The Good Bear by Sarah Lean is a simply charming novel for ages nine years and over. It is perfect to read in the run up to Christmas or indeed for any time of year to swell your heart with love and care.
The novel is magical as you try to work out, could this tale be true? Told on flashbacks to 1978 when the mother telling the tale was twelve years old, the reader becomes completely absorbed in the story.
We all want to be loved and to belong. Animals are no exception. An ill-treated bear and a young girl bond together in search of love. It is beautiful to watch the love develop.
God’s Generals For Kids: Evan Roberts by Roberts Liardon and Olly Goldenberg is the true account of Evan Robert’s life. It is perfect for ages eight years and over and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Evan Roberts, even though I am considerably older than the target market. He was a new figure to me.
Evan Roberts was responsible for the 1904/05 revival in Wales and for a lesser revival in the 1920’s. He was a godly child who “loved leading them [his friends] to Jesus.” No matter how young or old we are, God can use us mightily if we just surrender to Him.
Evan Roberts always had a heart for God and for others. He started down the pit at just twelve years old and even then, was leading grown men to Jesus.
Perfect For The Under 12’s
Life In Lockdown 2020 by Olly Goldenberg is a brilliant resource for children to help them to process all that has happened and what is continuing to happen.
This is a puzzle book that helps children to not only think about events but to think about what God says about things. There are relevant Bible verses scattered throughout that provide talking points for your child. The puzzles include word grids, scrambled words, shadow matches and more. There are spaces to doodle in and also stick photos in, colour and so much more.
Learning God’s Life Lessons
The Adventures Of Teddy by Olly Goldenberg and Laura Hilton is a perfect series for very small children to learn about having a relationship with God.
The main character Teddy is easy to relate to. He is simply and colourfully drawn and will appeal to all small children. Teddy has fears and questions about life that are explored in the books.
The stories use simple language and repetition enabling easy access for children. The stories are perfect starting points for parents to have discussions with even the smallest of children about life and faith and God.