It’s been awhile since I’ve shared the words that have been flooding into my heart. This cozy coffee weather has me reading more and more than the last few years have allowed.
I’ve cherished this time with my coffee cup and books. Unlike my Hawaii reading, this reading is usually mixed in with toddlers climbing up and wanting to snuggle. It is my hope that this example inspires a life-long love of reading. Because of that, I will be deviating a little bit and sharing a few of my favorite children’s books as well as an “adult” book. To make up for it, I will be sure to share lots of non-toddler books next month.
Intentionality is something we all must seek in our lives. There are only so many minutes in a day, only so many stories we have time for. Little ones won’t be little forever. There will come a day when they will no longer sit on your lap and listen attentively to the words coming out of your mouth.
So cherish these moments, and use them wisely.
Don’t waste your books. Choose your library carefully and let the words you impress upon the hearts of the children in your life mold them into the kind of adult you want them to be.
Here are a few intentionally chosen children’s books for the little people in your life:
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This letter book by Kevin DeYoung captivates children with the bright colors and tale of The Story that transcends time. Starting with Adam and Eve in the Garden, the story is carefully crafted to tell the tale of our fall, God’s redemption, and our future home in Zion.
You will want to read this modern classic again and again to the little ones in your circle.
Bonus: There is also a movie version that is delightful.
Before I can tell you about this book, I have to give you a little backstory on the inspiring woman who wrote it.
Danielle Hitchen was a mother who wasn’t satisfied to give her child books on counting puppies. She wanted the early, formative years in her child’s life to be filled with the truth’s of God. When she couldn’t find a satisfactory book, she decided to create one.
This counting primer conveys deep truths in words simple enough for tiny believers to begin to take it. It is a beautiful way to start hiding timeless principles in your child’s heart. The illustrations are some of my favorite in any children’s book and there are beautiful quotes from modern and ancient Christians to go alongside the numbers. This book is a little hard to track down as it sells out quickly but is worth the hunt.
The Christian call to hospitality is pressed deeply into my heart. Hawaii living taught me the importance of community and opening my home. Kristen felt a similar tug on her heart after spending time in France and decided to bring the art of sharing her table back to her home in Texas.
Her passion is sharing her life with her neighbors. So she put a table in her front yard and started a whole movement of people living as “front yard people.”
This book is packed with delicious recipes and ideas of simple hospitality that looks a lot like just living alongside those around you and reaching out to pull other people in. Practical tips and scripture make this a must read for hospitality newbies and veterans alike.
I hope these books are added to your shelf and breathe life into your heart and days.