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10 exciting new gospel-centered books to wrap up your kids’ summer reading

by | Aug. 05, 2021

From heartfelt stories to lessons of faith, these uplifting books are just what your young ones need to finish up the summer. Whether the book is filled with scripture stories, gospel lessons, inclusive illustrations, or inspiring messages, your kids will love exploring everything inside these new additions to your storybook rotation.

A Child of God by Mauli and Chantel Bonner

This rhyming, read-aloud book with warm illustrations shares a comforting, faith-filled message from a black father and mother to their children. Along with the children in the story, your own little ones will think about the ways our skin color, gender, and physical features are all different, as well as the things that bind us all together. In soothing verse, the father assures his children that everyone can look like Jesus and the angels by the things they do. As the family walks through their neighborhood, the father points out the beauty in God’s creations, from flowers, all unique and different, to all the children in their community. This book will start conversations in your family about appreciating the beautiful differences among all of God’s children, helping your children become better disciples of Christ.

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My Little Prayer by David Archuleta

In his first-ever children’s book, singer David Archuleta conveys the profound love to be found in our personal relationships with God.

I am learning to be patient,
and that You are really there.
I’m amazed by how you care,
’cause you hear . . . my little prayer.

Based on the lyrics of David’s popular and moving song, My Little Prayer tells the story of a young boy who discovers that what God wants for him is even better than what he wanted for himself. Learn to trust, learn to believe, and most of all, learn to pray in this beautifully woven tale of art, music, and faith.

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A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother and
A Boy’s Guide to Heavenly Mother

“The doctrine of a Heavenly Mother is a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints.” –The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gospel Topics Essay

A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother is designed for Young Women to explore glorious gospel truths about Her through the teachings of prophets, apostles, and female Church leaders. Filled with quotes, reflections, and expansive art from Latter-day Saint artists around the world, this guide will help girls come to know and love our Heavenly Mother, while strengthening their faith in their own divine potential.

And learning about Heavenly Mother isn’t only important for girls...this restored doctrine is equally vital and empowering for boys! A Boy’s Guide to Heavenly Mother is designed for Young Men to explore glorious gospel truths about Her through the teachings of prophets, apostles, and female Church leaders. Filled with quotes, activities, and amazing art, this guide will inspire boys to know our Heavenly Mother, understand the power of divine partnerships, and create change for a more loving world.

A note to readers: If you’re wondering how similar the Girl’s and Boy’s Guides are...they are not! There is different—but equally exquisite—art, quotes, text, and activities. While some of the same attributes of Heavenly Mother are presented in both books, the description of how they apply to the reader is uniquely written for each gender. So grab a book and a boy you love and dive in!

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My Book of Mormon Friends

The Book of Mormon is full of great examples—ordinary people living in extraordinary ways. Although they lived hundreds of years ago, they aren’t that different from you! Just like you, they lived in families, played, and worked hard.

My Book of Mormon Friends helps bring these characters and their attributes to life for young children who are just getting to know their stories and examples. As children read, they’ll learn how they can be obedient like Sariah, brave like Abinadi, helpful like Ammon, strong like Nephi, and responsible like Mormon.

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Jesus and the Nephites

Every Easter we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We hear about His Crucifixion and burial and how He rose from the dead on the third day. We know what happened in Jerusalem, but what happened in the rest of the world when Jesus died and was resurrected? With easy-to-read text, scripture references, and beautiful illustrations, Jesus and the Nephites will teach your children about what happened in the Americas. Introduce your children to Christ’s visit to the Nephites with this great addition to your child’s Sunday book collection.

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Bible ites: An Illustrated Guide to the People in the Holy Bible 

Meet new, exciting ites—now from the Bible! Israelites, Canaanites, Hittites, and more—the Bible is filled with ites! From Adam to Zacharias, the people of the Bible teach us powerful lessons. Whether their stories are already family favorites, like those of Noah and Jonah, or less familiar, such as the story of Lydia, the seller of purple, each one will help your family make good decisions and follow the Lord.

Packed with fun facts, insightful lessons, and all-new activities, this engaging book will help each member of your family better understand who’s who in the Bible. Your children will love the delightful illustrations that bring each man and woman to life in vivid color. The book includes 52 separate entries, each with its own lesson and activity, making it a perfect resource for planning your weekly family night or for quiet Sunday reading and learning. Discover new heroes and heroines, and find out how the depth of their stories and experiences can help us in our lives today!

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Girls Who Choose God: 
Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon

Shining light on strong women from the Book of Mormon, this groundbreaking book shares well-known stories alongside others that may be less familiar. Come to better know and love Sariah, the heroic daughters from the land Zeniff, Nephi’s wife, the maidservant spy, and other women from the Book of Mormon who chose God with all their might. These faith-filled women defended their families, protected their husbands, and risked their lives for others—providing powerful role models for us all.

With stunning illustrations, ten compelling narratives, and thought-provoking family discussion questions, this volume will give you a new perspective on the Book of Mormon. Reading and reflecting on these brave women’s stories, girls and boys will learn that they too can be strong and choose God.

In buying this book, you support educational opportunities for women. A portion of the authors’ proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations in their local communities.

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Standout Saints: 
Church History Heroes From Around the World

From prophets to pioneers, from songwriters to scientists, Standout Saints: Church History Heroes from Around the World presents the fascinating true stories of twenty women and twenty men from Church history. Each one-page biography describes impressive achievements and shares stories of great faith. Readers will encounter well-known and beloved Saints such as Joseph Smith and Eliza R. Snow along with lesser-known heroes from around the world such as Hu Wei-I, who miraculously translated the Book of Mormon into Chinese, and Mere Mete Whaanga, a prominent Maori woman who helped the Church spread into New Zealand. In addition, Standout Saints includes uplifting quotes, a Church history timeline, and resources for further study.

The courage and faith of these Saints made them stand out from the world, and this educational and inspiring book helps young readers know that they too can stand out.

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The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket

Your children don’t see the Holy Ghost, but that doesn’t mean they can’t feel his presence. With heart-warming illustrations, The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket depicts characteristics of the Holy Ghost by comparing them to objects that children remember and relate to. These meaningful analogies will help your children recognize the Holy Ghost as a real influence in their lives.

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Little Latter-day Saint Library: Jesus Christ

Teach your little ones to know and love the Savior with Jesus Christ, the newest addition to the must-have Little Latter-day Saint Library board book series. Brimming with colorful illustrations, this delightful read-aloud provides an early introduction to the life, ministry, and Atonement of Jesus Christ. With the central message being Jesus's love and care, this sweet book is sure to be a treasured addition to your children's gospel book collection.

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