for picture books
- New companion site to Westminster Books that exclusively curates kids’ literature. Check out their beautiful trailer — narrated by Nancy Guthrie! — for a sneak peek!
Books for Inspiration and Guidance:
- Beautiful collection of essays on children’s literature, with book recommendations and practical tips throughout
- Written by a children’s book critic for the Wall Street Journal, an inspiring discussion of the merits of reading aloud. Not expressly from a Christian perspective, but a lovely and helpful guide.
- By Mitali Perkins, who credits children’s literature with opening her heart to Christ. Here she delves into the riches of a handful of classic books that helped shape her.
- This is not a light read, but is worthwhile if you have some time to yourself (and a cup of coffee on-hand!). In this long essay, Tolkien exposits his thinking on the merits of stories, and unpacks how the best stories delight us because they echo the gospel.