Lutheran Book Lists

If you are interested in Lutheran book lists, then this is the page for you. There is even a spot listing Lutheran book review websites.

The most requested so far is this list: Religious Reading Recommendations for Students by Age.

If you’re looking for book lists more generally, those are down toward the end of the page. They aren’t necessarily Lutheran lists, but they’ve proven helpful to Lutherans so they are included. ūüôā

The Bible: Lutheran Editions

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Also worth noting: this¬†Kinderbibel: Gott Halt sein Wort¬†is a Lutheran children’s story Bible in Germany. It is well worth getting, if you can find it.


It may seem silly to link to a specific search on a website, but the truth of the matter is that sometimes it’s handy to have something like a Bibliography on Liturgy, Christian Dogmatics for Laypeople, Scriptural Hermeneutics, etc. But since more bibliographies continue to be made, we linked to the search function on

Book Review Sites by Lutherans

Book reviews aren’t always the primary purpose of the sites, although sometimes they are. Both academic and less academic sites will be listed.

Education Books by Lutherans

Classical Specific


General Lutheran Education

A Christian Pedagogy by Edward Koehler


Historical: Luther

Luther on Education: article

Homeschool Specific

Lutheran Curriculum Guides

Special Ed.

Mission Books

Some of these may have non-Lutheran authors, but these first five books were recommended by LCEF Interest Time, Issue 114, p. 24.

Mission Nation Publishing is a non-profit partnership between a Lutheran congregation and the LCMS Florida/Georgia District. They are only about five years old, but they are already producing books at a rapid pace, focusing on missionaries from all over the world who serve(d) in the United States.

Non-Fiction By Age

Lutheran author Joy Pullman has a book, Classic Books for Young Children, which suggests 400 classic books for children aged 3 to 7.

All Ages (Youngest to Oldest)

Religious Reading Recommendations for Students by Age (Let me know if it needs to get updated! Suggestions encouraged!)

ABC-Themed Books

(One popular non-Lutheran, religious ABC book is¬†Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC’s to Help You Grow. It isn’t Lutheran. It isn’t perfect, but it has been very helpful in introducing topics and, perhaps more importantly, cultivating serious religious conversations with little ones.)

Pre-Reading List

Phonic-Skills Reading List

Lutheran Authors of Children’s Books

Children’s Books (Young children)

Children’s Books (Elementary-ish children)

Chapter Books for Children/ Middle Schoolers/Youth

Middle School/ Junior High Lists

Higher Lists

Books Well-Suited to High Schoolers

Lists Lutherans Have Put Together

General suggested fiction (non-Lutheran)

  • Big list of literature here, sorted by era & genre
    • Here are more contemporary fun books (Compiled, many suitable for younger, too)
        • Beyonders
        • Ender’s Game
        • Eragon
        • The False Prince
        • Fairest Maidens trilogy
        • Four Kingdoms & Return to the Four Kingdoms series
        • Hank the Cowdog
        • Kingdom Series
        • Rangers Apprentice
        • Sherlock Holmes
        • Swallows and Amazons
        • The Selection
        • Warriors
        • Wingfeather Saga


Generically Christian Christmas Books by Age (All available through Memoria Press)

Age or Ability 3-5
  • The Little Fir Tree¬†by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Animals‚Äô Christmas Eve: A Little Golden Book,¬†Little Golden Book
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas¬†illustrated by Jan Brett
  • Mr. Willowby‚Äôs Christmas Tree¬†by Robert Barry
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening¬†illustrated by Susan Jeffers *
  • The Little Drummer Boy¬†by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Friendly Beasts¬†by Tomie dePaola
  • Christmas in the Big Woods¬†by Laura Ingalls
  • Winter on the Farm¬†by Laura Ingalls
  • Little House Christmas Treasury¬†by Laura Ingalls
Age or Ability 6-9
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey¬†by Susan Wojciechowski
  • Lucy‚Äôs Christmas¬†by Donald Hall
  • Why Christmas Trees Aren‚Äôt Perfect¬†by Richard H. Schneider
  • An Orange for Frankie¬†by Patricia Polacco
  • The Nutcracker with CD by Stephanie Spinner
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas¬†ill. by Matt Tavares
  • Christmas Day in the Morning¬†by Pearl S. Buck
Age or Ability 7-10
  • Good King Wenceslas¬†by John M. Neale
  • Papa Panov‚Äôs Special Christmas¬†by Leo Tolstoy
  • A Promise Kept: The Story of Christmas¬†passages of Scripture from Isaiah to John
  • The 12 Days of Christmas¬†by Helen Haidle
  • I Saw Three Ships¬†by Elizabeth Goudge
  • Christmas Around the World¬†by Emily Kelley
  • St. Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend¬†by Julie Stiegemeyer
  • The Nutcracker with CD by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Age or Ability 11 and up ‚Äď because you‚Äôre never too old to share a book as a family
  • A Christmas Carol¬†by Charles Dickens
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe¬†by C.S. Lewis
  • The Story of the Other Wise Man¬†by Henry Van Dyke
  • Journey through Advent¬†by Dr. Carol Reynolds
  • The Christmas Story¬†From the gospels of Mathew and Luke, The Christmas Story is told with the words of Scripture and depicted by wondrous sacred art.

Specifically Lutheran Christmas Books (Sometimes because of Lutheran Commentary)

Free caroling books!!!

Here‚Äôs something cool!¬†An Advent Wreath Pattern¬†(PDF)! And here is a¬†magnetic Advent wreath for children.¬†ūüôā¬†Both from a Lutheran source.

Social Issue Books


Here is also a link to resources available for Lutheran schools.

Online Reading Lists for Students

Not all of these books are suitable for all children. Use discretion.

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