When our three girls moved into our home, we knew we wanted to have family devotion time each night, but we weren’t quite sure how to go about doing it. Our kids were 2, 3, and 4 years old at the time, and they hadn’t been exposed to daily prayer and Bible reading. The first few times we attempted family devotion time were disastrous, with kids jumping between their beds and Stephen and me not really sure how to formulate meaningful thoughts geared toward young kids. Fast-forward to a year and a half later, and now we look forward to our time together every night. (The girls always remind us if we haven’t done it yet!)
Our routine is simple: We read a simple devotion message with a Bible verse, and then we each say a prayer. We’ve taught the girls to thank God for something that happened that day and then also to pray for those in need. Having good-quality devotion books has been key in helping us feel that we could do this every day. Here are some of our favorite books:
Devotions for Preschoolers by Crystal Bowman
As you can see, this book is very “well-loved” at our house and has been taped many times! Each day has a story about a preschool-aged child that links to a Bible verse and suggested prayer. The girls have liked learning about the different kids and feel they can relate to what the kids are experiencing. The story length is perfect for their attention span, too.
Jesus Calling Storybook by Sarah Young
This storybook has Bible stories from Genesis through Revelations. I love the illustrations, and the stories are just in-depth enough for young kids without being too long. The girls always want me to read “just one more story” out of this book!
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
This storybook is unique in its approach to telling Bible stories, as each story is linked to Jesus. Old Testament stories always tell how they relate to the Messiah, and I’ve found that I learn deeper meanings of the stories along with the kids. The illustrations in this book are amazing, too.
366 Bible Stories by Robert Brunelli
This book was actually mine when I was a kid! I remember my parents reading to me from this book, so I knew it would be great for our kids, too. Each day has a different Bible story and picture, and several days are on one page, so parents can review and talk about stories to come each day.