Have you ever wished you could find a devotional book created especially for children? Let me recommend a collection to you. There is a series of books from Concordia Publishing House entitled Little Visits that are created for children of various ages.

For example, Little Visits for Toddlers (Third Edition, 2006) by Dr. Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Nancy Munger has a simple style made to appeal to preschoolers. Each devotion quotes a short or partial Bible verse. A hands-on activity and a short poem give the child playful ways to process truth, and then a brief prayer is provided to sum up the idea. Each day’s theme has an attractive drawing of a joyful child–pictures of all different kinds of kids.

Little Visits with Jesus (Fourth Edition, 2006) by Dr. Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Beverly Warren is the next level up. Each day’s reading includes a Bible verse, a story, a small illustration, a question, and a prayer. Little Visits for Families (1998) by Allan Hart Jahsmann and Martin P. Simon expands on this format, extending discussion time and encouraging an adult to read a longer passage of scripture to bolster truths brought out in the story. I enjoyed using these three books at home with my children. If you have children far apart in age, it might work better to read the appropriate level devotional one-on-one with each child. These books could also be used in classrooms of same-aged kids.

Other titles in this series are Little Visits with God (2007), Little Visits at Bedtime (2012), Little Visits Every Day (Revised Edition, 1997), and Little Visits: 365 Family Devotions, Volumes  1-4 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005). Authors include Dr. Mary Manz Simon, Allan Hart Jahsmann, Martin P. Simon, and others (in the collections).

These books are currently available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com. To see if these would be a good fit for your kids, preview a few readings online, or check your church library. These kid-friendly devotionals can be a fun way to jump-start family devotions, and model the habit of seeking God every day.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

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