Book Review—Jesus Came for Me

We teach little ones that we celebrate Christmas because Jesus was born. But what does Jesus’ coming mean to preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades?

This board book with three short stories, just long enough for a young child’s attention span, seeks to expand their understanding with concepts they can hold on to as they grow.

“Zechariah Can’t Talk” teaches that God helps us believe and wait for Him.

“Jesus Is Born” shares the biblical Christmas story and encourages children to share the good news about the birth of Jesus, our great God.

The last story, “Wise Men Bring Presents,” contrasts angry King Herod with Jesus, the best King, whose love is great and who is with us always.

Stylized illustrations work perfectly for the age group; for example, a scene of people sleeping in beds helps children understand the idea of no room in Bethlehem. “Someone was sleeping in every bed.”

Text that takes children seriously combined with fun illustrations that clarify make this book a winning combination. (My only caution is the angels with halos and wings—but artistically, it does work.)

Jesus Came for Me
written by Jared Kennedy, illustrated by Trish Mahoney
published by New Growth Press (2020)
board book, 20 pages, 8.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches

Making God’s wonders known to the next generation,

– Diane

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