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As a Mama, I have the beautiful privilege and crazy responsibility of helping my babies grow into little world changers.
Every time I speak to Leon, I have the chance to build him up – into a brave, confident, compassionate human being. Or my words can tear him down, making him feel insecure and incapable.
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
With all that’s going on in the world today, we parents have the opportunity to make a difference. We can raise our children to love others radically. By using empowering and uplifting words, we can teach them how to have compassion for others and be bold enough to share the love of Jesus with those that are hurting.
This is my personal “Top 10 List” of children’s books about unconditional love & important life lessons. Click any of the book titles or photos to snag a copy of your own!
I’m excited for you to join me on this mission to raise world-changing kids.
The name says it all. This little board book is a sweet reminder to your kids that they are loved at all times, no matter what.
Even when they’re climbing the walls. Even when they are sad or angry. And yes, even when they are driving you absolutely nuts.
Because babies are a blessing, not a burden. Loving your child in the difficult moments reminds them that they can always come to you. And that even when they are in trouble, or life doesn’t go their way, they are still loved and valuable.
I think one of the first lessons we need to teach our kids is that failure is ok. Its how you react to it that matters. Teaching them that failure doesn’t diminish their value will set them up to bounce back from it.
Ok, I LOVE this book. It was a gift from my sweet Mimi, who happens to love giraffes.
But the message of the book is what makes it so so good. Gerald, the giraffe, gets made fun of by all the other jungle animals because he can’t dance like they do.
Gerald is long and thin, so he looks different. He’s a little goofy and clumsy. And when the other animals laugh at him, he feels useless. He starts to believe the mean things they say about him.
But in the end, Gerald finds music that he loves, and it turns out that homeboy can boogie!
Kids notice differences, and its up to us to teach them how to react to them. This book helps our little ones to learn that their unique differences are awesome! It touches on bullying too, so they learn that its not ok to make fun of someone just because they aren’t like us.
(You can click on any of the book titles or photos in this list to snag a copy on Amazon!)
A child who feels loved and safe grows into a human who can love others selflessly.
Bedtime Bible Promises will teach your babe all about God’s character and that our relationship with him is personal. He protects us, loves us unconditionally, and made each of us unique and special.
There are bible verses and a little rhyming poem to go with each promise. And I really love that there are short prayers that we can teach to our kids. Prayers are so powerful. And their lives will be changed by speaking God’s truth out loud!
Being brave comes easier when you learn how to address fears and have faith. Lets teach our kids how to be bold enough to change the world.
This is another one that teaches our kiddos that everything about them was chosen by God. So when other kids make fun of them for having a big nose or a crooked smile, they can remember that they are perfectly unique.
Its totally normal for our little humans to have bad feelings about themselves sometimes. But we can build their confidence by telling them that those bad thoughts are lies.
We happen to have the sing-along version of this book. But those high-pitched Veggie Tales voices seriously make me cringe. So I linked to the one that doesn’t make noise. You know I got you, mama!
I know what you’re thinking. How is “Where the Wild Things Are” going to help me raise world changers? I remembered loving this book as a kid. But it wasn’t until I read it to Leon after all these years that I realized it has a message of unconditional love.
The little dude in this book, Max, gets sent to his room for causing all sorts of mischief. So he journeys to a place where the wild things make him king.
He romps around the forest, doing whatever he pleases. He is king of the wild beasts and they listen to everything he says! But he quickly starts to miss home, a place where he is “loved…best of all”.
So he travels back home from far away places…
“…and it was still hot.”
I don’t know about you, but I hope my babies always remember home as the place where they’re loved best of all.
And that no matter how far they stray or how much of a stinker they are being – they can always come running back to find love waiting on them.
I have so many memories of my Daddy reading this book to me and my siblings!
There are chapters filled with parables about compassion, courage, perseverance, faith, and more.
It’s over 800 pages of practical life lessons at your fingertips! The version I have (pictured above) is technically the “adult” version. But I linked to “The Children’s Book of Virtues“, so you’ll have a giant book of kid-friendly stories to help build your child’s character.
Obviously we aren’t getting much use out of this one with Leo yet. But this is a total gem as your kids get older!
Oh, man. This book. This one makes my heart squeeze.
Have you ever thought about how amazing it is that the same God who made the stars and the mountains made YOU? If that doesn’t make you feel profoundly important, I don’t know what will.
I want my babies to know that there is nobody in the world like them. That God made them to fulfill a role and a purpose that only they were made for. We can teach our kids to be brave and confident, knowing that they are so important.
I truly believe that by loving our children unconditionally, we set them up to love others well.
But children also have to be taught how to have compassion and treat others with kindness.
This 5 Minute Bible Story is #3 on my list for a reason. There are so many ways we can love our neighbors. But this story shows that its usually not convenient to help those in need. And sometimes its not a choice that will make you popular either. Loving others takes sacrifice, but it’s what God calls us to do.
The Good Samaritan showed mercy and kindness to a stranger. Two things that we don’t see often enough in our culture.
Other people walked by the beaten traveler and didn’t help him. Even a priest left him there to suffer. But our little world changers can learn to do what is right, even when it costs them something.
The first time I read this book to Leon, Anthony was gone on a business trip for a week. It had been a longgg week so far & I was missing him hard.
Needless to say, I ugly cried as I read it!
Whether you’re a mom or dad, the way you treat your spouse is the very first example of respect and love that your child will see. I love bragging on all the awesome things Anthony does for our family because I know it will teach Leon to appreciate it too!
I don’t want it to seem like we’re convincing our kids that we’re perfect parents or humans. But we can raise them to be brave, kind, and helpful by demonstrating those good qualities. By pointing them out, we make it clear that our family strives to be different than the rest of the world.
(HEY DADS: click here to snag “Thank You, God, for Mommy” & read it to your kiddos. You’ll score some major brownie points with the wife.)
The Wemmicks were wooden people. They walk around every day, giving each other stars or dots, based on their abilities (or lack thereof). They judge others based on their personal ideas of what a Wemmick should be.
Our kids are going to face so many moments of being told they aren’t good enough. When their talents are different from those around them, others can make them feel invaluable.
And if we aren’t intentional about crushing those lies in their lives, they might start to believe them.
Being worshipped on social media or making a million dollars shouldn’t be their measure of worth. We need to teach our kids that their value comes from the one who created them. And that no amount of fame can replace real, unconditional love.
Those “stickers” (aka labels) that others want to put on us – they only stick if we let them. Being different is a good thing! God didn’t make a bunch of clones who are supposed to fit into specific, rigid roles.
And that’s what “You Are Special” is all about. Realizing your worth. Because God doesn’t make mistakes.
What books do you love to read to your kids? Write me a comment below to help me find more unique books to add to our collection!
Thank you for being one more parent who wants to raise world changers.