This afternoon I posted my first Live Facebook Video. Check it out! Like me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/amy.negussie/videos/10155758673448809/
In case you’re more of a reader than a watcher, I thought I’d post the list here for you as well with Amazon links.
While Amazon is by far the most convient way to find these books, I also wanted to let you know that I have found some of these books at Marshalls, the Dollar Store, and my new discovery (Amazon) Prime Used. Also don’t forget about your public library!
Below are my top five (Christian) books for babies…though my very favorite is not explicitly Christian. My criteria for judging the top five are 1) Diversity is represented 2)Simplicity 3) Basic Message of God’s Love.
Diversity is important to me not only as a person who has lived abroad, studied the horrors of seeing white men as the neutral perspective, but also as a mom of multiracial children. “We need more diverse books!”
Simplicity is important because if you’ve ever tried to read to a child under three, you know less is more. The fewer the words, the more likely your child will focus on the book. Some of these books are on the longer end for board books, so I often read just one phrase per page.
Finally, while silly books are great for bonding with babies and even for passing on a love of reading I was looking for books that instill the basic truth that each child is wonderfully made and loved. Babies aren’t going to get a complicated teaching, but “I am loved” is the gospel even the youngest child can receive.
Jesus Calling for Little Ones Beautiful pictures with diverse children and animals, wordy but can be shorted easily. Written by Sarah Young. Check out her original book for adults
God Made You Nose to Toes Lesslie Perrot is better known for her co-authored books on marriage with her husband, but this is a great foundational book about how we were specially made. God loves us and made us just the way we are.
Found Psalm 23 retold by Sally Lloyd Wright and illustrated by Jago. Beautiful. Simple. Words of comfort and love.
God is Good All the Time This title puts me in a packed out Black Church in Georgia, with the familiar call and response God is Good, All the Time. It goes through the good things of a child’s life and names the goodness is found in God.
Global Babies This is a secular book, but is by the global children’s fund and all proceeds go to the fund. And, really this book lays out the baby gospel in a simple and clear one sentence about how babies everywhere are loved.
Bonus: Bishop Desmond Tutu’s God’s Dream. This is one of my favorites, but because it was originally a picture book rather than a board book, its a little too wordy for most kids under 2.