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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.

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

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

ESV Seek & Find Bible

Crossway

5–8

Bible

2010

Big Picture Bible

Crossway; Gail Schoonmaker

5–8

Bible

2015

STORY BIBLES

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

Jesus Storybook Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jago

0–100+

Pic

2004

The Big Picture Story Bible

David Helm; Gail Schoonmaker

3–8

Pic

2014

The Gospel Story Bible

Marty Machowski; A. E. Macha

5–11

Pic

2011

The Biggest Story

Kevin DeYoung; Don Clark

3–8

Pic

2015

The Biggest Story ABC

Kevin DeYoung, Don Clark

0–5

Pic

2017

Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories

Tomie dePaola

5–8

Pic

1973

Read-Aloud Bible Stories

Ella K. Lindvall; H. Kent Puckett

0–5

Pic

1982

Bible History ABCs

Stephen J. Nichols; Ned Bustard

5–11

Pic

2019

Lift-the-Flap Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Tracey Moroney

0–5

Pic

2011

BIBLE STORIES RETOLD

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross

Carl Laferton; Catalina Echeverri

3–8

Pic

2016

For Such a Time as This

Angie Smith; Breezy Brookshire

8–11

Pic

2014

Noah’s Ark

Jerry Pinkney

3–8

Pic

2002

Psalm 23

Barry Moser

3–8

Pic

2008

Golly’s Folly

Eleazar, Rebekah Ruiz; Rommel Ruiz

3–8

Pic

2016

To Everything There is a Season

Jude Daly

3–8

Pic

2006

The Light of the World

Katherine Paterson; Francois Roca

3–11

Pic

2008

Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus

John Hendrix

3–11

Pic

2016

The Lord’s Prayer

Tim Ladwig

3–8

Pic

2002

Loved: The Lord’s Prayer

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jago

0–5

Pic

2018

Paul Writes (a Letter)

Chris Rashka

5–11

Pic

2018

Bible Infographics for Kids

Harvest House; Brian Hurst

5–11

Pic

2018

The Storm That Stopped

Alison Mitchell; Catalina Echeverri

3–8

Pic

2016

The One O’Clock Miracle

Alison Mitchell; Catalina Echeverri

3–8

Pic

2015

Jesus and the Lion’s Den

Alison Mitchell; Catalina Echeverri

3–8

Pic

2019


HOLIDAYS

CHRISTMAS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The Christmas Promise

Alison Mitchell; Catalina Echeverri

3–8

Pic

2014

The Advent Jesse Tree

Dean Lambert Smith

3–11+

Dev

2010

An Early American Christmas

Tomie dePaola

3–8

Pic

1987

One Wintry Night

Ruth Bell Graham; Richard Watson

5–11

Pic

2012

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Susan Wojciechowski; P. J. Lynch

5–11

Pic

1948

Song of the Stars

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Alison Jay

3–8

Pic

2011

Who is Coming to Our House?

Joseph Slate; Ashley Wolff

0–5

Pic

2001

Good King Wenceslas

John M. Neale; Tim Ladwig

0–8

Pic

2005

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas

Madeleine L’Engle

5–11+

Ch

1964

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Barbara Robinson

8–11+

Ch

1971

Great Joy

Kate DiCamillo; Bagram Ibatoulline

3–8

Pic

2010

Little One, We Knew You’d Come

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jackie Morris

0–8

Pic

2006

The Littlest Watchman

Scott James; Geraldine Rodriguez

3–8

Pic

2017

The Gift of the Magi

O. Henry; P. J. Lynch

5+

Pic

2008

Shooting at the Stars

John Hendrix

8+

Pic

2014

EASTER

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The Story of Easter

Aileen Fisher; Stefano Vitale

3–8

Pic

1998

What is Easter?

Michelle Medlock Adams; Amy Wummer

0–5

Pic

2005

The Donkey Who Carried a King

R. C. Sproul; Chuck Groeninck

3–8

Pic

2012

Peter’s First Easter

Walter Wangerin, Jr.; Tim Ladwig

5–11+

Pic

2000

Easter

Jan Pienkowski

5–11+

Pic

1989

Petook: An Easter Story

Caryll Houselander; Tomie dePaola

5–11

Pic

1988

God Gave Us Easter

Lisa Tawn Bergren; Laura J. Bryant

3–8

Pic

2013

Mission Accomplished

Scott James; A. E. Macha

5–11+

Dev

2015

Jesus is Risen!

