Psalms for Little Hearts: 25 Psalms for Joy, Hope, and Praise

When seeking out wisdom and encouragement from the Bible, there are many places we can look. The Book of Psalms is one area that always seems to stand out for me (although there are plenty of others). When reading through the Psalms, we can find examples of God's love and grace, as well as His guidance and protection. It's no wonder that I always find myself referring back to Psalms when sharing encouraging verses with my son.

We have recently been reading a new book by author, Dandi Daley Mackall, called Psalms for Little Hearts. The book is part of the new A Child's First Bible series, and offers twenty-five of some of the most cherished Psalms that can be shared with little ones. What's really interesting about this book is that each Psalm is offered in paraphrased text. The idea is to introduce even the youngest of ages to the Psalms in a way that they can relate to and understand. At the end of each Psalm, the author also shares excerpts from each passage as it is shown in the New Living Translation of the Bible. This is a nice feature that I do appreciate. As little ones begin to comprehend the meaning of each passage in the easy to understand text, they can then move on to actual text that's taken right out of the Bible.

With over 1 million copies sold, A Child’s First Bible has taught countless children to love God’s Word. Now the series continues with Psalms for Little Hearts. This rhyming paraphrase of 25 of the best-loved Psalms is both playful and tender, perfect for soothing your child before they sleep or for encouraging them in morning devotions. Instill a lifelong love of the Psalms in your child as you teach them that God’s Word was written for them.

Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, their three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats.


I really appreciate the table of contents that's also included in this book. It breaks down all twenty-five Psalms with a title and general idea of the theme. Included, are Psalms about praise, trying new things, fear, comfort, joy, wisdom, direction, love, and hope.


Psalm 91 is one of my all-time favorite Psalms; I often find myself reciting it many times over, since it speaks about protection and safety. Whenever we receive a children's book that talks about Psalms, I eagerly flip through to see if the author had included Psalm 91. Of course, I was happy to see that it was most certainly included in Psalms for Little Hearts.

Here is just a small excerpt of some of the paraphrased text from this Psalm:

God is my shelter, and I need a rest.
Life is too crazy, so here's my request:
Father, protect me, for you do it best
That's why my trust is in God....

I have some angels who watch over me,
If I'm on the shore or down under the sea
Angels stand guard, so I live worry free!
That's why my trust is in God.

At the end of the complete paraphrased passage, there is also an area that offers a small excerpt from the Bible. In this example for Psalm 91, verses one and two, along with eleven through twelve are included.

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....

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 
–PSALM 91: 1-2, 11-12


The illustrations in Psalms for Little Hearts are done by Cee Biscoe, and they are just adorable! With the turn of each page, there are precious little children, playing, praying, and enjoying all that God has to offer. I immediately recognized the signature style of some of the animal drawings. It's no surprise that we love the artwork in this book so much, since we are fans of Biscoe's illustrations from other children's books that we also enjoy, such as Snuggle Time Prayers and Grandpa Hugs!

Psalms for Little Hearts is a beautiful book that shares some of the most beloved Psalms in a way that's perfect for younger children. Little ones will learn about the love, peace, protection, and wisdom that our Father offers to those who believe and seek Him out. We are such a fan of Dandi Daley Mackall's work, and already own many of her children's books. This one is definitely a precious addition to our collection.