Monday, September 23, 2019

Children's Book Lessons Are Good For Adults Too

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of children's books - especially picture storybooks, early readers, and chapter books. In addition to the simple joy of reading these stories of FUN and adventure and challenges and triumphs, I am particularly drawn to the lessons that they teach. While these lessons are geared toward children, they are often just as relevant for us as adults as we learn or are reminded of important lessons through the themes addressed in these books.

In fact, numerous times I have shared a children's picture storybook during an illustrated Bible journaling class or at a ladies' Bible study class as a way to reinforce a lesson or open a discussion. This past weekend I read aloud The Little Rose of Sharon by Nan Gurley. This parable of self-sacrifice is so beautiful in its portrayal of the little rose that sacrifices her petals to save a baby dove (and The Creator's comments that His son would one day sacrifice all that He had to save all of humanity) that many of the ladies in the class were teary eyed at the ending!

Another favorite is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I've used this book about friendship and giving in Children's Church sessions, middle school classes, home group gatherings, and women's Bible study meetings. It also lends itself nicely to the creative activity of drawing, painting, or coloring a tree and leaves. :)

Max Lucado's You Are Special is perfect for reminding us we are special no matter what anyone else says. We are cherished just the way we are by our Creator. The Other Side and Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson address segregation, bullying, how small acts of kindness can change the world, and friendships.

I recently completed a new early-reader chapter book (which I received free from B&H Bloggers in exchange for an honest review) that is designed to teach lessons about money management. The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff follows the adventures of Jake, Sophia, and Brody as they slide into an underground headquarters and become secret agents who must help their classmate raise money for the local pet shelter. In this fun adventure tale, these friends learn an important lesson about giving. This is actually book one in The Secret Slide Money Club Series. You can watch a very short video of the author discussing this series HERE.

The 40-book Left Behind:The Kids series follows four teenagers and their adventures after they are left behind when the Lord raptures His church. These teens quickly realize that they were left behind because they had not accepted Christ as their Savior. As new Christians, they ban together to face the seven year tribulation period that is described in the book of Revelation. These books may be geared toward tweens and teens, but I learned so much reading them as an adult!

I could go on and on, but I'd love to hear from you instead. What are your favorite children's books and the lessons they teach?

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