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Everyone a Child Should Know

Clare Heath-Whyte and Jenny Brake



Everyone a Child Should Know

Clare Heath-Whyte and Jenny Brake


It’s never too early to introduce the next generation to some of the heroes of faith. In this book, children will meet 52 christian men and women (one for each week of the year) from all walks of life who wanted to live for their friend Jesus. There are missionaries, martyrs, writers, reformers, politicians and poets. Their stories are exciting and inspiring and will show children that any of Jesus’ friends can do remarkable things for him - even them!

'Ranging from the accomplished scientist and inventor George Washington Carver to the famous Bible translator John Wycliff, Everyone a Child Should Know introduces our youngest children to the men and women of history whose lives exemplified 1 Corinthians 10:31, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Clare Heath-White has done a marvelous job retelling their stories and the colorful illustrations of Jenny Brake are simply delightful.' Marty Machowski, Pastor and author of The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short and The Ology.

'In 52 short and simple chapters, Everyone a Child Should Know tells how God has worked through men and women of all sorts and in every age. Try reading one per week to young children, but they’ll want to read "just one more." Each turn of the page reveals another charming illustration and exciting life story—clear reminders to children that their own life is a blank page, yet to be written by the Lord.' Champ Thornton, author of The Radical Book for Kids

'Here is a great little book for introducing young children to some of the men and women in the last 2,000 years who God has changed into Gospel-people. It’s delightfully illustrated, superbly written and manages to avoid the trap that many fall into when describing Jesus as a friend to children. To a child this may well mean that as their greatest friend the Lord Jesus will make their lives trouble-free. By including stories where things were very hard for some of these friends of Jesus that is skilfully avoided and therefore gives us a great discipling resource for the next generation.It’s also a wonderfully adaptable book which could easily be used to read at bedtime or during family-Bible times or just to enjoy reading with your young child. A must have book for every Christian home.' Ian Fry, associate minister for families, St Ebbe's Church, Oxford

'This is a beautifully presented book which shares what a difference being friends with Jesus makes to ordinary people, just like you and me.' Lizzie Bassford, Captivated community

The book covers the following people:

  • Brother Andrew
  • Augustine
  • Gladys Aylward
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Thomas Barnardo
  • Corrie ten Boom
  • William and Catherine Booth
  • Anne Bradstreet
  • John Bunyan
  • John Calvin
  • William Carey
  • Amy Carmichael
  • George Washington Carver
  • John Chrysostom
  • Fanny Crosby
  • Joni Eareckson Tada 
  • Edward VI
  • Jim and Elisabeth Elliot
  • Billy Graham
  • Argula von Grumbach
  • Mary Jones
  • Adoniram Judson
  • John Knox
  • C. S. Lewis
  • Eric Liddell
  • Katie Luther
  • Martin Luther
  • Dwight L. Moody
  • Hannah More
  • George Mueller
  • John Newton
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Rosa Parks
  • Patrick
  • Robert Raikes
  • Rembrandt
  • Selina, Countess of Huntingdon
  • Lord Shaftesbury
  • Mary Slessor
  • Charles Spurgeon
  • C. T. Studd
  • Hudson Taylor
  • Lilias Trotter
  • William Tyndale
  • Charles Wesley
  • John Wesley
  • Susanna Wesley
  • George Whitefield
  • William Wilberforce
  • Richard Wurmbrand
  • John Wycliffe
  • Katharina Zell 
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Overall rating

5.0 based on 3 reviews

Highly Recommended

Everyone a Child Should know has done a wonderful job of collecting a broad range of people to introduce young children to. As Heath-Whyte says, "there are missionaries and martyrs (although fewer martyrs than you might find in a book for older children!), writers, reformers, politicians, preachers and poets. There are sporty people, arty people, brilliant people, and very ordinary people. There are people from hundreds of years ago and people still living today. Some are very well known and some are almost unheard of. Jesus has always had, and always will have, friends in all shaped, sizes and colours, from all different countries and backgrounds." I absolutely love this introduction for the parents. It is a great reminder of the scene in Revelation 7 of people "from every nation, from all tribes and people and language, standing before the throne and the lamb." These short, one-page biographies will connect children to 52 people from Church history. An illustration by Jenny Brake is added to each biography providing a very nice visual for children. There are also Memory Cards that can be purchased to aid children in remembering these people as they read through the book from week to week. I love this book and it will be one that is used in my home often for years to come. Highly recommended.

Joey Parker

Wonderfully designed and illustrated

Everyone A Child Should Know is a book about 52 heroes of the Christian faith, from across the centuries and across cultures. It is a wonderfully designed and illustrated book, written for parents to read to younger children that they might be introduced at an early age to some heroes of the faith, friends and followers of Jesus from all walks of life, who served Him, their Saviour and Lord, in all sorts of ways. It is written to introduce young children to Jesus that they might trust Him, love Him and serve Him in their own lives. As one who loves to read biographies, this is a great introduction to the lives of some heroes whose lives still inspire us to love and serve Jesus Christ today.

Rev. Brian Colvin

Wonderful book

This is such a wonderful book. I was so excited to get my copy and have started reading it with my two boys (5 and 4). It is an excellent way to introduce little ones to some of the heroes of the faith.

Elizabeth Lythgoe

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