Best Action & Adventure Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 action & adventure books for 4 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Adventures of Taxi Dog (Picture Puffin Books)

by: Debra BarraccaSal BarraccaMark Buehner
Release date: Mar 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 30
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It’s a dog-eat-dog world in New York City. But homeless mutt Maxi’s life takes a turn for the better when a kind taxi driver named Jim offers him friendship, a home — and a place in the front seat!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

2. Charge Of The Lightning Bugs (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Notebook of Doom)

by: Troy Cummings
Release date: Jun 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 96
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Stermont’s latest monster is SHOCKING! In this 8th book, there’s trouble at Alexander’s brand-new school. Lights are flickering, students are getting zapped, and escalators are running at super-speeds! When the sky fills with green lightning, Alexander, Rip, and Nikki know monsters must be to blame. Can the S.S.M.P. turn out the lights on these shocking monsters?
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Chapter Books

3. Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad

by: Liz Climo
Release date: May 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Meet Rory, the dinosaur. He loves spending time with his dad, but today he wants to go on his own adventure and explore his island home. He can’t wait to tell his dad all about the things he can do all by himself, from crossing rivers to finding shelter from the rain. Little does Rory know, his father is never far behind. There’s nothing Rory’s dad won’t do for his intrepid son–he’ll even let him think he’s made the journey all by himself.
Comic artist Liz Climo celebrates the bond between father and child with her adorable, deceptively simple illustrations and her timeless story of a child’s quest for independence.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

4. Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by: Bill Peet
Release date: Sep 19, 1979
Number of Pages: 40
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Friends help a lion, who has lost his mane, regrow a most unusual one.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

5. Oh No, Astro!

by: Matt RoeserBrad Woodard
Release date: Apr 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Asteroids! Planets! Astronauts!
In this charming debut picture book, a grumpy asteroid named Astro is thrown out of orbit and takes an unexpected journey through space!

Astro is a cranky asteroid who just wants everyone to respect his personal boundaries. But when a satellite knocks Astro out of orbit, he is forced to embark on an epic adventure through space…whether he wants to or not!

Filled with playful illustrations and tons of cool facts about space, this picture book is a must-have for all the future astronauts who are ready to journey through the galaxy.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Experiences

6. The Paper Princess

by: Elisa Kleven
Release date: May 01, 1994
Number of Pages: 32
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A lovely paper princess, freshly cut out and still in need of hair, is swept off by the wind into a series of wonderful adventures, from a ride on a ferris wheel and a terrifying ordeal in a garbage can to a sojourn in a bird’s nest and back again.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

7. The Adventures of Zoe Flynn and Alex Everhart: The Disappearing River

by: David MittanGail Mittan
Release date: Oct 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 81
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The MakeThinkers. Team – an MIT graduate with two children, and his mom, a highly experienced, elementary school teacher – created this adventure story with fun challenges to help your children unlock their natural creativity & powerful critical thinking skills.

Each chapter takes less than 15 minutes to complete. It’s perfect for parents to read to their children at bedtime, or for older children to read on their own.

Zoe Flynn and Alex Everhart live on Harriet street, in a quiet town near NYC. They are best friends and enthusiastic adventurers. When they find a magnificent, golden colored wooden box in the attic, their lives change forever! Inside the box are the Enchanted Sweaks of Yellowfield which take them on a fantastic journey into hidden lands with magical creatures right here in our world!

Read ten exciting adventures and solve the fun challenges at the end of each chapter to help Zoe & Alex find the disappearing river!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

8. The Legend of the Golden Snail

by: Graeme Base
Release date: Oct 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 48
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A young boy’s favorite storybook tells of a Golden Snail that lived long ago in the mythical Spiral Isles. When it journeyed through its magical realm, it took on the shape of a fantastical golden sailing ship. One day the ship was captured by a Great Enchanter and put under his spell. After he became bored with the Snail, the Enchanter banished it to the Ends of the Earth so no one else could ever sail in it. There it remains until a new master comes to claim it. Could a young boy named Wilbur be the next master?

 

Featuring Graeme Base’s visually stunning signature art (packed with details, including a hidden “snail and crossbones” to search for in each picture) and a bonus mini book (bound in, nonremovable), The Legend of the Golden Snail is an adventure unlike any other.

