Some of our favourite picture books:
Cinderella is a classic, and Barbara McClintock’s fairly recent retelling of the story adds incredible illustrations, based on the architecture of Versailles and late 18th century clothing. The emphasis in the narrative is just as beautiful, focusing on Cinderella’s patience in suffering, returning good for evil, and forgiving enemies.
Marjorie Flack’s The Story About Ping reinforces through story what I am always telling my kids: sin brings misery, obedience brings blessing, even though it might be tough in the short run.
Kids seem to resonate deeply with poetry, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses provides clever, captivating poems that children can understand and relate to. He captures the feeling of swinging in the backyard, trying to understand your shadow, and thinking about what it must be like to be grown up.
The Plan: how God got the World ready for Jesus is one of Sinclair Ferguson’s books for children. Very readable, theologically sound, the book has a fresh take on the Christmas story for children – God’s providences surrounding Jesus’ birth.
The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard is a wordless, cartoon style romp through Elizabethan England. A little boy is somehow transported back to Shakespeare’s Globe, interrupting a play and earning the wrath of the Bard, who chases him out and through the rest of the book. Along the way, the boy collects two friends who are also on the run. The story takes you over London Bridge, through the Tower of London, and down the Thames on a cruise with Elizabeth I.
Miss Suzy, despite the name, is a book for boys as well as girls. The story is a bit intense for tender little hearts, but the ending is worth the few tears my kids shed.