Children: Christian stories,Age 4-11

Christian Teaching and Fiction for reading aloud or reading by themselves. For Christmas, Easter and other Bible stories look in Children: Seasonal or Children: Bible Stories. For the older children, look in Young Peoples Books too.

Veggietales: Live! – Sing Yourself Silly



Created by Phil Vischer & Mike Nawrocki


Code for ordering from Trust Media Distribution is 820679. The ISBN shown is purely for TGBS data use.

I know little ones will enjoy this! They were there in the audience at this live show, dancing and jigging about in the aisles and down at the front of the theatre: Mums, Dads and children were all singing along to the songs, quite a sight. The excitement was caused by seeing their favourite Veggie characters up on the stage leading the songs, accompanied by dancers who many of the children were endeavouring to copy. Great fun, great entertainment, and as usual a message in there as well, this time about sharing.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (04/10/11)
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Publisher: Big Idea distributed by Authentic Media
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9-990-00048-4

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The Good News Must Go Out

- Stories of God at Work in the Central African Republic - Hidden Heroes

by Rebecca Davis


Back in Finland Margaret Nicholl Laird’s mother had wanted to be a missionary. She travelled to America intending to go to Bible college but instead she married and raised a family. As she and her family got older she prayed that one of her children would answer the call in her stead. When Margaret tentatively told her mother what she wanted to to do she expected resistance, instead her mother greeted the news with delight and enthusiasm. After training Margaret was sent out to the Central African Republic and this book is stories of her life out there.
She met and married another missionary and together they brought the word of God to a people who had previously lived as cannibals, and who lived in fear. Her nursing training meant that she was able to help many people, but it was the couples teaching about our Lord which won the love of the people who came to them. Some of these people taught their fellow villagers and so the word spread.
When Mr Laird died, his wife thought that would be an end to her work in Africa but God had other ideas, and back home in America Margaret Nicholl Laird spoke about the work they had been doing and told her listeners that God had laid on her heart the need for a hospital for her beloved people of Ippy.... and the money came rolling in.
This is a book about hardship, about strange people and places, but above all about wonderful faith. Well worth reading.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (30/09/11)
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Publisher: CF4Kids imprint of Christian Focus
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-845-50628-5

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Living in Hope



by Mary Weeks Millard


Having read the prequel I Want To Be An Airline Pilot and thoroughly enjoyed it, I read this book as soon as the postman brought it – though I was supposed to be doing something else! Living In Hope is just as good and a clever title. The children we met in the first book now live in ‘Hope Village’, a special village built by a charity for children without parents, to continue to live independent lives but with an adult nearby to help if needed. Individual houses, with the children’s basic needs and a communal tap nearby. (There really are villages like this in Rwanda; there are so many children whose parents have died in the war) Shema no longer has a long walk to fetch water for his family, and now he is being sponsored to go to school, a next step to his longing to be a pilot.
Shema’s big sister Ishimwe is now twelve and has to act as mother to her two younger brothers. The family make friends with the children next door and the story unfolds with a bully boy, a football match, gorillas, a nasty man and a happy ending. Fast moving and really interesting as it tells of life in Rwanda as it is now.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (19/09/11)
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Publisher: Dernier Publishing
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-956-90430-0

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True Gold

- An Olympic Adventure

by An Olympic Adventure


Originally published 1992 and it’s easy to see why this book has been republished this year, since it is set at the time of the Olympic Games in London. Alongside the story of a young Scottish medal contender Cliff Rennie has added a tale of international smugglers and death threats, adding even more excitement. When my son saw me reading this book he immediately recounted the plot of one of the author’s other books Offside in Ecuatina which he received about 20 years ago as a Sunday School prize. I think that’s a pretty good recommendation for any writer!

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Review by Paula Hill  (16/08/11)
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Publisher: CF4Kids imprint of Christian Focus
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-845-50655-1

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John Calvin: After Darkness Light

- Trail Blazers series

by Catherine Mackenzie


Not much is known about the early life of John Calvin, but Catherine Mackenzie has done her research well and has used it to tell the story of the great reformer’s childhood, conversion and subsequent life. She manages to weave in plenty of his own words and in this way also provides a simple introduction to the doctrines of grace, which were fundamental to Calvin’s beliefs and practice. The story also contains plenty of excitement and should engage young readers, so it would provide an excellent introduction to reformed doctrine, which is also summarised at the back of the book using the TULIP acronym. Finally, a series of questions helps the reader to reflect on incidents in Calvin’s life. A good book for a thoughtful reader, which could be given to an adult who wants to find out about what some refer to as “Calvinism”.