Agostino Traini

5–11

Pic

2018

Holy Week

Danielle Hitchen; Jessica Blanchard

0–5

Pic

2019

At Jerusalem's Gate

Nikki Grimes; David Frampton

8–11+

Pic

2005

OTHER HOLIDAYS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

Saint Valentine

Robert Sabuda

5–11

Pic

1999

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

Tomie dePaola

3–11

Pic

1992

Saint Patrick

Jonathan Rogers

11+

Ch

2010

Saint Nicholas

Julie Stiegemeyer; Chris Ellison

5–11

Pic

2007


OTHER NONFICTION

THEOLOGY

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The Radical Book for Kids

Champ Thornton

8–11

Ch

2016

3 in 1: A Picture of God

Joanne Marxhausen; Ed Koehler

3–8

Pic

2004

Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?

Nancy White Carlstrom; Lori McElrath-Eslick

3–5

Pic

1996

The Boy and the Ocean

Max Lucado; T. Lively Fluharty

0–8

Pic

2013

What is the Gospel?

Mandy Groce; Tessa Janes

3–8

Pic

2012

What is the Church?

Mandy Groce & Bill Bell; Tessa Janes

3–8

Pic

2011

God's Very Good Idea

Trillia Newbell; Catalina Echeverri

5+

Pic

2017

Maybe God is Like That, Too

Jennifer Grant; Benjamin Schipper

5–8

Pic

2017

HISTORY + BIOGRAPHY

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The History Lives Series

Mindy & Brandon Withrow

8–11+

Ch

2012

The Light Keepers Series

Irene Howat

8–11

Ch

2009

The Tinker’s Daughter

Wendy Lawton

8–11

Ch

2002

John Brown: His Fight For Freedom

John Hendrix

8–11

Pic

2009

The Church History ABCs

Stephen Nichols; Ned Bustard

8–11

Pic

2010

Reformation ABCs

Stephen Nichols; Ned Bustard

8–11

Pic

2017

God’s Timeline

Linda Finlayson

8–11

Pic

2018

The Life of Martin Luther

Agostino Traini

5–8

Pic

2017

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom

Carole Boston Weatherford; Kadir Nelson

8–11

Pic

2006

Lily, the Girl Who Could See

Sally Oxley; Tim Ladwig

8–11

Pic

2015

Patricia St. John: The Story Behind the Stories

Irene Howat

8–11

Ch

2008

Empowered

Catherine Parks; Breezy Brookshire

11+

Ch

2019

The World Jesus Knew

Marc Olson; Jemma Maybank

8–11

Pic

2017

FAMILY DEVOTIONALS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

Exploring the Bible

David Murray; Scotty Reifsnyder

8–11

Dev

2017

Long Story Short

Marty Machowski

5–11+

Dev

2010

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New

Marty Machowski; Andy McGuire

3–11+

Dev

2015

Wise Up

Marty Machowski

5–11+

Dev

2016

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jago

5–11

Dev

2012

My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms

Susan & Richie Hunt; Connie Gabert

5–11

Dev

2013

Every Moment Holy

Douglas K. McKelvey; Ned Bustard

11+

Dev

2017

What Every Child Should Know About Prayer

Nancy Guthrie; Jenny Brake

3–8

Dev

2018

Everything a Child Should Know About God

Kenneth N. Taylor; Jenny Brake

3–5

Dev

2014

AWKWARD TALKS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

How God Makes Babies

Jim Burns

8–11

Pic

2009

God Made Your Body

Jim Burns

5–8

Pic

2009

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

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

5–8

Pic

2015

God Gave Us You

Lisa Tawn Bergren; Laura J. Bryant

0–5

Pic

2000

Skip to the Loo, My Darling!

