Creation to Christmas: Big Picture Picture Books

At CTBP we know you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the little ones in your life. Something simple yet significant. And you want our recommendation. Well…

Why not give them the Creation and Consummation of the cosmos in a picture book? What would better satisfy your niece or nephew than the biblical panorama of salvation history to read in one sitting? An epic present. Really.

The idea of the Bible as one epic story is catching on with authors, illustrators and publishers. Jesus started the idea (Luke 24:27, 44–49). Missionaries have taken to crafting “Creation to Christ” (C2C) stories to cross cultures. I tell it as the Kingdom Story. And now there are picture books to give you more creative ways to convey this good news to your children. So make it truly epic by believing and living out the story of the Bible together.

Below are three winners and two honorable mentions in the category of… ah… big picture picture books.


The Story of King Jesus by Ben Irwin, illustrated by Nick Lee

The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

The Big Picture of What God Always Wanted (The Gospel Project) by Charles F. Boyd, illustrated by Heath McPherson (published previously as What God Has Always Wanted: The Bible's Big Idea from Genesis Through Revelation)

Honorable Mentions

Two other books are too long for one sitting but present the Bible clearly and creatively as one story.

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung, illustrated by Don Clark

The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm, illustrated by Gail Schoonmaker


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