Family Reading Ideas with Links!

4 04 2013

Manga series from Tyndale:

Devotional Books
Gather Round the Dinner Fable (by Steven James):
Other Books
Dangerous Journey (Pilgrim’s Progress):

Manga Bible :: Tyndale House Publishers

26 01 2011

Manga Bible ::  Tyndale House Publishers.

For kids who don’t like to read, reading the Bible seems impossible. Kids are very visual and concrete in their thinking. If they can’t see it, feel it, taste it then it becomes difficult to learn and retain. The Bible is a massive book that even adults can be intimidated. We, the parents, leaders and teachers of kids must bring the Bible to life in a way that kids can sense it. Auditory transfer only resonates with a small percentage of children. And even then, if it’s monotone or dry, children will almost instantly tune out. Therefore we must also tap into the visual and kinesthetic styles of learning.
While I recommend Group’s Hands-On Bible (which largely appeals to kinesthetic learners), there are also plenty of visual Bibles available on the market as well. Manga is an art style that has become very popular. It is now also in the form of several different Bibles. I’ve ordered some of them and they will be available at my church for kids to peruse and parents to sample.
If you’re looking for a way to get your resistant reader inspired by the Bible, check out a Manga Bible. This will especially appeal to older boys. The link above will take you to Tyndale’s website.

Bedtime Idea

9 08 2010

A new ritual we’ve added to our kids bedtime is picking a book. Each night Sonora and Josiah go to their little reading corner and choose one book they want read.

We enjoy seeing which book they pick. Sonora, who is all about princesses even has picked an Iron Man book more than once. Josiah likes trucks.


  • Have a wide variety of books available. Include stories, picture books, animals, Bible stories, sports, novels and whatever interests your kids.
  • Don’t skip reading with your kids. It has profound influence on academic success. Bedtime is a fantastic opportunity for this.
  • Get hand-me-downs from families you know.
  • Get your own book too. Kids occasionally have a hard time going to sleep. You can snuggle with them and still be learning and growing yourself.
  • Again, make sure you have kids Bibles available. Amidst all the influences your child faces, make God’s Word a solid rock foundation for them from the earliest years of life.
  • Reading is a great way to unwind at the end of the day. Kids and you need it. There are so many stresses you face. Find books that restore your soul and your kids’ souls.
  • This is a great way to end everyone’s day peacefully as well! I’d rather that than constant nagging and arguing about getting back into bed.

Have a good sleep!

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