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Thank you for downloading the Little Book, Big Story book list! I have ordered the books mostly by category, but you’ll find notes under each title that will give you a recommended age range for that book. You’ll also find a note about the book’s format, so you can tell at a glance if it’s a picture book (Pic), chapter book (Ch), anthology (Anth), or devotional (Dev).

One other note: this is not a full catalog of every book featured on my site. What it is, rather, is a curated list of my favorite titles, the ones I recommend again and again and love reading aloud to my people. Most of them have appeared on my blog, but some haven’t yet—consider this your sneak peek at my publication calendar!

You can find all of these books (and more!) in my online store. If you have any questions about a book or if you think I’d like a title that you don’t see here, please don’t hesitate to email me at thea@littlebookbigstory.com.

Happy browsing! I hope you find some new favorites for your little loved ones.

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Bibles & Bible Stories

Full-Text Bibles

ESV Seek & Find Bible, by Crossway

Big Picture Bible, by Crossway; Illus. Gail Schoonmaker

Story Bibles

Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Jago

The Big Picture Story Bible, by David Helm; Illus. Gail Schoonmaker

The Gospel Story Bible, by Marty Machowski; Illus. AE Macha

The Biggest Story, by Kevin DeYoung; Illus. Don Clark

Tomie DePaola’s Book of Bible Stories

Bible Stories Retold

Read-Aloud Bible Stories (Vol. 1-4), by Ella K. Lindvall; Illus. H. Kent Puckett

The Creation Story, by Norman Messenger

Noah’s Ark, by Jerry Pinkney

The Sword of Abram, by ND Wilson; Illus. Forest Dickison

The Moses Basket, by Jenny Koralek; Illus. Pauline Baynes

The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale, by Eric A. Kimmel; Illus. Jill Weber

Psalms for Young Children, by Marie-Helene Dulval; Illus. Arno

Psalm 23, by Barry Moser

Golly’s Folly: The Prince Who Wanted It All, by Eleazar & Rebekah Ruiz; Illus. Rommel Ruiz

To Everything There is a Season, by Jude Daly

The Ballad of Matthew's Begats, by Andrew Peterson; Illus. Cory Godbey

The Light of the World: The Life of Jesus For Children, by Kathrine Paterson; Illus. Francois Roca

Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus, by John Hendrix

The Lord’s Prayer, by Tim Ladwig

The Garden the Curtain and the Cross, by Carl Laferton; Illus. Catalina Echeverri

The Storm That Stopped, by Alison Mitchell; Illus. Catalina Echeverri

The One O’Clock Miracle, by Alison Mitchell; Illus. Catalina Echeverri

Holiday & Special Occasion

Valentine’s Day

Saint Valentine, by Robert Sabuda

St. Patrick’s Day

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, by Tomie dePaola

Saint Patrick, by Jonathan Rogers

Easter & Lent

What is Easter?, by Michelle Medlock Adams; Illus. Amy Wummer

The Story of Easter, by Aileen Fisher; Illus. Stefano Vitale

The Donkey Who Carried a King, by RC Sproul; Illus. Chuck Groeninck

Peter’s First Easter, by Walter Wangerin, Jr.; Illus. Tim Ladwig

Easter, by Fiona French

Easter, by Jan Pienkowski

Petook: An Easter Story, by Caryll Houselander; Illus. Tomie dePaola

God Gave Us Easter, by Lisa Tawn Bergren; Illus. Laura J. Bryant

Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional, by Scott James; Illus. AE Macha

St. Nicholas Day

Saint Nicholas, by Julie Stiegemeyer; Illus. Chris Ellison

Christmas & Advent

The Christmas Promise, by Alison Mitchell; Illus. Catalina Echeverri

The Advent Jesse Tree, by Dean Lambert Smith

The Stable Where Jesus Was Born, by Rhonda Growler Greene; Illus. Susan Gaber

An Early American Christmas, by Tomie dePaola

One Wintry Night, by Ruth Bell Graham; Illus. Richard Jesse Watson

The Friendly Beasts, by Tomie dePaola

Song of the Stars, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Alison Jay

Who is Coming to Our House?, by Joseph Slate; Illus. Ashley Wolff

Good King Wenceslas, by John M. Neale; Illus. Tim Ladwig

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas, by Madeleine L’Engle

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson

Great Joy, by Kate DiCamillo; Illus. Bagram Ibatoulline

Little One, We Knew You’d Come, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Jackie Morris

New Baby

Gave Gave Us You, by Lisa Tawn Bergren; Illus. Laura J. Bryant

How to Be a Baby, By Me the Big Sister, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Sue Heap

