Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers was written by Diane Stortz, illustrated by Diane Le Feyer and published by Tommy Nelson (2015). This book of Bible stories is one your child will ask for over and over again. Reading it could become a family tradition.

Each story begins with “words to dream on” (a short Scripture verse). This is followed by a Bible story and closes with a bedtime prayer and a blessing. Most stories are two pages. Old Testament stories include “In the Beginning,” Trouble in the Garden” and “Baby in a Basket.” The New Testament begins with “One Silent Night” and ends with “Forever with Jesus.”

Each story is true to the text of the Bible and yet, has a flow that allows the child to follow the happenings in each story and ask questions if they want. In many of the stories Stortz uses repetition of words. These will grab a child’s attention and say “Come say these along me.” For example, this is done in the story of Noah with drip, drip, drop, drip, drip, drop. I think ending the reading time with a blessing for the child connected to the Bible story is one of the great strengths of the book.

Le Feyer’s illustrations are colorful and add to the stories in unique ways. For example the sun, moon, and stars are hung by strings. Talking over the eye-catching illustrations may help deepen a young child’s understanding of the story.

A letter to parents gives helpful hints about bedtime routines. There is also a section of “Tips to Reading to Your Child” which suggests that you let the child turn the pages or add sound effects.

The ritual and routine of Bible stories at bedtime will help your child feel safe and secure as well as learn about God’s word. I definitely suggest this for your family library. Grandparents might also like to have it handy for their grandchild’s visit.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

 

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