F&P Level: N
F&P Genre: F

Praise for The Legend of the Golden Snail

Starred Review: “Base’s art steers the journey, alternating between action scenes and spectacular seascapes.” –Publishers Weekly

“This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the author’s fans and cultivate new ones.” –School Library Journal 

“Base’s big, elaborate illustrations teem with lively details.” –Booklist

“The book is chock-full of Base’s bold, vibrant images and features fanciful locations. Lots to mull over for future sea adventurers.” –Kirkus Reviews 

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

9. Sam the Minuteman (I Can Read Books: Level 3)

by: Nathaniel BenchleyArnold Lobel
Release date: Feb 01, 1987
Number of Pages: 62
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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial

10. The Adventures of Polo

by: Regis FallerRegis Faller
Release date: Apr 18, 2006
Number of Pages: 80
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Equipped with a backpack full of supplies, Polo sets off on a little boat–and on a series of delightful adventures that take him across (and under) the ocean, to an island and a frozen iceberg, to space and home again, with a world of magical encounters along the way. Polo’s journey is packed with incident and expression; 80 pages of seamless, satisfying picture storytelling are perfectly targeted to the youngest reader. Unique, dynamic, and playful, The Adventures of Polo calls to mind the worlds of film animation, comics, and classic books from Harold and the Purple Crayon to The Snowman–and has style, appeal, and substance all its very own.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

11. My First Book of Superpowers (DC Super Heroes)

by: David KatzMorris Katz
Release date: Jul 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 20
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My First Book of Super Powers introduces young readers to beloved DC super heroes and their awesome powers.

Just as My First Book of Girl Power introduced young fans to female super heroes and their special powers, this book tackles DC’s popular male characters. From Superman’s super-strength and X-ray vision to the Flash’s super-speed to Aquaman’s ability to live under water, this exciting board book explains how each character’s powers make him unique and enable him to make the world a safer place. Classic DC art makes this as appealing to grownups as it is to the tiniest aspiring super heroes.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

12. Camping Catastrophe! (Ready, Freddy #14)

by: Abby KleinJohn Mckinley
Release date: Aug 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 96
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With more than two million copies sold, this series is a huge Scholastic Book Clubs success. Klein presents a diverse community of 1st graders facing real issues that matter to this age group.

Max, the biggest bully in first grade, just can’t believe that Freddy Thresher and his best friend, Robbie, are going on a camping trip this weekend. Worse yet, Freddy’s sister, Suzie, has bet him a full week’s worth of chores that he’ll be too much of a scaredy-cat to spend the whole night in the wild! And, even though Freddy is a little bit worried, he sure isn’t going to let Suzie win a bet that involves cleaning the basement! Shark head flashlight, sleeping back, tent, and S’more supplies in tow, Freddy, Robbie, and Mr. Thresher head off to the camp grounds for a weekend of campfire fun.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

13. Art Dog (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

by: Thacher HurdThacher Hurd
Release date: Dec 17, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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Oh, no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don’t even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it’s up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he’s off––on a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks. With the same deft touches of high-spirited fun and adventure that have made Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don’t Allow (both Reading Rainbow Featured Selections) such perennially popular stories, Thacher Hurd serves up a new action-packed tale that will delight young readers.

1996 ‘Pick of the Lists’ (ABA)
Children’s Choices for 1997 (IRA/CBC)
1998 Red Clover Book Award (VT)

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

14. Goodnight Pirate: The Perfect Bedtime Book!

by: Michelle Robinson
Release date: Mar 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Getting ready for bedtime has never been so much fun! These colorful books are the perfect way to help tiny ones wind down on their way to dreamland. From a big “digger” truck to a pirate ship, tractor and horse-drawn carriage, each book helps little dreamers wish their favorite things a sweet goodnight. Fun rhyming words and joyful illustrations make these books perfect for parents and toddlers to read together. In Goodnight Pirate, kids can say goodnight to everything from parrots to spyglasses to crow’s nests, because it’s time for rest. (Ages 1+)
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

15. Maisy’s Pop-up Playhouse

by: Lucy CousinsLucy Cousins
Release date: Sep 04, 1995
Number of Pages: 8
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It’s a book, it’s a toy, it’s Maisy’s very own house! Children can help Maisy bake a pie in the kitchen, brush her whiskers in the bathroom, and climb into bed. With a movable Maisy figure, lots of flaps to lift, tabs to pull, pop-out parts, and a 14-page mini color booklet with play ideas, this three-dimensional carousel house offers limitless playtimes for anyone who’s crazy for Maisy.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

