Reading About the Reformation...For Kids

Sometimes in the buzz of Halloween talk- should we celebrate or not? What kinds of activities should we allow? What kinds of costumes should we wear?- the celebration of Reformation Day gets lost in the shuffle. What is Reformation Day you may ask? If you are a Protestant Christian, it’s a day that is very important in the history of the Church.

This article has more detail, but basically Reformation Day celebrates Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church. Those theses which called for a reform of the Catholic Church helped to shape the development of the Protestant faith. It’s important to teach our kids about this momentous historical event.

Books about the Protestant Reformation

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If you’re looking for a way to share more about Reformation Day with your kids, here are some books that will help.

When Lightning Struck– This is an awesome book that I reviewed last year. Written for middle school and high school students, it’s a look at the life of Martin Luther and the development of his personal faith that led to the Protestant Reformation. Danika Cooley is the author, and she provides a free discussion guide and unit study to go along with the book.

Martin Luther book for kids
Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the WorldThis book for kindergarten and elementary kids relates the story of Martin Luther’s life and how he came to faith in the grace of God.

Martin Luther biography for kids
Inside the Reformation: The Times That Change the World– This is a visual history of the Reformation written for upper elementary and middle grade kids. It talks about the people and the events important to the Reformation.

Protestant Reformation for kids
The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort- The Canons of Dort expresses the belief that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone. Although the Canons themselves are difficult to read and understand, this book explains the concepts in a way that upper elementary and middle grade kids can understand.

Protestant Reformation for Kids
The Barber Who Wanted to Pray– This story is based on an event that really happened. Martin Luther was once asked by a barber how to pray. Martin Luther answers the barber with a letter that became the book A Simple Way to Pray. The ideas communicated in Luther’s book are presented here is a way that upper elementary and middle grade kids can understand.

Martin Luther for kids

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