These nine books for young children share about the Holy Ghost, people in the scriptures and reverence.
“THE HOLY GHOST IS MY FRIEND,” by Catherine Christensen, illustrated by Rebecca Sorge, Cedar Fort, $14.99
With more than a dozen questions and answers, “The Holy Ghost Is My Friend” shares different ways the Holy Ghost can help guide, comfort and offer protection. It also includes information about when a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints receives the Holy Ghost.
It’s a clever design with images that can be seen through the pages when a light is shown underneath it. (However, it can be a challenge to juggle the book, a flashlight and a wiggly child.)
With text targeted toward children who are either about to be baptized or have been recently baptized, it’s a great resource to help explain about the third member of the Godhead.
“NEPHI GETS THE PLATES” and “JESUS VISITS THE NEPHITES,” by David Miles, Familius, $9.99 each
Made with foam and with cutouts with surprises behind them, these two books are geared toward younger children. Both simply share a story from the Book of Mormon and a lesson that all can learn from it. Scripture references are included, too. Author and illustrator David Miles’ artwork is simple yet effective as each story is told in four spreads. The book is light enough and thick enough for smaller hands to handle.
“I CAN BE REVERENT WHEN …” by Val Chadwick Bagley, Covenant Communications, $15.99
Starting with Sunday morning and getting ready for church meetings, “I Can Be Reverent When … ” shows both what realistically happens and good examples of reverence for children and the grownups in their lives. From getting ready for church and taking the sacrament to family home evening and putting down electronics for prayers and reading the scriptures, this board book is written with applicable lessons for children of all ages. The flaps on each page help transform the situation to a more reverent one with Val Chadwick Bagley’s recognizable illustrations.
“R IS FOR REMEMBER: An ABC Book about Jesus,” by Rachelle Pace Castor and Apryl Stott, Covenant Communications, $10.99
From Angel to Zion, 26 words related to the life of Jesus Christ are shared — one for each letter of the alphabet. Each has a delightful rhyming couplet and a thoughtful question to help apply each one, whether in a story time or family home evening.
“QUIET AS A CHURCH MOUSE,” by Stephen Bevan, Jeff Harvey, Cedar Fort, $14.99
When Mom says to be “quiet as a church mouse,” a young child wonders what that means. This is a fun exploration of what a church mouse is and what it means to be reverent.
“BOOK OF MORMON ADVENTURES,” by R. Coltrane, Cedar Fort, $14.99
“Book of Mormon Adventures” features 18 people and groups from the Book of Mormon, including a short summary of their story, scripture reference and an illustration.
Each story could potentially be used for family home evening.
“A IS FOR ABINADI: An Activity Book of Scripture Heroes,” by Heidi Poelman, illustrated by Jason Pruett, Cedar Fort, 70 pages
Each letter is associated with the name of a person from the Bible and Book of Mormon and an activity, including mazes, a variety of word puzzles, crosswords and coloring pages. It’s an entertaining book that is targeted at children who can read and write.
“A IS FOR ADAM: An Alphabet Book of Bible Heroes,” by Heidi Poelman, illustrated by Maggie Coburn, Cedar Fort, $14.99
From Hannah to Queen Esther and baptism to obedience, “A is for Adam” shares a short summary of each Bible character and attribute aimed at young children. Each has an illustration and is a helpful resource to help introduce children to the people in the Old Testament.