Christian Children's Books
Your Child Will Love Reading!

You face two risks with the usual Christian children's books

  1. That your child won't enjoy reading them
  2. That the particulars of what one book teaches may be slightly at odds with what you want your child to believe.

Books, Christian or otherwise, are under siege in our culture from more dynamic forms of entertainment.

Books have to compete with TV, music and video games. The time your generation spent with books is now more likely to be spent text messaging on a cell phone!

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Since we know that a love of reading is key to our children's future success, it's up to us as parents to provide good fuel for that love! A Christian children's book that doesn't entertain, that doesn't compel your child to keep turning pages, is as bad as no book at all.

Maybe worse if it turns your child off of reading!

So how are you going to find good Christian books that your child will choose to read, even without your urging?

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Teachings: Broad-based or specific?

Here's what I'm getting at. Should you be searching for books that are true to your specific form of worship?

For instance, if you're Catholic, should you be looking for Catholic children's books?

They're out there! They can be found! (Probably right at your church.) But are they the best way to go?

I don't believe they are. I believe Christian children's books that compete in a broader marketplace are more likely to be enjoyed by your child. Why? For a very simple reason: they're more popular.

It's easy to be a big fish in a small pond. You don't have to be very good.

Church-goers worry their children are going to be led astray

Of course we worry about our children. Here's the risk though: while we obsess over what we can control, our children are led astray by the things we can't control.

So consider choosing Christian children's books that are broad-based in their teachings, that speak to all Christians. In fact, I would encourage you to consider books that promote Christian values even to children of secular families.

That can mean books that are Christian without crowing about being Christian!

What is your greater fear?

  1. That your children will someday choose a different church?
  2. That your children will someday choose no church?

If you answered 2), then I suggest you cast about the broader marketplace of Christian children's books. Include Christian children's books that don't advertise themselves as such.

How am I going to find such books?

Well, yes, it is a little harder to know a book teaches good Christian values if it doesn't say This book is for Christian Kids on the cover!

But the good news is I'm going to help you in your search. Because I know of some very good people who have made an effort to locate good Christian children's books that your child will enjoy!

Have you heard about the Children's Behavior Books?

They're stories with a message to help parents help kids overcome problem behaviors, like:

  • Hard to Please
  • Lying/Fibbing
  • Not Cleaning Up
  • Playing Poorly with Others
  • and more!

Stories should teach, don't you think? Check 'em out!

Two Major Awards:

The Christophers / The Children's Crown

The Christophers

Do you know of the Christophers? Their mission "is to encourage people of all ages, and from all walks of life, to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world."

Each year, the Christophers give awards for children's books (and other media) that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit."

In other words, they give awards to the best Christian children's books, even if they don't say "Christian children's books" on the cover!

The Christophers Christian Children's Book Awards

Young Adult | Ages 10-12 | 8-10 | 6-8 | Preschool | All Ages

The Children's Crown

Sandra Morrow, a librarian at Brentwood Christian School, is the woman who conceived and created the Children's Crown Awards for Christian children's books.

As a Christian school librarian, Ms. Morrow is an expert in Christian children's books. But the neat thing about her awards is how they're chosen...

Parents, teachers, librarians and students nominate worthy Christian children's books recently published. (You could nominate a Christian children's books you think highly of.) And then, each Spring, children vote the winners.

That's right! These books are kid-certified. They're the Christian books that children themselves have said they loved reading!

Children's Crown Christian Children's Book Awards

Gallery (Grades K-2) | Crown (Grades 3-6) | Lamplighter (Grades 6-8)

The Christophers Book Awards

Young Adult and 12 and up

(The only problem with the Christophers is they're always changing the age range categories on their Christian children's books. I try to lump them together appropriately below.)

  • 2013 - Outcasts United by Warren St. John
  • 2012 - Close to Famous, by Joan Bauer
  • 2010 - A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, by Tori Murden McClure
  • 2009 - Sunrise Over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers
  • 2008 - Diamonds in the Shadow, by Caroline B. Cooney
  • 2007 - Bread and Roses, Too, by Katherine Paterson
  • 2006 - Hitch, by Jeanette Ingold
  • 2005 - Thura's Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq, by Thura Al-Windawi
  • 2004 - The Silent Boy, by Lois Lowry
  • 2003 - Left For Dead, by Pete Nelson
  • 2002 - Soldier X, by Don Wulffson
  • 2001 - The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech
  • 2000 - Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy, by Sonya Sones
  • 1999 - Shipwreck Season, by Donna Hill
  • 1999 - Holes, by Louis Sachar
  • 1998 - I Have Lived A Thousand Years, by Livia E. Bitton-Jackson
  • 1997 - Glennis, Before and After, by Patricia Calvert
  • 1997 - Irrepressible Spirit: Conversations with Human Rights Activists, by Susan Kuklin
  • 1996 - Mother Jones: One Woman's Fight for Labor, by Betsy Harvey Kraft - (Ages 12-14)
  • 1996 - Parallel Journeys, by Eleanor Ayer, with Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck
  • 1995 - Taking Hold: My Journey Into Blindness, by Sally Hobart Alexander
  • 1994 - Anne Frank: Beyond the diary, by Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven
  • 1993 - Mississippi Challenge, by Mildred Pitts Walter
  • 1990 - So Much to Tell You..., by John Marsden