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Anita Jeram

0–5

Pic

2016

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures

Kristen Jensons & Gail Poyner

8+

Pic

2018

The Princess and the Kiss

Jennie Bishop

6–9

Pic

2000

A Child’s First Book About Marriage

Jani Ortlund; Angelo Ruta

4–11

Pic

2018

The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book

Drs. Larimore & Weaver

9+

Ch

2013


PICTURE BOOKS

FOR TODDLERS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

Look and Be Grateful

Tomie dePaola

0–5

Pic

2015

Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise

Tomie dePaola

0–5

Pic

2011

Prayer for a Child

Rachel Field; Elizabeth Orton Jones

0–5

Pic

1944

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Naoko Stoop

0–5

Pic

2017

The Biggest Story ABC

Kevin DeYoung, Don Clark

0–5

Pic

2017

First Bible Basics: A Counting Primer

Danielle Hitchen; Jessica Blanchard

0–5

Pic

2017

SHORT PICTURE BOOKS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The Maggie B

Irene Haas

3–8

Pic

1975

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

5–11

Pic

1964

 The Friend

Sarah Stewart; David Small

3–8

Pic

2004

The Tale of Three Trees

Angela Elwell Hunt; Tim Jonke

3–11

Pic

1989

I’d Be Your Princess

Kathryn O’Brien; Michael Garland

5–8

Pic

2004

Baby Wren and the Great Gift

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jen Corace

0–8

Pic

2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Cecil Frances Alexander; Bruce Whatley

0–5

Pic

2001

Just Because You're Mine

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Frank Endersby

0–5

Pic

2011

Audrey Bunny

Angie Smith; Breezy Brookshire

0–8

Pic

2013

LONG PICTURE BOOKS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The Orange Shoes

Trinka Hakes Noble; Doris Ettlinger

5–11

Pic

2007

How to Get a Job, by Me the Boss

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Sue Heap

5–8

Pic

2011

Sidney & Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs

Phil Vischer; Justin Gerard

5–11

Pic

2012

The Prince’s Poison Cup

R. C. Sproul; Justin Gerard

5–11

Pic

2008

The Lightlings

R. C. Sproul; Justin Gerard

5–11

Pic

2006

The Complete Brambly Hedge

Jill Barklem

5–11

Pic

1999

Dangerous Journey

Oliver Hunkin

5–11

Pic

1985


CHAPTER BOOKS

CLASSICS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The Railway Children

