mercredi 16 avril 2014

Select Christian Books For Tweens

By Anita Ortega

Many Christians want to provide literature for their children that adheres to Biblical principles as well as engaging their interest. Christian books for tweens - kids between the ages of ten and twelve - are easy to find if you research publishing houses dedicated to promoting the faith and serving families. Once you know where to look, you can then find customer reviews and excerpts of titles that might fit you needs.

Parents of pre-teens should monitor their reading. There's so much out there that is self-centered, violent, occult, or anti-God that constant vigilance is necessary. That's one nice thing about the classics: parents are familiar with both good and bad choices. Some subjects may be off-limits for this age group; for example, parents may prefer to save romantic stories for later in life.

Several Christian publishers solicit three-novel series, which follow a main character through all three books. These are nice, in that growing-up has many transitional phases, each of which has its own challenges and lessons. Pre-teens often feel a lot of pressure to grow up too fast, and reading a fictional account of this and other real-life dilemmas can help parents and children enter into dialog relevant to their own challenges.

Boys often like adventures or sports-based stories better than anything to do with horses. Of course, there are some great westerns, like 'My Friend Flicka', which deal with boys growing up in the west. Many exciting books are based on real life rather than superheroes and mega-villains. Books can show people walking out their faith or simply illustrate Christian principles.

Sometimes family discussions can focus on principles that might be lost in the general excitement of the story. 'The Chronicles of Narnia' is an allegorical tale which has found new popularity with the recent movie version. Parental involvement in the reading experience of children is one way to keep the family strong.

Of course, non-fiction is great, as well. There are many accounts of Christian heroes, missionaries, doctors, nurses, and pastors that are exciting to read. Famous Christians have had great influence on history and culture, and kids should recognize the most illustrious names. It's too bad if Spiderman is more real to them than Joan of Arc.

Non-fiction is a whole other category that can be explored. These books are often fun and educational for the whole family; reading aloud each evening and discussing the story is a great family activity. There are great biographies, accounts of scientific discoveries, journals of world travelers, and tales about epic adventures - to the North Pole, to the top of Mount Everest, to the headwaters of the Amazon, or to the moon.

Mainstream literature may ignore or even deny that many of the greatest men and women were and are Christians. Using novels and non-fiction that tell the true story or teach valuable lessons is a way to reinforce Sunday School and church messages and show kids how faith relates to their real life.

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