As a parent, I know how important my job of praying for my children and teaching my children to pray is. I've always considered teaching them how to pray to be one of the most important things I can teach them. We routinely spend part of our morning together praying. I was delighted, then, when a new author reached out to me to ask me to review her new book, A Book of Prayers for Children.
A Book of Prayers for Children
A Book of Prayers for Children is a delightful new children's book that hit the shelves in April. It has a total of eleven prayers, including
- A prayer for family
- A prayer for help
- A prayer for health and happiness
- A prayer for worry
- and more
This 24 page book encourages children to pray to God about anything. It is written for children ages three to eight, but would also be a great introduction to prayer for children even younger. It's would make a great gift for baby showers, baptisms, or any holiday where books are great gifts (in our home, that's every holiday, LOL). It is also ideal as a gift or reward from Sunday School. I am sharing a few copies with our preschool and early elementary leader at church for just that purpose.
The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the book includes children multiple cultures. This is important to me, because I want my youngest to see children like herself on the pages of books.
The prayers in this children's prayer book are relatable. They are also lyrical, or rhyming, which makes them easy to read and remember. My youngest daughter, who is eight, is able to read most of the prayers independently and needs help with only a few words. The prayers all encourage a heart of gratitude and point to how good God is. A few Scriptures are included, as well as questions to prompt discussion at the end of the book.
The author, Mel Madsen, describes herself as a passionate child of God, wife, and mother of three. If her initial email to me is any indication, she also has a great sense of humor. She lives in England with her husband and children. Mel has also written a book titled First Day of School – Koko and Roo, which is about the Fruit of The Spirit,