E. Nesbit

5–11+

Ch

1906

Eight Cousins

Louisa May Alcott

8–11

Ch

1875

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

8–11+

Ch

1868

The Chronicles of Narnia

C. S. Lewis

5–11+

Ch

1950

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Roger Lancelyn Green

8–11+

Ch

1956

What Katy Did

Susan Coolidge

8–11+

Ch

1872

Treasures of the Snow

Patricia St. John

8–11+

Ch

1950

The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge

8–11+

Ch

1946

The Little House Books

Laura Ingalls Wilder

5–11+

Ch

1932

The Anne of Green Gables Series

L. M. Montgomery

8–11+

Ch

1908

Emily of New Moon

L. M. Montgomery

8–11+

Ch

1923

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett

5–11

Ch

1905

The Princess and the Goblin

George MacDonald

5–11

Ch

1872

Half Magic

Edward Eager

5–11

Ch

1954

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien

5–11

Ch

1937

Little Pilgrim’s Progress

Helen L. Taylor

5–11

Ch

1982

Winnie–the–Pooh

A. A. Milne

5–11+

Ch

1926

The Good Master

Kate Seredy

8–11+

Ch

1935

Gone-Away Lake

Elizabeth Enright

5–11+

Ch

1957

FAIRY TALES + FANTASY

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

The Wingfeather Saga

Andrew Peterson

8–11+

Ch

2008

The Mistmantle Chronicles

M. I. McAllister

8–11+

Ch

2005

The 100 Cupboards Series

N. D. Wilson

8–11+

Ch

2008

The Outlaws of Time Series

N. D. Wilson

8–11+

Ch

2017

The Wilderking Trilogy

Jonathan Rogers

8–11

Ch

2014

The Redwall Series

Brian Jacques

8–11

Ch

1986

The Green Ember Series

S. D. Smith

8–11

Ch

2014

The Half Magic Series

Edward Eager

5–11

Ch

1954

The Wrinkle in Time Quartet

Madeleine L’Engle

8–11

Ch

1962

The Harry Potter Series

J. K. Rowling

8–11+

Ch

1997

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Trilogy

Grace Lin

8–11

Ch

2011

The Peter Nimble Series

Jonathan Auxier

8–11+

Ch

2014

Breadcrumbs

Anne Ursu

8–11

Ch

2013

Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy

David & Karen Mains

8+

Ch

1980

The Rwendigo Tales Series

J. A. Myhre

11+

Ch

2015

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

Jennifer Trafton

5–11

Ch

2011

Henry and the Chalk Dragon

Jennifer Trafton

5–11+

Ch

2017

ANTHOLOGIES + MAGAZINES

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

My Book House

Olive Beaupre Miller

0–18

Anth

1920

The Book of Virtues

William J. Bennett

5–11+

Anth

1993

The Children’s Book of Virtues

William J. Bennett; Michael Hague

3–11

Anth

1995

Wildflowers Magazine

Various

8–11

Mag

Qrtly


POETRY

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

AGE

FORM

DATE

A Child’s Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson

3–11

Pic

1885

All the Small Poems and Fourteen More

Valerie Worth; Natalie Babbitt

5–11+

Ch

1996

Now We Are Six

A. A. Milne; Ernest Shepherd

3–11

Ch

1927

When We Were Very Young

A. A. Milne; Ernest Shepherd

3–11

Ch

1924

A Child’s Calendar

John Updike; Trina Schart Hyman

5–11

Pic

1965

Sing a Song of Seasons

Fiona Waters; Frann Preston-Gannon

3–11

Pic

2018

The Complete Book of Flower Fairies

Cicely Mary Barker

5–11+

Pic

1927


FOR GROWN–UPS

BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

DATE

Honey for a Child’s Heart

Gladys Hunt

1969

Give Your Child the World

Jamie C. Martin

2016

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Neil Postman

1985

Caught Up in a Story

Sarah Clarkson

2014

The Reading Promise

Alice Ozma

2011

CHRISTIANITY

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

DATE

Jesus the King

Timothy Keller

2013

Desiring God

John Piper

1986

Suffering is Never for Nothing

Elisabeth Elliot

2019

A Passion for the Impossible

Miriam H. Rockness

1999

The Supper of the Lamb

Robert Farrar Capon

1969

Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis

1952

The Weight of Glory

C. S. Lewis

1965

Women of the Word

Jen Wilkin

2014

Openness Unhindered

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

2015

The Things of Earth

Joe Rigney

2014

A Little Book on the Christian Life

John Calvin

2017

Humble Roots

Hannah Anderson

2016

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers

ed. Arthur Bennett

1975

Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl

N. D. Wilson

2009

Enjoying God

Tim Chester

2018

You Are What You Love

James K. A. Smith

2016

A Blossom in the Desert

Lillias Trotter

2007

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Jeremiah Burroughs

1648

ESV Study Bible

Crossway

2008

ESV Story of Redemption Bible

Crossway

2018

Deeply Rooted Magazine

Various

2014

MY FAVORITE FICTION

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

DATE

Gilead

Marilynne Robinson

2004

Kristin Lavransdatter

Sigrid Undset

1920

The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien

1954

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Susanna Clarke

2004

The Eliot Family Trilogy

Elizabeth Goudge

1940

The Scent of Water

Elizabeth Goudge

1963

Peace Like a River

Leif Enger

2001

The Space Trilogy

C. S. Lewis

1938

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

1844

North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell

1855

Middlemarch

George Eliot

1871

The Heaven Tree Trilogy

Edith Pargeter

1960

Anything at all by . . .

L. M. Montgomery

WRITING + ART

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

DATE

On Writing Well

William Zinsser

1976

Letters & Life

Bret Lott

2013

Walking on Water

Madeleine L’Engle

1972

The Hidden Machinery

Margot Livesey

2017

Mystery & Manners

Flannery O'Connor

1957

Writing Picture Books

Ann Whitford Paul

2009

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

John Muir Laws

2016

FAMILY LIFE + EDUCATION

TITLE

AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR

DATE

For the Children’s Sake

Susan Schaeffer Macauley

1984

Teaching From Rest

Sarah MacKenzie

2015

Missional Motherhood

Gloria Furman

2016

Glimpses of Grace

Gloria Furman

2013

The Life-Giving Home

Sally & Sarah Clarkson

2016

What is a Family?

Edith Schaeffer

1975

The Crosswicks Journals

Madeleine L’Engle

1972

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