Biblical Fiction for Young Readers
Homeschool Review Crew
Here’s our story. We received a new review package in the mail. I pulled out two books. And then, my hands were mysteriously empty. That is the story of how quickly books disappear in our house. It also is the story of how good these books are because they still haven’t surfaced as they make their rounds through our house of readers. I’m always pleased when I can find Biblical fiction for young readers to introduce to their hungry minds.
About the Series
This new series is geared towards kids ages 6-9 which includes four of the kids in my house. Now, that is the recommended age but my twelve year olds and my ten year olds read and enjoyed these books as well. They also make wonderful read alouds for your homeschool as well. Biblical fiction for young readers is hard to come by and I was very excited to be asked to be on this review. In fact, now I’m not so sure we should have because my kids want the other books today! Or actually they wanted them as soon as they finished book two which was the same day as our package arrived with my oldest.
WorthyKids/Ideals might be a familiar company to you if you enjoy the children’s favorites of VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears. We love both of these series and have several of their books on our shelves. This new series follows the same vein wanting to expand on your child’s faith and knowledge of the Bible. While doing this levels of mystery and intrigue are weaved throughout to make your child want to read on and learn more. Books like this are hard to find in the library so I love to add them to our shelves. We call them Biblical fiction for young readers. Christian fiction is another popular genre but it’s more for older teens and adults in my opinion.
M. J. Thomas is the author who penned this new series. Though I’m not sure that he wrote them with pen and paper first or if he just typed them. But I’m a fan of pen and paper and like to think that’s how it was written. When Thomas was looking for good Biblical fiction for young readers to have in his own home he came up short. And thus the series was born! Main characters in this series are Peter, Mary, and Hank the dog. Not surprisingly these are characters in his real life as well. Peter is his son, Mary his niece, and Hank is his dog. I personally love learning how books come to be and would love to find out more about how his mind came up with this great story line.
My kids were spellbound. My older kids read this book in a matter of an hour or two each and had read both books before the day was up. They then of course were begging for the other books which have not been released yet. On our amazon waitlist they go!
We really enjoyed these books. My kids that can read all sat down to read them on their own. We also used them as read alouds for my non readers. They very much remind us of another Biblical fiction for young readers(at least in our house) that we have repeatedly used as read alouds. A good strong Christian basis. If you do not ever want your child to read anything that contains magic then this is not the book for you. They do contain magic as the characters are transported back in time through ancient scrolls and have to solve mysteries in order to make it back home. We don’t do witches or “dark” magic in our home but this kind of magic or fantasy is allowed and I am comfortable with all my children reading these books.
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