My kids' bedtime routine has many steps to it- teeth brushing, one last trip to the potty, tracking down all the special stuffed animals that have gone missing, filling up water bottles... you probably know the drill quite well. But after all the running around and searching for things is done, our favorite part of the evening is settling down on the couch with one of my kids' books of Bible stories. We have several that we really like, some with longer stories than others. Recently we added a new book to our collection. This one is published by Tommy Nelson and is called Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers. Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:
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 in this book includes a mention of the Bible verse(s) that it comes from, a short Bible verse relating to the story, the story itself, and a prayer and blessing. Each story is only a couple of pages long, and the stories are illustrated with really beautiful drawings. It's a very soothing and comforting story book, while also teaching kids stories from the Bible. At 7 1/2 and 5 1/2, my kids are at the upper age range for this story book, but it's been great for nights when bedtime is running late and I lack time or energy to read from one of their longer Bible storybooks. I'd highly recommend this for families with younger kids who are looking for a great way to incorporate Bible stories into bedtimes!