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The Christophers Book Awards

Ages approx. 10-12

  • 2013 - Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
  • 2012 - Words in the Dust, by Trent Reedy
  • 2011 - Lafayette and the American Revolution, by Russell Freedman
  • 2010 - Extra Credit, written by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mark Elliott
  • 2009 - Shooting the Moon, by Frances O’Roark Dowell
  • 2008 - The Wild Girls, by Pat Murphy
  • 2007 - Listen!, by Stephanie S. Tolan
  • 2006 - Friendship According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney
  • 2005 - The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts, by Richard Peck
  • 2004 - Iqbal, by Francesco D'Adamo
  • 2003 - Pictures Of Hollis Woods, by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • 2002 - Witness, by Karen Hesse
  • 2002 - Uncle Daddy, by Ralph Fletcher
  • 2001 - The Yellow Star, by Carmen Agra Deedy
  • 2000 - A Symphony Of Whales, by Steve Schuch
  • 1999 - Mary On Horseback: Three Mountain Stories, by Rosemary Wells
  • 1998 - The Silver Balloon, by Susan Bonners
  • 1997 - Frindle, by Andrew Clements
  • 1996 - Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life, by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • 1994 - It's Our World, Too! Stories of Young People Whe Are Making a Difference, by Phillip Hoose - (Ages 10 and up)
  • 1992 - The Star Fisher, by Laurence Yep - (Ages 10 and up)
  • 1991 - Mississippi Bridge, by Mildred D. Taylor
  • 1990 - Can the Whales Be Saved?, by Dr. Philip Whitfield

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The Christophers Book Awards

Ages approx. 8-10

  • 2013 - The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao
  • 2012 - Hooper Finds a Family, by Jane Paley
  • 2011 - Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery, written by Father Dominic Garramone, illustrated by Richard Bernal
  • 2010 - Most Loved in All the World, written by Tonya Cherie Hegamin, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera
  • 2009 - Clementine’s Letter, by Sara Pennypacker
  • 2008 - Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship, by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff & Dr. Paula Kahumbu
  • 2007 - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo
  • 2006 - Game Day, by Tiki Barber and Ronde Barber with Robert Burleigh
  • 2005 - Shredderman: Secret Identity, by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • 2004 - Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, by Kathleen Krull
  • 2003 - The Ugly Princess And The Wise Fool, by Margaret Gray
  • 2002 - Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech
  • 2001 - The Mousery, by Charlotte Pomerantz
  • 1999 - The Summer My Father Was Ten, by Pat Brisson
  • 1998 - When Jessie Came Across The Sea, by Amy Hest
  • 1995 - The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle by Jewel H. Grutman and Gay Matthaei - Ages 8-12
  • 1993 - Letters from Rifka, by Karen Hesse - (Ages 8-12)
  • 1992 - The Gold Coin, by Alma Flor Ada
  • 1990 - William and Grandpa, by Alice Schertle

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The Christophers Book Awards

Ages approx. 6-8

  • 2013 - The House on Dirty-Third Street, written by Jo S. Kittinger, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
  • 2012 - You Can Be a Friend, by Tony and Lauren Dungy, illustrated by Ron Mazellan
  • 2011 - Would You Still Love Me If…, written by Wendy LaGuardia, illustrated by Patricia Keeler
  • 2010 - Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle, by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery
  • 2009 - That Book Woman, by Heather Henson
  • 2008 - How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, by Margaret McNamara
  • 2007 - How We Are Smart, by W. Nikola-Lisa
  • 2006 - I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote, by Linda Arms White
  • 2005 - The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey, by Demi
  • 2004 - The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds
  • 2003 - Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School, by Mark Teague
  • 2002 - Beatrice's Goat, by Page McBrier
  • 2001 - Hope Was Here, by Joan Bauer
  • 2000 - Good Luck, Mrs. K! by Louise Borden
  • 1999 - Raising Dragons, by Jerdine Nolen
  • 1998 - The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart
  • 1997 - Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, by Alan Schroeder
  • 1996 - The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski
  • 1995 - Prize in the Snow, by Bill Easterling
  • 1994 - The Crystal Ball, by Gerda Marie Scheidl
  • 1993 - Rosie & the Yellow Ribbon, by Paula DePaolo
  • 1993 - The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister
  • 1992 - Stephen's Feast, by Jean Richardson

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The Christophers Book Awards

Preschool-Kindergarten, approx.

