Young children thrive on routine and rituals, and a Bible story at bedtime is one of the best routines to establish! A combination Bible storybook and book of prayers, Words to Dream On is the perfect bedtime storybook for young children, with a “once upon a time” voice that is also true to God’s Word. Over 50 stories—from the Old and New Testaments—create an overview of the entire story arc of the Bible. Stories are selected and retold for young children with a focus on God’s love, care, protection, trustworthiness, and power.
Each story includes an engaging title, a Bedtime Blessing (a short summary thought), Words to Dream On (a brief Bible verse), and a Sleepy-Time Prayer (a good-night prayer tied to the theme of the story). The book also includes a short letter to parents that includes tested ideas for establishing a good bedtime routine with young children and tips for reading aloud to children at bedtime.
When searching for titles to add to our home library we take both the quality and content of the books into consideration. Words to Dream On Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers by Diane Stortz meets and exceeds our high standards. The beauty of this book extends well beyond the cover – the stories, Sleepy-time Prayers, Bedtime Blessings, and amazingly rich illustrations made this book an instant favorite in our home.
There are many reasons I would recommend this title for your Christian home library or as a gift. To begin, the book’s eye-catching illustrations are saturated in rich hues and boast incredible detail. They evoke awe and wonder while helping to cement the story in the minds of readers. Next, I appreciate how the author has given a scriptural reference for every story. This provides a wonderful tool for deeper study (especially with older children). Additionally, The author’s diction possesses a great read-aloud quality while maintaining simplicity for early independent readers. Above all, these stories are retold with incredible biblical accuracy.
I believe Words to Dream On Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers to be an excellent choice for parents of young children, rewarding it 5/5 stars.
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About the Author
Diane Stortz is an author, freelance editor, and former editorial director whose heart’s desire is to “tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4). Diane’s books include The Sweetest Story Bible, Thankful for God’s Blessings, and A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year. Diane and her husband reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have two married daughters. Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and visiting her three young grandsons.
Diane Le Feyer is a French illustrator. Even as a child, she always knew that one day she would draw wonderful pictures for kids to enjoy! She also teaches students what she knows about illustration. Diane is very busy with her life as a teacher, artist, mother, Star Wars enthusiast, and bad cook. She has a darling daughter, a loving husband, and a pearlscale goldfish named Bubbles.