Finding books on wisdom for kids is a tricky pursuit. 1 Corinthians 3:19 says, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” We can try and gain wisdom through books, philosophy, education, science or other men. However, it is empty and deceitful unless it is rooted in the truths found in the Bible. Answers for the hard parts of life (addictions, marriage struggles, money issues, insecurities, stress, etc) are found in the Bible. It’s where we find answers. It’s where we find hope. Trying to gain wisdom from the world ends up hollow and leaves us feeling empty. Therefore, it feels weird to be looking at other books for wisdom. I started this collection of books on wisdom with those that are grounded on the Bible. The other books add interesting reading and thoughts. I’m not opposed at looking at other “wisdom” knowing that we can always evaluate it from a Biblical perspective. These are important and good conversations to have within your home. They will one day leave the roost, and if you haven’t explored what the world says before they leave, they’re not going to have the tools for evaluating what they are being inundated with by the world. I was not able to write a review for each one of these.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name – I wanted to start this book collection with the Bible. True wisdom comes from God as I have already stated. If I could recommend that you buy one book for your children…for yourselves really…it would be the “Jesus Storybook Bible.” This children’s version of the Bible shows how the answer, coming in Jesus, is woven throughout the the Old Testament. It gives such an amazing overview of the purpose of Jesus and is a great tool to understanding Christianity. It shows that all along, a Savior was needed and important. The illustrations are fabulous. The story is written like a tale that engages the reader. I highly recommend this book.
Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotions for Kids – I haven’t read this, but I trust Max Lucado as author and someone who makes the truths about God clearer.
Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids – I bought this book for my kids (age 6,5 and 3) a while back. I think it is well done, but after we started we stopped fairly quickly too. I think they would be ready for it in a couple more years. Daily devotions are a great way to impart wisdom to children.
Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys – Being 88 pages long, this is a book I did not have time to review. It is written by the author of the Phantom Tollbooth, a story with which I am familiar. It might be interesting to read in the future, but I didn’t feel like my kids would find interest quite. yet.
Wise Woman and Her Secret – I enjoyed this book. It was a book about a village’s attempt to get wisdom from a wise woman nearby. While the villagers set out to explore the woman’s property searching for the answer to the old woman’s wisdom, one little girl is distracted and unfocused. She keeps observing little things along the way. She would be known for dawdling and being in her own world. The girl eventually speaks with the wise woman to discover that she has actually found wisdom without knowing it. Wisdom is remaining curious, asking questions and wanting to discover more about our grand world.
Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop’s Fables
The Wisdom Bird: A Tale of Solomon and Sheba – This was a fun story to read. It definitely used imagination and a knack for storytelling to imagine a new story of what Queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon may have looked like. It is far from reality, but was written in such a way that was very appealing. The Queen of Sheba visited Solomon with the hopes of gaining wisdom from him since he was known as the most wise man in the world. She learns much from him but is still unsatisfied. It takes their encounter with a wise bird called the hoopoe to really teach them that it is better to break a promise than to do something that is wrong. The clever bird weaves them to this conclusion by asking some questions that makes King Solomon consider his actions. With amazing talent for creating a tradition tale and gorgeous pictures, I recommend this book.
Solomon and the Ant: And Other Jewish Folktales – Apparently a lot of the books I picked out were a longer read. This books contains a variety of Jewish folktales. I read a few. They vary in length and were fun little reads. There are funny tales, stories that impart wisdom and some touch on the ideas of faith. From what I could tell, the storytelling was well done. There are notes and commentary after each folktale so you can learn some of the background from the book.
Leprechaun Luck: A Wee Book of Irish Wisdom – This is a cute little book of Irish wisdom. If you are Irish, I could see this book sitting on a coffee table. It has a variety of blessings, Irish proverbs, spiritual truths and nuggets of wisdom. I can’t say it held the kids’ attention as a book, but it would be a fun book to have to read one of the blessings before a meal or bed.
Words of Gold: A Treasury of the Bible’s Poetry and Wisdom – As said in the title of the book, this is a “treasury of the Bible’s poetry and wisdom.” This is a compilation of psalms, proverbs, and other scripture from throughout the Bible. It’s a great way to present wisdom from the Bible. I enjoyed the artistic work within the book very much. The images felt like works of art you could find in a museum. I thought there were great choices about the wisdom pulled from scripture. This is a wonderful book to have sitting around to go through a handful of verses. It’s not a story. It is a way to pull together scripture for kids on a variety of topics like “A Companion in Sorrow,” “Good Advice,” “A New Life,” “In Need of a Rescue” or “Living the Faith.”
Saint Francis of Assisi – This is book about St. Francis of Assissi. It is fascinating to hear his life and how he dedicated it to a life of poverty, giving all he had to the poor, sick and hurting. Quite frankly, I don’t know what to do with the miracles attributed to saints. I do believe in miracles, but never know if certain people have exaggerated stories in their life. It’s hard to assess. It’s an interested dialogue to have. I think the main wisdom gleaned from this book is knowing that everything in this world is temporary, and we should be living for Jesus and for a future heavenly existence.
The Castle Corona[ THE CASTLE CORONA ] by Creech, Sharon (Author) Oct-02-07[ Hardcover ] – We got this book from the library, but we did not read it. It is a novel that is 318 pages long and doesn’t fit with the time frame of my character development series this year.
Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa – I enjoyed this colorful story from Africa. The story is about a clever little bunny who wants wisdom. He asks the “sky god” for wisdom, and he says that wisdom has to be earned. This is the story about how he uses his smarts to achieve all of the sky god’s requests. The imparting of wisdom comes after he accomplishes the task. The pictures are fun and the story is entertaining. It doesn’t hold the secrets of life, but it is an enjoyable tale.