  • 2013 - The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, written by William Joyce, illustrated by Joe Bluhm
  • 2012 - Waiting for the Biblioburro, written by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra
  • 2012 - Shine: Choices to Make God Smile, written by Genny Monchamp, illustrated by Karol Kaminski
  • 2011 - Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion, by Mo Willems
  • 2010 - Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story, by Yumi Heo
  • 2009 - Close to You: How Animals Bond, by Kimiko Kajikawa
  • 2008 - Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy, by Scott Menchin
  • 2007 - Hero Cat, by Eileen Spinelli
  • 2006 - Am I a Color Too?, by Heidi Cole & Nancy Vogl
  • 2005 - Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo, by Karma Wilson
  • 2004 - Little Bear's Little Boat, by Eve Bunting
  • 2003 - Mole And The Baby Bird, by Marjorie Newman
  • 2002 - Kiss Good Night, by Amy Hest
  • 2001 - How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen
  • 2000 - I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark
  • 1998 - Milo And The Magical Stones, by Marcus Pfister
  • 1997 - The Log Cabin Quilt, by Ellen Howard
  • 1995 - I'll See You When the Moon is Full, by Susi Gregg Fowler
  • 1992 - Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli
  • 1990 - Keeping a Christmas Secret, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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The Christophers Book Awards

All Ages

  • 2013 - Forever You: A Book About Your Soul and Body, written by Nicole Lataif, illustrated by Mary Rojas
  • 2000 - Grandad's Prayers Of The Earth, by Douglas Wood
  • 1992 - Where Does God Live? Questions and Answers for Parents and Children, by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman
  • 1991 - Paul Revere's Ride, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem as illustrated by Ted Rand

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The Christophers also present awards for promoting Christian values in TV, film, and books for grown-ups as well. Find out more at

The Christopher Awards - Christian Children's Books and more

The Children's Crown Christian Children's Book Awards

Children's Crown Award (Grades 3-6)

  • 2013 - The Secret Zoo, by Brian Chick
  • 2012 - The Day-Glo Brothers, by Chris Barton
  • 2011 - Masterpiece by Elise Broach
  • 2010 - No Talking, by Andrew Clements
  • 2009 - Trapped, by Peg Kehret
  • 2008 - Friendship According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney
  • 2007 - The World According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney
  • 2006 - Escaping the Giant Wave, by Peg Kehret
  • 2005 - Runt, by Marion Dane Bauer ~ winner
  • 2005 - Stolen by the Sea, by Anna Myers ~ runner-up
  • 2005 - The Great Serum Race, by Debbie S. Miller ~ runner-up
  • 2005 - Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, by Margot Theis Raven ~ runner-up
  • 2004 - The Good Dog, by Avi ~ winner
  • 2004 - Fannie in the Kitchen, by Deborah Hopkinson ~ runner-up
  • 2004 - Gleam and Glow, by Eve Bunting ~ runner-up
  • 2003 - Salt in His Shoes, by Deloris Jordan ~ winner
  • 2003 - Star in the Storm, by Joan Harlow ~ runner-up
  • 2003 - Janitor's Boy, by Andrew Clements ~ runner-up
  • 2002 - Sky Memories ~ winner
  • 2002 - Black Nell ~ runner-up
  • 2002 - Bird Boy ~ runner-up
  • 2002 - Shelter Dogs ~ runner-up
  • 2002 - Spirit Horse ~ runner-up
  • 2001 - Saving Shiloh ~ winner
  • 2001 - Mei Fuh ~ runner-up
  • 2001 - Lucy's Wish ~ runner-up

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The Children's Crown Christian Children's Book Awards

Lamplighter Award (Grades 6-8)

  • 2013 - Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper
  • 2012 - Curse of the Spider King, by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper
  • 2011 - Savvy, by Ingrid Law
  • 2009 - The Rise of the Wyrm Lord, by Wayne Thomas Batson
  • 2008 - Beyond the Valley of Thorns, by Patrick Carman
  • 2007 - The Dark Hills Divide, by Patrick Carman
  • 2006 - The City of Ember, by Jeanne Duprau
  • 2005 - Among the Betrayed, by Margaret Peterson Haddix ~ winner
  • 2005 - Tree Castle Island, by Jean Craighead George ~ runner-up
  • 2004 - Moonshiner's Gold, by John Erickson ~ winner
  • 2004 - Angel on the Square, by Gloria Whelan ~ runner-up
  • 2003 - I'm Not Who You Think I Am, by Peg Kehret ~ winner
  • 2003 - The Barn Burner, by Patricia Willis ~ runner-up
  • 2002 - Paperboy ~ winner (two way tie)
  • 2002 - Chinese Cinderella ~ winner (two-way tie)
  • 2002 - Frightful's Mountain ~ runner-up
  • 2001 - Bloomability ~ winner
  • 2001 - The Adventures of Midnight Son ~ runner-up

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