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From the bookshelf

It’s never too early to start teaching children about prayer, and these books can be of assistance.

My ABC Bible/My ABC Prayers: Using rhyme and the alphabet, author Crystal Bowman teaches preschoolers through age 4 how to communicate with God through prayer. There are simple, easy-to-understand prayers of petition (keep me safe and strong), praise (God you are great and mighty) and thanksgiving (thank you, God, for times to giggle). Kids will enjoy the whimsical, colorful art. It’s also a two-in-one book—flip it over to read the ABC’s of the Bible. (Zondervan, 2001; www.zonderkidz.com; 616-698-6900.)

Does God Hear My Prayer?: This book explains the purpose of prayer. August Gold focuses on issues that children ages 4 to 8 have about prayer, including “Are my prayers answered?” and “How should I talk to God?” Her responses are simple and direct. Parents can read this book with their kids as the basis for broader discussions about prayer. (Skylight Paths, 2005; www.skylightpaths.com; 800-962-4544.)

Sing Praise: Rhonda Gowler Greene introduces preschoolers through age 3 to the praise prayers found in the Psalms. Animals, nature and people celebrate and give praise to God’s creation. The text, based on Psalms 148 and 150, is lively and engaging. And kids will be singing the praises of the art. It’s big, bright and colorful—a perfect complement to the liveliness of the text. (Augsburg Books, 2005; www.augsburgbooks.org; 800-328-4648.)


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