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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.

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

Crossway (5-8 | 2010)

Big Picture Bible

Crossway; Gail Schoonmaker (5-8 | 2015)

STORY BIBLES

Jesus Storybook Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jago (0-100 | 2004)

The Big Picture Story Bible

David Helm; Gail Schoonmaker (3-8 | 2014)

The Gospel Story Bible

Marty Machowski; AE Macha (5-11 | 2011)

The Biggest Story

Kevin DeYoung; Don Clark (3-8 | 2015)

The Biggest Story ABC

Kevin DeYoung, Don Clark (0-5 | 2017)

Tomie DePaola’s Book of Bible Stories (5-8 | 1973)

Read-Aloud Bible Stories (Vol. 1-4)

Ella K. Lindvall; H. Kent Puckett (0-5 | Pic | 1982)

Lift-the-Flap Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Tracey Moroney (0-5 | Pic | 2011)

BIBLE STORIES RETOLD

Noah’s Ark

Jerry Pinkney (3-8 | Pic | 2002)

Psalm 23

Barry Moser (3-8 | Pic | 2008)

Golly’s Folly: The Prince Who Wanted It All

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: The Life of Jesus For Children

Kathrine 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)

The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross

Carl Laferton; Catalina Echeverri (3-8 | Pic | 2016)

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)

For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women From the Bible, Retold for Girls

Angie Smith; Breezy Brookshire (8-11 | Pic | 2014)


HOLIDAYS

VALENTINE’S DAY

Saint Valentine

Robert Sabuda (5-11 | Pic | 1999)

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

Tomie dePaola (3-11 | Pic | 1992)

Saint Patrick

Jonathan Rogers (11+ | Ch | 2010)

EASTER & LENT

What is Easter?

Michelle Medlock Adams; Amy Wummer (0-5 | Pic | 2005)

The Story of Easter

Aileen Fisher; Stefano Vitale (3-8 | Pic | 1998)

The Donkey Who Carried a King

RC Sproul; Chuck Groeninck  (3-8 | Pic | 2012)

Peter’s First Easter

Walter Wangerin, Jr.; Tim Ladwig (5-11+ | Pic | 2000)

Easter

Fiona French (5-8 | Pic | 2001)

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: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional

Scott James; AE Macha (5-11+ | Dev | 2015)

At Jerusalem's Gate

Nikki Grimes; David Frampton (2005)

ST. NICHOLAS DAY

Saint Nicholas

Julie Stiegemeyer; Chris Ellison (5-11 | Pic | 2007)

CHRISTMAS & ADVENT

The Christmas Promise

Alison Mitchell; Catalina Echeverri (3-8 | Pic | 2014)

The Advent Jesse Tree

Dean Lambert Smith (3-11+ | Dev | 2010)

The Stable Where Jesus Was Born

Rhonda Growler Greene; Susan Gaber (0-5 | Pic | 2002)

An Early American Christmas

Tomie dePaola (3-8 | Pic | 1987)

One Wintry Night

Ruth Bell Graham; Richard Jesse Watson (5-11 | Pic | 2012)

The Friendly Beasts

Tomie dePaola (0-5 | Pic | 1998)

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; PJ Lynch (5+ | Pic | 2008)

Shooting at the Stars

John Hendrix (8+ | Pic | 2014)


OTHER NONFICTION

THEOLOGY

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)

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New

Marty Machowski; Andy McGuire (3-11+ | Dev | 2015)

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)

Come Worship With Me

Ruth Boling; Tracey Dahle Carrier (3-8 | Pic | 2003)

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jago (5-11 | Dev | 2012)

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

The History Lives Series

Mindy and Brandon Withrow (8-11+ | Ch | 2012)

The Light Keepers Series

Irene Howat (8-11+ | Ch | 2009)

The Tinker’s Daughter: A Story Based on the Life of Mary Bunyan

Wendy Lawton (8-11 | Ch | 2002)

John Brown: His Fight For Freedom

John Hendrix (8-11 | Pic | 2009)

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

Stephen Nichols; Ned Bustard (8-11 | Pic | 2010)

Reformation ABCs: The People, Places and Things of the Reformation

Stephen Nichols; Ned Bustard (8-11 | Pic | 2017)

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World

Paul Maier, Greg Copeland (8-11 | Pic | 2004)

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)

The World Jesus Knew

Marc Olson; Jemma Maybank (8-11 | Pic | 2017)

AWKWARD TALKS

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)


PICTURE BOOKS

FOR TODDLERS

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

The Maggie B

Irene Haas (3-8 | Pic | 1975)

The Golden Feather

David & JJ Heller; Luke Flowers (3-8 | Pic | 2014)

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein (5-11 | Pic | 1964)

Prayer for a Child

Rachel Field; Elizabeth Orton Jones (0-5 | Pic | 1944)

 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)

 The Secret Life of Walter Kitty

Barbara Jean Hicks; Dan Santat (3-11 | Pic | 2007)

Baby Wren and the Great Gift

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jen Corace (0-8 | Pic | 2016)

We are in a Book!

