These five recent books aimed at young children help share about the importance of families, temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and scriptures.
“OUR HEAVENLY FAMILY, OUR EARTHLY FAMILES,” by McArthur Krishna, Bethany Brady Spalding, art by Caitlin Connolly, Deseret Book, $18.99
From families beginning with parents and nurturing children to families loving, nurturing and working together, “Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families” shares more than a dozen principles about families.
Each principle, including “Families Help Each Other,” “Families Create and Celebrate” and “Families are Forever,” has an explanation from authors McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding, who also created the “Girls Who Chose God” books. Each spread has the explanation, geared to children, and questions, along with a quote from a leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and art from Caitlin Connolly.
The principles are shared simply and clearly. “Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families” can either be read all at once as a book or each section taken as an individual lesson, particularly the “Families Thrive with Love” and “Families Forgive” ones).
Unlike a traditional picture book, and as there is a quite a bit of text, this isn’t necessarily one for younger children to learn to read from, but rather read with an adult or older sibling and to learn these principles together.
“WHAT IS A TEMPLE?” by Briana Kirkwood Wright, illustrated by Emily Burnette, Cedar Fort, $14.99
In “What is a Temple?” author Briana Kirkwood Wright shares 10 aspects of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those include how it is a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of peace, a house of faith, a house of promise, a house of family, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order and a house of God. Each spread has a paragraph about the aspect of the temple geared to children, and most include what children can do to help prepare for the temple.
References at the end include scriptures and songs for each of the 10 descriptions and are a great resource to help turn each one into a short lesson, such as for family home evening, or for further study.
Emily Burnette’s illustrations help to show what each principle means, including several of the actions that children can do now to help bring the feeling of the temple in their homes.
“TEMPLES DOT THE EARTH,” by Claire D’Ecsery and illustrated by Kinsey Beckett, Cedar Fort, $12.99
This picture book shares the importance of temples in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In “Temples Dot the Earth,” author Claire D’Ecsery uses simple rhyming couplets to explore about the importance of each person in God’s eyes and how families can be sealed for eternity. A general map in the back shows where temples are around the world.
Kinsey Beckett’s illustrations show a variety of people of different backgrounds and cultures from across the globe.
“BLESSING THE NEPHITE CHILDREN,” by Catherine Christensen, illustrated by Jay Fontano, Cedar Fort, $10.99
This board book focuses on Jesus Christ’s visit to the Nephites, as shared in 3 Nephi and “Blessing the Nephite Children” author Catherine Christensen hones in on how he loved the people, including the children. Geared for young children, it helps quickly share a powerful experience from the scriptures as Jesus taught, healed, blessed and prayed with them. It helps reinforce the lesson that Jesus does love all of God’s children.
“BOOK OF MORMON 1-2-3s,” by Kristena Eden, illustrated by Linda Silvestri, Cedar Fort, $14.99
Author Kristena Eden uses examples from the Book of Mormon as she counts to 10 in “Book of Mormon 1-2-3s.” One is “1 tree” from Lehi’s dream. She also includes that there are two families that came from Jerusalem, four sons of Mosiah, six things Capt. Moroni wrote on the Title of Liberty and eight Jaredite barges. With each, she includes a short explanation and scripture references for each one — including pointing out the blessings of being faithful.
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