Non-Fiction for Children

The Birds Our Teachers Essays in Orni-Theology by John Stott

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This is one of my favorite books in the world because it combines the wonder and beauty of birds with the wonderful character of God. Stott always points us to the Creator and teaches us how to acknowledge him in the world around us.

In the first chapter, The Feeding of Ravens: Faith, Stott shows us what it means to trust God for the supply of everything we need. The following chapters continue with similar revelation and delightful photographs of birds and information about them.

The hardcover copy of this book contains a DVD of Stott’s personal account from a trip to the Falkland Islands.

I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages! I used it as a devotional when I homeschooled my three children. It’s a must read!

Stott, John. The Birds Our Teachers Essays In Orni-Theology. Hendrickson Publishers, Collectors Ed., 2011.

A Sand County ALMANAC and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold

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Aldo Leopold sketches and journals about wildlife and their behavior with wit as well as understanding. He gives us a glimpse of his observations in the wilderness of Wisconsin, Arizona, Iowa, Oregon, and elsewhere. His love for the creatures inhabiting the outdoors is contagious. This is a delightful read for middle school and above.

Leopold addresses philosophical issues which address wildlife conservation in the final section of the book. His perspective is not written from a Christian worldview per se, but strongly exhorts us to be wise stewards.

Leopold, Aldo, and Charles Walsh. Schwartz. A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There. Topeka Bindery, 2000.

61J9AGZf2vLThe Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is the best children’s Bible I’ve come across. The beautiful illustrations and succinct way Lloyd-Jones communicates God’s word make it a must-buy for parents and grandparents alike.

Here’s an example from the first chapter:

No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true. There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. 

It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in the puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.

And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This the Child who would one day – but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning…  

I couldn’t have put it better myself. Have you read the Story? I recommend it as required reading for anyone who desires to know how and why they exist.

Lloyd-Jones, Sally, and Jago. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Zonderkidz, 2017.

Non-fiction favorites for students of every age to fill your library should include:

The Magic School Bus – fun and effective learning tools, each book is a science adventure of exploration. Filled with fun facts presented in a visually appealing way, Inside Ralphie and Missing Bones take students on a field trip into the human body.

Dorling Kindersley Books (DK) – these visually attractive and engaging books provide  factual information as well as experiments for students to try at home. DK Books cover everything from animals to the stars. How the Body Works introduces children to the major systems of the human body.

Fun fact books, such as Grossology, 101 Things Every Kid Should Know..., and The Mystery of the Periodic Table, are three examples of books which attract and keep the student’s attention while introducing them to the foundations of biology and chemistry.

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What are some of your non-fiction favorites?

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