Mo Willem (0-11+ | Pic | 2010)

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

The Orange Shoes

Trinka Hakes Noble; Doris Ettlinger (5-11 | Pic | 2007)

How to Be a Baby, By Me the Big Sister

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Sue Heap (3-8 | Pic | 2011)

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

RC Sproul; Justin Gerard (5-11 | Pic | 2008)

The Lightlings

RC Sproul; Justin Gerard (5-11 | Pic | 2006)

The Complete Brambly Hedge

Jill Barklem (5-11 | Pic | 1999)

A Seed is Sleepy

Dianna Hutts Aston; Illus. Sylvia Long (5-11 | Pic | 2007)

Dangerous Journey

Oliver Hunkin (5-11 | Pic | 1985)


CHAPTER BOOKS

CLASSICS

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

CS Lewis (5-11+ | Ch | 1950-1956)

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 | 1932-1943)

The Anne of Green Gables Series

LM Montgomery (8-11+ | Ch | 1908-1921)

Emily of New Moon

LM 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

JRR Tolkien (5-11 | Ch | 1937)

Little Pilgrim’s Progress

Helen L. Taylor (5-11 | Ch | 1982)

Winnie-the-Pooh

AA Milne (5-11+ | Ch | 1926)

Gone-Away Lake

Elizabeth Enright (5-11+ | Ch | 1957)

FAIRY TALES & FANTASY

The Wingfeather Saga

Andrew Peterson (8-11+ | Ch | 2008-2015)

The 100 Cupboards Series

ND Wilson (8-11+ | Ch | 2008-2011)

The Outlaws of Time Series

ND Wilson (8-11+ | Ch | 2017-2018)

The Wilderking Trilogy

Jonathan Rogers (8-11 | Ch | 2014)

The Redwall Series

Brian Jacques (8-11 | Ch | 1986-2011)

The Green Ember Series

SD Smith (8-11 | Ch | 2014-2016)

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

JK Rowling (8-11+ | Ch | 1997-2007)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Trilogy

Grace Lin (8-11 | Ch | 2011)

The Peter Nimble Series

Jonathan Auxier (8-11+ | Ch | 2014-2016)

Breadcrumbs

Anne Ursu (8-11 | Ch | 2013)

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

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

(8-11 | Mag | Released Quarterly)


POETRY

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

AA Milne; Ernest Shepherd (3-11 | Ch | 1927)

When We Were Very Young

AA Milne; Ernest Shepherd (3-11 | Ch | 1924)

A Child’s Calendar

John Updike; Trina Schart Hyman (5-11 | Pic | 1965)

The Golden Treasury of Poetry

Louis Untermeyer - Editor; Joan Walsh Anglund (5-11+ | Anth | 1959)

The Complete Book of Flower Fairies

Cicely Mary Barker (5-11+ | Pic | 1927)


FAMILY DEVOTIONALS

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids

David Murray; Scotty Reifsnyder (8-11 | Dev | 2017)

Long Story Short: 10 Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

Marty Machowski (5-11+ | Dev | 2010)

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New

Marty Machowski; Andy McGuire (3-11+ | Dev | 2015)

Wise Up: Ten Minute Family Devotions in Proverbs

Marty Machowski (5-11+ | Dev | 2016)

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

Sally Lloyd-Jones; Jago (5-11 | Dev | 2012)

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

Starr Meade (8-11+ | Dev | 2000)

My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms

Susan & Richie Hunt; Connie Gabert (5-11 | Dev | 2013)

Everything a Child Should Know About God

Kenneth N. Taylor; Jenny Brake (3-5 | Dev | 2014)

The New City Catechism

Crossway (5-11+ | Dev | 2014)


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 H. 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, by Joe Rigney (2014)

Humble Roots, by Hannah Anderson (2016)

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers, ed. Arthur Bennett (1975)

Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl, by N.D. Wilson (2009)

Deeply Rooted Magazine

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)

The Scent of Water, by Elizabeth Goudge (1963)

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)

Middlemarch, by George Eliot (1871)

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (1938)

Anything by LM Montgomery

ON WRITING & ART

Letters & Life, by Bret Lott (2013)

On Writing Well, by William Zinsser (1976)

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

The Hidden Machinery, by Margot Livesey (2017)

Mystery & Manners, by Flannery O'Connor (1957)

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, by John Muir Laws (2016)

FAMILY LIFE & EDUCATION

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)