16. Green Hamster and the Quest for Fun (Fujimini Adventure)

by: Eileen Wacker
Release date: Aug 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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In Green Hamster and the Quest for Fun, rascally Green Hamster is convinced that all the other animals are having more fun than he is. He sets off on an adventure to make sure he has the best day ever, but meets some unexpected challenges along the way. This award-winning children’s book series has been very popular in the Hawaiian Islands.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

17. Silent Samurai and the Magnificent Rescue: Fujimini Adventure Series

by: Eileen Wacker
Release date: Sep 06, 2010
Number of Pages: 40
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The latest in this award-winning series, the Silent Samurai and the Magnificent Rescue, Purple Penguin has some big news for the animals of Fujimini Island. Samurai are coming and he wants to plan an amazing welcome party. But not all the animals are excited about the arrival of the warriors. Will they come together to offer friendship and a warm welcome to the visitors or watch from as far away as possible?
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

18. Techno Strike! (LEGO Ninjago: Reader)

by: Kate Howard
Release date: Jun 24, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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LEGO(R) Ninjago: Rebooted! The beloved, wise-cracking ninja are back with all-new adventures.

Cole, Jay, Kai, Lloyd, and Zane are five ninja on the run. The Masters of Spinjitzu have escaped the Overlord and his henchman, Cyrus Borg. But now Sensei Wu is the Overlord’s captive, and the ninja are desperate to get him back.

There’s only one way to stop the Overlord, and that’s to wipe out his power at the source – a system reboot. But the Overlord’s minions, the Nindroids, are everywhere, and they are just as skilled as the ninja. It’s man vs. machine – ninja vs. Nindroid! Who will win?

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

19. Christopher Dragon Goes to the Beach: (The Tales of Christopher Dragon Book 3)

by: Mary Kagan DraperPatti Brassard Jefferson
Release date: Feb 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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In Christopher Dragon Goes to the Beach, Christopher and his friends spend a day enjoying many seaside activities. Come along and join them as they have fun collecting seashells, playing beach volleyball, swimming, building a sand castle, parasailing, and having an outdoor barbecue. There is even time for Christopher to make a daring rescue! This delightful rhyming story continues to prove that love and friendship can exist regardless of color, size and different lifestyles. More adventures to come in The Tales of Christopher Dragon Series.
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20. Poppleton Everyday

by: Cynthia RylantMark Teague
Release date: Apr 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 56
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Poppleton the pig goes stargazing, tries out a new bed before he buys it, and goes sailing for the first time.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Pigs

21. Such a Silly Baby!

by: Steffanie LorigRichard LorigAmanda Shepherd
Release date: Dec 20, 2007
Number of Pages: 36
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Bursting with bright illustrations and a rollicking text, this boisterous book invites readers to hoot, neigh, snort, and giggle along with a very silly baby.
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Children’s Books > Animals

22. “Fireworks in the Night” (Randy the Raccoon and His Musical Friends Book 1)

by: Sherry MillerJohn Tatulli
Release date: Mar 02, 2016
Number of Pages: 22
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An unlikely cast of characters will take you on an adventure into the world and music of George Frideric Handel. Rock a Note Farm, on Harmony Lane, will never be the same now that Randy the Raccoon is there to stay. His stories about the magical woods that surround the farm piqued the animals’ interest to explore. After Farmer Baker tucks everyone in each night the adventures start. Randy leads his new friends through the magical woods that border the farm, back in time to England, where George Frideric Handel lived. Randy didn’t realize how dangerous it would be for him to go back in time. Fireworks and a mistaken identity are all part of the suspense in the Randy the Raccoon and His Musical Friends book.

This story will come alive with the colorful, character narration found on the free audio download. Sound effects, animal voices and music by Handel enhance the listening experience. At the end of the story there is a page of fun facts about Handel that can be used to expand the story. On the author’s website you will find a free lesson plan, coloring pages and a craft idea.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

23. Adventures of the Precious Knights

by: Valerie Crowe
Release date: Mar 31, 2016
Number of Pages: 18
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Sir Gold, Sir Silver, and Sir Rusty are brave knights and best friends who fiercely protect Castle Precious and the villagers of Everbright from the scourge of terrifying stripy dragons.