How God Makes Babies, by Jim Burns

Other Nonfiction

Theology

The Radical Book for Kids, by Champ Thornton

3 in 1: A Picture of God, by Joanne Marxhausen; Illus. Ed Koehler

Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?, by Nancy White Carlstrom; Illus. Lori McElrath-Eslick

The Boy and the Ocean, by Max Lucado; Illus. T. Lively Fluharty

The Ology, by Marty Machowski; Illus. Andy McGuire

What is the Gospel?, by Mandy Groce; Illus. Tessa Janes

What is the Church?, by Mandy Groce & Bill Bell; Illus. Tessa Janes

Come Worship With Me, by Ruth Boling; Illus. Tracey Dahle Carrier

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Jago

History & Biography

The History Lives Series, by Mindy and Brandon Withrow

The Light Keepers Series, by Irene Howat

The Tinker’s Daughter: A Story Based on the Life of Mary Bunyan, by Wendy Lawton

John Brown: His Fight For Freedom, by John Hendrix

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, by Tomie dePaola

Saint Patrick, by Jonathan Rogers

The Church History ABCs: Augustine and 25 Other Heroes of the Faith

by Stephen Nichols; Illus. Ned Bustard

Stories of the Saints, by Joyce Denham; Illus. Judy Stevens

Saint Valentine, by Robert Sabuda

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World, by Paul Maier, Illus. Greg Copeland

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom

by Carole Boston Weatherford; Illus. Kadir Nelson

Lily, the Girl Who Could See, by Sally Oxley; Illus. Tim Ladig

Awkward Talks

How God Makes Babies, by Jim Burns

God Made Your Body, by Jim Burns

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies

by Justin S. Holcomb & Lindsay A. Holcomb; Illus. Trish Mahoney

God Gave Us You, by Lisa Tawn Bergren; Illus. Laura J. Bryant

Skip to the Loo, My Darling!, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Anita Jeram

Picture Books

For Toddlers

Look and Be Grateful, by Tomie dePaola

Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise, by Tomie dePaola

Prayer for a Child, by Rachel Field; Illus. Elizabeth Orton Jones

All Things Bright and Beautiful, by Cecil F. Alexander; Illus. Ashley Bryan

Baby’s Hug-a-Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Claudine Gevry

Lift the Flap Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Tracey Moroney

Short Picture Books

The Maggie B, by Irene Haas

The Golden Feather, by David & JJ Heller; Illus. Luke Flowers

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Prayer for a Child, by Rachel Field; Illus. Elizabeth Orton Jones

More, by IC Springman; Illus. Brian Lies

All Things Bright and Beautiful, by Cecil F. Alexander; Illus. Ashley Bryan

The Friend, by Sarah Stewart; Illus. David Small

Press Here, by Hervé Tullet

The Boy and the Ocean, by Max Lucado; Illus. T. Lively Fluharty

The Tale of Three Trees, by Angela Elwell Hunt; Illus. Tim Jonke

I’d Be Your Princess, by Kathryn O’Brien; Illus. Michael Garland

Look and Be Grateful, by Tomie dePaola

Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise, by Tomie dePaola

The Secret Life of Walter Kitty, by Barbara Jean Hicks; Illus. Dan Santat

Baby Wren and the Great Gift, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Jen Corace

Papa, Do You Love Me?, by Barbara M. Joosse; Illus. Barbara Lavallee

We are in a Book!, by Mo Willem

Mix it Up!, by Hervé Tullet

Lines That Wiggle, by Candace Whitman

Beautiful Oops, by Barney Saltzberg

Gave Gave Us You, by Lisa Tawn Bergren; Illus. Laura J. Bryant

Tatay’s Gift, by Krystal Woodard; Illus. Brad Woodard

All the Colors of the Earth, by Sheila Hamanaka

Long Picture Books

The Orange Shoes, by Trinka Hakes Noble; Illus. Doris Ettlinger

How to Be a Baby, By Me the Big Sister, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Sue Heap

How to Get a Job, by Me the Boss, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Sue Heap

Sidney & Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs, by Phil Vischer; Illus. Justin Gerard

The Prince’s Poison Cup, by RC Sproul; Illus. Justin Gerard

The Lightlings, by RC Sproul; Illus. Justin Gerard

The Children’s Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett; Illus. Michael Hague

The Complete Brambly Hedge, by Jill Barklem

The Quiltmaker’s Gift, by Jeff Brumbeau; Illus. Gail De Marken

Chapter Books

Classics

The Railway Children, by E. Nesbit

Heidi, by Joanna Spyri

Eight Cousins, by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

The Adventures of Robin Hood, by Roger Lancelyn Green

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, by Roger Lancelyn Green

What Katy Did, by Susan Coolidge

The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis

Treasures of the Snow, by Patricia St. John

The Little House Books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Anne of Green Gables Series, by LM Montgomery