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Review by Paula Hill  (16/08/11)
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Publisher: CF4Kids imprint of Christian Focus
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-845-50084-9

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Ignatius of Antioch – The Man Who Faced Lions

- Heroes of the Faith series

by Sinclair B Ferguson illustrated by Alison Brown


This is the first book of the series and starts with a brief overview of Jesus’ life and teaching, introduces the reader to his disciples and particularly to John, who as an old man came to know and befriend both Ignatius and Polycarp, young men at the time. This book tells the story of Ignatius, who had become ‘Bishop’ or ‘Elder’ of the Christians in Antioch. When the new Roman Emperor, Trajan, decreed that all those found to be Christian should be punished, the Christians of Antioch feared for their lives. When the opportunity came for Ignatius to stand up to the visiting Emperor, Trajan was furious and shouted that he must be taken to Rome to be thrown to the lions for the entertainment of the people there.
Ignatius was pleased to die for his Lord and God, but the journey to Rome was long and arduous and amazingly he was able to meet with his friend Polycarp at Smyrna and other Christians too, and on his journey he wrote letters that Polycarp collected after his death, and their contents have been preserved to this day.
There is a timeline at the back of each book that helps to set the scene, for the men portrayed in this series are true Heroes of the Faith whom Christians of all ages should know about and they should honour their memory. These excellent books will help young people, to do just that.
Others in the series are Polycarp of Smyrna – The Man Whose Faith Lasted and his pupil Irenaeus of Lyons: The Man Who Wrote Books

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (30/07/11)
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Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Published: December 2010
ISBN: 978-1-848-71094-8

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The Mystery of the Deserted House



by Mary Weeks Millard

ISBN: 978-1-846-25272-3
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Published: June 2011
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Zoo Girl



by Rebecca Elliott

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Published: 17 June 2011
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Friends and Heroes

- Episode Three plus exciting extras

Created by Brian D. Brown & Eric J. Danenberg

ISBN: 505-1-347-11002-5
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Published: 2007
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Friends and Heroes

- Episodes 1 and 2 plus exciting extras

Episode 1 story by Brian D. Brown & Eric J. Danenberg, Episode 2 by Eric J. Danenberg

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Published: 2007
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Eleanor the Hippo

- Learns to tell the Truth

Written and illustrated by Andy McGuire

ISBN: 978-0-736-92665-2
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Published: January 2011
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VeggieTales: Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed



Created by Phil Vischer & Mike Nawrocki

ISBN: 506-0-256-82027-7
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Published: 2001
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Josh Stays in Hospital

- Held in Hope series

by Victoria Beech and the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network, illustrated by Rhiannon Mollart

ISBN: 978-1-905-89321-8
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Published: Spring 2011
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Maya Goes To Hospital

- Held in Hope series

by Victoria Beech and the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network, illustrated by Rhiannon Mollart

ISBN: 978-1-905-89320-1
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Published: Spring 2011
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Sam and His Special Book: About a Child Who Is Life Limited

- Held in Hope series

by Victoria Beech and the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network, illustrated by Rhiannon Mollart

ISBN: 978-1-905-89322-5
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Published: Spring 2011
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The Birthday Shoes



by Mary Weeks Millard

ISBN: 978-0-953-69638-3
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Published: Spring 2011
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VeggieTales: Pistachio

- The Little Boy That Wouldn’t

Created by Phil Vischer & Mike Nawrocki

ISBN: 506-0-256-82013-0
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Published: 2010
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VeggieTales: Sweetpea Beauty

- A Girl After God’s Own Heart

Created by Phil Vischer & Mike Nawrocki

ISBN: 506-0-256-82043-7
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Published: 2010
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Veggietales: It’s a Meaningful Life



by Created by Phil Vischer & Mike Nawrocki

ISBN: 506-0-256-82044-4
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Published: October 2010
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Hillytown Biscuit Church and the Custard Cream Communion Club



by Ruth Whiter

ISBN: 978-1-905-89332-4
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Published: October 2010
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