These spiral-bound, beautifully illustrated books of devotional stories for children written by Pamela Kennedy and Anne Kennedy Brady and illustrated by Amy Wummer (from Ideals Children’s Books, 2012) are perfect for a short bedtime story or even a quick children’s chapel presentation. The two books of Stories from the New Testament and Stories from the Old Testament feature devotions with a re-telling of a Bible story, a prayer, and a short Bible verse.
The best features of these books are paragraphs at the end of each story that challenge children to examine and practice their faith in their schools, neighborhoods, and with friends and families. Questions at the end of each story gently ease children into discussions of the concepts presented in the story.
A third, animal-themed devotional book, “My Big Book of Five-Minute Devotions,” is a treat for parents and children. Each story presents characteristics of an animal species, then relates these attributes to a facet of the Christian faith. The illustrations are charming, and the devotional stories successfully engage and amuse while still presenting serious concepts of faith. All three books are available through online bookstores for about $15.