When I was making a list of Christian missionary biographies that I have read and benefited from and could readily recommend, it occurred to me that I ought to make a similar list of missionary books written for children. It has been a long time since I read missionary books for children, but I read several both for my own and for gifts for nieces and nephews. But though many of these are still in print, they are not recent, so if you have any to recommend, please feel free to list them in the comments. Some of these are true stories, some are fiction based on true stories, some are biographies, a few may be totally fiction.
- Buried Alive For Christ by V. Ben Kendrick
- Christian Heroes, Then and Now by Janet and Geoff Benge is a series of 39 books about different missionaries and Christian leaders. I know I’ve read some in the set, but can’t remember which ones. I currently have the one on Ida Scudder in my TBR pile.
- Mik-Shrok, Charlie, and 77 Zebra, the Adventures of an Arctic Missionary series by Gloria Repp
- Nix by Penny McKnight, based on a true story
- Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp
- Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World by Deb Brammer (about a girl whose family goes to Taiwan as missionaries and her adjustments)
- A Question of Yams: A Missionary Story Based on True Events by Gloria Repp
- Silent Road to Rescue by Denise Williamson, based on a true incident in the life of Eric Liddell
- The Battle for Yanga by V. Ben Kendrick
- These Are My People about Gladys Aylward by Mildred T. Howard
- With Daring Faith: A Biography of Amy Carmichael by Rebecca Davis
These I haven’t read personally but I know enough about the publisher and/or author to believe they would be good:
- Adoniram Judson, God’s Man to Burma by Sharon Hambrick
- Imprisoned in the Golden City: Adoniram and Ann Judson by Dave and Neta Jackson
- The Good News Must Go Out: Stories of God at Work in the Central African Republic by Rebecca Davis
- With Two Hands: Stories of God at Work in Ethiopia by Rebecca Davis
- Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia by Rebecca Davis
In addition, though these aren’t written specifically for children, I think they’d be easily understood by children. An older child could probably read them alone, but these books might be especially fun to read together as a family:
- Cowboy Boots in Darkest Africa by Bill Rice (I read this to my boys during the brief time we home schooled and they enjoyed it quite a bit.)
- Mimosa by Amy Carmichael
In fact, probably a great many on my original list could be read as a family, but I would definitely hold off on Peace Child and Spirit of the Rainforest as they are quite graphic, though not gratuitous.
There are probably some I have forgotten, and there may be some newer ones that are good as well. Most of these are as adventuresome as any fictional story your children might read with the added benefit of examples of Christian faith and action that glorifies God and draws people to Himself.
(This will also be linked to Semicolon‘s Saturday Review of Books.)