One day while on their way back to the castle, the knights find a newly hatched baby stripy dragon crying for its mother and decide to adopt him so they can learn more about the sworn mortal enemies of the land. As the little dragon grows bigger and stronger from a diet of strawberry tarts, the knights anxiously wait to see if he can really help them in their quest to better understand the flying fiery reptiles.

In this delightful children’s story, a trio of knights sworn to protect their mystical land from scary creatures adopt a baby dragon who helps educate them about his reptilian traits.

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24. When I Am With Dad

by: CrossleyGamb
Release date: Aug 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Elizabeth is a girl who likes things just so. When she spends the day with Dad, sometimes things are a little bit different. She and her little sister, Lulu, take us through a day with Dad; and while everything may not be to Elizabeth’s taste, it’s about being with the person who loves you more than anything in the world. Learning to accept each other’s differences is all part of being in a family!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Parents

25. 1000 Eggs: “Action Mystery Adventure”

by: James DziadulewiczAimee DziadulewiczJames DziadulewiczHelen ColeNance ChaubellNeil DziadulewiczDiane Wolpert
Release date: Nov 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 28
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The book is a mysterious action and adventure book about a young country boy. The boy’s father must find a way to earn money for a birthday gift. During this adventure unique people, strange creatures and action unfold. A mysterious learning adventure where the plot has many exciting turn of events. The book is in its own new realm of young children’s books. A deluxe movie story book. The book is unique in many ways! Not many 3D illustrated books on the market. They story is a grand tale.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

26. Lil Jordan’s 9 Holes of Fear

by: Johnny EugenioRyan Benjamin
Release date: Sep 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 48
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Lil’ Jordan’s 9 Holes of Fear examines the sport of golf from the perspective of an athletically-inclined child. Throughout his adventures, Lil’ Jordan learns to face his fears. He tackles apprehension about monsters lurking in unexpected places, overcomes mental obstacles, and discovers the rewards associated with working hard and staying focused.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

27. Big Anthony and the Magic Ring

by: Tomie dePaola
Release date: Apr 25, 1979
Number of Pages: 32
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In this sequel to Caldecott Honor winner Strega Nona, “Big Anthony romps through a case of spring fever with an ill-gotten magic ring, against the architectural background and blue skies of la bella Italia.”–Booklist
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

28. Pete’s Dragon: Elliot Gets Lost

by: David LoweryToby HalbrooksBenjamin Lowery
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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Elliot the puppy is lost in the forest, and needs to find a new home. Will it be with a family of sheep, or a questioning owl, or maybe some playful fox cubs? Or will his search lead him somewhere else? From the screen to the page, Elliot Gets Lost will bring the fun and heartwarming story of a lost puppy to readers of all ages. Seen in the 2016 movie Pete’s Dragon as one of Pete’s prized possessions, the picture book was brought to the page by the film’s creative team, and features never-before-seen illustrations. Fans of the movie and picture books alike will love this story of a young puppy’s journey.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

29. Davy’s Dream: A Young Boy’s Adventure with Wild Orca Whales

by: Owen Paul Lewis
Release date: Feb 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 64
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74,000 copies soldDavy dreams of sailng with a pod of wild orca, the “wolves of the sea”.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

30. The Knight and the Firefly: A Boy, a Bug, and a Lesson in Bravery (Firefly Chronicles)

by: Amanda JenkinsTara McClary ReevesDaniel Fernandez
Release date: Feb 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Based on Psalm 91:1-2. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.

Oliver may be a brave and noble knight by day, but he is terrified of the dark by night until a wise old firefly helps him understand that God’s Word is our light.

In this Scripture adventure, kids join Oliver as he hides under an eagle’s wings, is hoisted onto the shoulders of a strong angel, tramples poisonous snakes, and even rides the back of a mighty lion.

Through it all, Sir Oliver learns that God always protects His children and that we are never alone, even when it is dark outside.

The first book in the Firefly Chronicle series brings entire sections of Scripture to life via imaginative, fantastical stories that use a passage from Psalms to help children understand and applly biblical truths to their lives. Each book in the series will depict Oliver wearing a different costume as he imagines and adventures his way through God’s Word with the help of Phineas, the firefly. The series will address the felt needs of children ages 4 to 8 including courage, confidence, friendship and more with biblical truths about God.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

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