Missionary Stories for Kids
My favorite missionary books for children
Children who enjoy reading missionary stories are likely to grow up to be involved in missions in some way - whether they go out themselves as missionaries, or stay home and support financially and by praying.
I read missionary stories as a child and now I read them to my children as I want to pass on to them my passion for missions. In the past few decades there have been a number of excellent and very readable missionary biographies published for kids from pre-school age and up. Our church library possesses most of them and so our family has been able to read and enjoy many great Missionary Stories for Kids.
I have also included links to online stories on a number of mission agencies' websites.
So, browse this list and make your selection from some of the best missionary stories for kids. Enjoy!
Photo by Jason van der Merwe, used with permission
Missionary Stories for Preschoolers and Early Elementary Students - Little Lights Series
These beautiful picture books will capture the imaginations of 4-8 year olds and give them an early introduction to some famous missionaries. The kids at our church love taking these out this series library. Each one is 32 pages and has color illustrations to help hold the attention of little ones. First and second graders will be able to read these to themselves.
If you click through the link below you will be able to see all the others in the series (the Squidoo platform this page is on does not allow me to link to all the available options). At present there are also ones on Luther, Calvin, Helen Roseveare, Hudson Taylor and some others.
In this book we discover why Amy Carmichael, who spent her life in India as a missionary, needed to be born with brown eyes and not the blue eyes she longed for.
Jim Elliot said:
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose
More Missionary Biographies for Preschoolers and Early Elementary Students - Heroes for Young Readers Series
This series from YWAM is also perfect for the 4-8 year old gang. They are well-written with pictures on every page to keep the attention of young children.
Click through to see the rest of the series which includes books on Jim Elliot, William Carey, Betty Greene and others.
The exciting story of how Brother Andrew found ways to take the Bible into communist countries - told in language young children can understand.
Collections of Short Missionary Biographies for Kids - Lightkeepers series
This excellent series is aimed at 9-12 year olds. Each book consists of short biographies of a number of missionaries or other famous Christians who left their mark on the world. They are easy to read and my daughter loved them. They would be ideal to read to a Sunday school class, or as bed time stories.
Read how George Muller went from being a thief when he was younger to someone who learned to depend on God for the money he needed to run the orphanages he started. And read about Brother Andrew who grew up in Holland during World War 2 and went on to be a Bible smuggler. And read about a number of other boys who grew up to work for God in various different places during a variety of different things.
More Compilations of Missionary Stories
Missionary Biographies for Elementary and Middle School Students - Christian Heroes: Then and Now series
Don't be fooled by the bland covers of these books - they are absolute page-turners. My personal favorite is the Gladys Aylward one which has many heart-stopping moments in it. Read it aloud to your kids - or let 5th grade and up read it themselves. Even my husband enjoys these! Our kids have insisted he read a number of them as they don't want him to miss out.
Click through to see the others on Eric Liddell, Hudson Taylor etc
Gladys Aylward is deemed unsuitable for Bible School because she is not smart enough, but undeterred she works as a housekeeper to earn a one-way ticket to China. From the start of her journey from England, her story reads like an adventure novel. I don't want to tell any part of it so that you can enjoy it yourself. I so admire what this lady did - and this book is an excellent introduction to her work that the whole family will enjoy.
Biographies by Louise Vernon - The Beggar's Bible
Louise Vernon writes engaging historical fiction - and many of her stories focus around missionaries. These are great to read aloud with your kids. Other titles introduce children to Menno Simons, John Wesley and Martin Luther.
This is the story of John Wycliffe. Because of his work translating the Bible into English, even the poor were able to have their own copy of the Word of God.
Missionary Stories on DVD - Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith
This animated series is intended for children age 8-12. The stories are about 30 minutes in length and each focus on a different 'hero', many of who were also missionaries.
This is the full set, but you can get the individual titles for about $10 each. The DVDs contain stories about people like William Booth, Samuel Morris and Amy Carmichael.
Fictional stories centered on famous missionaries - Trailblazer Series
Each book in this series is a different fictional story - but the backdrop for the story is the true story of some missionary. The stories are written to appeal to upper elementary / early middle schoolers.
Our local public library has many of this series available for check out. In addition to the one shown here, the series also has books that feature David Livingstone, Eric Liddell and other well-known missionaries.
Online Animated Missionary Stories for Kids
Here is the story of Eric Liddell, the Olympic runner who went to China as a missionary. If you and your kids enjoy this one, you can find more videos on Vimeo by the AsiaLink HistoryMaker that tell the stories of Perpetua and JIm Elliot and others.
Online Missionary Stories for Kids - These are all text stories
- Wycliffe Kids' Page
Kids can follow KC around the world and learn about Wycliffe's work. They can also read about Wycliffe's missionaries and do various fun activities.
- SIM Kids' pages
Kids can select the country and continent they want to learn more about and then can read online stories. Or they can go to the Games area and have some fun there.
- New Tribes Mission's Kids Page
Visit their page for some great stories.