A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald

Half Magic, by Edward Eager

Little Pilgrim’s Progress, by Helen L. Taylor

The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien

Emily of New Moon, by LM Montgomery

Jane of Lantern Hill, by LM Montgomery

The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner

My Book House, by Olive Beaupre Miller

The Cay, by Theodore Taylor

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

Meet the Austins, by Madeleine L’Engle

The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare

The Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett

Winnie-the-Pooh, by AA Milne

Fairy Tales & Fantasy

The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier

The Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson

Wingfeather Tales, ed. Andrew Peterson

The 100 Cupboards Trilogy, by ND Wilson

The Wilderking Trilogy, by Jonathan Rogers

The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu

The Redwall Books, by Brian Jacques

The Green Ember, by SD Smith; Illus. Zach Franzen

The Black Star of Kingston, by SD Smith; Illus. Zach Franzen

Ember Falls, by SD Smith; Illus. Zach Franzen

The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien

The Harry Potter Books, by JK Rowling

The Ordinary Princess, by MM Kaye

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton; Illus. Brett Helquist

The King’s Equal, by Katherine Paterson

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeleine L’Engle

Many Waters, by Madeleine L’Engle

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

Twig, by Elizabeth Orton Jones

Series

The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis

The Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson

The 100 Cupboards Trilogy, by ND Wilson

The Wilderking Trilogy, by Jonathan Rogers

The Little House Books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Anne of Green Gables Series, by LM Montgomery

My Book House, by Olive Beaupre Miller

The Redwall Books, by Brian Jacques

The Green Ember Books, by SD Smith

The Half Magic Books, by Edward Eager

The Wrinkle in Time Quartet, by Madeleine L’Engle

The Anna Hibiscus Books, by Atinuke; Illus. Lauren Tobia

The Harry Potter Books, by JK Rowling

Poetry

A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson

All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, by Valerie Worth; Illus. Natalie Babbitt

Now We Are Six, by AA Milne; Illus. Ernest Shepherd

When We Were Very Young, by AA Milne; Illus. Ernest Shepherd

A Child’s Calendar, by John Updike; Illus. Trina Schart Hyman

The Golden Treasury of Poetry, ed. Louis Untermeyer; Illus. Joan Walsh Anglund

All Things Bright and Beautiful, by Cecil F. Alexander; Illus. Ashley Bryan

Music From Our Lord’s Holy Heaven, by Gloria Jean Pinkey; Illus. Jerry, Brian & Myles Pinkney

Family Devotionals

Long Story Short: 10 Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, by Marty Machowski

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New, by Marty Machowski; Illus. Andy McGuire

Wise Up: Ten Minute Family Devotions in Proverbs, by Marty Machowski

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illus. Jago

Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism

by Starr Meade

My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms, by Susan & Richie Hunt; Illus. Connie Gabert

The Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett

Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional, by Scott James; Illus. AE Macha

The Advent Jesse Tree, by Dean Lambert Smith

For Grown-Ups

Books About Books

Honey for a Child’s Heart, by Gladys Hunt (1969)

Give Your Child the World, by Jamie C. Martin (2016)

Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman (1985)

Caught Up in a Story, by Sarah Clarkson (2014)

The Reading Promise, by Alice Ozma (2011)

Christianity

Jesus the King, by Timothy Keller (2013)

Desiring God, by John Piper (1986)

Keep a Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliot (1995)

A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter, by Miriam Huffman Rockness (1999)

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection, by Robert Farrar Capon (1969)

Mere Christianity, by CS Lewis (1952)

The Weight of Glory, by CS Lewis (1965)

Women of the Word, by Jen Wilkin (2014)

Openness Unhindered, by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (2015)

The Things of Earth: Treasuring God By Enjoying His Gifts, by Joe Rigney (2014)

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul, by Hannah Anderson (2016)

My Favorite Fiction

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (2004)

Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset (1920)

The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien (1954)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke (2004)

The Eliot Family Trilogy, by Elizabeth Goudge (1940-1953)

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger (2001)

The Space Trilogy, by CS Lewis (1938-1945)

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

On Writing & Art

Letters & Life, by Bret Lott (2013)

On Writing Well, by William Zinsser (1976)

Walking on Water, by Madeleine L’Engle (1972)

Family Life

For the Children’s Sake, by Susan Schaeffer Macauley (1984)

Teaching From Rest, by Sarah MacKenzie (2015)

Missional Motherhood, by Gloria Furman (2016)

Glimpses of Grace, by Gloria Furman (2013)

The Life-Giving Home, by Sally & Sarah Clarkson (2016)

What is a Family?, by Edith Schaeffer (1975)

The Crosswicks Journals, by Madeleine L’Engle (1972-1988)

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