Saturday, August 15, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday

My Friend Amy, who brought us Book Blogger Appreciation Week has a new carnival in the works, the Faith 'n Fiction Saturday.

Each week she will post a blogging prompt, which participating bloggers will answer on their own blogs. Then they head back to the original post and sign Mister Linky! This way we can all come to know each other more closely.

Today's Topic
Every once in awhile, I wander into the children's section of the Christian bookstore. And then I wander right back out. I'm not saying there aren't many good books for kids in the Christian section, there just aren't many. But the truth is, I'm not sure we even need Christian children's books, apart from maybe a few at the holidays. (Christmas and Easter)

Are there are any Christian published children's books you love? Do you think we need Christian children's books? Are there any topics or subject matters you'd like to see explored in children's books from a Christian perspective?

My Answer: Well, I'll be honest. I don't really read Christian children's books. Other than say Veggie Tales stuff. I adore Veggie Tales. It's because of the humor that goes over the kids heads that's for the adults. And Adventures in Odyssey. Well I haven't listened to the new stuff lately, but the classic stuff is golden entertainment. But in terms of other children's books, I don't really pay attention to them. Everything that I've seen comes across as very preachy, very Sunday School-ish to me. It's all about Jesus or scripture reading. Except for a Precious Moments story collection and a few other books, I don't really remember any Christian children's books I had that weren't either a Bible story or about teaching kids how to be a good Christian. There were a lot of morality stories. Do you remember those books at the dentist/doctor's office that you weren't allowed to take out? That book that had the collection of stories that were from the 50s of kids that ALWAYS did the right thing, like give up their doll, get stung by bees and forgive themselves or that kid that always wanted the biggest and best and then ended up learning his lesson after eating bitter chocolate and given an empty meat pie. Anywho, that's how I feel how Christian kid's books are.

Now note, when I say children I mean anything below tween age. (So let's say 10 and under)


  1. We're big VeggieTales fans at my house, too. Have you gotten to see the new MN Cuke yet?

  2. Very interesting. I don't have kids so maybe I'll feel differently then. Here is mine

  3. When our daughter was young, we loved, loved, loved Christian fiction and spent hours--yep, hours, snuggled on the couch reading stories. If you reduce tv time, kids will crave great stories. And while entertaining, why not read heart-stirring, character-buidling truth? It's the good, better, best principle. Are stories good? Definitely! Are character building stories better? Yep. But Christ-centered character building stories are the best, in my opinion, anyway. But I agree, you've got to find the good ones. Locate a good homeschool literature list (for all ages) and you'll find some amazing books.


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